Read through the Bible in one year. As my Pastor says, “Every Christian should read all the way through the Bible at least once.” Very excited to share this goal this year with my husband. We both have attempted this before and we start out great. Like many, we kind of lose sight of the goal and slip here and there. Before we know it, we are so far behind. This year we are using a Bible reading schedule that has us reading from the Old and New Testaments and Poetry (Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon) every day.
Read one book a month. I absolutely used to detest reading. Up until I was required to read, “Through Gates of Splendor,” in 7th or 8th grade. I was captured not only by the story’s content but also by the author’s storytelling. When I started that book, I wanted to finish it. To this day, I have to finish a book when i start it. There is no reading it over the month. So I may get to more than one book each month. We shall see. This also explains why my books are bigger than the ones my husband chose. He likes to read here and there, not all at once. I will be doing a book review for each one of my choices. I have honestly had some of these books for years and never read them. I don’t even know what some of them are about
Stick to the budget no matter what! We don’t really have any problem staying within our means. We just want to work on planning for the future and knowing where our money is going. We have read Dave Ramsey’s, “Total Money Makeover.” We agree with many of his ideas, and we’ll most likely do a modified envelope system. It has worked for many of our family and friends. I think everyone should read it, even if just to get a few ideas for your own home.
Exercise regularly. At least 3 days a week. Enough said.
Eat healthy food. Depending on our schedule, it is sometimes easy to just stop and grab something. Not this year. We are going to be doing an overhaul on our diet. Our family has had success with the Paleo diet. The diet part is deceiving. We’re not focusing on what we can’t eat, but on what we can and should eat. I’ve printed a list of good things to grab for snacks and lunches and posted it on the fridge for quick reference. We have done this temporarily before and we felt fantastic. If it hadn’t required so much work, we would have kept it up. Or so I thought. Really, we just didn’t prepare for it. This year, we’re ready. I have multiple websites I’ll be using for recipes. I also have been able to glean from my family members some of their ideas. For instance, one family member cooks his family’s meals for the week on one day. So much easier. I will probably make 3 days at a time since I have an apartment-sized kitchen.
Here are our goals for 2013. Come on back for updates on how we’re doing and much more.