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Cultivating January Goals

More than halfway through the month and sharing goals? Sounds about right around here ;) January is off to a roaring start, and it's is actually about to slide in for a finish next week, how crazy is that?! Between jumping back online and kicking off the second semester at school, I'm taking complete advantage of labeling January a GRACE MONTH to get my feet wet and establish a routine.

I'm currently in Galveston for a theatre convention with teachers from across Texas, enjoying the sun and view of the beach -though it's still a crisp 60 degrees out- AND (drum roll please) I'm posting just in time to go BACK offline for a few weeks. I know, I know. Just stick with me.

One thing I haven't shared much about online is the discipleship school I am attending this year, and when I signed up I knew there would come a time for a media fast. Honestly, I'd been hoping it would happen in the fall when I was already offline, but no such luck ;) Starting tomorrow, Friday, January 26th, we'll be offline and away from media (Netflix, movies, any music other than worship music, etc) until February 15th. They've also encouraged us only to check our phones once in the morning, once midday, and once in the evening. To say it is going to be a challenge would be an understatement.

But I'm bringing you in on this with me to ask for prayers and understanding; I've loved jumping back online and connecting, but I can already feel the overwhelm of old tendencies, so I'm actually grateful we are taking this break again. And I am hoping to pray into and pursue breakthrough over the next three weeks for a few areas of my life, particularly physical health and financial responsibilities, my two primary goals for the year. Will you join me?

So before I go, here's a recap of what's been happening in January so far:


Monthly Goals:

  • Go to NYC on a Field Trip. Check! It was a blast!
  • Go to the Texas Educational Theatre Association FestivalCheck! I'm actually here now!
  • Direct our One Act Play wellCheck! We are ahead of schedule, and I'm so thankful!
  • Budget in Every Dollar. Mmmmm... not so much, but I'm working on February's. 
  • Study Prayer using the Give Me Jesus JournalCheck! I'm LOVING this journal so far!
  • Research & implement ketogenic eating. Ehhh.. yes and no. But not consistently enough to count.
  • Prep for the 3rd 6 weeks of school (all lesson plans submitted)Check! Done and done!
  • Arrange all spring field trips. So close! I'd say this one is halfway done!
  • Read 5+ Books. Check! Books read so far:
    • The Practice of the Presence of God
    • The Final Quest
    • Walking on Water
    • Victoria
    • A Court of Wings and Ruin

Weekly Goals:

  • Work out at Orange Theory at least three times. Nope. I actually froze my account for the time being.
  • Discipleship school reading (book & Bible). 3/4 weeks so far! 
  • Eat out MAX one time. Haha... well... not quite.
  • Meal prep/plan on Sundays. 2/4 weeks it's been successful! Planning to do so this weekend, too.
  • Attend church, lifegroup, and discipleship with JOY. Yes! It's been so good to be back!
  • Read/finish at least one book. Yep, yep, yep! Five books in 4 weeks!
  • Blog 2-3 times. Ah, not so much with this one either...

Daily Goals:
  • In the Word first.
  • Workout at Orange Theory. 
  • Read for fun.
  • Ketogenic eating.
  • Zero dollar day (no spending).
As far as daily goals go, the only ones I've been hitting consistently are "In the Word" (not always first sadly) and reading for fun. The others are certainly works in progress.

What about y'all? What did you make happen in January? 
And what are your plans for next month? 
See you February 15th!


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