So, here we are. It’s a new year and everyone is making New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t do resolutions. They don’t stick. But I do like to set goals for myself, so here are some of the things I plan on doing this year that you may see on this blog.
1) More Bible Study: I purchased a Bible Study software that has so many great features! Including an integrated notes system. Biblesoft PC Study Bible 5.0: Discovery Reference Library on CD-ROM. I got the most inexpensive version because I wasn’t sure if I would like it or if it would really be worth using, but so far I love it.
2) More Bible reading: I have been following Professor Horner’s Bible-Reading System, and I’m really loving how it works, but I still don’t read my Bible as often as I should. So I plan to read more. You can find a great explanation of the system at Tim Challies’ website.
3) Read what’s on my shelf: I’m one of those people who buys several books at once and ends up leaving one or more unread for a long period of time because other books get purchased before I get to the ones I already have. So, one of my goals this year will be to read books that have been on my shelf for a while.
4) Complete at least one of my Reading Goals: My reading goals are posted here. I would like to work on the Middle-earth goal, which would mean starting with the hardest one. But it’s Tolkien’s imagery that made me want to start these lofty reading goals, so I think it’s fitting for that one to be my first. It may end up taking me all year. *gasp*
5) Review copies: The book reviews continue. Free books in exchange for an honest review… it doesn’t get much better than that. So, I intend to keep reviewing books for publishers whenever they come up as long as I have the opportunity.
6) Study Greek: I started studying Greek a few years ago, but I fell away from it as it got harder. I want to start over from the beginning and follow through this time. I really feel that having knowledge of this language will help dive deeper into God’s Word, drawing me closer to Him.
7) Write more: I signed up for NaNoWriMo! It’s a long way to November, but I want to do a lot more writing this year. Until November I’ll be planning, researching (if necessary), developing characters, etc. Everything but writing the actual story… as are the rules of NaNoWriMo.
This is why I’m not doing the challenges this year. I think I’ve challenged myself enough with my own plans and goals. I will definitely be keeping myself busy in 2012.
I found one challenge that I’ve decided to participate in because it’s not for the year – it’s a 5-year challenge. No added stress involved. I can take my time. I won’t be joining officially (posting my info to the challenge blog), but I thought it would be a nice challenge. It’s called The Fill in the Gaps: 100 Project. The idea is to make a list of 100 books you’ve been planning to read but never got around to, then read them over the next 5 years. This already goes hand-in-hand with one of my plans above (#3), but it’s even better because I don’t have to be finished by the end of this year. I’ll be able to leisurely cross off all those classics I’ve always wanted to read, but never took the time to. I’ll be creating a page for my list soon under the Reading Challenges area.