Though when things settled more back into 'normalcy' (intermixed with wedding planning with Leah :), then inspiration came! And a new 'vision planner' has helped with that. Leah found one for herself, and I loved it so much, I got one, too, though in a different color. (One disclaimer: most of the quotes and some of the intro parts are self-focused/self-helpish which we don't appreciate. The rest of the planner is amazing, though!)
At the beginning of the planner, there is a page for planning the year with these sections:
- 5 goals for this year
- Things to look forward to this year
- New things I would like to try
- Books I would like to read
- Places to visit this year
- Things to improve upon this year
- Things to be grateful for this year
Leah and I spent a fair bit of time talking about these and planning together before we filled in each of the sections. Just looking at this page is inspiring! And helpful in keeping focus.
One section that was fun to fill out was "places to visit this year." Leah and I are planning a trip to go visit two of our dearest friends in Kentucky soon (they work at the Creation Museum) and then we also have one more big special sister trip planned . . . our last one before Leah is married!
Anyway :), back to the planner . . . each month is then laid out like this:
We both love the "This Month's Vision" section!
The calendar . . . notice the 'challenge' in the top right? Each month has one (though some aren't that great), and I particularly liked this one
Daily plans for each week plus a weekly focus. In order to cultivate more of a heart of gratitude and thankfulness, I decided to use the gray boxes on the bottom to list things I am grateful for for that particular day. Already I love doing this! The little glasses on the bottom are for tracking how many glasses of water one drinks each day which is helpful, too.
So . . . some of my goals for 2017 are:
- 1. Memorize a verse or passage of Scripture a week . . . this week it was Hebrews 12:1-3 which is a passage that I always find so encouraging and convicting. Using the Scripture Typer app makes memorization much easier for me to do!
- 3. Exercise - I met my 2016 goal! This was to be able to run a 5k (3 miles), and I surpassed that with reaching 3.5 miles. This year I want to continue increasing the distance and increasing the speed as well. I am planning to do one long run (3.5+ miles) and one to two shorter runs (1 to 2 miles) a week. I'd like to add in an indoor exercise routine as well for some of the days I'm not running.
After a run on an unusually warm day this week (nearly 70 degrees!)
(Photo by Leah)
- 4. Healthy eating - these are basically continuing what I have already been either working on or already doing:
- Continue to reduce/limit sugar/evaporated cane juice intake
- For if/when a sweetener is needed in a recipe, try using our raw honey instead (and there will be a bit of a learning curve with that as I learn how to alter recipes better.)
- Continue to reduce processed foods
- Consistently drink 7 glasses of water a day (for my weight and exercise levels that would be the amount I need.)
- Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables
- Have snacks be fruit, vegetables/salad, yogurt with berries/sunflower seeds/etc., nuts, or things along those lines
- Try some more new fruits and vegetables - or learn to like ones I don't especially care for. :) A few months ago I determined to like a fruit that I had disliked since a child: bananas. They are really good for you and rich in potassium, so I started eating them again and am actually learning to like them!
- 5. Learn how to make my own lotion and dry shampoo (which I am hoping to use alternately with the organic shampoo I started using recently), and take more steps to using more natural personal care items.
- 6. Deepen relationships with residents at the nursing home and begin going back to the rooms more to meet people who do not come out into the main area. I also would like to spend more time talking one on one with residents. This is more challenging than it sounds as when I am there, there are many who want to talk and spend time with me so it can be difficult to not make someone feel left out!
- 7. Complete all of my in-progress projects as well as a few others (not sure if that will happen with all the wedding planning and preparation and helping with the house renovation, but we shall see!)
- Finish restoring a couple of quilts
- Put the cane seats in the dining room chairs I have (yes, this is still not done!)
- Figure out how to re-do the outside of my trunk and then restore it
- Learn how to chalk paint and paint my dresser
- And possibly refinish a few pieces of furniture