I am a goals oriented person. I always work better if I have a goal in mind. Last year these were my goals:

5- Read at least 5 verses of the Bible every day.

50-Read 50 books this year (after I complete the current book challenge I’m working on). But this year, I’m choosing the categories.

500-Run 500 total miles this year. Gulp. Not sure I can make this one, but I WANT to.


The first one- I am amazed to say it, but I did it!!! This is the first Bible reading goal I’ve ever set for myself that I have actually stuck with. And I think it was because it was totally attainable. So much so that I usually read much more than 5 verses a day….but also didn’t have to feel guilty if that is all I could manage. I am going to continue this goal for this year. I read most of the New Testament this year (some of it twice), so I’m going to finish that up…and then I’m not sure what I’ll read.

I read 50 books, just posted the update on that one. This year my reading challenge is going to look different. I’m going to read at least 1 book from each book list for every grade at JECA-so at least 12 books (because I’ve obviously already read all the fourth grade books). I haven’t picked out all the ones I’m doing yet, but I’m working on it. The first one I’m starting with is All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren. It is on the 12th grade list. I would also like to reread The Chronicles of Narnia, because it has been awhile. Past that, I’ll just see what comes along. 😉

So I DEFINITELY didn’t make my running goal. I realized about halfway through the year that this wasn’t a realistic or good goal for me. The main reason being that my body doesn’t like that much running. It was hurting. Which meant I wasn’t making my weekly goals. But, more importantly, I’m learning that my body responds much better to me changing up the types of exercise I’m doing every day, and that also makes more sense for when I am training for triathlons. So I changed my goal to closing my exercise ring 5 days a week. That means at least 30 minutes of exercise, 5 different days. I didn’t do it perfectly, but it is a good goal to strive towards for sure. And attainable, most weeks. I like this better than the mileage goal, because I had started dreading running….now that I’m switching up the types of exercise I’m doing, I’m enjoying running occasionally again. And, I was able to purchase an indoor bike that I’ve really been enjoying working out on. I’m going to start this goal back next week when I head back to school.

Another goal I’m pursuing this year is less social media. I’m not sure what this looks like, yet. Still trying to decide on some parameters for myself. Right now I’m on day 7 of just taking a total break. I don’t think I want to do away with social media totally, but I do want to come up with some rules for myself. I notice I get sucked into it the most when I’m stressed….and there are definitely better ways to relieve stress.

So, there you are. My 2020 goals.

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