Monday Lovin’

monday lovin'

It’s Monday again! Instead of sharing what I currently love, I’m sharing my summer bucket list/goals.

  1. Read 10 books. I can’t seem to get enough of reading lately. It’s been a blast to learn new things and enjoy diving into other people’s stories. I want to spend my summer continuing to do exactly that. I long to be a witness of other people’s stories, and one of the best ways for me to do that is by reading. Want to step outside your current reality and stretch what you know to be true? Pick up a new book. Reading – both fiction and nonfiction – enables my imagination, leading me to dream in new ways.
  1. Run 100 miles. In full disclosure, this one might be a bit of a challenge. It’s June 15th and I’ve only run 8 miles, so if I want to actually achieve this, I’m going to have to step up my running game to get some miles in. This may mean that I am going to have to wake up at the fine hour of 6 am to run outside or log some miles on the treadmill. However, I am the happiest, healthiest version of me when I’m running consistently, it’s almost like a spiritual discipline for me.
  1. Finishing reading through the book of Psalms. I like to read my way through books of the Bible. It’s one of the best ways I remind consistent in spending time with the Lord. However, being very feelings based, it’s hard to motivate myself to spend time in the Word when I’m not “feelin’ it.” But, if I want to grow in the ways that God want to lead me, I have to put the time in, not out of obligation, but out of delight. Thus, this summer bucket list item. May the summer of 2015 be defined in my own life as a summer that I learned more about God’s character and heart; may it be a summer of refinement and growth.
  1. Pay off my student loan debt. This item has been a long time coming. Eighteen months in the making. I’m almost there. And you may find it strange that it found its way onto this fun list. But, it IS fun to accomplish goals! At least for me. Goals are good, they motivate us to look beyond the present (new pairs of jeans, a second drink out to eat at dinner, spontaneous road trips, etc.) to the future. My desire to pay off my student loan debt has motivated so many of my decisions in the past two years, so I am excited to see the finish line. Now, I must stay disciplined so I run towards the finish line, without slowing down. This challenge also goes deeper than simply paying money to something, but for me it has been heart issue. What do I really value? How do I really view my money? Am I a good steward of what has been given to me?

I would love to hear some of your summer bucket list items. Is there anything you are so excited for this summer?

This post was inspired by a recent favorite of mine — the podcast Sorta Awesome. If you’re a podcast listener, or looking for something to pass time on your commute to and from work, it’s a great listen. The women talk about real things that matter, and it’s been so fun to listen!

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