At the beginning of the year I wrote a blog post about my goals for 2018 (here). I set physical goals, as well as spiritual and emotional goals.
Overall, I feel like I am on the right track to achieving them. There are some that I feel like I am on top of and there are some that I don’t, but I the fact that I’ve stuck with them has resulted in happiness. I hope all of you are one step closer to meeting your 2018 goals & resolutions!
Right now I’m spending most of my effort on my Spiritual Goals. The goals I made at the beginning of the year were “blanket goals”, goals broad enough to cover my main goal of wanting to draw closer to my Savior. I truly believe that they have and that I’m ready for more spiritual growth, so I’ve also set some new (more specific) goals that will help me achieve my more generalized goals.
Read The Book of Mormon. This has always been a hard one for me! Anyone else have the 1 Nephi 1 almost memorized because you’ve tried to start reading The Book of Mormon so many times?! Because I know it’s a difficult goal for me, I’ve decided to read the entire book in one month. I got a new planner and I have written all of the Chapters I need to read everyday in order to finish in one month. So far I’ve done a combination of reading & listening to The Book of Mormon, and I’m on the right track!
Pray more consistently throughout the day. This is another difficult one for me because this isn’t a natural thing for me to do. But I’ve been working really hard to pray for guidance, help, strength, and love throughout my day. I also do my best do say prayers of gratitude whenever I can for whatever I can: whether it’s because the light stayed green while I was driving somewhere in a hurry or whether it was Luke only waking up once at night instead of 3 times, I try to incorporate gratitude into my many (and frequent) prayers of asking for help.
Love the sisters I visit teach. As you probably know, we now Minister rather than Visit Teach. I am so excited for this new change because I really think it will continue to help me achieve this goal.
President Nelson 70 Day Challenge. Now I didn’t do this challenge before General Conference, but I decided to create my own. For about 70 days (mine is technically 72 since I’m including talks and addresses after he became the prophet), I will be reading a General Conference talk given by Russell M. Nelson everyday, starting with his first talk in 1984 and ending with his most recent addresses this past April. I will be starting this challenge in May and I’m so excited!
Read The Infinite Atonement
My sister-in-law gave me this book and I have loved it so far! I want to make sure I finish it, so I’ve set the goal to complete it. I’m almost done so I know I can do it. I’m not a fast reader and reading isn’t one of my favorite pass-times so setting a goal to read is a big deal for me.
I’m excited for the goals I have set because I know they will make me a better person, mother, wife, leader, and friend. I do believe that if a goal isn’t helping you progress to the person you want to become, it’s okay to abandon that goal. Fortunately, I haven’t had to do that yet! I’m so grateful for the chances I have been given to draw closer to my Savior. Occasionally I am not very grateful for the circumstance that have put me in that place, but I do know that I have the opportunity to strengthen my testimony of the love that God has for my family and me.