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I cannot believe we are almost finished with July– and over halfway through the year! In the past few years, I’ve started evaluating my progress on my New Year’s Resolutions every summer. It’s been beneficial for me because usually at this point in the year, I can’t even remember what my goals were in the first place! Last year was my first year of picking a Bible verse to summarize what I hope the upcoming year will be like; like evaluating my progress on the yearly goals, I like to reflect on my yearly Bible verse to see if I’m making progress in this area of my life.
2018 Goals Update:
1. Go on a big road trip through South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and North Dakota. We haven’t gone on our big road trip and actually won’t be going this year. When I set this goal, Andrew and I wanted to go camping at Yellowstone, but when it was finally time to plan the trip, we both realized we had no desire to go camping for an entire week. A weekend? Yes. An entire week? Meh. (This probably has to do with our camping disaster for our second anniversary.) We also realized it would take over 18 hours to drive one way to Yellowstone and have no desire to sit in the car for that long on such a short week of leave.
Instead, I’ve slightly altered this goal to Go on a summer vacation. We have no preference on destinations except that we want to be out of cell phone range 😉
2. Visit Jen and her family in Kansas. Yet another goal that was a no-go! Andy and I had planned to visit Fort Leavenworth over a 3 day weekend in January, but due to crummy weather and a case of the stomach flu going around post, we canceled that trip. Our work schedules have been crazy these past few months, so by the time Andy and I had the chance to travel again, they have already PCSed away from Kansas! This just means Andy needs to be stationed at Bragg for our post-Recruiting assignment 😉
Once again, I’ve edited this goal to: Go on at least 4 overnight dates. We are well over halfway there! We have gone on quite a few, in fact: Des Moines, Minneapolis for the Strong Bonds retreat, and the camping trip mentioned above. Having an overnight trip to look forward to every couple of months has helped with the stress of my husband’s current job assignment, even if we can’t “officially” plan things until much closer.
3. Read 30 books. So far I’ve read 15 books, so I’m halfway there! (insert Bon Jovi song here)
4. Fully fund our emergency fund/save for new (to us) vehicles. If you’ll recall, this goal is a combination of two since we can’t precisely predict when our cars will kick the bucket. In the spring, it became evident that I would need a new car sooner rather than later, so we squirreled away as much money as we could before we planned to go car shopping in August. In mid-July, we found a steal of a deal on a 2015 Ford Focus and brought that baby home a bit sooner than anticipated! Now that I have a new car, our next major financial goal is to save for a new truck for Andy/fund our emergency fund. Like the previous goal, we plan to save for both at once, since we’re not sure exactly when Andy’s truck will need to be replaced. 5. Continue working towards my Business degree. Yup! I settled on attending Liberty University for my second degree and just finished my first class with them last week. I’m so excited to be making progress on this degree since it’s something I’ve wanted to pursue for years!
Bible Verse of the Year:
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
-1 Corinthians 15:33
Picking this verse turned out to be a blessing; my goal with this verse was that I would make some like-minded Christian friends and I’m happy to say that I have! Andy and I joined a small group at our church in January, and it has been the best for spiritual growth as well as forming friendships! Our small group is on summer vacation, so I haven’t seen my new friends as often as I’d hoped, but I’m excited to start back up in the fall and am especially looking forward to Bible studies once Andy is TDY for a while.
We’ve also been able to join some small group friends for things like dinner, cookouts, and board game night. It’s really encouraged me to open our home to more people in the future. In fact, Andy and I are working hard to train Lily so we can finally begin entertaining guests.
Are you making progress on your New Year’s Resolutions?
Did you have to edit any goals for the year, like I did?