2012 YIR: Quarter 1 Update

Intentions are no good without some sort of accountability mechanism. Here’s how I’m doing so far on the 12 intentions I made for 2012 after the first three months of the year.  Can you believe we’re already 25% done with 2012?!

1. Run.

10K scheduled for April 15. And I know I can do it. As for the half-marathon? Still seems daunting.

2. Enter New Territory.

No new territory. In fact I’ve had to cancel some trips due to other developments in my life. I don’t know if it’s realistic to visit a new state or province this year, but I do still anticipate visiting a new country (GYC Europe!).

3. Write.

Started out alright, but definitely need to kick it up a notch. I have joined BookWoms, and am a contributor on the Ms. JD website. But I have not written something for either blog in a while. I also want to get in print before the end of the year. So, much to do yet.

4. Read.

I read two books in January. I did not in February, though I finally finished Bonhoeffer. Book review to come soon (I already have a partial draft!) I read in March, but not at the level I wanted.

5. Manage Time.

Time management has improved. This has more to do with the fact that I now have more structure in my life with a fellowship than it does with the fact that I mastered it in the absence of structure. But I do love having a more set schedule and knowing how to better allot my time for different things.

6. Cook Congrí.

Spent time with Lita, didn’t learn to make Congrí yet.

7. Make Music.

Still can’t play and sing. But I did start playing the piano more when I started playing for our Tuesday night Bible study. Then I moved, and I have no piano. We’ll see what happens with this intention.

8. Love Networking.

Did quite a bit of this in February. And actually kind of liked it. Edwin sent me a book about how to get better on it, and his sister Jo said that it’s good as well. I’m looking forward to reading it and will definitely share what I discover.

9. Advocate for Women.

I had no idea how I was going to do this one. Yet me fellowship has landed me in a place where I can make a start on working towards this goal. I don’t really want to write the details in a public place, but let’s just say, I’m excited to go to work every day.

10. Service.

Again, my fellowship is opening the door for this in amazing ways. I cannot imagine using my law degree in any other way besides for public service, and I’m loving it. But I do want to find something apart from my profession where I can be engaged in service. I heard Ann Arbor has a tent city for the homeless, and I’m thinking I may have to check out what opportunities there will be to serve there.

11. ¡Español!

I spent time with my Lita quite a bit before she and Lito went on a trip to Florida. Spanish was getting better, but since moving I’m only around English speakers. Every time I hear Spanish I strain to hear what’s being said. But I think I need to start reading the news in Spanish and listening to sermons and other audio in Spanish.

12. Develop New Intentions.

I developed and executed a new intention in this last quarter: move to a more populated area than southwest Michigan and start a fellowship. And I am so happy right now (in case you couldn’t tell from some of the previous comments). I also have developed an intention to incorporate more new foods in my life: a quarterly eating challenge, focusing mostly on fruits and veggies. More to come.

I have felt very blessed so far in 2012, and it’s shaping up to be a great year. I’m excited to see what’s coming next!

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