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Happy New Year!

Bill and I had such a great time in Chattanooga! I was there for 2 weeks but it felt like 2 days!

I can’t believe that it is already 2008? Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions yet? Have you already broken all of them? Bill and I set yearly goals – that are specific and have a specified date by which to achieve them.

There are seven goal categories:

1. Spiritual 2. Physical 3. Financial 4. Intellectual 5. Social 6. Career 7. Family

Bill and I have 2 or 3 goals in each category. I challenge you to set specific – measurable goals to achieve this year. This year my overarching theme is living an “intentional life.” It is so easy to go through life with no plan – and you get nothing done, don’t experience anything new and end up feeling like most of your time is wasted.

One of our social goals is to go out with friends at least one time a month – so far we’ve gone out with friends 2 times this month. On Friday, we went out with my friend from NYU, her boyfriend and a host of her other friends. We went to a Mexican restaurant in Greenwich Village. The food was pretty bad but it was a fun time. We sat on couches and chairs around a table – so it was more like someone’s living room than a restaurant. Today after church we went out with our friends from Community Group and a few other people. It was good to see everybody again and catch up on what they did over the holidays. We’re thinking of hosting a LOST season premiere party. That will be interesting since we only have a loveseat and 4 kitchen chairs!

Bill’s work and my internship are back in full swing. Exciting news – I may get to go to Washington, D.C. with my internship. They are attending the National Advisory Panel (NAP) meeting at the end of this month. To be honest, I have no idea what that means at the moment but it sounds exciting!


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5 Responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. SYBIL says:

    We also sensed the time was all too short, but we are so happy we had time as family during the celebration of our Lord and Savior’s birth. Resolutions such as you all have lined out are admirable and good to focus on for the year. I pray daily for all our wonderful family and express such a sense of pride for each of you. All good wishes for both of you now and throughout this year! Keep the BLOG going!! Love you.

  2. Gayle says:

    I also agree that the time went by too fast and after the two of you were back in NY I realized there were things I wanted to do but didn’t get the chance. You are an inspiration for me as I make my goals for 2008. Thank you for your love and your encouragement. I have written my goals down and now I am going to work on each one. I wish you both continued success in your plans for the future. I am already thinking about when we will come back to NY to see you. I don’t think I can go too many months.

  3. Julie says:

    Washington will be so much fun. But it was really cold when we went on Spring Break. It snowed on us. I know you will love it. I admire your goal setting. I really don’t want to think of all of those categories. But since I am not a member of your “cult”, perhaps it is okay to only set a couple of goals!

  4. Aunt Pam says:

    It was great to see you over the holidays! I’m glad that you are setting goals each year. And putting them in categories is a good way to keep your life balanced. I have always believed that old saying, “Not planning is planning to fail.” Another thing that I have started doing each New Year is to think about things that I am currently doing and deciding what I need to keep in my life and what I need to let go. Sometimes we have to let go of unhealthy situations, behaviors, thoughts, or actions to become the best we can be. And while I will continue to do this, I always keep in mind that “Life happens while you are making other plans!” Sometimes you just have to “switch gears”!

    It sounds like you and Bill are getting a good start on the New Year. I’m so glad that you are making friends. I have learned that even when our plans don’t work out, friends will see us through. So, keep them close to your heart. I am very fortunate to have kept many good ones through the years.

    Well so much for Pam’s point of view. I must be feeling philosophical on my birthday:-)

    The trip to D.C. sounds both interesting and exciting. I hope you have a great time!

    I am really proud of both of you and I can’t wait to visit in the Spring! Take care!

  5. Mimi says:

    YOU AND BILL ARE SO WISE FOR YOUR YEARS. I’M SO PROUD OF YOU!!
    I’M ALWAYS GLAD WHEN YOU CAN COME HOME AND I ENJOYED HAVING YOU WITH US AS MUCH AS WE DID THIS TIME.
    LUCY SAYS “HI, AMBA”