Happy Birthday to Me!

It is my 26th birthday today. YIKES SPIKES!

To celebrate (and to totally copy my friend Andrea) I am going to make a list of 26 goals for turning 26. Here they are!

26 for 26

1. Re-prioritize my life. Work on what my main priorities are, my future goals and reverse engineer my life so what I spend my time, energy and money on fits my priorities. Say no to things that don’t. Make the most out of my time.

2. Grow some herbs – even if they’re just in a little pot!

3. Learn how to take better pictures, especially of food.

4. Organize my storage in my basement – keep seasonal decorations together, with labels, pictures of my mantles etc. Create a pantry there too and do more bulk/ costco shopping to keep that new freezer stocked!

5. Start listening to audio scripture when I’m driving. Make recordings of certain verses and memorize them while driving to work and driving to visits all day. Make the most of my drive time – set times of prayer/ people to pray for, meditating on what I read that morning, etc. (See #1)

6. Learn some sewing basics from my mama.

7. Finally conquer yeast breads, rolls and cinnamon rolls (by hand!) Emily Weller is also working on some yeast fun so I am excited to learn with her and from her!

8. Balance work and life better – – drawing the line where I need to and being disciplined for my priorities to be obvious in the way I spend my time. Have a typical work schedule and try to stick with it. Don’t be ruled by the urgent/ non important things of work. (See #1)

9. Get mantle decorations/ decorative wreath for the entire year (and maybe throw pillows if I get real motivated!)

10. Study infertility in the bible.

11. Get more beads for my new charm bracelet

12. Visit Minnesota another time or two:) (On the books for mid-April… STOKED!!)

13. Exercise AT LEAST 3 a week Hopefully I can do closer to 4-5 times a week for 30-60 minutes on a normal basis.

14. Floss regularly (is anyone actually good at this? I usually floss the day before I go to the dentist and then like the 2 weeks after… but I’ve been pretty good for the past month so that’s a start!)

15. Be creative in planning date nights and intentionally loving my husband well.

16. Know the Bible more – memorizing what certain chapters are about, where important happenings are. Know the flow of books.

17. Become a certified lactation counselor

18. Wear make-up most days. I’m 26. I shouldn’t wear makeup only for special occasions! This should have been a normal thing for turning 13.

19. Expand my crafts – making decorations, cards etc.

20. Improve my blog, learn tips, know WordPress more.

21. Pray more with my husband. Pray more for my husband.

22. Introduce a couple new spices/ ingredients in my cooking (recently tried tumeric)

23. Improve/ expand the car seat program at work – get more techs, delegate responsibilities and make my life easier:)

24. Love my friends well. Be intentional about spending time with life giving friends who draw me closer to Jesus. Prioritize. (See #1)

25. Trust Christ in the story He has for us. Give Him my anxieties, worries and stress. Keep my eyes off of others’ blessings and babies and know that it does not concern me. Run to Jesus. Trust that God is good.

26. Live in the reality of the spiritual realm. Not circumstances, not what I feel circumstances are – but who Jesus is. What Jesus has done. What He is doing. That He is victorious. That He is coming back to reign and rule for all eternity!!


About jackielopina

Follower of Jesus, Pastor's Wife, Cookie Baker.
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4 Responses to Happy Birthday to Me!

  1. Kate Titus says:

    Happy Birthday!! 26 – you’re so young. I turned 30 last year. ;) Hope you have a wonderful day!

  2. Pat says:

    Happy birthday, dear daughter-in-law! Looking forward to celebrating with you and Bryan tomorrow. Great goals! I’m 53 and still don’t wear makeup everyday – I thought it was a sign of confidence in my inner beauty! Haha!

  3. Christy Connell says:

    Love you Jackie! Hope you have a great birthday! See you tomorrow! :)

  4. andrea says:

    happy belated 26th! i’ve been so behind in commenting:) I love your list, makes me want to add more things on to mine!

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