2013 has come and gone, and one of the best things I did during that time was starting to write monthly goal reviews. It’s made me more accountable, and forces me to think intentionally about what I do. I only started back in September, so it hasn’t been long. But it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done…and I had no idea how awesome it would be back in September when I started.
Here are my December goals and how I did.
1. Follow through with the St. Andrew Novena (meaning: remember to do it every day!).
Done! I did it with a friend at school and my family has done it for years so this wasn’t very hard once I got home.
2. Finish reading at least 2 books.
Well, I haven’t finished any that I can recall. BUT I have a whole stack that’s waiting for me! It’s so exciting. Right now I’m working on I am Malala and A people of hope. Both are really interesting. I’m planning to work on some On My Bookshelf posts soon!
3. Spend quality time over Christmas break with family and friends without the distraction of technology.
Yes! I didn’t bring my laptop with me when we went to visit extended family for the better part of a week. And sometimes I feel bad because I leave my phone back in my room and usually don’t get texts until long after they’re sent…there have been times when I could have gotten off the internet sooner, but for the most part my time on my laptop has been constructive.
4. Exercise at least 2 times a week over break.
Hmm, not sure about this one. I did Jillian once and have done lots of Just Dance (so much fun!!). I can’t say I’ve done two hardcore workouts each week, but I’ve been active enough for sure. I have only slept in and lounged in my pj’s once this whole break.
5. Write 2 articles for Live Action.
6. Continue pursuing (and if possible secure) a summer internship.
It’s in the works!! Things are looking promising, so I should have news soon in this area.
Looking back through 2013, I know I’ve come a long way. This last semester alone was a challenge in and of itself. Here’s some of what I’ve learned and worked on:
– daily prayer routine
– being more responsible
– resolving conflict
– working with people whose personalities clash with mine
– using technology more intentionally
– keeping my mouth shut sometimes
– trusting in God’s plan
I’ve got a long way to go in becoming the best version of myself. Right now I’m on the right path and know that with continued effort and dedication on my part, God can use to me to accomplish a lot. It’s so exciting to think about what the future holds.
And now it’s time to think about 2014! Check back tomorrow (Thursday) for my 2014 (and more specifically January) goals.