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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

2013 Week 5: Committed Through Change

2013 Week 5: Committed Through ChangeBut how agile can we be? If I use the Road Trip imagery, we pursue our goals on busy streets and highways. Conditions are changing. Other travelers are trying to get where they're going. There are detours and delays. Like our GPS units after a wrong turn, we're always watching, praying, recalculating.





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 5: Committed Through Change


By Evan Nehring


Life is dynamic: constantly moving and changing. Part of my weekly review is constantly looking at my commitments to make sure they are still the most important.

Amazing how things change!

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9

But how agile can we be? If I use the Road Trip imagery, we pursue our goals on busy streets and highways. Conditions are changing. Other travelers are trying to get where they're going. There are detours and delays. Like our GPS units after a wrong turn, we're always watching, praying, recalculating.

So I'm looking at my five weekly blog post goals, and I'm going to swap one out this week. It's number three: logging my walking and running mileage for the year. I'm still going to keep my pedometer in my pocket every day and upload it to my computer, but the goal is being demoted from these weekly updates.

In it's place, I choose...

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...house projects! I scanned through my most important projects and many of them have to do with keeping this 1940 house livable, stylish, and not falling apart!

So here are my weekly goal updates.

1. Have 12 monthly date nights with Colleen.

January, check. Five days 'til our Valentine's dinner date...next week we'll have two down!

2. Lose 37 pounds by May 6.

On track baby! Week 5 has me down another 2 pounds for a total of 16. I'm still 2 ahead of my pace to reach the goal on time. My pace continues now at 2 pounds/week.

Our WeightWatchers plans are still working. Colleen and I have so many years of working with this program that it's pretty comfortable. It's just a matter of sticking to it. I would love to be doing more exercise, but in this stressful season the good nutrition really helps stay on top of things!

3. House projects: Dishwasher Racks

So, is this section going to be the honey-do list? Yeah, pretty much.

Our dishwasher racks really need some maintenance, since replacing them is almost like buying a new dishwasher! I've got a repair kit, but I need to take a couple hours and do this! Let's shoot for this week.

4. Meet my Road Trip writing deadlines for 2013.

This goal and the next took a different turn this week. My parents visited on their way from Canada to Florida and it was a great privilege to just talk through the book project. They've been so encouraging as I unload my dreams on them again and again.

Since the book proposal is nearly done, I was able to print it out have them read it. It's such a clear picture of what the book will be, and what message will be spread.

I still have the chapter-by-chapter summary to finish up, the manuscript to tidy up, and the query letter to knock out. The new goal date is next Tuesday, February 12.

5. Complete the new roof project.

And with my parents' visit, I was able to spend a couple of hours talking through roofing plans with the ol' contractor himself. I'd love for Dad to be able to be here when we do it. Not sure that's possible, so the coaching is most welcome. The goal for next Tuesday will be to identify quantities for the purchase plan.

Are your on-the-fly adjustments working for you this year? Remember, you're not the only traveler on the road. In the end, the detours won't matter so much. Just keep your life goals in mind and stay the course!
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