I’m not a big new years resolution person but I do like to sit down at the beginning of the year and do a “rough draft” of my year which goes with this weeks Not Alone Series topic of goals we want to accomplish in 2015 including our spiritual life!
In 2014 I had a “word of the year” and it was GO. I did really well with this word as I literally traveled the world. I haven’t come up with a word for 2015 yet and not sure I will but that is okay.
In 2015 I’m doing quite a bit of travel but nothing as crazy or HUGE as I did in 2014. So far my big trip is a family cruise in June/July. We have about 12 of us going on a 4 night cruise to the Bahamas and it’s going to be so much fun! The only sad thing is it’s still 6 months away.
In 2014 I dated two men that ended up being frogs. I really would like to date more men this year that don’t act like jerks. (I know easier said than done).
I went to work on building my business, creating a better website, getting more clients, and increasing my income. I’m really hoping that I’m able to stick it out as the job prospects really aren’t that hot right now but you never know what will happen. I LOVE the flexibility my job allows currently. I’m also going to start working in a coworking office a few days a week so I can get out of the house, meet new people, and work on being more productive.
I want to work on my Spiritual life A LOT this year. Last year I didn’t do a whole lot in this area. I didn’t go on any retreats or to any conferences and that seriously KILLED my faith life. I used to go on at last 2 retreats a year. That is where I get the best spiritual nourishment mostly because I’m forced to focus on God for the weekend and I’m away from all distractions. Which sometimes is really hard to explain to people because a lot of people don’t get retreats.
In 2014 I had a lot of other conflicts that were at the same time as a lot of the conferences and retreats. My sister got married the same weekend as the Eucharistic Congress so I was unable to attend and I was in Europe during the Encounter conference in St. Louis.
I really wanted to go to the SEEK conference last week but I didn’t have enough time to fund the trip by the time I found out about it. I was really happy that a lot of the keynotes were live-streamed online and I was able to purchase all 62 breakout talks for $25. They already announced that Seek 2017 will be in San Antonio and have already marked it on my calendar to attend.
So far for 2015 I’m planning on going to the Steubenville Young Adult Encounter conference in St. Louis this May and attend my dioceses’ Eucharistic Congress in March. I might try and go to Atlanta’s Eucharistic Congress as well. I also want to work on getting more involved locally. A lot of the young adult groups around here seem to meet for a few months and fall apart. I want to really work on being an active member in a group so it won’t fall apart.
Last fall my parish started Casual Conversations with the pastor the first Wednesday of the month that I have been really enjoying. I love how casual it is, we eat dinner, and just talk about anything we want and get our questions answered by the priest. We started with only 6 people and every month we get more and more people to attend.