Yes, that is a period at the end of that title. Making Things Happen. Because that is not open ended, it is a statement.
Over the past few years I have started the year with a list of goals, or resolutions, and tried my hand at the 1001 in 101 Challenge but every time I never felt as though I succeeded. I wrote very well-intentioned lists, trying to change myself for the better, but I always ended the year(s) feeling as though I didn’t get anywhere. So, this year I am going to try something new because I know that I still have a lot of growing to do. (She says, as she finishes off a pint of Ben & Jerry’s for dinner…)
I found “Making Things Happen” in a round about way by reading a post on Our Yellow Door, and it peaked my interest. (I checked out its home on Lara Casey‘s website, and the link is the “last” step in the process but has links to earlier posts so it is a good place to start.) The whole point of “Making Things Happen” is to not wait, but to act now. It is about being honest with yourself, and taking time to know yourself and what works and doesn’t work for you. The whole “process” consists of almost twenty steps, but the idea is that you can take your time to get it right, and you could easily skip the ones that you don’t like or feel fit well with you.
Part of my goal for my personal Make Things Happen, is to share it. While I am writing out all of my steps in a journal, I want to post them here to make me more accountable. (And please know that there will be some things that I do not include due to privacy.)
Now here goes….
Step 1: What worked in 2013
- I gained some confidence in my job
- I found a new church whose worship services I love
- Found some great ladies to talk about the Lord with, and to share my concerns with
- I (mostly) stuck to my budget
- I paid down some of my credit card debt
- D and I went to a B&B for some us time away from home (and work)
- I reduced my wardrobe and got rid of my “skinny” clothes
- Made lots of jams and goodies!
- ran my first 10k
- started a new direction for my blog
- I started following and participating in SheReadsTruth
- learned to speak in public (more) confidently
- D and I had some awesome weekend “out on the town”
Step 2: What didn’t work in 2013
- God was not a priority in my life
- reading the Bible was not a priority or the focus when I did read it
- I didn’t make use of “me time” (too much time watching TV, not enough quiet time)
- I lost my workout routine and failed to complete (or start) the marathon I signed up for
- I felt dissatisfied with my small group
- I didn’t make any friends in my new city (I want more local close friends)
- spent a lot of my time commuting to/from work
- got “out of control” a few times with my spending
- I found myself comparing my life, family, home and hobbies to those on Facebook and Pinterest, a LOT
- I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and cholesterol
- I feel disconnected from my church outside of worship
- I didn’t read enough books
- I doubted myself a LOT
- I barely volunteered/served – I went from volunteering 100+ hours a year to only 2
Step 3: Visual Motivation
- Check out my Pinterest board dedicated to my Make Things Happen (yes, I know that I just said that Pinterest gave me an inferiority complex, but this board is about pictures, or links that make me happy or motivate me)
What worked for you last year? What didn’t?