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.
- Continue to eat real food, and, hopefully, lose about 15 more pounds this year. – Not much change in my weight, but I am holding steady.
- Minimize chocolate, including mochas. – I’ve done pretty well with minimizing chocolate, but the mochas keep calling me. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, I’ve given up mochas for Lent. The money saved will be donated to One Great Hour of Sharing.
- 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!
- Remember that excessive encouragement can be nagging. – I’m trying to remember.
- Say it with a smile. – Check
- Don’t belabor the point. – Check
- 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’m noticing what’s right in my life now, and I’m much calmer and (I think) nicer to be around.
- I’ve returned to my Meditation practice, daily.
- In the light of COVID19, I’m trying to be much more intentional about washing my hands regularly.
- 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 – finished
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson – finished
- On the Bright Side by Melanie Shankle – reading
- Keep up with the national news daily without obsessing over it.
- Listen to NPR
- Watch Rachel Maddow
- The news about the administration’s bungling over COVID19 is front of my worries.
- Participate in Creative Writing classes here at Franke Tobey Jones.
- Work on my on-going story about my childhood – still 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. – Attended the session the first week of the month. Good brain practice.
- Participate in Great Decisions here at Franke Tobey Jones. – I led the discussion on Climate Change. It went well, except there was one member who refused to believe it was caused by CO2 emissions, and instead insisted the ocean was the culprit. It was a difficult discussion, but other people told me I handled it well.
- Continue to participate in weekly Bible study, and weekly Worship.- Check
- Participate in Interfaith Dialogue – I will talk about Lenten practices at the Christian Lenten Soup Supper, to be held next week.
- Continue with General Assembly Nominating Committee – I’m reviewing applications now, in anticipation of meeting the middle of March.
- 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 Bristol View. We regularly have 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.
- Participate in Town Halls and face-to-face meetings with elected officials. – Attended a Town Hall with my three members of state government.
- 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 – My US Representative has sponsored two bills to protect wild areas from logging.
- Racial justice – I sign and send petitions, particularly when requested by the Presbyterian Office of Social Responsibility
- Health Care Availability
- Wealth Inequality