It is so strange to be moving into 2014. Strange partly because there is no easy way to turn a 3 into a 4 when I accidently write 2013 for the first two and a half weeks of the new year, and partly because it means that 2004 is now ten years ago. Somewhere in the course of time, I have grown up, and that is a strange thing to think about.
As I have for the past few years, I plan to build this year around a handful of priorities. After my success with last years priorities, I want to continue moving forward with priorities. I think goals are great for specificity, and resolutions are great for those who feel that word best describes how they want to change their life. I choose priorities because we only have so much time in a year and we only get the things done that we prioritize. I fully believe in One Word, and that post goes live tomor row.
I want to continue to put words on paper. I want to finish a handful of short stories – I have so many started and unfinished – and a full length project. As I have more time from the whole not-being-in-school thing, I should be making writing a regular priority in my daily life. I also have been reviewing books the past couple of months, and that is a thing I greatly enjoy. I want to branch my writing into something more academic and write something based in my professional field to submit to a peer-reviewed journal, and/or present at a conference.
I have moved back and forth on health over the past year – I have had months where I ran everyday, months where I ran regularly, and months where I have not run. I have eaten fantastically and poorly. I want to make things more regular with my health. My runs have moved from one mile to three miles and I want to see that continue to grow more. I want to be able to fit a size that is four below my current size, and run a half marathon.
I have relied so much on my faith in the past year, and I know I will need to lean more heavily on it in the next. I am coming to a place where I actualize the realization that faith is not just this separate thing in my life, but it is all of my life. So it feels weird making it a priority, because it is engrained in the other things that are important to my life. I want to grow in my knowledge of the things I believe and be a positive impact on the faith of those around me.
I think by narrowing my priorities to these three things, my three main priorities in life over the next year, I can be successful in growing myself in all of these areas.
What are some of your priorities, goals or resolutions for the next year? Share them in comments below!