Goals for 2016

So I was going to post my goals for 2016 on Friday, Jan. 1, but this little thing called “the internet was down” happened here. So I decided to wait until today. I don’t like to make a ton of goals, but the goals I make do push me and often help me do various other things throughout the year. And I know that making the goals public go a long way — other people see them and may even ask about them, which holds me accountable to them. I don’t do goals in a particular order, but rather for different parts of my life. So here goes:

Running — I will complete two half marathons this year. This isn’t really a stretch for me, but more something to keep me on track. Let’s put it this way, I’ll be disappointed if I don’t do two.

Running — I will run 1000 miles this year. I got this e-mail about a 1000 mile challenge. I thought it would be easy. Then I thought about how many miles that is each week. This will be a stretch goal for me, but I think it’s doable.

Travel — I want to do some trips with the family. We won’t be doing any international trips this year, as far as I can tell. But that shouldn’t stop us from seeing some of the great cities in the Mid-Atlantic — cities like Pittsburgh, DC, New York City, and Philadelphia.

We also want to see some of the smaller places of interest — places like Gravity Hill. This is one of those weird places on the planet where you go to the bottom of a hill, put your vehicle in neutral and then feel the car start to roll up the hill. Pretty crazy.

Career/Calling — Get approved. This is the third and final step in the candidacy process for a Lutheran seminarian like myself. It’s a big deal. There will be another nasty paper to write in preparation for this, complete internship, do another interview in front of the candidacy committee (about 30–40 people). Approval essentially says that yes, I’m ready to be called as a pastor somewhere (so long as I pass my remaining classes)

Writing — Write a book on the challenges the church faces/things I’ve learned from my time in Finland. I’ve been saying I want to do this, this is the year to make it happen.

Financial — Have only student loan debt and a mortgage. That would mean no credit card debt. I’m well on my way to completing this, but I’ll be thrilled when it happens a little later this year.

Blogging — Keep writing a travel post and a post on theology/politics/current events each weekday. I’ll not going to say that the goal will be a failure if I miss a few days. The point is to keep posting content consistently, which for me means each weekday. I’ll probably take holidays off.

Family — I want to teach my children how to play six new games this year. Why? If I’m teaching them a game, then I’m spending time with them and they are learning something new. I’m already on my way with this one — the girls now know how to play rummy.

What are your goals for 2016?

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