Intentions for 2020

My Star Word for this year is “Encourage”. The internet says “encourage” means to give support, confidence or hope to someone.

Here are my intentions for 2020.

Physical Health

  • Continue to eat real food, and, hopefully, lose about 15 more pounds this year.
    • Minimize chocolate, including mochas.
    • Be sure to get 25 grams of fiber every day.
  • Continue to work with my personal trainer for strength, balance, and endurance.
    • Schedule three sessions a week.
    • Work on core strength and balance by myself between times.
  • Notice and report any unexpected physical changes (rashes, bumps, etc.) to my doctor.

Emotional Health

  • Remember that excessive encouragement can be nagging.
    • Say it with a smile.
    • Don’t belabor the point.
  • Continue to post “Five Things that Made Me Happy Today” every day on my blog.
    • Notice encouragement from other people.
    • Notice encouragement from the Universe.

Intellectual Health

  • Expand my leisure reading. Read 50 books this year (not just “fluff”).
    • The Testaments¬†by Margaret Atwood – reading
  • Keep up with the national news daily without obsessing over it.
    • Listen to NPR
    • Watch Rachel Maddow
  • Participate in Creative Writing classes here at Franke Tobey Jones.
    • Work on my on-going story about my childhood.
    • Keep writing Midrash poetry when the opportunity presents itself.
  • Attend Brain Training when it is offered by Senior University.
  • Participate in Great Decisions here at Franke Tobey Jones.

Spiritual Health

  • Continue to participate in weekly Bible study, and weekly Worship.
  • Participate in Interfaith Dialogue.
  • Continue with General Assembly Nominating Committee.

Social Health

  • Tend the relationships I have at Franke Tobey Jones.
    • Wellness Center
    • Gazebo Group
  • Tend the relationships I have at Bethany Presbyterian Church.
    • Bible Study
    • Interfaith Dialogue

Social Justice

  • Participate in Town Halls and face-to-face meetings with elected officials.
  • Work with Bethany on becoming an Earth Care Congregation.
  • Support the Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, and MoveOn.
  • Support the election of officials who are champions for Social Justice issues.
    • Climate action
    • Racial justice
    • Health Care Availability
    • Wealth Inequality


Five things that made me happy today – 1/1/20

The whole world is a series of miracles, but we’re so used to them that we call them everyday things. – Hans Christian Anderson

1. It was 49 deg. with rain and windy when I got up. In fact it was stormy all night – the wind and rain waked me up a couple of time beating on the window. (I love elemental storms when I’m safe and dry inside.) Shortly after breakfast the sun came out and the sky was blue with puffy white clouds. It stayed pretty and got up to a high of 51 deg.

2. 8th Day of Christmas – the Gift of Invitation

3. We went to an Open House hosted by one of our Gazebo Group before the Rose Bowl Game.

4. Before we went, I started a pot of chili that we had at half-time.

5. Oregon beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl 28-27. They pulled out a win by getting a first down with 1 minute left in the game, and took a knee twice. I’m surprised I survived. #GoDucks.

How about you? What made you happy today?