I thought I would share my goals for 2013 on the off chance anyone would care to join me as I work on developing my body, mind, and spirit over the next 365 days. You know me and my projects. Consider 2013 my year to William Morris myself.
This is my first 365 day project, and I’ve decided to go big and work on the whole package.
Jennifer suggested to me 365 walks on Facebook, and I thought it was a great idea and a great opportunity for me to take advantage of our temperate weather here in California. I’m horrifically out of shape. I’m in full-on sloth mode, and have been for years. My goal is to take a daily walk, not break distance records, not run a marathon, not lose 50 pounds. There will be days where I am sick, and on those days it’s okay for me to walk down the driveway and back, or to the medicine cabinet and back.
This is my year to tackle my tendency to believe the sky is falling. I’m a naturally anxious person. Always have been, and probably always will be, but there is no need for me to wallow in it, either. This one is simple in theory, if not in execution. I’m doing a daily 5-item gratitude list.
I’ve talked about reading the Bible for years, and I recently found online a daily plan that allows me read the Bible in conjunction with The Catechism of the Catholic Church. There are a million daily Bible reading plans online that don’t include the Catechism, so there is no need to feel left out if you aren’t a blood-drinking Mary worshiper. I’ll provide you with the link to what I’m using, but note that it is a link to a pdf. I tried to find a link to a website without luck. I hate it when documents automatically download to my computer without a warning, so here is your warning. Daily Bible and Catechism reading plan.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who reads this blog that I am in a frequent state of evaluation. I’m not satisfied remaining static, at least not mentally, so I’m usually contemplating who I am and how I can be better. There is always room for improvement. Of course, when you are an over-thinking perfectionist like me, it’s equally important to be happy with just okay.
The hardest lesson I’ve learned this year is that okay can be an end goal. Not great, not amazing, and not revolutionary. Just okay.
Even though I am tackling quite a bit, my goal for this 365 project is modest. I don’t expect to be a power-walking, scripture-quoting Pollyanna at the end of 2013. I’m looking for the satisfaction one gets when they know they are making steps in the right direction. I’m shooting for being okay with where I am and where I am going.
I won’t blog about the project every day because I can’t imagine anything more dull that reporting how far I’ve walked or what I’ve read for the day. I’ll update on Mondays, though, because I do need the accountability. I’ll also be instagramming what I can as I go. I’ll tag them #365:BODY or #365:MIND or #365:SPIRIT (depending on what I’m doing) if you want to follow along or join me. (? !) You can do just one–I know a few of you already said you would do the walking–or two or all three.
Tomorrow is the day! I’m excited. Here’s to a great 2013.