Quick update on life ‘n stuff:
New Year? Nah.
The “new year” approach isn’t really working for me. Anyone else? (I won’t wait for you to respond, but please do so in the comments.) Like so many things, I think I haven’t really locked in on a strong enough “want to” to drive action. So I will confess to you, my friends, that I have been busy (or busy-ish) and have used that as an excuse not to write.
I hit one of those moments yesterday in which I realized I was feeling guilty for tasks and responsibilities I had placed upon myself. Not writing enough. Not reading enough on the 2016 Reading Challenge. Strangely, I wasn’t feeling as guilty about things that ultimately mean more. I still haven’t gotten back on track with food like I wanted to. I’m still not taking in Scripture consistently.
SO HERE’S MY GRAND RESOLUTION: …I’m gonna stop with the resolutions. For the rest of the year, I’m just going to work on getting a little bit better. Better choices, linked end to end. And when I miss, I’ll keep going. I’m not giving up on myself.
Reading List? More like Reading Missed
My 2016 Reading Challenge progress has pretty much stopped. You may have noticed that I didn’t post an October update. Well, here it is, my October Reading Challenge Update: …
Nothing. I read Nate Pickowicz’s great book, Reviving New England. I read a few Batman trade-paperback collections (the “Court of Owls” storyline, and a Loeb/Sale story). I listened to the audiobooks of the last two Miss Peregrine books (those were pretty good!). But other than that, nothing of note. Not for lack of trying, but I just haven’t found anything that has grabbed me, from that list. I will post an update at the end of November if I make any progress, and then a year-ending post in December with the full list. But I think I’m going to let myself off the hook on this reading list thing. Part of the reason is because of all the other stuff we have going on.
My wife and I have talked for a while about becoming foster parents, but in early October, we finally started taking steps. Now, we’re in the midst of training and learning and filling out reams of paperwork. It’s exciting. It’s terrifying. I’ll have a lot more to say about it in the coming months. But it’s really taken up a lot of mental and emotional space in my life. I’m not saying it’s a good reason for not doing the daily stuff I had tried to commit to doing. But it’s part of the mix.
Back to (Sunday) School
I’m teaching adult Sunday School again! I’m on a rotation with another teacher, so I’ll be teaching for the next 3 months. We started a series this week on the attributes of God. I may throw some posts up with my lesson prep/notes, if you guys want. But that is also going to soak up some time an energy in the near term.
So what’s next?
I’m not giving up on the weight issue. My wife and I are probably going to go back to ketogenic eating (which is an AWESOME thing to do, six weeks before CHRISTMAS). But it was working for both of us, so we want to go with what works. I’m going back to Weight Watchers on Saturday to face up to the scale (and all the weight I’ve gained in the last month). I’m going to the gym tonight. So yeah. Still fighting.
I still want to increase my writing output. One idea for that came from a couple of college friends of mine on Facebook. I’ll fill in the details of that tomorrow, but I’ll say this: the post title is a clue.
I’ve got a Friday Five ready to go for tomorrow, so come back and check it out.
Thanks for reading, and thanks for sticking around.
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