I believe in the power of setting goals. So, without further ado, here are the goals I have set for this coming year. I'm sure I'll be blogging more about each of these throughout the year, and hopefully this process will hold me accountable to fulfilling my goals.
Read 18 books (12 non-fiction & 6 fiction)
Each year I have a goal of reading a certain number of books, but usually I only read non-fiction books. So this year I'm adding some fiction books to my goal. There are a number of book series that I have been wanting to read, including The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, but I also want to finally read some classic series like Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.
Blog at least once a week
I used to blog a lot. A long time ago. But for quite a while I have been incredibly inconsistent with my blogging. So this year I want to commit to blogging about once a week. That's not a lot, but at least it's a goal that is attainable and sustainable.
Kiss my wife once a day
Please read this goal as completely innocent. In this goal, I am simply acknowledging that with kids now in our lives, it is easy to focus so much on kids that we forget to prioritize our marriage. I simply want to remember daily that I love my wife.
Find our rhythm as parents of two small children
This year will bring about a completely different life for us as we welcome child #2 into the world. We will need to find a new, healthy rhythm that works for our family.
Make some more friends in Bozeman
This was a goal for me last year too, but I need to be intentional about making a few more friends here in Bozeman. It's tough to make friends when you work all day and then go home to your family at night, so I need be really intentional in finding more people to share life with here.
Develop my pastoral role at our church
I have spent most of this past year (my first in Bozeman) finding my way as an employee at the youth center, so I'm looking forward to exploring my role as one of the pastors at our church this year. I have one huge idea of how this will happen, which I will be writing about in the coming months.