Intentions for 2020 – Review for January

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. – Not much change in my weight, but I got rid of the Christmas pounds and am holding steady.
    • Minimize chocolate, including mochas. – I’ve done pretty well with minimizing chocolate, but the mochas keep calling me. I have cut the size from vente (20 oz) to small (12 oz). I bought a Starbucks ceramic 12 oz cup to both cut down on the size of the mochas and also to cut back on the solid waste of 3-5 paper/plastic cups every week.
    • Be sure to get 25 grams of fiber every day. – Check!
  • Continue to work with my personal trainer for strength, balance, and endurance.
    • Schedule three sessions a week. – Went to all of them.
    • Work on core strength and balance by myself between times. – Check!
  • Notice and report any unexpected physical changes (rashes, bumps, etc.) to my doctor. – no new rashes, bumps, or aches!

Emotional Health

  • Remember that excessive encouragement can be nagging. – I’m trying to remember.
    • Say it with a smile. – Check
      • After almost 55 years of marriage, Big Al in now getting up to eat breakfast!
    • Don’t belabor the point. – Check
      • I’ve been a little nagging about Big Al returning to exercise, but I only say it with love.
  • Continue to post “Five Things that Made Me Happy Today” every day on my blog.
    • Notice encouragement from other people. – several other people have started posting their own #5Things.
    • Notice encouragement from the Universe. – I’ve been a “hot mess” ever since the 2016 election. I’m no longer focusing of what’s wrong, but I’m noticing what’s right in my life now, and I’m much calmer and (I think) nicer to be around.

Intellectual Health

  • Expand my leisure reading. Read 50 books this year (not just “fluff”).
    • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood – finished
    • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo – finished
    • Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy – reading
  • Keep up with the national news daily without obsessing over it. – I’ve had a hard time not obsessing over the impeachment, but I’ve managed to limit my involvement, by minimizing the time I spend on Facebook.
    • Listen to NPR – I’m not listening as much as I have in the past because Big Al has decided to eat breakfast – and that used to be my time to listen to NPR. He doesn’t like listening to the news on the radio.
    • Watch Rachel Maddow – I watch her whenever she’s on, but…again because of the impeachment, she has not been doing as much analysis as normal.
  • Participate in Creative Writing classes here at Franke Tobey Jones.
    • Work on my on-going story about my childhood – waiting for inspiration.
    • Keep writing Midrash poetry when the opportunity presents itself – no new poems
    • Taking a “Flash Fiction” course every other week now. It’s fun to “just write” for 30 minutes without worrying about spelling, or grammar.
  • Attend Brain Training when it is offered by Senior University. – It didn’t happen in January, but it will return this week.
  • Participate in Great Decisions here at Franke Tobey Jones. – We met for the first session and I’m going to be leading the discussion on Climate Change at the end of the month.

Spiritual Health

  • Continue to participate in weekly Bible study, and weekly Worship.- Check
    • Counted the offering once this month.
  • Participate in Interfaith Dialogue – No meetings so far this year.
  • Continue with General Assembly Nominating Committee – No meetings so far this year.

Social Health

  • Tend the relationships I have at Franke Tobey Jones.
    • Wellness Center – Check
    • Gazebo Group – We have expanded to include several people who live in Lillian Pratt, and are trying to get some folks from Bristol View to join us. We regularly have 15-20 every week, now.
  • Tend the relationships I have at Bethany Presbyterian Church.
    • Bible Study – Check
    • Earth Care Congregation – we have been certified as an Earth Care Congregation and I’m doing an article for the newsletter monthly, as well as helping develop a wider program.
      • The Community Garden is doing a training next month and they have already scheduled two sets of pollinators (bees) to come and help us out.

Social Justice

  • Participate in Town Halls and face-to-face meetings with elected officials. – Check
  • Support the Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, and MoveOn. – Check
  • Support the election of officials who are champions for Social Justice issues.
    • Climate action – I’ve almost eliminated single-use plastic from my life, and I’ve turned into an advocate.
    • Racial justice
    • Health Care Availability
    • Wealth Inequality


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