Birthday goals

I started my 35th year on this earth last week.

So far, it’s been an eventful 35 years. I found salvation with Christ, earned three degrees, married the love of my life, birthed two darling girls, and settled down. Along the way, I played tennis (According to USTA, I’m a 3.0 even after over a decade of inactivity — but that’s another blog post at another time), ran some half-marathons, and I found out I’m a bit of a daredevil and like to hang glide, parasail, and jump off cliffs (The Artist gets it honest).

I used to have a sheet of my 30 before 30 – 30 goals I wanted to accomplish before I turned 30. Some of them included earning my Ph.D., purchasing a house, and having a child. Check yes on all of those. But there were some goals that I did not get accomplished — for example, learn Spanish (No habla Espanol well) and learn to surf (but I did come THISCLOSE).

When I think about goals for this upcoming year of my life, where I want to see myself when I turn 36 – I think – here. I want to be here, teaching students, loving on my baby girls, and having my husband beside me. I do hope I will have more wisdom when I turn 36, though, and that’s where I focused this year’s objectives: wisdom.

How does one become wise?

Next week, I’ll post some of my favorite prayer journals and Bible studies, but for now, here is my short but essential “Judith Gets Wise” list:

1) Pray. I love how Val Woerner encourages her followers to pray just 10 minutes a day. Just 10 minutes. That’s such a short amount of time during the day, but it’s so good for the soul. My mood is better, my attitude is brighter, and I’m just a nicer person all-around when I have been in communion with God.

2) Study. Whether it’s diving into the Word directly or pouring into a Bible study, I need to see and read God’s Word. I’m one of four Sunday School teachers in our department, and we’re on a once-every-three-month rotation. And when I’m on, I’m on. I research, I study, and I prep for Sunday morning. But when I’m off rotation, my Bible study slacks. I need to be more consistent with Bible study.

3) Read. I love to read. I always have. And, even better, both of my kids are voracious pre-readers. The Artist will always have five or six books in bed with her, and The Engineer has at least two. They want to read. They want to learn. And I do, too. Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, I am an advocate of reading every day. Sometimes I slack on this, though, whether from lack of time or lack of interest in my current read. So here’s the new goal for achievement: if I like a book, I can finish it in under two weeks. If I don’t, it may be a month or two months before I finish it. So my goal is that if I don’t finish a book in two weeks (due to my disinterest), I put it away. Life’s too short for bad books.

4) Write more. I love to write. I write this blog, don’t I? I like to write long books, though. But I don’t schedule much time to writing – that’s something I need to change. Today.

Four goals. Start slow, finish strong.

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