I wasn't going to do any resolutions this year. I have some goals, like hiking a couple of 14'ers, but I'm just not in the resolution mood right now. Like Rebecca, I'm neither particularly happy about 2011 being done, nor particularly excited about 2012. I don't mean that in a bad way. I really like that 2011 gave me snowshoeing and rock climbing, but it also gave me a lot of struggles in the faith and singleness department. In the end, I don't hate those struggles, because I think I'm better for them, but neither do I need to hold onto 2011.
As for 2012, who knows? It's hard to get excited that "this could be the year" that I finally meet someone. I mean, it could happen, but I've thought that for the last 8 or more years, so it's hard to get that excited about it again (though, for those of you praying that it will happen soon, thank you! I love those prayers, and it means a lot to me). I have some job concerns, so it'll be interesting to see where that situation is in a year. Right now, I don't really care about the whole year. I am excited that I have today and tomorrow off. I'm excited that I get to give my talk on the Mass on Tuesday. I start my back country skiing class this week. That's really all the farther I'm looking right now.
However, I did want to say that I did end up with a year long plan. I was talking to my brother on Christmas, and he shocked and delighted me by saying that he's been reading his Bible more for the last several months and he is clearly getting much more active and excited in his faith. However, it also made me realize that I haven't devoted much time to reading the Bible recently. I immediately thought that I should start again, maybe find a Bible in a year plan or something, but then I let the idea slide to the side.
Until a couple of days ago, when a wonderful friend of mine (seriously, she's awesome- if you knew her, you'd love her a creepy amount, just like I do!) sends me an email out of the blue asking me if I'd like to do the Bible in a year with her. Umm, yes, please!
Sadly, it's hard to find a good reading plan for the Catholic Bible. You can easily find a simple beginning to end plan, and there are a few other ones, but not near as many as you can find for Protestant Bibles. Anyway, one plan I found was the chronological reading of the Bible. I really want to read the Bible that way. So, for example, when you're reading about the events of David's life, you read the Psalms that he probably composed about those events. Another example is that the readings from the prophets are interspersed with the historical books from the time that the prophet lived.
However, the plan I found did not include all the books of the Catholic Bible. Therefore, I tweaked the plan a little bit, and added them in around the appropriate places in the timeline. My additions are not quite as well studied out as theirs, but they should be close enough to get the picture. Anyway, if anyone's interested, I'll be posting that plan by week over here. The week by week breakdown will be on the sidebar.
I hope everyone is having a safe and fun New Year's!