Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January Goals

I think instead of making big sweeping goals for the new year like I usually do, I'm going to focus on one month at a time-- part of my goal of being present this year.  If I focus on one month at a time, it keeps me from looking too far ahead and living 6 months ahead of myself all of the time.  So here they are for this month.

No. 1: Have an open mind.  I've been struggling to figure out my role in my new workplace.  In the most obvious of ways, it's as a nurse.  But I think I was quick to judge this job and this smaller hospital, and now I'm trying to take back all of the negativity that I projected onto it within my first few weeks of working there.  I'm learning a TON and dealing with things that are so different from 3 West, and at first, I hated that.  I wanted what was familiar, not something totally alien to me.  Scott had a long heart-to-heart with me the other night and convinced me that new is good; it's how I'll build up experience in nursing and learn more for my profession.  So goal #1 of this month is to have an open mind and open heart for new things.

No. 2: Be brave.  This one is going to be hard.  I'm an introvert by nature and love quiet nights in my apartment.  But last night as I sipped wine by myself while watching chick flicks to ring in New Year's, I felt a little bit lonely and a little bit sad that I didn't have friends to celebrate like I would back home.  And I realized that in order to make friends here, I have to step outside of my introvert box and put myself on the line.  I have to be brave.

No. 3: Follow my gym calendar.  I've made a gym calendar for this month with different activities planned for each day, and I'd really like to get back into working out so I can feel healthy again.  I've tried to be realistic with my gym goals-- I'm not saying I'm going to go every day for three hours.  I've given myself off on days that I work 12 hour shifts, and I've told myself that it's not about losing weight, but being healthy and strong.  I want to feel confident in my wedding dress in April.  I want to tone and strengthen so I feel as strong as I did when I first graduated from college and lost 20 pounds.  With three months to go, I'm taking it one month at a time :)

No. 4: Read a book.  Maybe two.  I want to read Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist (my life will be so sad when I'm finished reading her books-- I hope she has another in the works!), but I also want to read the books I bought to read pre-wedding with Scott.  I've been planning this wedding for months but want to spend the next few months focusing on preparing for the marriage.

No. 5: Spend more time in Scripture.  This speaks for itself.  I'm going Old-Testament for the start of this year.  Hold me accountable on this one-- I struggle with Old Testament language and stories sometimes!

No. 6: Write more letters.  This is inspired by my dear friend Shannon.  I want to keep in touch with everyone I promised to be pen pals with.  I've got a giant decorative box full of stationary-- time to put it to good use!

Lots of love, sweet friends.


  1. I feel sad about your New Years Eve! I love you friend and I promise to write you more letters if you send me different stationery each time - so very exciting!!

  2. Hello Cristina. Wish you a very blessed, spiritfilled, properous and Christ centered new year. I am so glad to know you through your profile on the blogger. I am also glad to stop by your blog "Grace Like Rain" ( a Jesus girl and her Journey) and a blog post on it " January Goals. I am impressed by the title of your blog as well as what you worte down the title. The post "January Goals" is very creative as you want to go one step at a time and sure this makes more sense and keeps on target and alert. I like one of the goals and that is "Spend more time in Scriptures" which shows your hearts desire. May the Lord help you to achieve and fulfill this goal so that He makes you a Godly woman. Well let me share with you about the opportunity of coming to Mumbai, India on a short / long term missions trip to work with us in the slums of Mumbai amongst poorest of poor inflected with many diseases due to poor sanitation. Since you are a Nurse we can organise Medical camps in the slums to treat peopel with different kinds of diseases. The Lord can use you in bringing spiritual and physical healing to the people. I am in the Pastoral ministry for last 34yrs in this great city of MUMBAI a city with great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We reachout to the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the broken hearted. We also encourage young people as well as adults f rom the West to come on a short / long term missions trip to work with us. We would love to have you come with your friends to work with us by becoming hands and feet of Jesus. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede. Looking forward to hear from you very soon.