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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

2013 Week 3: The Bleak Midwinter

2013 Week 3: The Bleak MidwinterI'm actually OK with the bleak midwinter. I don't mind the snow and the cold, and I still find the four seasons a fascinating backdrop to spin the years away. I feel bad for the ones who struggle with sadness during the long season of white, but I find snowflakes magical, elf-like with pizzicato levity. They're so impractical, they must be evidence of the Creator at play.



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
Carpe Diem: Seize the Day!

2013 Week 3: The Bleak Midwinter


By Evan Nehring


I worked 11 hours today, got home from the hospital, and the on-call phone rang in my pocket as I fumbled with for my house key in the cold. Yeah, one of those days.

I'm actually OK with the bleak midwinter. I don't mind the snow and the cold, and I still find the four seasons a fascinating backdrop to spin the years away. I feel bad for the ones who struggle with sadness during the long season of white, but I find snowflakes magical, elf-like with pizzicato levity. They're so impractical, they must be evidence of the Creator at play.

Fun fits my productivity style. When I'm knocking out life, I'm enjoying it most: accomplishment brings merriment.

By Radosław Drożdżewski (Zwiadowca21) (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
I really hope you're able to latch onto some goals and find some success this year. Here's how my five blogged goals are going:

1. Have 12 monthly date nights with Colleen.

January, check. Nineteen days 'til our Valentine's dinner date...

2. Lose 37 pounds by May 6.

Still on track here. A little up and down, but ultimately down 3 pounds for a total of 11. I'm still 2 ahead of my pace to reach the goal on time.

The key with the weight loss right now is to stay the course even without feeling super athletic and energetic. Work has been very demanding and stressful, so that cuts down on the evening energy levels. Ugh. But the momentum is still there. We will get beyond the bleak midwinter.

3. Log my 2013 walking/running mileage.

I was sick this weekend, so I let a couple of days go. Some are seeing this flu turn into pneumonia, so I didn't want to mess around. Still, 3 weeks and 68 miles walking. Keeping the pedometer in my pocket everyday makes that extra trip across the hospital or up the stairs pay off a little extra.

4. Meet my Road Trip writing deadlines for 2013.

The good news about the sick time last weekend: I was able to let the body rest while knocking out some book proposal work. I was thrilled as the organizational structure of the later sections of the book fell together chapter by chapter. It's not in stone, but it is necessary for the proposal and really gives momentum to the remaining months of the project.

I chatted again with the account manager of the publishing company. I feel very resonant with this opportunity, but we'll see how God directs. The current goal is to finish and submit the book proposal by January 31.

5. Complete the new roof project.

The roofing books are adequately studied. Next step: setup the purchase plan document by next Tuesday. It doesn't have to be completed, but that setup may turn out to be the keystone of the whole plan.


Can you see how this weekly check-in propels these goals forward? Some have messaged me with their own goal progress, which is always inspiring. Going public brings an accountability the keeps things moving.

It's about life. It's about carrying out our calling, and finding laughter along the way.
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