I love resolutions. Being someone who is goal-oriented and lives by a daily checklist, New Year’s Resolutions are great ways to set expectations of myself for a new year. One of my favorite things to do is to look back at my resolution list in December and see how I measured up to my original goals. Yes, like many other people, I do not achieve all of my goals, but you know what-that’s okay!
I have spent the first few days of 2014 having a blast. From ringing in the new year with the coolest girl I know in South Carolina with her family (Hmm… who knew that New Year’s Eve could be so much more fun when you bring it in with a kiss! Trust me. ) to spending several days relaxing with my parents and dogs at home, Twenty-Fourteen is have a great kick-off.
So without further delay, here are my Twenty-Fourteen Resolutions in no particular order.
1. Have the best semester ever.
This is my very last semester of my undergraduate college career. I cannot even begin to describe how much fun being a student at Mississippi College has been. To be very honest, last semester overall was not one of the most fun semesters because of my course-work, obligations, and responsibilities that overloaded me. I plan to change that this semester and really enjoy every second of my last college semester. I will laugh more. I will spend more time with the friends I love. I will say no more. That means more coffee dates, more movies nights, and more fun. I will take advantage of every opportunity to have fun.
2. Have another 4.0 to finish off my college life, and graduate with a 3.5 GPA.
I’ve always had good grades, but I’ll admit, having a 4.0 has not been my priority. I’ve already said that last semester was the hardest, but last semester was the first semester that I got a 4.0. It also brought my whole GPA above a 3.5. I will keep that up.
I’m the world’s worst at budgeting. I have very little guilt spending money on entertainment or food. Now that I’m transitioning from college student to a new world, it’s time to start being disciplined in my spending. Starting this semester, I will allot myself certain amounts of funds for coffee, food, and fun. I’m also saving up for a post-graduation trip with my best friend! That will help.
4. Get active.
Among the craziness of last semester, my activity level dropped to almost zero. As a result, my clothes feel a little more snug and I felt a decreased amount of energy and an increased amount of stress. I will join Crossfit as well as run every-other day with my girlfriend with a goal of completing a 5K by May. This also involves cutting out “fourth meal” and possibly not drinking sweet tea with Anne Marie.
5. Get a job.
Really–the time has come for me to finally get a big-boy job in the real world. I have a few options that I am exploring with one option being what I would love to do more than anything in the world. Hopefully, my job will take me to a new city and new experiences. I’m really not stressed about it because I know that when I start the “real world” after camp this summer, I will be where God wants me to be.
6. Learn to play guitar.
This has been a goal of mine for several years, and it’s never happened. Hopefully, 2014 will be that year.
7. Leave the country.
I am obsessed with traveling. In 2011, I went to South Africa. In 2012, I spent four months in England as well as visited Rome and Scotland. 2013 was the year of being an American. Hopefully, 2014 will allow me to pull out my passport once again.
8. Pray for people each day.
My prayer life is not where I would like it to be, especially in the area of praying for other people in my life. Recently, I was contacted by a really cool group leader from a church that will be attending camp where I will direct this summer. Apart of our conversation, he challenged me to go ahead and pray each day for my team, and when I know who they are, pray for each of them by name. This year, I will pray for my loved ones each day–Anne Marie, my family, my friends, my camp team, and anyone else that God puts in my path.
9. Read and write more.
I really do love to read. My bookshelves are full of books that are on my “reading list.” However, being disciplined enough to sit down and read a book or write a blog post is where I am lacking. I will make more time to read and write (from blog posts to journaling) more.
10. Revisit photography.
My sophomore and junior year of college, I was “the camera guy.” Having two photography jobs on campus, you could rarely see me without my camera. I wasn’t the best, but I was good at it. I had my camera so much at every MC event that I eventually got burned out taking so many photos and editing them. After really almost taking a complete break from photography for the past 9 months, I’m ready to pick back up the camera and revisit my old hobby. Maybe I’ll buy some new equipment and explore some new techniques.
These are my goals and expectations of myself for 2014. I cannot wait to look back in twelve months and see which ones were achieved and which ones were ignored because of a different path God had for my life. Ultimately, I expect God to move in 2014 and grow and teach me in ways that I’ve never experienced before.
I hope your 2014 is filled with much joy, laughter, and life experiences!