Happy New Year!
I hope you are all doing well.
Not a whole lot has gone on since my last update so as a staff we are not going to be posting our monthly updates until after our staff retreat this weekend, where we will plan for the rest of the year. At that time I will be able to share what we will be doing this semester and talk about what we did at the retreat.
I would like to leave you with some thoughts for now. With another New Year comes New Year's resolutions. I think we, as a whole, often take these resolutions pretty lightly. Why else is there an increased number of people on the treadmills at the gym in January and by February or March it's back to normal? It is often hard to change a lot of things all at the same time instead of focusing on just one or two aspects of your life. I think it helps to space your resolutions out across the year. Also it's important to make sure that your goals are SMART (Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound) to help in accomplishing them. This year one thing I want to be more disciplined in is journaling at least 2 or 3 times every week. Writing helps me to draw deeper thought out of my mind and organize it in a way that is more tangible. This is a great way to take scripture and other life experiences and write out my questions and thoughts on it. If I don't take the time to get my thoughts on paper they generally dissolve into nothing instead of being applied to my life.