Church is usually the highlight of my weekend but this past Saturday, I met 3 new people and it was awesome making new friends. I hope I didn’t sacrifice reverence in the sanctuary for being welcoming but I think it was a good compromise.
Some of my kids got invested. Some didn’t. I love them all and it made me want to cry to think some of them are going away for college next year and they won’t be part of my every-week routine any more. I have to do everything I can to make this year the best year it can be.
Swim class: the kids are learning new things and becoming more rounded individuals. That makes me happy.
Pride: This weekend, my primary (elementary) school had an event to honor people who have been actively giving back to the school over the years. My mom and dad were honored – my mom was principal for several years but she also taught at the school for most of her career. And my dad started Continuing Ed. Math classes to benefit parents and community members in the afternoon. And when my parents retired, they both funded scholarships to keep their work going.
Inspiration: I attended a John Maxwell leadership seminar and it was one of the most inspiring couple of hours I’ve experienced in a while.
To hear a 68 year old man say he’s happy to be 68 and not 58 (or 48 or 38 or even 28),because the life he’s lived is one that makes him satisfied. I want to be able to say that when I’m his age and I intend to do everything I can with my time so that I can indeed say it. He talked about intentional living and intentional thinking. And I was so motivated, I came home and crossed some things off my To-Do list, things I have been procrastinating for weeks and I finally did them in a few minutes and now I don’t have to worry about them tomorrow. That’s intentional living, I think. Planning and doing. Anyone else reading who has taken a Maxwell seminar? Or been otherwise inspired by him? I have one of his leadership Bibles which I think I am going to pull out and start going through again too.
So this week, I’m planning my time and working my plan. I have lots of goals:
- Increase blog readership. Last week, I gained about 15 new followers and this week, I’d like to get 20 more. (If you know someone who you think would enjoy this blog, please send them a link and encourage them to check it out and follow.)
- Run 4 times (last week, I ran 3 times)
- Go to the gym 3 days this week (last week, I only went once)
- Get my bicycle tuned up and ready for the bike tour on Sunday (yep, I registered for a 25 – 40 mile bike ride even though I haven’t ridden a bike
- Ride at least 15 miles this week in preparation for the the bike tour.
- Complete my 2 latest writing projects – details to follow later
- Work on a product launch
- Purchase a copy of John Maxwell’s latest book that I really want. Update: A few minutes after I wrote down that I wanted the book, my friend emailed me and told me she had bought me the book as a gift. You see? This is why it’s important to write down the things you want. It’s such a totally unexpected and completely perfect gift but Paulo Coelho (in The Alchemist) said when you truly want something, the universe conspires to give it to you. I just experienced that.
- Start working on a new writing project
- Write thank you cards for 7 people who’ve been a blessing to me Update: I already wrote and dispatched one this morning
- Visit 2 sick-shut-in church members
- Call 2 family members I haven’t talk to in a while
- Plus a couple other personal goals.
- Spend some intentional time with my mentees.
What are your goals this week?