2011 brought a National Championship [War Eagle!], my 21st birthday, Graduation from Auburn, and six months of living at home with my parents. I’ve said goodbye to friends, felt the pain of a broken heart, and been blessed with new friendships. 2011 was a year of seasons and stretching, and growing. God has constantly reminded me of His greatness and the plan that He has for me; I am full of hope for 2012. In anticipation of the New Year, and in good Stephanie-fashion, I have made a list of my goals for 2012.
I was inspired to write my goals down after reading a post on Today’s Letters. In the blog post Em suggested “breaking down” goals into 4 categories::Spiritual, Physical, Relational, and Professional. I added to this list Financial, because of the accountability a written goal provides. After a lot of reflection and prayer my 2012 goals consist of::
Spiritual:: read the Bible in a year
Physical:: run a 2:00 half marathon
Relational:: write a letter to a loved one each week
Financial:: fully fund my 6- month emergency fund
2012 began with Genesis 1:1-3:24, New Years Day Shopping, and a “I finally have a job” dinner with my family at Connor’s…talk about an excellent way to bring in the new year!
This Christmas was especially exciting for the Cashin Family! Val (the youngest Cashin sister) came home from her very first semester as a college student and I celebrated my last Christmas at home [ just kidding mom, you know I’ll be back]. After celebrating with a Traditional English Christmas we loaded up the car and headed for Tennessee to celebrate “Christmas 2” with Jes (the oldest Cashin sister) and her family.
Our Family Christmas was filled with so much laughter and fun..lots of memories to take with me on the road! Monday:: We were able to visit with family friends and share the exciting news of my new job and enjoy a meal at Tomato Head. Play wii- Jeopardy until ridiculous hours of the morning. Tuesday:: We braved the cold rain in our custom-knit ear warmers to shop at the outlets…ALL DAY! Don’t we have an awesome dad?
I am so blessed to be surrounded and supported by my family. I hope your holiday was filled with as much love as ours.
This week will kick off more frequent posts… Lots of travel updates, my 2o12 goals, and my first post from Phoenix! Whoop-Whoop! Thank you all for reading and keeping the tour in your prayers, I can’t wait to share more about life on the road.
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This week’s prayer requests:
Sanity as I try to pack my bags
Safe travel on January 3
P.S. The Tour Postcards are complete! If you want to receive a postcard from a specific city please email me your request and address. You can see a list of cities I’ll be visiting here.