Hey, Hey Radicalnites!! This year has definitely been a learning experience. It wasn’t always fun but I’ve been blessed to have gone through this journey with my best friends.
Goal #1: Lose 40 pounds by health eating and exercise
Well, I did not lose 40 pounds but I did lost 10–whoop whoop!!
Goal #2: Buy a car.
Only by God’s Grace, I received a car for the Free-ezy! (a barter) I can only say that God has truly put great people in my life. God can give you what you need/want as long as you are open. It may not be how you envision it, but he will provide. I am a witness.
Goal #3: Conquer my sweets/desserts addiction.
I had good days and bad days but this is one of the goals that I will continue on in Radical Year 2. I bought a book this past year that focuses on sugar and how it is a detriment to our body system, so we shall see.
Goal #4: Decrease my total debt (not including students loans) by at least 30%
I am not sure by the actual percentage but I did decrease my total amount owed on pretty much all of my credit cards and I did my best not to use my cards at all.
Goal #5: Begin every morning and end every night with prayer and devotion.
Overall, This was a draw. Most days, I did very well with this goal but there were dark days and there were times that I really needed to hear God’s voice and those were the times that I couldn’t bring myself to listen, read, and/or hear God’s voice. My continued goal is to always seek him out, no matter the current circumstances.
Goal #6: Do not buy myself anything NEW (clothing, jewelry, accessories).
I did good with this goal, until the mid 2012, but I can say that I didn’t buy anything at full-price. I am getting betting at bargain hunting.
Goal #7:Read at least 25 books.
Umm, I know I have the goal of 25 books but I read 7 books..lol..horray!!
Overall, I think I did pretty well on my goals but I had safe goals. I have a Great God who wants BIG things for me, so radical year 2 will be different.
Before I leave you, I wanted to list some milestones/lessons I’ve gone through that wasn’t on my goal list.
- I cut my hair-big chopped–I’ve felt the most beautiful since I’ve cut my hair. I am actually able to style my own hair which has been a goal of mine since was a teenager.
- I moved back home-this was a decision I decided to do for my sanity and I’m happy.
- Applied for a job out of the state-not only did I apply, I went and interviewed, and even got accepted to an alternate teaching program. I ultimately wasn’t able to go this school term but it is something that I am actively seeking to reapply to.
- Took a chance on a job for the experience–sometimes taking a chance leads to more than just experience for your resume.
- Fell in love with old Folks– the Longest job that I’ve held since leaving grad school was working as a caregiver at an assisted living. It was a joy getting to know the older people at my job. Even though the majority of the citizens that I worked with had Dementia and Alzheimer’s, they all had stories to tell; they all had a personality and I feel extremely blessed to have known them for my term of employment.
On to Year 2,