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No Resolutions… Just Goals!

I’ve never been one for making New Year’s resolutions.   I’m not opposed to them but just never really saw the point.  Recently, however, I have realized the importance of setting goals.  Quantifiable goals that you can say, “Yes, I did that,” or “I fell a little bit short on that one.”

I’ve decided 2014 will be a year of change for me.  What exactly does that mean?  I’m not really sure but I do know that by achieving the goals I’ve set for this year there will be positive changes in my life. Changes that could have a big impact on my family.

So here goes.  My list of goals for 2014:

1.  Pick one Bible verse to focus on and pray about each week. Whatever my mood or need is for the week I’ll search out a verse to reflect on.

2.   Continue to blog at least 3 times a week.  This really has been a fun outlet for me.   I enjoy learning about all aspects of blogging and want to continue to promote this site.

3.   Read at least 12 books and listen to at least 12 audio books.   This may not seem like much but it’d be more than I accomplished this year.

4.   Get up by 5:30am at least 3 days per week.  I could get alot done by getting up earlier.

5.    Have a date night with my wife at least once a month.   We didn’t take the time to go out nearly enough in 2013.

6.  Have at least 1 family movie night per month.  Popcorn, smoothies, Twizzlers… sounds like fun.

7.  Have at least one family outing per month.   A minor league baseball game, community events, auto races… there are so many inexpensive things we could do as a family if we just made a plan to do them.

8.     Try at least 2 new recipes or foods per month.  Seems like we’re always making the same things so I’m looking for a way to shake things up a bit.

9.  Make at least one networking phone call/contact per week.  Will 2014 bring about a job or career change for me?  I can’t say but after being at the same place for more than 20 years I’m finally mentally prepared to consider other career options.

10.  Drink at least 3 Tervis tumblers full of water a day.   I need to drink more water.  (We love Tervis in our house)

That’s it.  My goals for the year.  By doing them all 2014 will truly be a year of change!

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Brighten Someone’s Day

“Never underestimate your ability to make someone else’s day!”  I’m not sure where I originally heard that quote but I was reminded of it last night.

My wife works retail managing the women’s clothing section of a large outdoor store.   Yesterday they had a customer that they had helped before Christmas come back into the store.   He wasn’t there to complain.   Just the opposite.

He made a special trip back into the store to say thank you for the help he received picking out presents for his wife.   Everything fit her perfectly and she loved them all.   Wow!  That’s cool!   That simple act of kindness showed by that gentleman brightened several lives yesterday.

It is a moment I’m sure they’ll remember and may return to in their mind when having to deal with difficult customers.

This got me thinking.  Why as a society are we so quick to complain but so slow to offer praise?   Why can’t we show an attitude of gratitude every once in awhile?

I’m just as guilty as the next guy but I plan to try and change that this week.   Instead of asking God for what it is I think I need I’ll thank him for what he’s already given me.  I’ll look for ways to thank others and brighten their day.   Won’t you join me?

“Never underestimate your ability to make someone else’s day!”

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)  Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

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What Gives You Comfort?

What do you do when you are stressed out or frightened?   You turn to something that gives you comfort.   A favorite Bible verse, a parent, a friend; they can all give you comfort in a time of need.

So what gives you comfort if you are a kid at the eye doctor who has to get dilating drops that sting your eyes?   If you are like my youngest this morning you bring your stuffed animal, Snowflake.

She’d had the drops several times before.  She was dreading it and knew she’d need comfort.   She wasn’t embarrassed about that.   She recognized the situation and planned ahead.

I like how young kids aren’t afraid of what others think.  They don’t care.   If the roles were reversed my older daughter may have wished she had her stuffed monkey along but would have never brought him.

I’m not sure at what age or why we begin sacrificing our own comfort over what others think.   I  do know this.   When there are times in our life when we are in need I think we should all be more childlike.

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