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In typical fashion, I slacked on my "homework." Back in November I mentioned a new series inspired by my friend Eddiea series called "Homework" where I would take the time to answer some of the difficult questions about myself and who I want to be. So here it goes...

Question 1: Where do you want to be emotionally in five years?

{Short & sweet} answer: In five years, I hope to be at peace with who I am and the decisions I've made. I hope to find courage in difficult situations. To be confident with my work. To be passionate about my relationship with God and with people. I hope to no longer be consumed by anxiety. To be generous and kind. To put others before myself. To continuously be thankful and inspired by the world around me. In five years, I hope my heart would break for what breaks His heart.

I thought about a few things that I can start doing to help me get there. Feed myself with His word, daily. Set aside time to learn about marketing + web design + other areas that can help me improve at my job. Practice saying no to fear and negativity. Make it a point to go out of my way to make someone's day better. Spend more time outside, instead of taking nature for granted. Take the time to listen. Be obedient. Keep trying.

Where do you want to be emotionally in five years?



A new series called Homework

Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga. Taken on my last trip to Tennessee.

Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga. Taken on my last trip to Tennessee.

I have a friend named Eddie, a brotherly figure in my life who is married to a beautiful woman named Whitney. Occasionally Eddie and I meet at Starbucks to discuss life, God and the things I'm too afraid to ask myself on a daily basis.

I think it's important to have a friend like this. One that asks the hard questions like, "What are your goals?" "What are you doing to accomplish those goals?" "Why aren't you doing anything?" [Insert excuses, fears, obstacles and so on.] "Okay, so tell me about that."

Our discussions usually consist of a dozen questions that I struggle to answer. The usual response is, "I don't know." So why am I not taking the time to know?

A few years ago I would have told you that the majority of my time was spent thinking about the world and life and the meaning of it all. I spent time reflecting on the beauty, the struggles, the blessings. Everything. And today I find myself missing that. I've found a routine, with waking up early, going to work and doing little elseto be honest.

So here I am questioning what I'm doing with my life, with the realization that I need to start asking harder questions. And that brings me to this new series called "Homework." Earlier this year Eddie assigned me a list of questions he suggested I ask myself, advising me to take the time to answer one each week. There are five questions total. (The first has five parts that I'm going to divide into five weeks; so that's nine posts total. Look for a post later this week.)

So, reader, I hope you're okay with me sharing my answers here. And maybe, just maybe, you'll start asking yourself the tough questions as well. Please know if you need someone to listen, I'm here.