Intentions Review for July 2019

My Star Word for this year is “Empathy”. The internet defines empathy as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Merriam-Webster says, “Empathy is similar to sympathy, but empathy usually suggests stronger, more instinctive feeling.”

Here are my intentions for 2019.

Physical Health

  • Continue to eat real food, and, hopefully, lose about 20 more pounds this year. – I’ve lost 5.8 lbs this year so far (if I took my lowest weight this month instead of my current weight today, it would have been 8.8 lbs). There were THREE parties / bbqs / special events last week, and I have zero self-control around a buffet.
  • Continue to average 150 miles a month on my Fitbit. – Last week, I averaged 13,854 steps, and walked 40.04 miles.
  • I’m back to doing pretty strenuous exercise with my personal trainer including walking outdoors (up and down hills), chest press and close grip row machines, shoulder strength, balance, core exercises, and sit-to-stands.

Emotional Health

  • I AM trying to remember “empathy” in my interactions with people I meet.
  • I still haven’t been billed for anything from my month with doctors and hospitals. I give thanks daily for good health insurance, and pray for folks who have less than adequate health insurance.
  • I have continued posting Five Things that Made Me Happy Today every day here on this blog. I’m always surprised when I meet casual acquaintances who tell me how much they enjoy reading my list. I don’t do it for other people – I do it for myself – to remind me how much I have to be thankful for.

Intellectual Health

  • Expand my leisure reading from fluff mysteries to more substantial novels. – Books read this year.
    • The Library Book by Susan Orleans – finished
    • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – finished
    • Becoming by Michelle Obama – finished
    • Womanish Midrash by Wil Gafney – finished
    • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – finished
    • The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor – finished
    • Entering the Passion of Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine – finished
    • Silent Night by Danielle Steele – finished
    • Autumn by Ali Smith – finished
    • Winter by Ali Smith – finished
    •  A Good Year by Peter Mayle – finished
    •  Magnolia Nights by Ashley Farley – finished
    • The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman – finished
    •  Wife of Moon by Margaret Coel – finished
    •  Cleaning the Gold by Karen Slaughter and Lee Child – finished
    •  Beyond the Garden by Ashley Farley – finished
    • Everything is F*cked – a Book about Hope by Mark Manson – finished
    • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – finished
    • The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford – finished
    • There, There by Tommy Orange – finished
    • Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf – finished
    • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd – reading
  • Continue to read the Washington Post and the New York Times for reasonably non-biased reporting. – I scan the headlines and read articles that interest me.
  • I subscribe to Mediumand read articles of current interest.
  • I also subscribe to The New Yorker magazine, digitally. I keep up with the east coast scene through it, as well as some pretty decent profiles of political figures.
  • Continue to watch the Rachel Maddow Show to feed my angst and resolve. – Check
  • Great Decisions discussion group here at Franke Tobey Jones was Trade with China. The discussion leader added to what we read in the booklet by researching how the Chinese trade affected the Port of Tacoma, and our lives here. Good stuff.

Spiritual Health

  • Continue to participate in weekly Bible study, and weekly Worship.
  • Try to carve out time daily for intentional prayer and meditation. I’ve subscribed to several email “prompts” that arrive in my inbox every morning. The Upper Room has a couple of short reflections and/or devotionals every morning, and A Network for Gratefulness also gives me something to think about as I go about my day.
  • I’m lobbying for my church to become an Earth Care Congregation with PC(USA). I did pretty well with the Plastic Free Challenge. I wasn’t able to get all the one-use plastic out of my life, but I have reusable net produce bags that go to the Farmer’s Market and grocery store with me, and I’ve almost quit using baggies. (I have wax treated cloth wraps that do a great job of keeping leftovers.)

Social Health

  • Tend the relationships I have at Franke Tobey Jones. –
    • I still regularly attend the Gazebo Group (the folks who meet on Monday evenings for Happy Hour.)
    • I  participate in the Wellness Center activities like the Owen Beach walk most Fridays. I enjoyed their mid-summer potluck last week.
    • My 3rd Annual 4th of July Potluck Picnic went off well, and we had a nice crowd.
  • Tend the relationships I have at Bethany Presbyterian Church. – Check
  • Tend the relationships I have on Social Media. I’m making an effort to avoid posting or reposting political articles, although I do still try to call out blatant racism, sexism, misogyny, etc. when it comes to my page.


  • Participate in Town Halls and face-to-face meetings with elected officials.
  • Attend GA Nominating Committee meetings, both face-to-face and virtually. Next meetings are scheduled for an on-line meeting in November and a face-to-face meeting in March.
  • Support #BlackLiveMatter, #Me,Too, #ThePoorPeople’sCampaign, #ClimateAction, and other social justice movements. – I donate regularly to MoveOn, the ACLU, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. I attend rallies and marches if I’m available.


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