For the New Year, I have changed my SparkName from Tazmomsgol to SlayingDragons. In March 2014, I will complete 8 years with SparkPeople. My worldview has not changed much, however, my focus and purpose have improved. By the grace of God, through interaction with SparkPeople, SparkFriends, many other individuals, my studies, and life experiences, I have come to a place where I can clearly see the steps for reaching my goals. I needed all of these in order to reach forward to where I am today. I have seen many of these steps accomplished and I expect to take more of them this year. If all goes as planned, I will complete my Masters in Human Services and move on to getting my Life Coaching license.
Why Slaying Dragons?
Although I have made a great deal of progress, a few things hold me back. These are the dragons in my life that still need to be conquered! Before SparkPeople, I was afraid to take the necessary steps to change. I knew that if I changed, some relationships in my life would be greatly inconvenienced and disturbed. After joining SparkPeople in 2006, it took me a full three years to give myself permission to take care of myself. For most of my adult life, I put my needs last to the point of not realizing I had incapacitated my ability to help others. I thought this was being unselfish and submissive. I did not realize nor did I have the kind of support needed to fix my situation. What I did not understand was that I had let others define me and decide how my life would be used.
My underlying belief that I was selfish when caring for my own needs had to change. To be capable of helping others, I must take care of myself. No one else is responsible for my life. It is entirely up to me. Although I now understand that fear comes and goes, I refuse to let it paralyze me like I did in the past! I do not want to be afraid of what others think of my choices and what they think of me any more. I take my freedom to act on what God tells me and to be who I was meant to be. Those who do not appreciate what God and I have partnered to do with the gift of this one life do not need to be included in this conversation. They can think what they want to think and take their defamations and negative criticisms to another quadrant!
2014 My Plan & Focus - Slaying dragon after dragon
* Daily Bible reading
* Sunday prayer time
* Devotional prep
* Build up to 1 hour a day of exercise
~ Increase away-from-home walking to at least 2 mi. 2 x /week (neighborhood, park, mall, dntn) by June
* Maintain eating healthy
~ Around 1500 calories/day
~ Drink 8-10 8 oz. glasses of liquid daily
~ At least 5 fruits & veggies/day
~ Ovo- pesce- vegetarian emphasis w/ occasional hard cheese
~ Limited snack foods (plain Doritos, whole grain cookies, pie & bread)
~ Nuts twice a day, including peanut butter when I have it
~ Weak cold-pressed coffee 2 x / day; tea 1-2 x / day
~ Rarely eating out
* At least, annual check-up at Dr. & dentist
* Occasional massage therapy / salon visit
* List my blessings daily
* August - Complete Master's in Human Services: Marriage & Family Cognate
* September or October - Start Life Coach Training
* Prep for speaking
* Continue simplifying by cleaning out something at least 1 x / week
* Sunday night service
* September - Something to do away from home 1-2 evenings / week (prayer meeting,
Advanced Portuguese or other University course, friend visit)
Other Things to work on:
* Self-sabotage eating
* Say "No" to things irrelevant to my goals
* Follow my beliefs & values not other's opinions or pressures
* Begin sentences with "I"
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
2 Timothy 1:7, KJV
"And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled."
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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