As 2011 approaches, mere days away, I am called to look upon it and decide what I am to strive for in my future. To do this, I have to determine what is important to me and what is not.
So let’s talk priorities. What matters to you the most? What takes president over all other aspects of your life?
Well, the first one, for us at least as a Christian family, is fairly easy. Our savior asks to be our first priority in all things and we choose to obey him. For us, this means:
- Attending worship services
- Praying together as a family and as individuals
- Helping others less fortunate through our time, gifts and charity
- Reading our Bibles
it is, of course, no surprise that the members of our family come in second (and a very close second, I might add!). However, in caring for our family, many other aspects and priorities melt together. So our ways of making our family a priority includes:
- Enjoying meals together at the table.
- Talking our issues out
- Spending quality time together
- Being kind to each other in thought, word and deed
- Being responsible for and to each other
- Health and Well Being
This one actually requires an effort. And a lot of effort at that. Our health is a major factor that often gets put on the back burner. In order to keep our health a top priority, we plan to:
- Be active physically
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Stick mainly with God-made, not man-made, foods
- Eat local, organic and raw as much as possible
- Eliminate as many chemicals, salts, sugars and junk as possible
- Become aware of what we put in and on our bodies
- Attend regular doctor and dentist appointments
- Cut out our bad habits (salt, pop, laziness)
- Drink more water.
- Financial Freedom
We are under our creditors thumbs right now, but have dreams of escape. We strive to become free of the oppression our cruel taskmasters have chained us to. Our intention is to:
- Develop and maintain a budget
- Eliminate most unnecessary spending
- Consider our options and choose the best one for our family
- Pay off our debts as quickly as possible
- Create an emergency fund of $1000
- Our Environments
While I recognize the plight of our planet and our need to take actions, it is important to recognize our other environments as well. Specifically our home and work environments. Focusing on these, we intend to:
- Find Michael a new job
- Eliminate clutter
- Simplify our home as much as possible
- Reduce, reuse, recycle, and my favorite, upcycle
- Look at home based employment for me
While it seems like a lot, the truth is that once we begin, we will see a lot of these things meld together. Eating local saves money. Attending Church improves our environment. Selling and eliminating clutter helps us financially.