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Health & Habits: January - April 2019

Updated: May 26, 2019

Whoa. Can you believe that 2019 is already more than a third over? It feels like it was just Christmas, just New Year's...

I have always hated New Year's Resolutions. They never seemed to work for me. I'd make some proud claim that this year I was going to work out more, eat healthier, read more, etc. I never had any real tangible goal, so it was impossible to know if I was making any progress. This was very discouraging. By February, they were long gone.

At the start of 2017, I decided to do what my mom and others I know do. Instead of resolutions, they would pick a simple word. Whatever that word was, they would focus on it throughout the year. So whenever situations arrived, they would act in accordance with that word. That seems easy enough right? I decided it couldn't be any worse than making a resolution I would never follow through with.

I really enjoyed it. It helped change my perspective and decision making process. I decided I would make it a yearly thing.

Fast forward two years to the end of 2018. Around Christmastime, I started really thinking, "What do I really need to focus on this year?" After some deliberation and prayer, I settle on two words (though, they feed into one another I think): Health & Habits. I realized I really needed to get serious about my health, and the only way I could really achieve this was by changing my habits.

Then I started my list of goals. I love making lists, so I will take any opportunity I can to write one. I didn't want to simply focus on my physical health, but I wanted to improve my emotional, spiritual, relational and mental health as well. In addition to my list of goals, I also made a list of habits I want implemented by 12/31/19 (I am giving myself the whole year to start these habits as to give myself the necessary grace to handle them). Some goals & habits are daily, some weekly, some monthly, and some are just one time goals I want to reach.

Here are a few examples of some of my goals and how I am doing on them:


  • Complete 12 5ks - 1 per month (4/12)

  • Eliminate alcohol (done!)

  • Eliminate dairy (still working on this)


  • Memorize 52 verses - 1 per week(18/52)

  • Pray regularly (getting better - I think)


  • Read 12 books - 1 per month (4/12)

In the future, I am hoping to write a post each month about how my habits & goals are going and what my monthly highlights have been. Since I am playing catch-up, I'll just give a brief overview of January - April.


  • First 5K on New Year's Day (it was freeeeeezzzinngggg)

  • Read (well, listened via Audible) to Million Dollar Habits.

  • Memorized (4) verses - 2 Cor 5:17, 3 John 1:2, 1 Cor 6:12, 1 Tim 4:8

  • Bought a new car! [1/31]

  • Gave up alcohol for the year [1/1]


  • Second 5K called the Heroes Race [2/9]

  • Read Let Me Be a Woman.

  • Memorized 4 verses - Eph 5:1, Jer 30:17, Heb 10:25, Isaiah 33:2

  • Celebrated two years of marriage! [2/18]


  • Third 5K as a fundraiser for a high school [3/30]

  • Read It's Not Supposed To Be This Way

  • Memorized 4 verses - Acts 20:35, James 5:16, 1 Cor 10:31, Prov 4:20-27

  • Quit my job! [3/14]

  • Visited Patagonia (southern Chile/Argentina) with Jordan and got to experience penguins, foxes, guanacos, glaciers and the ends of the earth [3/19-27]


  • Fourth 5K at the Zoo [4/6]

  • Read Respectable Sins

  • Memorized 4 verses - John 14:27, Eph 4:28, Phil 4:19, Rom 12:2

  • Turned 27 with mixed emotions [4/24]

I say all this not to boast or ask for praise or compliments. The purpose of this blog is to share my life with others in hopes that I can be of encouragement. I hope this encouraged you in some way or maybe even motivated you ask God what direction He wants you to move into.

Have Fun. Be Safe. Make Good Choices.



Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. 3 John 1:2