Here's my goal progress...
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
2013 Week 1: We Have Liftoff
By Evan Nehring
Let me say first of all that I feel the weight of the goals I've set for the first part of this year. I learned that the large white fuel tank on this shuttle picture was only painted white for the first two launches. They left the tank unpainted after that and saved 600 pounds of weight!
It's challenging when we feel the weight of the apparatus we're trying to launch into orbit. But remember the power of the rockets. Like the Philippians 3 scripture at the top of my Carpe Diem posts, we are straining and pressing on while God is calling us heavenward. The obstacles and weight are merely opportunity for the power of God to be shown in us!
It's not exactly about New Year's resolutions. It's about constantly evaluating where we can best invest our lives. Anyway, here's how week one went with my five.
1. Have 12 monthly date nights with Colleen.Our January date is all set for next weekend. It's our 17th anniversary. Yeah, it's a big deal but we'll have to stick within our budget and time constraints. Sunday afternoon we'll head down to Stevens Point to drop Jason off by Grandpa for a bit. We're planning to catch a movie: I'm thinking The Hobbit 3D.
Dinner may be involved...I love time with Colleen!
2. Lose 37 pounds by May 6.We had a great week as a family. I'm down 4 pounds, so that's a pound ahead of my goal weight for this week. One more week to get the holiday weight off. (Grimace of disgust.) I feel much better already.
The weight loss will be important for my 5th goal, reroofing in the spring!
3. Log my 2013 walking/running mileage.My starting goal here is very achievable: three miles/day walking. That means my pedometer is in my pocket all day and I take a walk in the evening to make it up if needed. Seven days and 21 miles down. I'm enjoying the walks and looking forward to more running a bit later.
4. Meet my Road Trip writing deadlines for 2013.My writing deadlines changed with an email announcement from my publishing contact. They are starting a new traditional publishing imprint, which means if my project is accepted I would be signed immediately to work with their editors toward completion of the manuscript.
I picked up Michael Hyatt's ebook on creating book proposals, and I've begun to lay mine out. I'd like to knock that out in two weeks.
5. Complete the new roof project.Steps I took this week toward the new roof.
- Set up a project in my task system with about 8 actions to complete.
- Brought home a DVD and several books from the library to dial myself in with planning. The DVD is great and I've begun to study the books. Yeah, I'm a book learner.
I've lost a bit of sleep because of the accountability of this weekly blog post. Hopefully it's an encouragement for you in tackling your life changes as well. Comments or messages on what you're tackling are most welcome!
My blog is about the five big decisions in life, just like the pictures below. But the Carpe Diem posts are about going after are God-given goals and dreams with huge heart and spirit. That's my one word for 2013: Spirit!