Happy New Year! More than other New Year’s Day, 2021 seems to have brought more emphasis and excitement to many people. Although no one is blind to the fact that COVID-19 remains to be the culprit of this global pandemic that we’re still in, it seems that most people are hopeful and optimistic about what this year will bring. With this renewed hope, setting New Year’s Resolutions seems appropriate. Through the years, my resolutions always included physical, emotional, mental, professional and spiritual goals… and this year is no different.
PHYSICAL GOAL: TO GET TO MY OPTIMAL WEIGHT AND SIZE!
On January 1, I reached out to a health & wellness coach (and a very good friend of mine) named Vickie Griffith. she is the creator of The Vickie G Method which is a individualized customized program of eating, exercising and wellness plan according to one’s metabolic type. I have seen the results of her program in her clients for many years, so my husband and I signed up for her program. My husband has the challenge of high metabolism (he has to work out to not lose weight) and I have the opposite challenge (especially since hitting my 40’s). I will be writing about my journey in my future blogs, so stay tuned! If you’re interested in finding out more about her program, you can contact her through her website (click here). Tell her I sent you! 😉
EMOTIONAL GOAL: TO BE MORE VULNERABLE!
Urrgh. Sometimes I feel like I don’t know how to be vulnerable. I’m really great at being open with what I’m thinking and feeling, but when it comes to that, “Here’s my heart; would you like to hold it?” kind of vulnerability, there’s a part of me that wants to reach for my place of stoicism. When I was in my 30’s, I went to a therapist after my dad died of cancer. During one of the sessions, I was telling her about a painful childhood memory. After I finished talking, she asked me why I was smiling while I was telling her something that was so painful to me. She said my words did not match my emotional expression. So for the next two months, we talked a lot about my emotional disconnect. The things we go through shape us, but they do not have to define us. Since that time, I’ve been working on being more emotionally connected to my memories and expressing more empathy toward others. It’s something I have to force myself to do. In fact, it was beyond scary for me to write with such vulnerability in my book, “BE STILL: The Power of Biblical Meditation.” This area of my life is a work in progress, so this continues to be one of my New Year’s Resolutions every year.
MENTAL GOAL: READ ONE BOOK EVERY MONTH!
I have always loved reading. I learned how to read at age 4, and the first novel I read was Gulliver’s Travels in Korean at age 6. After I moved to the U.S. when I was 9, I learned English words by reading the dictionary and proper grammar through 80’s love songs (that’s when song lyrics were grammatically correct😄); but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve developed a tendency to reach for magazines or articles online due to time constraints. Once podcasts became popular, I found myself listening to podcasts more and reading books much less. My goal this year is to read one book each month. I have two bookshelves in my home studio filled with books: Books on Bible devotionals, Christian living, health, nutrition, wellness, neuroscience, Yoga, meditation, etc. I’ve only read about half of my collection, so I have more than plenty to read this year. Currently, I’m reading “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson with a friend, “God’s Perfect Plan for Imperfect People” by Tom Jones with the DFW Church, and “Individualist (60 Day Enneagram Devotional): Growing As An Enneagram 4” by myself. After I finish these books, I am planning on reading just one book per month.
PROFESSIONAL AND SPIRITUAL GOAL: GET OVER MYSELF!
I’m a dreamer. I like to dream big… but those big dreams also terrify me! Before I wrote my book, I second-guessed myself and really struggled to get started. It took me a couple of years after God put on my heart to write my book, to actually write it. Well, this next dream is no different: God put it on my heart to start a podcast about living in step with the Spirit around the same time He told me to write a book. But because of my insecurities (same insecurities I mention in my book), I kept finding reasons why I shouldn’t start a podcast. But God made it very clear to me late last year that I needed to GET OVER MYSELF because this isn’t about me, it’s about inspiring other Christians to move past spiritual stuckness and funk that we all go through from time to time… and glorify God in the process. So I’m doing it! I’ll be launching my podcast on March 2, 2021! I’m nervous and excited, so please pray for me! I’m sure I will be dedicating more than a few blogs to my journey in launching a podcast… so stay tuned!
“Pray as if it depends on God, and work as if it depends on you.”
Mark Batterson, “The Circle Maker”