Baby Steps for the New Year

The other day I realized that 2011 brings a new decade to my life.  2000-2010 was the beginning to my adult life and brought a number of changes:

  • Graduating from college
  • Marrying Hillary (best decision of the decade)
  • Starting graduate school
  • Starting a coffee shop business
  • My first full-time youth ministry position
  • The births of our two daughters
  • Unemployment
  • Working for the coolest tech company
  • Moving back to the Midwest and re-entering the church world

As we look to the next decade, I almost laugh trying to think about where we will be in 2020.  At that point my daughters will be 16 and 14! AHH!  I can’t even begin to think about where I want to be in ten years.  Knowing the transitions that came in the last ten years, I have realized that it is better to just take one day at a time and be content.

I just looked through my blog posts over the last three years in hopes of finding a past post about New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately I didn’t find any.  As I look toward this next year, my focus in on self-discipline and solidifying healthy habits.  Instead of coming up with huge New Year’s resolutions, I am focused on baby steps.  The other day I read that if other people know your goals, you are more apt to follow through on them. Here are my baby steps for the next year:

  • Continue my running regiment (I’m running the Illinois Marathon in April)
  • Read before bed
  • Write for fifteen minutes a day (My dad and I are dreaming of a book project focused on developing a philosophy of ministry)
  • Spend a good chunk of Saturday morning with my wife having our weekly catch up and planning conversation (We were inspired by Faith Tango by Craig and Carolyn Williford, the past president of Denver Seminary)
  • Continue “Daddy/Daughter Dates” with Anna and Norah
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About joelnewton

I am a husband to Hillary, a father to Anna and Norah

Posted on December 31, 2010, in Personal and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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