Last year on New Year's Eve, we got together with our small group from church. Towards the end of the evening, we shifted from fun mode into serious mode and took some time to share our goals for 2007. Honestly, I hadn't given it much thought prior to that, and I don't even remember what I shared. I'm sure it was something off the cuff that sounded good at the time. I don't want to approach 2008 with the same flippancy, so I've been thinking and praying about goals for 2008. Here's what I've come up with.
Physical Goal: I want to climb Pikes Peak. It's a lofty goal, I know, and my friends that I walked/hiked with during the fall months (before it got really cold) sorta kinda talked and joked about it, but I WANT to do this and I think I can. Of course, I'll have to get in better shape before I can do that, so the treadmill is about to become my new BFF.
So, R and C...are you guys in??? C'mon. It would be so much more fun to do it with you guys. And I can guarantee you we'd never run out of things to laugh or talk about!!!
Spiritual Goal: When my kids were smaller, I was really intentional about getting away for spiritual rejuvenation. Even if it was just for a few hours or for a day, I knew I needed it and I asked John for that time, which he was always gracious to give me. I still need it, but haven't been intentional about asking for it or taking it. My goal for 2008 is to take one day a month and get away with God. It might mean that I take a hike by myself for an hour or two and just pray/listen. It might mean that I find a rock at Garden of the Gods and sit with my journal for the afternoon. It might mean that I hang out under a tree at the park with my Bible, or reserve the prayer room at Glen Eyrie. Don't know. I do know that it is vital that I make this happen. I've talked this over with John and he's super supportive. And I'm super thankful.
Creative Goal: More and more, I'm feeling the need to be creative. I've always enjoyed scrapbooking, but lately, it's felt more burdensome than fun. I'm thinking of learning to knit or quilt or tackling a sewing project (remember my placemats?). I know is that creativity is good for my heart, and I also know that I must make time and space for myself to do this.
I'm hopeful I can work towards these three goals with some sort of consistency. I think it is important to share them so that I can be somewhat accountable. It's one thing to say that I want to climb Pikes Peak, yet it's another thing altogether to actually do it.
What about you guys...want to share your goals for 2008?