It’s a good thing that “Regularly update my readers on my progress with my New Year’s Resolutions” wasn’t one of my New Year’s Resolutions, because I would have failed miserably if I had done so!
I told myself multiple times throughout the year that I needed to do so, but then I would forget to do so amidst all of the training and exercise posts I wrote over the year.
Before I talk about what I’d like to do in 2014, I should probably wrap up 2013, right?
Without further ado, let’s take a look back and see how I did!
1.) Run a half marathon and a marathon
I nailed this one. During 2013, I ran one full marathon (Northern Ohio Marathon) and two half marathons (Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon and Towpath Half Marathon). Best of all, I can’t wait to run these types of races again!
2.) Read at least one book per month
I did better than I thought I would with this goal, but I didn’t read 12 books in 2013. I wound up picking up another community college course shortly after I posted my New Year’s Resolutions and life really got crazy.
I did read some exceptional books such as The Hunger Games trilogy, John Grisham’s Sycamore Row, and Gone Girl.
Unfortunately, some of my choices—Chris Kyle’s American Sniper and The Wolf of Wall Street—were so bad that I quit reading them.
3.) Put money in our savings account every month.
To my surprise, I fulfilled this resolution. God blessed our family in many ways this year. One way in which God blessed us was through our finances. I was promoted to full-time status at my main job and I was also offered several additional community college courses. We endured some pretty lean years after law school that taught us a lot about trusting that God would provide for our needs even when we weren’t sure how He would do so, and I am very grateful that God provided us with a stable and steady stream of income during 2013. I must have matured somewhere along the way in life, because I also made sure that we saved money each month. As we prepare to move into our new home, I’m grateful that we have this money in the event that unexpected repairs arise.
4.) Read the Bible at least three times per week
I blew this one. Much to my dismay, I allowed many weeks to go by without cracking open my Bible. Thank God for grace and forgiveness!
5.) Take Sheila on at least one date per month
To my (and Sheila’s!) delight, I did pretty well with this goal! Sheila had a rough year in many respects, and I was grateful that our additional income allowed us to enjoy a few more date nights than we had in the past. Here’s a few pictures from our fun times together:
All in all, I’m pretty pleased with how things went in 2013. While I need to make more of an effort to read my Bible, I am grateful that I developed some financial self-discipline and that I was able to successfully make a concerted effort to make Sheila feel loved and appreciated. Of course, I’m also glad that I was able to achieve my running-related goals, but I’m sure the numerous posts about my running has already made that quite clear to you!
Cheers to a successful 2013!
How did you do with your New Year’s Resolutions?