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As promised, here are my goals for 2015 – some specific for the blog and some more general to my life.

Before I list them, let me say why I make goals – because it works for me.  I think it’s important to find a way for each of us to achieve what we are setting out to achieve.  For some people goals work and for other, well, they don’t.  If goals seem too intimidating, then use some other method that works for you.  If you aren’t sure, there are two ways to deal with this – 1. try something and see how it goes. 2. look back at what worked for you before and do it again.

Without any further ado – my goals for 2015

1. Get a great internship site placement – This is really an important career/calling goal for 2015.  All seminarians at LTSG have to go on internship in order to graduate.  And if a person is going to go on internship, it might as well be a great location.  We’re pretty flexible with this as a family when it comes to location – that happens when you pack up and leave the country for a year.  But I want the site to be a great site where I can learn, try things, and gain some pastoral life experience.

2. Run in three half-marathons – I’m not sure if this will happen, but it will stretch me.  I know of at least one half-marathon in May here in Helsinki.  Part of this goal will be accomplished in knowing where our internship site will be so I can determine what half-marathons will be nearby.

3. Travel to Stockholm, Sweden, the Laplands and Germany.  Stockholm and the Laplands are nearby and not too expensive to get to.  Germany is our goal for June, but it will depend on how much money we have left at that point.  And that depends on living costs, food, transportation, etc.  So Germany is our stretch goal here.

4. Write a book about what I have learned about the church in Finland and how it relates to mission redevelopment in the US.  I’ve learned a ton and have lots of notes so far with a great deal more to go.  I’ve got to do something with all of these notes and things I’ve learned.  The goal may change based on what advice I get about this, but the idea is to do something with what I have learned.

5. Do 20 speaking engagements concerning our trip to Finland and what I learned about the church here and how it applies to mission redevelopment.  I have a few reasons for this – 1. it would be fun – yes, some people would rather die than speak in public, but I love public speaking.  2. The more you talk about something/read something/think about something/write about something – the deeper you delve into it and gain a different understanding about it.  I also expect to receive a lot of questions for me to consider and ponder, which will help me delve in even further and understand what other people are thinking and care about.  I know I’ll be writing plenty on this, but speaking is no guarantee, so this is a stretch goal.

There’s the list for 2015.  There’s one more thing about this list – it’s not set in stone.  I see it more as a guide, than something concrete that has to happen.  The goal list gives me a sense of direction.  But by not being attached to it, I am open to other possibilities.

Do you have goals for 2015 that you want to share?  I’d love to hear what you have – you might inspire me or others.