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.
- Continue to eat real food, and, hopefully, lose about 20 more pounds this year. – I’ve lost 6.2 lbs this year so far. Since my colonoscopy, on the recommendation of my gastroenterologist, I am trying to eat a minimum of 25 grams of fiber every day. Since fiber is usually paired with carbs, I’m not losing as quickly as I probably might, but I’m eating real food, not fast food.
- Continue to average 150 miles a month on my Fitbit. – done. I’ve upped my step count target to 12,000 steps a day.
- My personal trainer has scheduled me for 3 days a week instead of the 2 days a week I have been doing. She also wants me to add at least 5 minutes of brisk walking (even if it is laps around the gym) after I work out on the Nu-Step.
- I AM trying to remember “empathy” in my interactions with people I meet.
- I have continued posting Five Things that Made Me Happy Today every day here on this blog. I don’t do it for other people – I do it for myself – to remind me how much I have to be thankful for.
- 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 – finished
- Calico Joe by John Grisham – finished
- The Nickle Boys by Colson Whitehead -finished
- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green – finished
- Kindred by Octavia E Butler – finished
- The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck – finished
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – finished
- No Winter Lasts Forever by Fran Tilton Sheldon – finished
- The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates – 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 Medium, and read articles of current interest.
- Continue to watch the Rachel Maddow Show to feed my angst and resolve. – Check
- Great Decisions discussion group here at Franke Tobey Jones – We’ve finished this for 2019. We’ll start again in January.
- 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.
- Our Interfaith discussion group with the Muslims, Jews, Lutherans, and Presbyterians will meet again in November.
- I post Morning and Evening Prayer on Facebook in Casa – An Experiment in Doing Church On-line on the 23rd of every month.
- 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.)
- 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.
- I’m trying to do a 20-day 360 Wellness Challenge. You can check out the requirements and how I did with them on my daily postings here.
- I’m still in a Creative Writing class and still working sporadically on my memoir.
- 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.