Today is a very special day. It’s my half birthday. Which means in exactly six months I’ll be the big 30. I’m actually looking forward to my thirties! I have some goals that I want to accomplish in that decade, like running a 5K, paying off my student loans, and continuing my education.
But I have ten years to do all that (Lord willing), so instead of bore you with my future intentions for getting older, I’m going to bore you (possibly encourage or inspire you) with my goals for 2017 like the majority of other social media posts are currently doing.
A few years back I started setting goals for five different areas of my life: Spiritual, Soul, Physical, Family, and Financial. In 2014 I killed it and met all of my goals. 2015, killed it again. 2016… Eh, not so much. It was hit and miss. Like Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve debacle. Like lyrics to her performance, my overall performance with my 2016 goals was mediocre. Not quite tragic…. because I did have some success in there. But I definitely could’ve ended on a better note. 😉
With this New Year of 2017 comes new goals and a newfound determination! I’m thankful the Lord has made me a goal-oriented person. This year instead of one goal for each category, I’ve decided to do two.
Now, you may or may not have heard the term BHAG or SMART goals, but we use them in the education profession, other professions use them as well. Let me explain what each acronym stands for:
BHAG = Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal
If a goal is a SMART goal, it is… Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic/Relevant, and Timely.
So on that note 🎤 Here are my 2017 BHAGs and why I chose them:
1. Focus on one scripture a month. I want to go even deeper in my walk with God, and ultimately get better at memorizing scripture and being able to recall it in moments of need.
2. Read my Spurgeon every day and night. I have a 365-day morning/evening devotional by Charles Spurgeon that a friend gave me and I’ve been meaning to delve into it. One thing I want to get better at in my spiritual walk is not just spending time with God in the morning, but in the evening and throughout the day also. Note: a devotional does not and will not ever replace my daily reading of God’s Holy Word.
Soul (mind, will, emotions) Goals
1. Be healthy, happy, and strong. This is general and broad, but definitely measurable. And this is more toward being mentally and emotionally happier, healthier, and stronger than I was in 2016.
2. Read (at least) one book a month. This is geared more toward my mind and just gaining more intelligence, expanding my vocabulary (#nerd), and getting away from my my phone and Netflix. I’ve probably lost a lot of IQ points.
1. Get down to a certain weight. Normally I don’t set a weight goal, but last year I lost 32 pounds since February, just eating right and making smart choices, not even working out! And it’s only a twelve pound goal. This one is more of just a motivation to continue to clean up what I eat and add exercise as a hobby into my life.
2. Stop biting my nails. If I’m ever going to get married, I want these bad boys to look good for engagement photos! Hahaha. No, in reality, they’re just atrocious. That’s the real reason. Something I’ve always wanted to stop doing.
1. Go visit twice. I don’t see them enough, and I know they are disappointed about it, and frankly I am too. What if I’m the only one who will ever share the gospel with them?
2. Send a card/gift for each occasion. I’m terrible at this, even with friends. I just want them to know that I DO care and I DO remember. Just a nice little gesture.
1. Not use my credit card at all. Last year was my worst year for this. Thankfully I’m not in too much debt, but I definitely realized I don’t need to be spending money I don’t have. Duh.
2. Put something in savings every month. Just a good habit I want to get into. Because eventually I’d like to open up a MMA and put more toward my retirement. (Must be a sign of my thirties quickly approaching.)
With that, I’m excited for 2017 and everything God has for me. He was faithful and the one true constant in my life last year, the years before, and the days and years ahead.