Thursday, January 20, 2011


Somehow January has flown by, but really when does time not fly? I've been thinking about some goals [not so much resolutions] for 2011 so I figured I'd throw 'em out there and maybe that will help keep me accountable. I don't usually do this, but lately I have been thinking a lot about how fast my twenties are going and I don't want to look back and think "what did do with that time?". You could say I'm having a little quarter life crisis- I turn 25 in a month from tomorrow eek! Haha. I know, I know that's still very young, but that also means I'm closing in on 30! Anyway here are a few goals for the next year...

1. Run a marathon

I have wanted to run a marathon since my senior year of high school when I ran cross country and my first half. And then I got lazy. I ran on and off through college and the same since. I ran a half in October 2009, but then had surgery again a few months after that. I got back in to working out and running a little and then this fall got mono. What the heck?! So I'm done with the excuses and I'm gonna do it. I think I need to register for a race so I have more motivation ha!

2. Meal plan: this works out great when I actually do it. It saves us money and me a lot time. I work full-time and my commute is at least an hour so when I get home it's nice to know that I already have everything to make dinner. Plus, I don't have the excuse of "I don't feel like cooking I'll just pick something up" which saves us money.

3. Send out birthday cards [on time]: I love sending out cards, but I'm so bad at it! And I've already failed at January, so I need to get in gear for the rest of the year. Vicky [Adventures in Domestication] has the same goal so we can help keep each other on track :)

4. Read more: I love to read, but I never do anymore. I don't really know why- I guess it's easier to veg out watching tv? Also with this, I want to be more diligent in reading my Bible. Currently I am reading Crazy Love - our small group is going through this book and it's really good.

I'm going to read HP7 again first, but I need book suggestions please!

5. Get and stay organized: All of my goals lead to one thing- organization. I need to use my time better in the evenings and on the weekends to get all of this done. Maybe I need a planner? I still have my planner from my senior year of college and sometimes I look at it to remind myself when I think I'm busy, I will probably not have that much on my plate until I have kids haha! I had 5 classes, I was a resident assistant [full-time, all the time with crazy college kids for 3 yrs], I interned/worked for a radio station [office hours plus events at night or on the weekends], I served at a restaurant, and I had a fiancé stationed on the other side of the world [14 hours ahead of my time]. Oh and I started planning our wedding.

Needless to say I think I can handle of all this :) Better get started!


  1. Sounds great! We can definitely hold each other accountable as far as the cards... I still need to print mine and gather up a small surplus of cards.

    Tell me about Crazy Love... I love reading!

    I told you that I've been meal planning, right? What we basically did is decide that we will usually cook at home 3 (sometimes 4) days each week. So, I wrote down all of the meals on a monthly calendar, but we don't follow is 100%, but we choose our meals based from it, if that makes sense? Basically we switch it around as we please.

    And, as you can see from my blog, I've been doing some organizing as well...

  2. So do I. I'm thinking of getting the list done this weekend.

    Here's the description on the book-
    Have you ever wondered if we're missing it? It's crazy if you think about it. The God of the universe — the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and e-minor — loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss.

    Whether you've verbalized it yet or not . . . we all know something's wrong.

    Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts — it's falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same.

    Because when you're wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.

    Good job with meal planning! We change ours around too depending on what we feel like. It's just nice to have everything on hand instead of stopping by the store after work!

  3. Here are some of my more recent books that I really enjoyed...

    Shanghi Girls by Lisa See- its about two sisters transistion between Chinese tradition and American life- set in 1930? REALY GOOD!

    Breakfast with Buddah I don't kow who it is by by i also enjoyed for a light read, gives you some thoughts on how you are living your life

    Into Thin Air- by Jon Krakauer about his climb of Everst during the deadliest season to date sounds morbid but really good also if you haven't read intop the Wild thats great too and then Under the Banner of Heaven is also by him and it is about the mormon fundamentalist church (really interesting information)

    Mountains Beyond Mountains- a book about Paul Farmer, a doctor who started a huge clinic in Haiti and his life (like Three Cups of Tea but I thought bettter)

    Water for Elephants- I don't remember the author but this is about a love story and on the circus back when it used to travel by train.

    Hope the book choices help. When I was training for the half last year my friend and I would sms each other when we had run and gave ourselves a gold star(litterally on a calendar). It sounds lame but it really worked to keep me accountable., I want to run a half again and if you want I can be your gold star buddy?!?