Thoughts By Natalie

new home, new goals.

As we make yet another move, I can’t help but think about what I want to do differently with our fresh start. Brian and I started talking about goals on Sunday afternoon while sorting through our filing system and packing up books. It was so interesting to hear about the things he hoped to improve upon and grow in, and also fun to dream up my own ideas along with him.

I came up with a few goals that I’m going to strive for upon our return to San Diego, and it reminded me of the January goals I set at the beginning of this year. Before falling asleep last night night, I reflected on them and thought—in addition to sharing my new goals—I should share my progress with you.

First, these are my new goals for when we get to San Diego:

  • Read the bible in a year. This is something I’ve always wanted to do but never seem to find the motivation to commit to. Brian and I agree that we first and foremost want to focus on knowing God more, so I’ve decided to finally tackle this! I’m using the One Year Bible plan via the Bible app on my iPad. It’s super convenient, and oh-so-motivating, as it has you check off a box for each section of reading you do. Talk about a sense of accomplishment!
  • Run 25-30 miles per week. Last year after training for a half marathon, I was determined to continue running so that 25-30 miles a week became my new normal. Well, as you can imagine, life happened and the additional training never came to fruition. While my current fitness level is quite a few notches below when I was in half-marathon shape, I’ve decided this is still a goal on my radar and I’m going to work toward it—especially now that I can do all of my running by the coast again!
  • Be committed and involved in our church. Before we left San Diego, I attended the Tuesday morning women’s bible study every week. I loved the way it made me feel connected to the church, and I plan to resume where I left off as soon as we’re back in town. Additionally, Brian and I both want to find ministries to plug into and invest in on a regular basis to really make our church feel like a home and a family.
  • Get published in another publication/online magazine. This fall, I will have two articles published in the print version of Darling Magazine—my first-ever articles in print!! The excitement of it reminds me that I do love the art of writing and want to continue to pursue more opportunities to get my writing out there.

Now, a reflection and update on my 2012 goals:

  • Read more books. While I’m still not reading quite as much as I’d hoped, I am at least making small steps toward progress. This year I’ve read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, One Thousand Gifts, The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Castaways, and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? I’m currently tackling the second book on my summer reading list, Unsqueezed.
  • Write more. In January I said, “In 2012, I think writing (and editing) is going to be my thing,” and I really couldn’t have been more correct! This year I had the privilege of co-authoring a book with Wonderfully Made, overseeing and editing for Know Your Value, continuing to write for Darling Magazine, and joining Darling’s Core Team as Online Editor. So far, so good.
  • Live beautifully. I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t still struggle with connecting my beauty solely to my appearance, but I will say that I’ve grown more in this department than I expected. Brian has been the biggest helper with this goal—he’s committed to complimenting me twice as much on my character than my appearance in order to help me refocus my mind (such a good guy, he is!). Probably the greatest signifier of growth has been understanding my relationship with mascara and realizing that I actually don’t like having it as part of my daily life.

Do you set goals? If so, what are some that you’re working on right now? If not, why not?

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  • Ashley Perez
    July 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Great goals Natalie!

  • Hair Extensions By Monica Official Blog
    July 31, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Hey Natalie another great post! I too have been wanting to read the bible in a year. What exactly is the name of the app you talk about on this post? Thanks