For the past few years I’ve been making this kind of list, but last year I didn’t make one. I knew I’d be moving across the country, so it was hard for me to conceptualize what my life would even look like six months from my birthday. A list of goals seemed hard to create. So instead I made a list of things I wanted to do/see/eat before I left Texas. But this year, I’m returning to the original list idea. These are things I want to do/try/grow in/see/experience in the next year of life (in no particular order):
26 Goals for my 26th
- Finish the Bible by December – I’ve been working through the Bible for about a year now, and my original goal was to read it all in a year. I think a year and a half to two years will be more likely 🙂
- Run that seven minute mile – This has been an elusive goal of mine for a couple of years. I want to accomplish it without risking injury, so I’m thinking it will happen early on in marathon season this year.
- Road trip to Michigan – I’ve always wanted to visit, and now I only live a few hours away!
- Swim in Lake Michigan – I live a mile away from the Lake! But it hasn’t been swimming weather in the time I’ve lived here. My goal is to swim in that ocean-of-a-lake many times this summer.
- Play more piano – learn more chords, more songs, and get better at singing and playing at the same time 🙂
- Cook more with a crock pot – Anyone have any good recipes?
- Go camping somewhere completely new – Camping makes it on my list every year because I just love it so much and my soul needs a good camping trip at least a couple times a year.
- Go to a UChicago football game – I went to a UChicago basketball game this winter and it was surprisingly fun. UChicago isn’t a very athletic school, but the games are free 🙂
- Watch the sunrise over Lake Michigan – I’ve seen the sun rise over the Lake a few times since moving to Chicago six months ago. But I want to make it a semi-regular thing, at least when the weather is nice.
- Go fishing
- Weekend beach trip – Must be an overnight trip. A lake beach would count.
- Go to movies in the park this summer in Chicago
- More water color painting – I was starting to do this more in the winter of 2015, and then I just kind of stopped. But I enjoyed it, so I’d like to revisit this hobby, probably this summer.
- Find the best margarita in Chicago – Serious question: do good margaritas exist north of Texas???
- Pray for people on public transportation – I love public transportation, and I try to ride it as often as possible. I usually spend time praying/worshiping to myself during my commute, but I want to be more intentional about praying for others when possible. Not sure what this looks like exactly, but it’s on my mind.
- Read a (short) book in Spanish this summer – Maybe a children’s book or some short stories that are beginner/intermediate level.
- Road trip with friend(s) – After two cross-country road trips on my own this year, I would love a road trip with good company 🙂
- More intentional meal times – Before grad school, I would have meals with friends pretty regularly. But since starting grad school my schedule (and budget) has changed a lot, so I don’t share as many meals with others as I would like. This year I want to be more intentional about sharing meals with friends (either at home, with packed lunches, or going out to eat). I think sharing meals with people is one of my favorite ways to be in ministry and community with others.
- Blog more – I’ve neglected this space, for many reasons, but I’d like to get back to blogging a bit more. Maybe once a month?
- Work on the Ingram family farm – My family owns a farm in southern Illinois, which I visited for the first time last fall. I desperately want to go back again this summer and help with the harvest and/or just do other work for a few days or more.
- Social media fast at the beginning of the year – I did it this year, for a month in January, and it was a truly refining and refreshing detox.
- Practice yoga more regularly
- Learn more about my grandma – I recently listened to this podcast about listening, and it sort of convicted/inspired me to learn more about my grandmother (among other things – it’s a great podcast). I want to hear her stories and ask questions I’ve been too shy/proud to ask before.
- No Netflix right before bed; No checking phone (emails/social media) before getting out of bed – I’m usually pretty good about this, but I want to make it a more defined discipline for myself.
- Prioritize relationships (remember, relationships=productivity) – Grad school has kept me insanely busy and sometimes, I find that I will view time with friends as “unproductive” compared to other things I could/should be doing. While I do want to take my school work seriously, I do not want to overlook the rich value of relationships. Spending time with people, even if there truly are a bunch of other things I need to get done, does not need to be seen as unproductive.
- Be generous – I usually include a financial goal or two every year, but this year my finances are in a really unique situation (in that I’m basically unemployed, a full-time student, and I have very little financial flexibility). But, despite how stressful that can be, I’ve tried to focus on remembering how faithful God has been and how generous he calls me to be. So my goal is to be generous – with my resources, my prayers, my time, etc. In the past, I’ve learned the most about generosity from people who seemed to have fewer resources than me, so I believe my current situation poises me well to learn how to be generous in new ways. I’m embracing it.
- Bonus (only because I thought of it after I made 26 other goals): Go on a bike ride on the lake shore and/or go on more bike rides.
What are your goals for the coming months or year? Who wants to join me in some of these?