Goals

I can be such a fruitcake sometimes. I used to throw these New Years Resolution Parties in which 20+ of my closest friends would share their goals for the year, and if they didn’t have one, we would give them one. Everyone has that friend who has “always wanted to -FILL IN THE BLANK” but for whatever reason: fear, time, resources, etc – have never attained it.

It was awesome to see God’s faithfulness and what was accomplished in the journey a year later. One friend enrolled cosmetology school and is now a successful hairstylist, another decided on paint colors for the house, another met a girl and got married. Things that weren’t on the horizon before, now they had lived it out.

So what makes a goal?  It has to be SMART.

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic 

Timely

The “I’m wanna lose weight” goals are great, but tell me HOW MUCH and WHEN and you’ll have me following you around like a heat-seeking missile asking how the progress is doing every so often. I’ll even log your goals in my calendar. I love to  celebrate when others reach their goals. It’s inspiring. Call me weird. No seriously, do it.

So what are some of my SHORT and LONG TERM? In no particular order, here goes:

  1. Speak spanish fluently
  2. Go on a medical mission trip
  3. Teach someone how to drive stick shift
  4. See an Aurora Borealis
  5. Snorkel/Scuba Dive the Great Barrier Reef
  6. Rock a Farmer’s Market
  7. Visit Israel
  8. Read through the Bible in a year.
  9. Read the Bible cover to cover in Spanish
  10. Run a marathon (top trained at 14miles then got injured)
  11. Organize a 5k
  12. Write a book *recently inspired by my friend Ethan.
  13. Take a culinary class (believe me, I’m no Rachel Ray- I’m sure Jonathan would appreciate this one!)
  14. Wash someone’s feet 
  15. Visit Compassion kids
  16. Teach someone to read (besides my kids!)
  17. Memorize the book of Proverbs
  18. Waterbirth/Homebirth
  19. Teach someone to swim- (besides my kids!)
  20. Play on a CD
  21. Ride in hot air balloon
  22. Start a business
  23. Take Jonathan to see the Mayan ruins and the Cenotes
  24. Become a Master Gardener
  25. Disciple 3 girls/year
  26. Save a life
  27. Speak at a large event, 1,000+ people
  28. Compete in Ballroom dance
  29. Give away $1m
  30. Take photography class

All these things are totally cool. I add and reevaluate this list every so often. There’s so much not on this list that has been accomplished and it’s only by His grace. But y’know what my real goal is? To hear these words one day,

“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:21 (one of my fave parables)

So whether or not I hit every single one of these goals  isn’t going to measure my self worth. I’m a success if I’m aligned to what He’s wants me to do and ultimately if He says I am.

I’d love to know what YOUR goals are!  Feel free to keep me posted:)

Commit your work to the Lord,
    and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3 

 

In His Grip,

Amy

 

 

 

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

downloadThis book was a recommended read at a business meeting I had attended awhile back.

It’s a really simple concept: The little habits that are done daily add up to reap huge dividends in the long haul. Makes total sense, right? People tend to be all or nothing. You make a goal, work really hard, start seeing results only to “get comfortable” and plateau then your back to where you began, frustrated. But the “slight edge” concept focuses on the small, seemingly insignificant habits (so simple they are easy NOT to do them) for long term success.

Olson addresses different areas such as Health and Fitness, Finances, Personal Relationships, etc. Here’s a visual for those of you who won’t discipline yourself to actually read this book., haha

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The Slight Edge concept is not a new one. Just think of the pro-athletes or the budding musician that stayed an extra 20 minutes to practice every day to hone their craft. It’s the small disciplines that can make a person great. This is a great book for people who may struggle with consistency and would like to address long term solutions and  get out of the quick fix rut. Definitely a good read.

Enjoy!

You Make Me Brave- Bethel

THIS SONG!! MY NEW JAM!

A song I put on repeat ALL week. I love how Amanda Cook effortlessly CRUSHES this song.  It was a p e r f e c t song to add to my “delivery playlist” before I gave birth to Jet two weeks ago. (Which WAS one of my biggest fears that He has definitely turned into a huge victory. I should probably write a post on that. Hmm, coming soon.) Ok, so check it out.

 

Here’s just a taste of some of the lyrics:

For You are for us 
You are not against us
Champion of Heaven
You’ve made a way 
For all to enter in

You make me brave
No fear can hinder now 
The love that made a way

You make me brave
You called me beyond the shore
Into the waves

You make me brave
No fear can hinder now 
The promises You’ve made

I would love to know how He has made you brave…

In His Grip,

Amy