I’ve always known it, but the older I get, the more I understand that you really can’t grow into the person God has called you to be unless you are intentional about setting goals. You don’t get smarter by watching tv all day. You don’t cultivate relationships by staying home by yourself on the weekends. And you certainly don’t learn new skills unless you’re willing to put in a little bit (or a lot!) of work. So this year, instead of a huge New Years resolution that lasts a whopping two weeks before I move onto the next thing, I decided to set small goals for myself each month. Nothing huge or life changing– just simple, intentional things I can do each month to better myself. Some months I may have bigger goals than others, but my mission is just to do a few intentional things each month that I might not normally do. I’ll be sharing them here and would love to hear what your goals are for the year too. Here’s what I’m going to be intentional about in February:
Read more. I used to read like crazy. It was one of my very favorite things to do, and I always had new books on my birthday and Christmas lists. Somewhere along the way, I got busy and considerably cut down on the amount of books I read. This month, my goal is to read at least 3 books. Suggestions welcome!
Make time for new friends. It’s so easy to get stuck in the rut of spending time with the same people over and over. I tend to hang out with the same friends pretty regularly, but this month, I want to be intentional about grabbing coffee with at least two new friends. We can learn so much from the people around us if we make time for it.
Call up old friends. I grew up in Maryland, moved to Lakeland, FL for college, and now am living about an hour south in Tampa. Needless to say, I have friends all over the country. I hate that it’s so easy to lose touch with close friends when you’re not in the same city. This month I plan on calling a few of those friends to catch up (and maybe planning a trip or two to go visit with them!).
Be content. I’m constantly looking forward to what’s next in just about every area of my life. The problem with looking at life 6 months, a year, or ten years down the road is that you miss what’s right in front of you. This month I want to be content right where I am. Life is so sweet, and I want to enjoy it for all it’s worth!