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Happy New Year!

It is a new year and, thus, a good day for a new start at a number of things. I don’t necessarily do resolutions just because it is too high of a probability that I will break some or all resolutions. So why set myself up for disappointment?

Instead of resolutions, this is a list of things I want to accomplish for 2014:

  • I want to read the Bible. I looked up on a website called “Read the Bible in One Year” and there are a number of ways to accomplish this. Who knew? There is chronological, historical and front-to-back. I talked to a couple of people and asked for advice. My pastor suggested that I do all three over the course of three years. Such as the three-year lectionary the Lutheran church follows. I have decided to start with the historical way and began this morning with Genesis, chapters 1-3.

  • I want to find a full-time job!! Actually the exclamation points don’t really convey my feelings on this subject. I WANT TO FIND A FULL-TIME JOB!!!!!!! There…that is more like it. Seriously. This part-time job, struggling with finances things has become very old, very fast. It’s not like I haven’t been looking since that is pretty much all I do when I am not working at my part-time job but I think that it is time for this to happen. PRAYING hard about this!!

  • I want to get my arthritis under control. Having my arthritis flaring up, as it has been since 2008, keeps me from doing something I love and that is working out. I did try it a little the summer of 2012 but that was basically walking on a treadmill because my doctor wouldn’t clear me to use any other piece of equipment or to use the weights. Then I got cancer and pancreatitis and exercising had to stop. Now that my cancer is gone and my gall bladder is gone, it would be helpful if my arthritis would calm down and I can get back to exercising regularly. My doctor and I are working on a plan for this and, hopefully, it will work.

  • I want to be able to go visit my sister at least a couple of times this year and my younger brother at least once. I haven’t seen my sister and her family since February of 2011. She has had another baby since then and I have never met my new nephew. And I have never met my brother’s daughters and would love to get to know them. So visiting is definitely on the agenda for this coming year.

  • My final “to do” for 2014 is just to be more conscientious of my fellow man. Being single it is easy to be caught in my own problems and my own little world. I have tried for years not to do that and make it a point to pay attention to other people’s problems and help when I can in any way I can. But this year I want to do it more. As my major problems subside, I want to be aware that other people are struggling and do what I can to ease their struggles. I know that is a little vague but I, and God, know what I mean and I pray that it will come to fruition.

How is that? A list of doable goals for 2014. I think it is a fine list and am looking forward to looking back and seeing it accomplished!

Happy 2014, Everyone!!

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