2008 was nothing like I thought it would be. Caitlyn arrives, Economy crashes. 2008, in a word, EXHAUSTING. Back in January 2008 I said "This blog is about RUNNING, so 2008 is going to be a year of RUNNING)." And it was about running. What is 2009 going to be? Here's a peek...
1- Don't work harder, work smarter - I don't think it's possible for me to work harder in 2009. I probably averaged 65 hrs a week in 2008, peaking (often) in the high 70s-low 80s. I need to find a way to get 65 hrs of work accomplished in 45 hrs a week. Maybe I should rename my blog from "RUNWITHGOD" to "SPRINTWITHGOD"?
2.1- Build systems
2.2- Let go of details - In 2008 I failed at this. I built a solid system, but I failed to let go and let the system run itself. Instead, I clung to the system, preventing the system from working, from growing. The system's roof became my own limitations. The only thing this accomplished was system breakdown because I was choking it. It's time to let go.
3- Work myself out of a job - Honestly, I think I would be ultimately satisfied with my work if I was told "Jeff, you've done such a good job training CF Volunteers that we don't need you anymore. You're fired!" Not sure how I would pay for life's luxuries like food and diapers, but we'd find a way. :)
4- Change the culture - I'm not tipping my hat on this one, yet. You'll find out soon enough.
5- Books are for reading - So long Christian Bookstore! Can't wait for the chance to read books to read books, NOT to read book excerpts so I can figure out how many I should order.
6- Create a new identity - Nothing has plagued my 2008 thoughts more than this. "irunabookstore" has been my online since I, well, started to runabookstore. (Funny story. Ask me later.) I will soon nolongerrunabookstore and I have been struggling to come up with an acceptable identity.
7- Take many SHORT vacations instead of a couple LONG vacations - 2008 I had two long vacations. One in May, and the second was Caitlyn's arrival. I think 2009 will be more 3 day wknds, mid-week getaways, or just cuddling up on the couch with myBabyGirls for a day... and... (see #8)...
8- Play golf - seems silly to call it a goal. I love golf, and I was decently good at it (my mid-range game sucked, but my driving and 50yards to pin game was respectable.) Honestly, I don't think I've played golf since April 2007. Reason why? I don't think I've had a 4-hour block straight through when I didn't have anything to do.
9- Love myBabyGirls - I love both my girls. Coming home at the end of the day has a purpose that it never has before. I will not allow my workaholic tendencies to affect how both myBabyGirls view God, the "church", or me. If there is a line drawn in the sand, this is it.
10- Trust God more - Maybe it's the new job... or the struggling economy... or this whole parenthood thing... but 2008 was filled with questions like "God, are you sure?" "God, why are you putting me through this?" "My God, what now?" Turns out that my questioning Him only got me more frustrated... In His time everything is resolved...
What does your 2009 look like? How drastic of a change is it from your 2008?