Saturday, December 29, 2007

Looking at 2008

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?


Robin Green said...

Well, aren't we thinking alike these days. I posted my goals, you can come over and see. I'm wanting to make a quilt--we'll see.
Happy New Year, Meredith.

Stephanie Kay said...

Great goals! I've been thinking along the same lines and intended to sit down, pray through some things and make a list. Then all 3kids and myself got sick this week. Needless to say, no goals have been committed to paper or blog yet.

Trish said...

Mer, the last time I was at the top of Pikes Peak, Roger and I had driven up there. By the time I walked from the parking lot to the gift shop I was totally winded! LOL Rog says I can meet you at the top when you climb it ~ I'll just have to drive there rather than hike. ;)

It seems that several bloggers are posting about goals for 2008. I hadn't really thought much about it until now ~ that's something I will have to think on a bit more.


Holly said...

Goals? That's a tomorrow thing that I will do. I always write them on the last day of the year or the first day of the new year. So, honestly, I don't have them "fleshed out," yet. But I WISH I could say I'll go with you up the mountain or even that I'd ride to the top of it in a car. So far, I am only willing to take the Cog :)

But I would like to learn to knit with you!

Much love, my friend!

Jessica said...

Pikes Peak is an incredible goal, and I greatly admire you for considering the challenge! You also have a super hubby- him giving you quiet time is a priceless gift!

Happy New Years!


Gretchen said...

Pike's Peak is a lofty, but doable goal, Meredith. Good for you! Lurve the cograilway. My fitness goals are basically to just keep on keeping on doing SOMETHING for at least 5 days a week. I loathe exercise just for the sake of doing it, but I know it's so important for my mood and my health. Also, I've got two kids that watch me more than listen to what I say. ;)

Your goals inspired me, so mine are posted. Basically, getting into the Word, and being a God pleaser, rather than a people pleaser is the gist of where I'm seeking to be.

I'm linking to your site because I've enjoyed visiting so much. Please let me know if you'd like to be taken off my blog roll.


Joanne : The Simple Wife said...

Let's knit!!

Julie said...

It is SO good to connect back with you again. I have really missed the "Colorado girls". I am so glad that I can come here and read what you are thinking. It makes me feel like in some way I am sharing your life. Who would have thunk that I would be in North Georgia instead of Colorado?
I am glad to have this place to "be with you."
Much love, Jewelz

Dee Dee said...

Mer, Todd and I were just talking the other day about how knitting would be a great thing for me to learn. I learned some basic stitches(?) when I was little, and my family was "into" it, but I never made anything. Anyway, if you discover any pointers, let me know! - Dee Dee

*carrie* said...

I enjoyed reading your goals, Mer. I haven't climbed PP, but I've completed 2 other 14ers.

My monthly day a way has been very impactful--in fact, I'm due for one in the next few days. Hope you can make it happen!