They (whoever “they” are) say that when you verbalize a goal, you are more likely to reach it than if you just write it down or keep it to yourself.  I’ve had this idea…however plausible it may truly be or not…that has been rolling around in my noggin for a few months now.

Before the eye rolls of judgment start…this is a LONG (long, long) term goal.  I realize that I’m probably not even looking at until late 2017 or early 2018 to really get the initial stages rolling.

Ready? Here we go…

I want to be a holistic wellness mentor for leaders in ministry.

I’ve got some ideas on what this would look like within the current ministry that my husband and I work in, how I could partner with the department that already works in this area, but I want to take it even further to be a personalized mentorship that will look different for each and every person…and if it’s not meant to be, well, something to look at for retirement in 15? 17? years (I never remember the date we will retire because it’s completely irrelevant to life other than financial planning).

So what does this goal actually look like/steps to attain it:

  • Reach my personal goal weight and maintain it
  • Work through the continuing education options at my disposal to gain an appropriate level of nutrition counseling certifications, a personal trainer certification, and even some further counseling training than what I already have already attained so I have professional knowledge and credibility for my actions
  • Start working one-on-one with other leaders in ministry that are ready to set their own personal wellness goals and walk alongside them to inspire, encourage, keep accountable, and help them discover the road to health that works and is sustainable for them and their individual situation

I want to share my experience, and most of all the hope, that no matter who you are or how far you have to go or whatever challenges you have, with God’s help, you have the capacity to completely change your relationship with God, your body, and your mind.  I want to be able to hammer home the point that no ministry leader is truly “too busy” or “just can’t do it.”  It’s simply not true.  And I think by the time I get to this point, I’ll have earned some of the authority in my personal witness to call willing/voluntary participants out on their excuses.

I’ve got some lofty dreams with this goal…I can envision everything from helping people put on paper their nutrition and exercise goals to teaching basic exercises to getting folks comfortable at a new gym environment to spiritual and emotional development around food issues to even helping people clean out their pantries, show them how to healthfully grocery shop on a budget, and how to cook quick and easy healthy meals that fit their life and schedule.  The possibilities are endless–I can day dream about this all day.

I am really excited about this, and am praying for God’s leading and the doors to be opened for this dream to potentially become a reality.  Dreams and lofty goals are important, it fires us up for the future.  While I know this isn’t going to materialize tomorrow, it gives me even more drive to keep pushing myself to keep the disciplines that I have placed in my life to honor God with my body.

I have hesitated to verbalize this dream, I didn’t even tell my husband about it until recently, because I’m human–I’m afraid of judgment and I’m afraid of failure.  But you know what, we have to take risks sometime.  I think this is worth the risk to be transparent with this goal.  With God’s help and leading, if it’s meant to be, it will happen.  I can’t wait to see the glorious unfolding.

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