How Caley and I prepare for the New Year // #Portercast14

Processed with VSCOcam with m3 presetAt the end of each year Caley and I spend some time reflecting on the past year and dreaming about the future. I shared a couple of weeks ago about the process and this past Friday we sat down at Starbucks and walked through 17 pivotal questions. 

Here are some of the highlights: 

This Year:

1. What are my fondest memories of 2013?

  •  Seeing God move in our family during the passing of Granny Morrell.
  • We took a significant step towards having a child by deciding to become foster parents.
  • We also decided to be open about our infertility issues and God has allowed us the opportunity to connect with others who have found themselves where we are.
  • Our vacation in Savannah, GA.

2. What were the “big projects” I completed during the year?

  • Getting licensed to adopt/fostering.
  • Read a book a month.
  • Got Caley’s business up and running.
  • Ran my best time in a 5k.

3. What were the defining moments during the last year?

  • Our decision to adopt/foster before infertility treatments.
  • We started saving for infertility treatments.
  • The passing of Granny Morrell
  • Sending in a book proposal.
  • Killed the need for sugar with my coffee.

Processed with VSCOcam with p5 preset4. What did I procrastinate on and fail to get done?

  • Work out 4 times a week.
  • Our budget wasn’t as strict as it should have been.

5. What books and mentors had the greatest impact on me? Why?

Our character is simply made up of the habits and attitudes we possess daily. – Tim Elmore

For the New Year:
1. What are my greatest dreams for 2014?

  • Have a foster child and start the process of adopting by year’s end.
  • Pursue infertility treatments.
  • Be closer to God and closer to Caley.
  • Lead my family greater in our spiritual walk.
  • Dream big and rely on God no matter how crazy it may seem.
  • Work out more. At least, 4 times a week.
  • Beat the sun up daily.
  • Read more.
  • Manage my time more wisely.
  • Be more financially secure.
  • Read a book a month.
  • Increase our personal giving.

Processed with VSCOcam with p5 presetIf this has got you thinking about your New Year, check out the entire list of questions and spend some time getting ready for the New Year.

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6 thoughts on “How Caley and I prepare for the New Year // #Portercast14

  1. Awesome stuff! My wife and I do the same thing each year as we approach the new years, it is amazing how much it helps setting goals and reviewing your goals.

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