new-year-resolutionsRarely do I feel compelled to devise a list of resolutions at the beginning of a new year. At best I compile, at least in my mind, a vague set of goals or things I’d like to see happen in the coming year. But this year, for the sake of accountability, I thought I would make that list a little more concrete. It’s not exactly a list of resolutions, but more a list of goals and things I anticipate or would like to do in 2014. It will be interesting to reflect upon these at the start of 2015.

1. Buy a House – We’re very close already. More on this when things are finalized.

2. Have a Baby – Our first one is on the way, due at the beginning of April. Can’t wait to meet him.

3. Plant a Garden – I don’t buy into all the health food hype, but I can assure you produce can’t be bought at the store like you can grow in your yard. But more than that I want to landscape in a way that all our plants are edible in one way or another. Time will tell if that is overly ambitious.

4. Be a Better Spiritual Leader – Vague I know, but here’s how I quantify that. Daily Bible reading, both personal and as ¬†family. Getting involved in a small group. Start helping to lead worship at church.

5. Grow My Business – I’m excited about the growth we’ve already encountered at Three Crowns, ¬†but there is room for so much more.

6. Read More Books – I tend to default to mindless entertainment. This year I want to read a book a month.

7. (Finally) Release that Album – I’ve been sitting on an acoustic album for some time now. This is the year I will release it. Maybe I’ll even record another.

8. Play More Shows – I can count on one hand the number of shows I played last year. Not that I’m looking to tour or anything, but I would like to play more shows, keep up my chops, and maybe start a band.

9. Pay Down Some Debt – Buying a home has brought into sharp focus our finances and realizing just how much income is going to debt makes me want to pay it all off right now. While that isn’t realistic, we are going to make great strides in this area.

10. Improve My Skill Set – I’d like to learn a couple new skills this year and improve on some that I already have.