I’m unemployed and living in my parents’ basement. At the time that I’m writing this, I haven’t been out of the house for a few days, and am wearing the same set of flannel pajamas that I put on yesterday. It looks like I could use a little help, but (thankfully) there is much more to the story. I’m in my parents’ basement because I’m in between semesters with plans to graduate in May. I haven’t left the house because of my self-paced MCAT course, and why wouldn’t I wear pajamas to study for the most stressful exam of my undergraduate career?
But, I don’t want to live in my parents’ basement forever, so I’ve been setting practical goals to promote personal growth and further my career.
In addition to goal-setting, I decided to choose a word for the year that corresponds with my goals. My word for the year is intentionality, because my goals center around being intentional with my relationships and Christian walk.
So, without further ado, my goals for this year:
1. Intentional relationships
One of my goals for this year is to be more intentional with my relationships.
I’ll check in with friends every January, June, and August, because those are (typically) my least-busy months. But, when I get into the busyness of the semester, I sometimes go months without checking in with someone. I value the friendships I have built and want to be more intentional this year in furthering those relationships.
2. Deeper relationship with Christ
This is a long-term goal that varies from month-to-month. My goals (for now) are to complete a short devotional and pray for 5 minutes on my knees each morning before I start the day, and to study the Bible at night. I have a few different Bible study books that I’m going to try, so this might vary. I do want to be more intentional about spending time focused on Christ than I was last year, but the methods might vary as I figure out what works best for me.
Barring unforseen circumstances, I should graduate with my B.A. in Biology in May. I have specific post-graduation goals but have chosen not to share those publicly at this time.
4. Intentional joy
The last few months have been a little challenging. I’ve had strep-like symptoms and flu-like symptoms. (I didn’t have strep throat or the flu; I did all the tests, and they all came back negative. In the end, the symptoms were linked to my chronic health issues.) I had to restructure my diet due to reactions to foods that previously seemed okay. I had planned out my whole life, and a few little things brought those plans crashing down. (I’ll probably be talking about this in a future blog post.) Through several things that did not happen as expected or desired, I’ve learned that joy requires an intentional choice, and I want to be especially intentional this year about finding joy amidst the ups and downs of life.