22 in 22

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 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.

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