2013: A Year of Challenges

J&T 2013
Can you believe that 2012 is already over?! Last year, I talked a little bit about how I needed to not only add some things into my life, but how it was absolutely necessary for me to take some things away, too. I can’t say that The Year of More and Less was 100% successful, but I can tell you that it was good. Actually, it was great. I learned that moderation in my life is key. I learned that time and effort should be intentionally spent, not mindlessly wasted. I learned that goals are good and that there is a lot of potential to be had. My husband read this quote to me today and it is totally fitting for how I want to live in 2013:

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room,
drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.
Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through
the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for
potential.” – Ellen Goodman

I have great potential, as we all do. My desire is to keep striving towards that great potential and encourage others to do the same. I’ve come up with a list of personal challenges for 2013 that will keep me growing and changing; they will keep me working and keep me seeking. It’s foolish to think that if I can check things off of a list that I will somehow “arrive” and be done with the challenge. This list is simply a reminder that I have some growing to do…and who doesn’t like a good challenge?!

My Body

  • Do something active 3-5 times a week
  • Juice, smoothie, or lean meals every day
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night

My Soul

  • Read scripture every day
  • Pray with and/or do a devotion with Josh every day
  • Join a small group (women’s or couple’s)

My Projects / Wifery

  • Blog once a week
  • Clean one room every day
  • Get back to menu planning!

Josh and I sat down for a few minutes last night and jotted down a few challenges for us as a couple. Because we’re a team, we thought it only fitting to go into this new year with the same goals in mind.

Our Bodies

  • Encourage each other in personal fitness goals
  • Hike or ride bikes together once a week
  • Eat smarter (stick to the menu)

Our Souls

  • Pray and/or do a devotion together each day
  • Plug into church and a small group
  • Serve in a new community project at church and/or around town

Our Home

  • Watch less, create more
  • Complete home projects on our list
  • Continue agressive debt reduction

I am incredibly excited to enter into this new year with some clear challenges ahead of me. Best of all, I’m beyond blessed to have a handsome man beside me to take it all on!

Here’s to a year of challenges,
Mrs. Edwards


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