Earlier this week I posted my spiritual goals for 2019, but I pray over the goals I set in all areas of my life and I wanted to share what else I’m doing this coming year. I like to divide the goals I set for myself into three areas; spiritual, mental and health goals. I tend to prioritize them in that order as well. So I thought that I’d share the rest of my goals for 2019 with you. Partly because I feel like the success of all my goals goes back to how successful I am at keeping my spiritual goals.
The Books I Plan to Read
In the area of mental goals this year I have chosen a list of books to read both for myself and to my kids. I have shared before that I have struggled with migraines over the last few years and, as a result have struggled with reading. As I was thinking it over though, I started to realize that it has been longer than that since I loved reading. In the midst of college, seminary, and having twins I have set reading aside. I miss it though and this year since I have been struggling less with health I have found myself craving the retreat of a good book. I’ve chosen thirteen books that I’m interested in reading, or that I feel will help me grow spiritually, or that I hope will help me improve my writing.
This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure here.
For my spiritual growth:
- Gracelaced, by Ruth Chou Simons- This book was written by a friend of a friend. Its a devotional book and I’ve been meaning to get to it, but haven’t. It’s full of beautiful artwork and I’m really excited about this one.
- So Long Insecurity, by Beth Moore
- Finding Spiritual Whitespace, by Bonnie Gray
- The Year of Less, by Cait Flanders
- And We Are Changed, Priscilla Shirer
- The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom- This is a reread, but I remember loving this book and haven’t read it since high school so I wanted to try it again.
- I Can Only Imagine, by Bart Miller
Books I am interested in:
- Ashley’s War, by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
- Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly
- Captive in Iran: A Remarkable True Story of Hope and Triumph amid the Horror of Tehran’s Brutal Evin Prison, by Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh
- A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918, by Joseph Leconte
Books to help improve my writing:
- Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds, by Carmine Gallo
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King
My kids love when I read chapter books aloud to them. When the twins were six I picked a book each month to read aloud to them for a year, and it is still one of my favorite goals ever. I wanted to do it again this year and picked thirteen books (The Velveteen Rabbit is pretty short). Its a mix of books that I think the twins will love, and books that I think will draw in H (age 5 1/2). I find that when I’m reading to the twins that H tends to hang around, absorbing vocabulary and stories I wouldn’t expect, and I find that the twins get drawn into the stories that H loves because they just enjoy being ‘little’ for a moment.
This is a great opportunity to expose them to all different genres. Reading The Hobbit to the twins a few years ago made me realize how much they LOVE fantasy. It has shaped how I suggest books to them for their personal reading. I also love that when we read together they are exposed to classics and historical fiction and all kinds of genres.
To Read to the Girls:
- Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
- Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O’Brien – This was my absolute favorite that I read to the twins when they were six. I hope H loves it as much as they did.
- The Girl of the Limberlost, by Gene Stratton Porter
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her own Making, by Catherine M. Valente
- The 13th Reality Volume 1: The Journal of Curious Letters, by James Dashner
- Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis
- The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book 1: The Mysterious Howling, by Mayrose Wood
- The Name of This Book is Secret, by Pseudonymous Bosch
- The BFG, by Roald Dahl
- The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams
- Mr Popper’s Penguins, by Richard Atwater
- Bed Knob and Broomsticks, by Mary Norton
- The Golden Goblet, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
My Health Goals
If I’m really honest here I’m not sure what to set for my health goals. All the health goals I set last year were a huge bust. For one thing the whole month of June I spent parenting my kids from the chair in my living room. Candida and migraines wrecked me. There were whole weeks where my Fitbit showed that I didn’t get 10,000 steps for the week. 10,000 steps a day was a pipe dream. Anytime I felt good, we went hiking as a family or I went running with C.
As for my diet, it has been on a pendulum. I went plant based for 8 months in 2017 (no meat or dairy) to try to get rid of migraines, and ended up with low cholesterol. Then this year I went Paleo, which I don’t mind for myself, but my kids won’t do it.
So I guess my goal for my health in 2019 is to make goals for my health. I want to zero in on what healthy looks like for me. I want to spend time in prayer over what it looks like to honor God with my eating habits and my fitness level. This will probably be ongoing for me, which kind of irks me because it isn’t measurable, but its where I am right now, hopefully God will guide me and convict me when he is ready.
If you’re on Instagram, you can see progress updates on my goals if you follow the hashtag #goalsforfaith. I’d love to see your goals for the new year, be sure to hashtag them!