Where do you see yourself in five years time?

When the children were participating in the Stake online FSY/Rise and Reach week, Top Ender let me know that the Stake President was going to be giving the Friday Devotional, because she knows that he is one of my favourite people/speakers and that normally he has something to share which makes me think or puts me in a headspace that allows the Spirit to witness to me. So I gatecrashed his Devotional, not wanting to turn my camera on when he asked the participants because I was already in my PJ's having had a water fight with myself in the garden whilst watering the plants!

Well watered plants in PippaD's garden

There was one thing that really stood out to me as something I should ponder on for a bit longer.

Partly it was because he was the second person to ask the question to me that day, (in fact it had been asked just an hour before) and partly because as he said it I could feel the Spirit giving me a little poke that this was indeed the message I needed at this point.

He asked, where do you see yourself in five years? What are you I doing every day to make the vision you have for the future a reality?

That night, I took the Stake Presidents advice and as I was drifting off to sleep I started to daydream a little about what I wanted life to be like in five years and when I woke up the next morning, I had an idea. I prayed upon the idea, I spoke to my husband and eventually worked out goals for the next few months in four life areas (Intellectual, Spiritual, Physical and Social) that would help me to become the person I want to be and they will be regularly updated, but I thought I'd share here what I plan to do.

My intellectual goals are the same as they have been for the last few years, to spend some of my free time learning new things, new skills and developing what I already know and enjoy learning. I've set myself a challenge to complete the courses in the Google Digital Garage (even those I'm not that interested in!) and start to learn a new language.

My Spiritual goals are the same as they have been for the last few years too. I want to increase my knowledge of the scriptures which I will do by reading them daily, by attending my classes and listening to talks and reading the books I keep meaning to.

My physical goals... yup you've guessed it are the same as always. I know that I need to lose weight. I know that I need to take better care of myself and yes I have changed my eating habits and yes I am seeing some improvements but I've worked out small steps with Flyfour that he and the children and I can take together, to keep us all accountable and to improve all our health.

My social goals are, well actually they are different to before. I'm not planning on spending more time with friends or going out more or spending more time out of my home, but I am looking to strengthen my friendships and my relationships with those around me. I want to be the kind of friend, wife, daughter, mother, sister, cousin, even aunt that I know I can be. I want to make sure my friends and family know I am there for them, that I support and love them and again I have a plan... I just hope it's one that works out in the long term for me!

Now that I've told you all, I'm hoping this will allow me to be more accountable. That I'll be able to keep to my goals and plans... maybe you should join me so that together we can grow to be the people we want to be.