For 2011 I have some things I want to focus on, some are continuations from 2010, some are new.
Get healthy/healthier. This includes reapplying myself to weight loss, among other things. I want to make exercise a daily occurrence, even if it’s just 30 minutes. I’ve just started studying herbal medicine and I’m working on doing a year (or more) long “house cleaning” of my body. The first step is making fresh garlic and apple cider vinegar consumption a daily habit. I have started this but only sporadically. Next I plan a parasite cleanse, followed by a detox cleanse. The next steps are still to be determined. I plan to document each stage, to keep track of how I feel and what differences I see and I will probably be sharing some of these results here.
Learn Spanish. I’m still working on my action plan on this one but I’ve been wanting to learn Spanish for a while.
Cultivate my femininity. This was inspired by “The Tourist” starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie (you can read more about this in my post of the same title). Basically, I am endeavoring to take more care with my appearance.
Read. Last year I started reading 20 pages a day (besides Bible reading) but I fell off toward the end of the year. I can easily read 20 pages a day and if you do this consistently, you can get a lot of reading in. Of course, I have a long list of books to read, so, I have my work cut out for me.
I have already started reading the Bible through again, this will be something I do every year.
Get alone. I was recently reminded of Jesus, and the importance He placed on getting alone and spending time with His Father. This was lacking last year, especially toward the end and it is really the most important thing.
Through a Facebook ad I discovered an awesome blog for Christian ladies called Precious Adornment. It was through this blog that I discovered “Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild,” an incredible book that I reviewed in a previous post. I’ve also been introduced to several wonderful Christian musical artists that I was previously unaware of and lots of online resources for encouragement and discipleship. Every day she posts a tidbit on true beauty, usually an excerpt from a book, they’re always good for a lift and a reminder of what really matters.
I look forward to checking my email each morning, knowing that there is going to be something good in there. 🙂
The blog is very encouraging for women seeking biblical womanhood. I highly recommend all you women out there, check it out. You can find it at http://preciousadornment.wordpress.com/
I just finished reading “Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild” by Mary Kassian. The book goes through 20 points of contrast between the foolish or strange woman of Proverbs and the wise woman in Proverbs. Having heard and read my share of material aimed at women, this book was refreshing and convicting. Rather than look at a list of dos and don’ts, it addresses the attitude and heart; rather than a list of standards to maintain, it gives the reason behind things, what they represent, and that brings the motivation to be right in these areas.
I found the chapter on sex, the chapter on appearance and the chapter on roles, very informative, offering insight that I had never considered.The chapters on speech, attitude and teachability were very convicting, the chapters on focus, reliability and influence were encouraging.
I will definitely be re-reading this book! The author has also done videos for each chapter, you can find them at http://www.girlsgonewise.com, check it out.