At 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:
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.
4. 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?
- Start by Jon Acuff– This got me started on my dream of writing/blogging.
- Tribes by Seth Godin– Helped me understand everyone has an audience.
- Platform by Michael Hyatt– Helped me see how blogging is an achievable dream.
- Mel McGowan– He stretched my understanding of the future of the church and its place in society.
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.
If 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.