My Star Word for this year is “Affirmation”. The internet says an affirmation is a positive statement of agreement.
I am a child of God, holy and beloved.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future nor any powers, neither height nor depth nor anything in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Here are my intentions for 2021.
(After the dumpster fire of 2020, you’ll notice I’ve pared down my intentions for 2021, and I intend to hold them loosely.)
- Eat real food.
- Eat more vegetables – Cauliflower, broccoli, and asparagus are maintaining their “first choice” place in my menu rotation. I hope to start adding green beans, and corn, and start to cut out the cruciferous veggies (brussels sprouts are already gone).
- Be sure to get 25 grams of fiber every day – Check
- Notice and report any unexpected physical changes (rashes, bumps, etc.) to my doctor.
- My Mohs surgery was a complete success. You can barely see the scar, if you look.
- Big Al and I got our second Pfizer shots on February 13th, so we’ve been fully vaccinated since the first of March!
- Remember that I am a child of God, holy and beloved.
- If I can say it for me, I must grant it to every other person on the planet, whether lovable or not.
- Continue to post “Five Things that Made Me Happy Today” every day on my blog – Check
- Expand my leisure reading.
- Major Pettigrew ‘s Last Stand by Helen Simonson – finished
- Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie – finished
- The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie – finished
- The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie – finished
- Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – finished
- A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George – finished
- How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates – finished
- Stargazer by Anne Hillerman – finished
- Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg – reading
- Keep up with the national news daily without obsessing over it.
- Listen to NPR – Check
- Watch Rachel Maddow – Check
- Follow Heather Cox Richardson for perspective – Check
- Participate in Creative Writing classes here at Franke Tobey Jones – Working on a Personal Essay
- I subscribe to the New York Times and try to work the crossword puzzle and read several columns regularly, including the cooking column.
- I subscribe to the Seattle Times and read several of their newsletters.
- I subscribe to the Washington Post. and read several of their newsletters, including Travel, Fitness, and Cooking.
- Support aspiring writers via Patreon and Substack – Check
- Participate in Great Decisions here at Franke Tobey Jones – We had our third meeting and talked about Brexit. I will be leading the discussion in May about control of the Arctic.
- I subscribed to MasterClass and I’m working on a course on thinking scientifically from Neil deGrasse Tyson.
- Continue to participate in weekly Bible study, and weekly Worship – Check
- Continue with General Assembly Nominating Committee – No meetings yet
- Tend the relationships I have at Franke Tobey Jones
- Wellness Center – Gradually opening up, but no personal training yet.
- Gazebo Group – Our leaders on Zoom are taking a break beginning in May. So far the weather is pretty iffy for meeting outdoors in the Gazebo.
- Tend the relationships I have at Bethany Presbyterian Church Bible Study – Check
- Continue to connect regularly with family, virtually – Check
- Participate in Town Halls and face-to-face meetings with elected officials – Not much on this front (not too much need, either.) I follow my representatives on Social Media and send messages about things that matter to me.
- 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 – Check
- Climate action
- Racial justice
- Health Care Availability
- Wealth Inequality