Well, this is mg first entry for this new year. I had meant to write sooner than now, but it’s been a busy 7 days, so it didn’t happen.
I took today off work to rest and to get some work done around the house. I started going into the office on Monday, prepping everything for this new season and dealing with all the hiccups that come at the beginning of each year. Everything is pretty much in order now after fixing all the problems with the computers and software, so I’ll be able to start seeing clients next week. I already have a few appointments set up for Monday, but I’m sure most people haven’t received their W-2s yet, so it might be another week before we start getting more calls.
I know it’s only been a week since the new year began but already I’m pleased with my personal goals and how I’ve been handling life. I’m trying to be more responsible in all areas of my life, as well as more balanced. This year I want to spend less time consumed by gadgets, media and other things that don’t really enhance my life and replace them with things like reading, writing, and creating art, all while making time for faith, family and friends.

So for this year, I’ve set a goal for myself to read 50 books. So far, I’ve read one novel, a short novella, and 4 graphic novels. I’m tracking my progress on Goodreads, as well as trying to read books that have been sitting on my “books I want to read” list for years.

I know that writing takes a little more out of me than reading does, so for this reason, my goal is to write at minimum once a week. This goal is loose, as I haven’t placed any restrictions on what my writing will look like. It will vary from journal entries to new poems or short stories or anything in between, and I will use both my personal and art blog to post these writings.

This goal is probably the least restrictive of all my goals for this year. I’ll have a lot more time to work on art after tax season, but during tax season I still want to foster my creativity. Therefore, as unusual as this is for me, I plan on continuing to attend my monthly craft night on the second Tuesday of each month. Normally I don’t take any days off during tax season, but I figure it’s only two hours that I’ll be missing of work, and between Mosha and the staff, they can handle it. Plus, it’ll bring a much-needed break away from the office.

This is probably the area where I’ve devoted more time to in these past 7 days. In the past, it’s been easy for me to get distracted and not read my Bible or pray, so this year I started by committing to a daily reading plan, which I’ve stuck to thus far.
I know that this is a long list of goals, but I’m making small changes to accommodate all of them. When I get home I’m limiting my time playing games, then making sure I do my daily bible reading, followed by leisurely reading before bed. I’m also trying to kick the habit of doing things in my bed other than sleeping, in an effort to train my body to go into “rest mode” when I lie down. I think I’m so accustomed to being on my phone, watching tv, reading, crafting or playing on my laptop while in bed that my body naturally wants to stay up when I go to lie down. It’s been tough but I’ve been working on doing all these things everywhere but in my bed, and so far it seems to be helping. I’m excited to start the new year off making changes that are healthy for me, and it’ll be interesting to see what progress I’ve made when next year rolls around. Here’s to a new year!

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