School for my kids begins on Monday. For the first time all of mine will be in school. No baby at home anymore. I am relieved and also anxious. My oldest boy, Ethan, will start middle school next year. I am obsessing about whether he will be ready. Not so much academically as socially. Middle school was brutal as I remember it. Kids will torture you just for pleasure. I want him to be confident, slow to anger, and sure of his own morals. As I write about this, there is a knot in my stomach. While seven of my children are beginning to work on their goals for the next 9 months, it is time to see how I did on my year in the Radical7even journey. Let’s just get right to my report card.
1.Stop abusing my body.- I lost 20 pounds through diet and physical activity. Pass.
2.Read my Bible daily.-Honestly, I did not do that. I did, however, meditate on the scriptures I had read at the recommendation of a family member. I learned to really savor the meaning and inspiration of those verses like I had not in the past. I cannot tell you how valuable that piece of advice was to me. It sounds so simple but it made a profound difference for me. Still, I need to make time to do this everyday. Fail.
3. Give blood.- My doctor did not give me the go ahead for this. Fail.
4.Write to the people who spiritually inspired me over the years.-I wrote one person. I am not sure why it is so hard for me to do. Just could not find the right words. Fail.
5. Become nature’s caretaker.- I did not stick with the recycling as intended. I did do a vast amount of plant and animal care. Most of that was done at the nursery where I work. Overall, it was more than I have done any other year. Pass
6. Learn carpentry from my dad.- When his schedule was not jam packed, his was. We just do not get one on one project time with a family our size. Fail.
7.Social time with adults.- It seems like such an easy thing for most people but for me it is not. Hugely important though. Except for the month that a virus went through my household, I did fairly well eventually. Pass.
So I passed 3 and failed 4. That sounds weak when you look at it but this year I have grown so much more than I would have without these goals and the encouragement of my sisters. I know what areas I need to improve and what I need to achieve next year because of the things I learned about myself this year. I am inspired and ready for the things I will learn in my next set of goals. Have a blessed week!