At the beginning of this year, when I turned 22, I came up with 22 goals that I wanted to accomplish in this year.
1. Read one book a month that isn’t school related.
- January: read 5 books, favorites include 7 by Jen Hatmaker and The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
- February: read 9 books (hello two days off of school because of the ice storm), favorites include The Longest Ride and A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks
- March: read 3 books (hello month of student teaching), favorites include The Scent of Rain and Split Ends by Kristin Billerbeck
- April: read 3 books, favorites include Dear Mr. Knightley (really cute) by Katherine Reay and Si-cology 101 by Si Robertson
- May: read 11 books (hello summer break), favorites include The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and The Measure of a Lady by Deanne Gist
- June: read 2 books, favorite was Forever With You by Robin Jones Gunn
- July: read 1 book, so I guess it was my favorite, Child of Mine by David and Beverly Lewis
- August: read 2 books, favorite was Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung
- September: read
- October: read 0 books, minus Squanto’s Journey with my tutor student (hello student teaching)
- November: read 2 books, favorite was The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
- December: read
2. Complete the 7 challenge (more to come on this later).
- Month 1: Give away 7 things a day. Completed here.
- Month 2: No social media during lab. Completed here.
- Month 3: Only wear 7 things for a month. Completed here.
- Month 4: Keep the Sabbath. Completed here.
- Months 5 & 6: Only spend money in 7 places. Completed here.
- Month 7: Don’t eat out. Completed.
3. Become certified to run the high ropes course and the intermediate ropes course at camp this summer. HOLLA. I completed this, through blood, sweat, and tears, here.
4. Visit someone that I didn’t visit in 2013. Visited Emma Kate in Clemson in April.
5. Do something completely spontaneous. (I know this is kind of ironic as I plan to do this, but you know…I’m trying.) Completed in January in Atlanta.
6. Have a phone date with a friend once a month.
- January: chatted with Kasey, Abby, and Chelsea
- February: chatted with Kasey and Chelsea
- March: chatted with Chelsea
- April: chatted with Emma Kate and Taylor
- May: chatted with Kasey
- June: chatted with Kaila
- July: chatted with Kaila and Taylor
- August: chatted with Kasey
- September: chatted with Kasey, Abby, and Taylor
- October: chatted with Kasey and Abby
- November: chatted with Kasey and Kaila
- December: chatted with Taylor
7. Try a new recipe once a month (except for the two months I’m at camp).
- January: Chicken Enchiladas, that I do NOT recommend
- February: Monkey Bread x 2 different recipes, both good!
- March: White Chicken Chili, if altered a little, it might be good; Nutella Brownies, that were absolutely fabulous; One-Pot Chicken Alfredo, TO DIE FOR
- April: Buffalo Chicken Dip, pretty good
- May: Honey Roasted Peaches
- June: at camp
- July: at camp
- August: Buckeyes, okay but I need to tweak this before I make them again
- September: Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops, they were okay; French Toast, I did not do well on this
- October: oops, didn’t happen
- November: Chicken and Rice recommended by a lady I babysit for; very good and easy!
- December: Chicken, Broccoli, and Quinoa Casserole, pretty good–I’m still trying to decide how I feel about quinoa; Puppy Chow Cookies–amazing; Anna’s Chili–also good, but not as good as when she made it
8. Become more involved with my church. In Process: I’ve joined a small group, and I am on a team that makes meals once a month for a church event. I’ve also started meeting with two of my friends and our associate pastor’s wife, and I’ve gotten a little more involved in the women’s ministry.
9. Send out 5 letters each month to friends/family.
- January: snail mail went to Mary Beth, Chelsea, Hannah, Casie, and Jamie
- February: snail mail went to DeAnne, Chelsea, Lindley, Mary Beth, and my secret sister (church related)
- March: snail mail went to Taylor, Kaila, Kasey, Abby, and my secret sister
- April: snail mail went to Lindley, Caroline, DeAnne, Lauren, and my secret sister
- May: snail mail went to Anna, Taylor, Chelsea, Abby, and Kasey
- June: snail mail went to Taylor, Dad, Kenny, Emma Kate, and Chelsea
- July: snail mail went to Taylor, Lauren, Mom & Dad, Kaila, and Chelsea
- August: snail mail went to Cathy, Kasey, Abby, DeAnne, and Anna
- September: snail mail went to Hannah, Kate, Aunt Lisa, Kasey, and Leita
- October: snail mail went to Kate, Leita, Taylor, Lindley, and DeAnne
- November: snail mail went to Hannah, Kinsey, Kasey, Kaila, and Lindley
- December: snail mail went to Hannah, Kasey, Kaitlyn, DeAnne, and Grandma + Grandpa
10. Redo the 4 card table chairs that I didn’t redo in 2013. Completed here.
11. Buy the meal or drink of the person behind me in the drive thru line.
12. Apply to grad school and/or apply for a teaching job (EEEEEEEKKKKKKK).
13. Memorize a Scripture each week; so basically memorize 52 verses.
14. Visit the Dukes with Emma Kate. Sort of happened. The Dukes came to camp twice, so I got to visit them, but it wasn’t with Emma Kate.
15. Go to a new place.
16. Work out more than I did in 2013.
17. Learn how to start a fire. I can definitely say I learned how to start a fire, but I’m not sure if I could say I could start a fire. Seeing that my goal was only to learn how, I’m going to count it.
18. Visit the Biltmore. I went in August. YAY!
19. Surprise a friend. I surprised my friend, Kaila, with a trip to the Biltmore!
20. Volunteer for something. I volunteered to be the “prayer request keeper” in my small group. I guess that counts?
21. Try a new food/beverage that I normally wouldn’t want to. Completed here.
22. Grow closer to the Lord.