As 2013 comes swiftly to a close and 2014 is about to dawn, I think it is important to reflect on my priorities from 2013, and how successful I was. This is the first year I have had the time and ability to not only post a list of priorities – my preference to goals or resolutions- but be able to review it at the end of the year. This is probably because I am not traveling this year.
My first priority was growing in my faith. This was largely stagnant for the first few months, but since living in Portland I have seen many things in a new way. I have walked the streets of this city down-trodden and afraid for my finances, and I have walked these streets secure and confident. Through all of this, I have had to trust that I am playing into the plan of the divine creator, and that he has great things in store for me. Having this kind of faith seemed like it was not a big deal, at first. But over the past few months, I have learned a lot about what it means to have huge faith for huge things to happen in my life.
Building my relationships is a priority that has changed its focus from what it has ever been before. In college I was close with a large array of people, I was available to help and support and be there at any time. Now I regularly interact with a much smaller group of people. That does not change anything about this priority, or how I view my progress in this area. I think just identifying that they way I interact with people is different is a significant thing.
On one hand, I have not completed any significant writing. On the other hand, I have a handful of projects going, and I am making some decent headway with one of them. I have started reviewing books and reading so much more than I have in the past few years and it has been wonderful.
I have completed my degree. Boom. Checkmark. I am a Master of Science in Educational Leadership with a focus in College Student Development. I am so incredibly proud of that. It took me so many long days, and hard nights of tears and fear and feeling like failure. That piece of paper is a thing that is really meaningful in my life.
Physical well-being has, at times, taken a back burner, but is starting to be a priority again. I have done reasonably okay with my eating habits – I guess living in Portland does that. But I have not been running as much as I would like. In August, I tried trail running. It has been difficult and a long learning process (I will write about this in more detail early in the New Year), but I have increased my average run from just over a mile to just over three miles in the course of a couple months.
I think overall, I feel like 2013 was a success. A great year that moved me forward in a lot of ways. I am very proud of the things I have accomplished this year, and look forward to building my life around my priorities in 2014.