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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

2013 Week 13: End Q1, Still on the Path?

Could Your Life Change Forever by Midnight?
It's simple and powerful.
1. Choose your path with God's direction.
2. Stay on the path with God's help.
3. Arrive at your God-given destiny.

Are you with me?

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 13: End Q1, Still on the Path?

By Evan Nehring

I was marveling today how the path imagery of my first blog post back on July 22, 2012 has become so meaningful to me. I'm constantly asking myself,
"Am I still on the path?"
Could Your Life Change Forever by Midnight?

I declared a chosen path that day and my weekly 2013 Carpe Diem posts have been my check up to see if I'm wandering off in a ditch somewhere.
It's simple and powerful.
  1. Choose your path with God's direction.
  2. Stay on the path with God's help.
  3. Arrive at your God-given destiny.

Are you with me?

Here's the week 13 version of my weekly goal updates for 2013.

1. Have 12 monthly date nights with Colleen.

April is my birthday month, so it's looking like our date will involve a spring walk on Rib Mountain. It's always interesting because the packed snow base means we can walk in shirt sleeves on a mild spring afternoon while skiers and snowboarders do their thing, chairlifts and all.
We may have to dress warm, but I love time on the mountain.

2. Lose 37 pounds by May 6.

After all of my exuberance and confidence last week, this week was a hold. No more weight lost. Still at 22 pounds for the year. I'm still nursing my shoulder injury to be ready for the roofing weekend. Energy levels are great! Hopefully another pound or two this week.
Goal this week: rest the shoulder, eat no flex points, get another 1-2 pounds. May 6 - wild success; June 6 - great success; July 6 - success; August 6  - slow success

3. House projects: Finish Organizing Upstairs Office

This was a cram job tonight, but I got the three office organizing tasks done.
  1. Pile of journals and papers - DONE
  2. Hard drives and adaptor  - DONE
  3. Purge project organizer - DONE
To finish this whole project by next Tuesday, two more tasks:
  1. Choose a wall space for bulletin board and pictures.
  2. List music equipment for sale
The second one is pretty big and will be a huge victory! It's part of converting my project recording studio from analog to digital. It'll also clear out a nice corner of the office. I'm gonna try!

4. Meet my Road Trip writing deadlines for 2013.

This is so exciting! Another chapter down, and it closed up this morning with an unexpected twist that really makes the chapter satisfying. I was very moved.
This week's goal is to finish half of a new chapter: The Dorms: Campus Life. Should a fun stroll down memory lane and hopefully some fatherly, godly advice to our young launchers. I can't doddle here because the next chapter is a very meaty chapter on worldview.

The larger writing goal, again,  is to finish section three by June 5. That will include seven chapters (three are done), and that gives me about two weeks per chapter.

5. Complete the new roof project.

Weather permitting, we've got 31 days and 10 hours until new roof Saturday. This picture is about five years old and you can see already how bad the roof is looking. This is the year!

Nov 2008-04

Goals completed last week:
  • Create a safety plan.
  • Talk with family about tools, ladders.
  • Finance update
I also worked on more details for the big weekend and reserved a 20-yard dumpster!
Goal for this week:

  • Finish the project timeline with all the details added for me, a non-roofer.


I really want to challenge you to choose your path and get on it today! Write it out in detail. Describe how it will look, smell, taste, sound, feel when you get to the end of the road.

Feel free to share some deets with us too!
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