GET IT, ANNA:
- Tour Duke Divinity School – since I’m applying for Duke, it’d probably be pretty beneficial for me to check the place out!
- Find a great homework rhythm – getting back into the rhythm of work, spiritual wellness, mental wellness, and school is hard. Having consistent time to work on homework is a critical thing for my well-being!
- Finish Searching for Sunday (Rachel Held Evans), Women of the Word (Jen Wilkin), First Women (Kate Anderson Brower), The Irresistible Revolution (Shane Claiborne), and An Altar in the World (Barbara Brown Taylor). – I have started three of these books and (hopefully) intend to use two of them in my div school application essay. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but with all the reading a Com Studies major offers me, pleasure reading isn’t always my top priority.
Join a discipleship community group at Wesley Foundation– Joining a new worship community is hard, but accountability and friendship helps! Fortunately for me, my campus ministry offers groups right after we meet.
- Do laundry on Wednesdays! – another critical schedule important for my mental health.
- Facetime with my mentor once a week, make it a priority – we usually read books together. With her job in youth ministry, we took the summer off. But having that person to be able to talk to regularly and grow with has been the biggest blessing.
- Sit in contemplative prayer at least two-three times a week – “Be still and know” has taken a new meaning of my life. Shoot, prayer has become to take a new definition in my life. Sitting in silence with the presence of God is a form of communication near and dear to my heart right now.
Get next tattoo– I tried to be spontaneous and get the tattoo one day last week, unfortunately I walked out with an appointment…this only happens to me. I’m the least spontaneous person I know! Meet with UMC District Superintendent about the candidacy process– with accepting my call to ministry, I need a community and district behind me! Meeting with my DS was the best meeting of my week. There’s so much hope in the church right now, and I’m so grateful to be a small part of it.
- Throw a game watching party – this could be a great way for me to balance the social wellness of my life as well as everything else! Human interaction is key. Football is just a big ol’ added bonus.
- Go to karaoke, once – because who doesn’t love karaoke?
- Go to a workout class outside of yoga – double dipping with physical and mental wellness here, people
- Study Genesis – I’m craving to get further into the Word. After reading Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin, I have a craving to read the Bible in a different way than I have before. Why not start at the beginning?
- Vaccum the apartment on Sundays – with my annoying Type-A personality, if my apartment isn’t clean, I feel behind and befuddled!
- Call each grandparent every other week – my family is a huge part of my life, and I should call them more than I should. Simple as that.
What are you going to get done this September?! I love to-do lists. So, for me, this list of goals can function in that way as well. But I have to remember not to limit myself to these things but also it gives me a little bit of direction.
I am so excited about this month!