Banner Year

I would have to say that 2008 was a banner year for our family.

This year there was the culmination of my graduate studies which included my graduation from seminary.  We moved from our 2 bedroom apartment in PA to my parents house in VT to our current town home in NY.

I started my job as a pastor.

I was ordained as a Pastor.

And I think that my job as a Pastor has really taken over my life.  I love my job but I have yet to really pick up on some old hobbies that I use to really enjoy.

Health wise I have gone downhill – between my busy schedule of seminary, family, work and life – coupled with the fact of terrible seminary health insurance and my lack of motivation –  my health took a back seat.  Actually it never even made it into the car.  That is changing…..

Blog wise I posted  76 posts for this year.

Reading the many blogs I have in my Google Reader, I have read many “New Years Resolution” posts.  I think that I will post my own goals for the year.


Like many people in the USA I am going to resolve to get healthy and lose weight.  It is for no other reason than my body seems to be shutting down in some respects. I am not feeling well and I have too many health problems for a 30 year old.  I have gotten some serious wakeup calls. I would like to lose 50 pounds by this time next year.

I would like to have 100 quality blog posts this year.  I would also like to start podcasting and/or video blogging.

I would like to spend more time with my family one on one.   that means to have more date nights with my wife and personal play dates with my children.

I would like to pay down most of our debt and start a significant savings account.


I would like to learn more what it means to be a pastor.

I would like to read one book a month on theology or practical pastoral leadershipSpend one day a month in prayer spiritual renewal

Spend 3-4 days in some kind of continuing education

There are 8 goals for the year ahead- four personal and four professional.  I think they are doable and they give me something to work towards.  I know there will be setbacks along the way but I am sure I can overcome them.

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