“Time marches on”
“Time is money”
Time is my word for 2019.
Since I just turned 60, I am more acutely aware of time. I have come to realize that I probably do not have enough time left to do all the things on my ever growing “Bucket List”
However, instead of letting this get me down or make me sad, I am vowing to make the best use of the time I have. In preparing for this post I read lots of quotes about not wasting time, keeping busy, etc. but I happen to think that there is something wonderful in a lazy afternoon nap or spending an hour scrolling through Facebook to keep up with my friends near and far. Or how about an hour or more spent having coffee with your sister or a friend, I don’t feel like that is a waste of time. Certainly, the time I spend with God is not wasted.
I’m thinking positive and trying to re-prioritize the things I want to do. I want to get myself to a place where I can accomplish some of them.
When I think about the things I really want to do, they boil down to about four.
1. Travel more – I have some specific places on my list
2. Make a larger impact on my Church
3. Make a difference in my friend Ernst’s life; helping him educate his children and improve his situation in Haiti
4. Get my finances to a place where I can accomplish these things. I guess really this should be number one, but just isn’t as much fun as the others.
My goal for the month of January is working toward increasing my income and decreasing my spending while paying off debt and setting up a spending plan for the rest of the year. I plan to meet with a financial planner to help me.
A favorite quote of mine is: “When you realize that you are in charge of your life and your time is limited, your choices become more important. You'll care more about what you say yes to and what you say no to.”
I think this just about sums up my approach to 2019. I talk to God constantly about my finances and my plans. I know, I know, make all the plans you want, but God is in control. That doesn’t mean He isn’t interested in my hopes and dreams. I know He wants to hear my inner most thoughts and if what I plan to do is not in His plan, he will direct me where I need to be.
What’s on your bucket list for 2019? Did you choose a word for 2019? Let me know.