Back in March, I received hundreds of positive responses from a blog I wrote.

The gist of the message was that if you devoted 1% of your day–that’s just 15 minutes, sunshine,–you could be well on your way to accomplishing your goals.

This was revolutionary.
To many, 15 minutes seemed doable and less daunting instead of being overwhelmed by long-term goals and defeated before they even started.

So here we are, sunshine.
It’s July.
It’s time for your check-in.

We are 213 days in to 2018.
152 days remain.
Simply put, more than 1/2 of the year is complete.
Oh, and Christmas items will be on the shelves at Target in about 30 days.

So, sunshine, how are you doing with those goals from January?
How about the ones you reconsidered in March?

C.S. Lewis has a great quote that helps us look forward in anticipation:

“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

While Lewis is referencing our eternal and heavenly home, it is something for us to consider as we look ahead to the second half–hopefully the better half–of 2018.

Would you consider creating a few goals to successfully cross the finish line?

I would be a hypocrite if I suggested this practice and didn’t do it myself, so here’s a small sampling of my ambitious list of July-December 2018 goals.

1. Do the bioluminescent sea kayak tour.
2. Go on a date. (with a guy, not by myself–it’s been years, y’all)
3. Weight lift 4x/week.
4. Fast 1x/week for petitions and intercessions.
5. Wear my Fitbit 5 days/week. (I’ve become OBSESSED with the # of steps each day.)
6. Lead another Bible study at Discover Life Church.
7. Plan & host a Shine with Frannie retreat this fall.
8. Finish my book.

These goals are all over the place, but that’s ok–so am I.
And so is life.
What matters is that you have a vision. A direction.

Dig deep.
Be creative.
Write your goals.
I’d love to hear any and all that you’re willing to share, sunshine.

So here’s to the next six months, sunshine.
My highest hope and prayer is that it’s the best six months.

“When there’s no vision, the people get out of control,
but whoever obeys instruction is happy.”
Prov 29:18 CEB