Happy new year!
It’s only ten days into 2018 so like…it’s time to share some goals with you, right?
Not that I’m saying sharing goals with others is conducive or wise at all. In fact, I will only be sharing a few of them and not going into much detail 😉 Without further ado – here are 3 of the goals I’m achieving in 2018!
1. Grow closer to God
This is a worthy pursuit; a part of me feels like this is such a stereotypical thing to put on a list of goals. But when I think about it, I do see how much closer I’ve grown to God (especially during and since uni) and so it’s great to look back and see how my walk with God has developed.
There’s a verse in the Bible that says, “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.” I pray I haven’t been a lukewarm Christian…in general I think of myself as a fairly warm Christian. But I want to be hot. Bubbling. Overflowing.
An amazing thing happened at the beginning of the year (which I will be posting a blog about soon!*) that made me realise this world is so temporary and that heaven is real and not far from us at all. And so I can’t be a lukewarm, cold or even warm Christian any more. I’m not here to mess around. God is real and His kingdom is here. This is the year God uses me for radical change!
*here is the post about the amazing thing that happened at the beginning of the year! > The Fear of God
2. Learn to speak Portuguese
Of course, my actual goal is more quantifiable than that! But yeah, by the end of the year, I want to actually be able to converse in Portuguese. I’ve been learning for about four months now, and so far I’ve managed to read an entire book in Portuguese! If you wanna hear more about my Portuguese learning journey, you can check out some of my previous blog posts! Nikki Learns a New Language (or, in Portuguese, Nikki apprendar um lingua novo – I think!)
3. Read what I want to read
Let’s get one thing straight: 2018 is the year of Nikki reading exactly what she wants to read and she’s not about to debate it. And I’m not just changing my reading either. I will be consuming an entirely new type of literature, poetry, tv show, articles, you name it. My choice of art will be refined and specific and geared towards knowledge and enjoyment. No reading Anna Karenina simply because it’s a classic. No watching Game of Thrones (nor being apologetic in saying that I don’t watch it), and absolutely none of this feeling guilty for not being on pop culture trends and/or not listening to the same music as everyone else. I listen to weird punk pop metal bands, like Slipknot and System of a Down and Skillet and Avenged Sevenfold and I’m really not here to apologise for it.
So yep, those are some of my goals. I feel like I sound a lot less positive than most of my posts, and I want you to know that I am OVERJOYED and EXCITED for life ❤ Part of this happiness is also expressed in the knowledge of NO LONGER MESSING AROUND. It’s a positive thing. A fire. A driving force. Bountiful motivation.
Let’s go, 2018!