Happy 2016!

Happy New YearEditor’s Note: Being at a family member’s house who happens to live on a different timezone means, you will wake up on your timezone. That’s just how it is. And when you attempt to be quiet because you are the only one awake, every sound will be amplified 10 times over.

Goals vs. Resolutions

Another day I will try reflecting on 2015, but right now is not the time it seems. Throughout life we all from time to time will say, “This year will be different.” This year I resolve to do this…” “My New Year’s resolution is…” In previous years, I have tried instead to create goals, not resolutions. Resolutions are so empty and often lack true commitment. Here is how Google defines Resolution:

Define Resolution

Resolutions seems like the kind of thing you can only make at the beginning of the year, while that isn’t true, tradition has made it seem that way. With goals, you can and must make a plan if you want any kind of success. I attended a health webinar once where the speaker said we should plan for what we want to accomplish. It immediately seemed like something with a project plan and due dates. What if we take those resolutions and do the same thing?

As someone argued in a meme I saw, why wait until a New Year, why not start Monday. Since New Year’s Day is on a Friday this year, I will start Monday.

Health Goals

This year I have to get healthier or I will die. Maybe not this year, but how much damage can you do to your body and it fully recover? As you get older, your recovery time takes longer and longer and if you are too close on some health issue, you stay there and eventually go over the line if you don’t change. I eat too much and not enough of the things that are truly good for me. So eventually I will probably develop things like diabetes and high blood pressure, things that perhaps right now are hopefully still preventable if I make the necessary changes in my life. I got a Fitbit Charge HR for Christmas. While I wouldn’t use a defibrillator on someone based on Fitbit’s heart rate tracking,  it has shown me my resting heart rate is probably higher than it should be from carrying the extra weight my body has.

Faith Goals

I am sure some would say, I should have put these before health and they are right and I thought of them first thing this morning but the health goals have weighed on my mind a lot lately along with my faith goals. I want to pray more. Often, deliberately, thanking the Lord for all of the many blessings in my life. I have so many blessings in my life and while I know there are struggles I will face this year, I want to face them “prayed up” and with the moments and issues of the day in the Lord’s hands. I will have so many decisions to make in the coming year, big ones, with people depending on me. I want to make the right decisions. I need to rely on the Lord to be sure I make those right decisions.

I want to be a lot less selfish. I feel I was selfish in 2015. I didn’t give as often. I didn’t share as often. I wanted too many material things when all along I had the things I needed. There is a big difference between want and need. As I have talked about before, we have to realize we have the things we need and that is the most important thing. God provides what we need. Wants are often selfish and empty things. I appreciate the things I have. God has been good to me though nothing I have done or could ever do has earned the grace God have given me. Things done is love can never be selfish. This year I will love more


So I just have to make my project plans for these goals. And for my Faith goals, I must live my faith more than I speak of my faith. I have to make plans and not resolutions. Hopefully these are goals I will stick with. If I do, my 2016 will be the best year of my life. Happy 2016!

January 1, 2015

To you and yours I wish you a very Happy New Year.

2015 New Year

I am in very deep thought as we start this new year. While I have made resolutions and promises to myself in the past with the passing and start of a new year in the past, this is the first time I feel like I am going into a year with high ambitions. I look at the clock on my computer and it is a new day, a new year, and a new start.


I have two, maybe three books I want to finish and publish this year. Two are in progress and the third is rattling around in my head saying, put me to paper already. There are technical books and a biography I have to finish. And my brain is full of fiction stories that for some reason I don’t think I am capable of writing.

I want to push even harder on Social Media. I have enough information to be dangerous to really break out in Social Media.

I want to publish stories and articles on various websites. I have some leads on these already. Most of my work will be on technical articles about Tech topics I know and love.

I plan to do a weekly podcast and I hope to work up to a video podcast which I think based on the amount of work it will take will have to be every other week. Though I would love to do it weekly. If I can work out the Interview format, then I may be able to do it more often using Google Hangouts to get content to my YouTube Channel.

And I am working on various tutorials (mostly WordPress right now since I am revamping my WordPress book) about technical topics from blogging, to WordPress to video editing.

And then I was reading an Upper Room devotional this morning and I realized, where is God in this plan? I was touched by the scripture that was in the devotional.


Ephesians 1:3-4 (NIV)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.


How can I accomplish any of this if God isn’t on board with it? How can I accomplish any of this if I am not thankful to God for all he has done for me and will do for me? I am so thankful God allowed me to wake up another day. He allows me to dream dreams. He has put me on the right path when I have veered so far away from it.

What are your goals for the new year? Did God make your goals or did he figure into your goals at all? As you can tell, I am guilty of not prayerfully considering my goals before I made them.

Lord, I thank you for another day. If my plans are not pleasing to you Lord, please steer me toward your plans and help me understand my plans may not be what is best for me. But your plans, Lord, are the best plans for me and my life. Allow me to be a blessing to others as I walk my daily journey.


Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.