January 1 is here! And with it, we welcome a new year: 2016. This year promises to be filled with excitement for me; yesterday was my last day as a business analyst at CIBC, and in about two weeks I will be moving to Louisville, KY to start school at Boyce College. It seems crazy how fast the last twelve weeks have gone since I was accepted to Boyce, but I am excited to see what this year will bring!
I have set a few goals for myself this year: three basic musts; and several hopefuls.
The three musts are:
- Be faithful to my Savior – I want to seek to savor the glory of Christ, and love His grace that He has so lavishly poured out on me more and more each day.
- Be faithful to my family – the way I interact with and love on my family will change a lot this year. Staying connected and involved with everyone’s lives will be a new challenge, but I want to make it a priority to text, FaceTime, call, message, and write to my parents and brothers.
- Be faithful to my church – this will probably look a lot different in 2016 as I seek to join a new church in Louisville then it has for the past several years that I’ve been at home at Newcastle Fellowship Baptist Church. At minimum, my goals for this year are to comfortably settle into my new church, join the membership, faithfully attend weekly Sunday gatherings, and join and get involved with a community group.
Those are non-optional goals that are my top priority in 2016. No matter what challenges may come, I want to seek to fulfill these goals. I also have several things I am hopeful for.
- Academic excellence – I believe that the Lord has gifted His children with brains that need to be used for His glory. If I slack off in school, skip classes, and don’t try to succeed on assignments, I am not being a student to His glory. This year, I want to seek to get good grades, go to class, and actually study and apply what I am learning.
- Reading challenge – my parents and I have decided to join in on Tim Challies Reading Challenge. I am doing the “committed” reader plan, which requires reading 52 books throughout 2016, all from different genres and categories. I am excited to encounter new books through this challenge, but I am a bit nervous that it will be difficult to succeed with this during school.
- Blog often – I started this blog in October and have definitely slacked since. I want this to be a platform to update my friends and family with what is going on in my life, to share challenges, to highlight books and events I love, to reflect on things that matter, to share my love of all things Disney, and whatever else I encounter that I find share-worthy.
- Explore more – I am so guilty of dreaming of traveling to new places, when I have not fully explored the area immediately surrounding me! My goal this year is to explore locally. Whether that is at home in Toronto, or at school in Louisville, I want to love the area that I live and seek out the beauty surrounding me.
- Get involved – when I was at University of Ontario Institute of Technology I did well in the Business program, but I didn’t really thrive. I was a commuter, and only on campus two days a week from like 9-5 for classes, so I didn’t cultivate deep relationships with others in my program. I did get involved with the Business and IT Society on the event planning committee for the gala, but aside from that, I didn’t do anything noteworthy in my year at UOIT. At Boyce, I want to seek to be involved: whether that is going to chapel, joining clubs, going to on-campus events, or however else this could be manifested, I don’t want to continue to waste my university years. I want to be involved on campus.
- Workout more – My mom will love to see this one! As I’ve been at CIBC for the past nine months, I’ve found it difficult to make the time to head to the pool or go for a run. I’m up by 5:30am to head to work, and often don’t get home until after 6:00pm. While I’m at school, with a gym right on campus, I want to try to run or swim or do something else that’s active at least twice per week. No excuses!
Well, I think that is all of my goals for 2016. I’m excited to see how they turn out! A year from now I’ll report back on how I did, and write in some new goals for 2017!