Tuesday, January 8, 2013

God-sized Dreams?

Since I started reading Holley Gerths' blogging and books a while back (a year? more??) she expanded my vocabulary to include the phrase "God-sized Dream"....now what am I supposed to do with THAT?!

I didn't grow up making plans. I didn't achieve goals. They spoke about it in the college classes I took, but those phrases, setting goals, making plans, they were what other people did. Not me. I was a roamer. A sojourner. I was always shaking dust off my feet and moving down the road (literally, I lived in beach towns in Southern CA in the 70's - think surfers.). Although there were things I hoped would happen, I don't think I ever had a GOAL. So this is all NEW spiritual territory for me!! Even when I led an amazing group of women through Holley's book, "You're Already Amazing" - we all froze at the chapter on making a goal. Seriously. OK - maybe 3 over achiever types did that assignment. Not me. :(

Her latest book "The Do What You Can Plan (21 Days to make any area of your life better)" is all about setting realistic goals and ACCOMPLISHING THEM.

That's a big key in the way she works. Little goals that we can do. Not big, lofty things that take years to accomplish, but baby steps. Things we can do NOW, in 15 minutes or less!

SO, today my assignment is to set a little goal. Put it on paper (or on blog, as it may be) and do it. Be accountable, and achieve that goal! Just DO it!!

So my goal has been to eat Cheerios for breakfast each day. Don't laugh. This is big for me. Doable. But. Big.

See,  I need to bring my triglicerides down. Dr says so, and she suggested 45 minutes of daily exercise (um, yeah...I may make that my goal NEXT week...) and to eat Cheerios every morning. So, I'm knocking that one down. ME, who doesn't usually eat breakfast. Doesn't find Cheerios my cup of tea (or bowl of cereal) is gonna nail this one goal. Cheerios. Every Day. Breakfast. Key things that I don't do.

So my goal is to eat!! LOL.

I'm proud of me.
(a little)

So, this is my first post, towards the bigger God-sized Dreams He has for me. :)

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PS- it's not too late if you want to join us in finding YOUR God-sized dream!!


  1. Goals are such a tough one for me too because I'm the over achiever who sets such unrealistic goals that I get discouraged, lol. Proud of you for being an example to me by setting a small goal that will be a big success in your life! I should read this book too :)

  2. Oh Marina - you've got this! I love this first step, isn't it a blessing to know we can start small on our goals? (and ps..if you're allowed, cheerios taste awesome sprinkled over fat-free vanilla yogurt instead of in milk..praying for you!)

  3. Marina, I love this...what a good reminder that every goal begins with one step! Blessings to you!

  4. Great goal Marina. Goals don't have to be big and complicated...just something small and simple {but if you're anything like me, restricting my food would be harder than building a house with my bare hands}. Best of luck and God's blessings.

  5. Cheers for Cheerios (and wonderful you)!

  6. You can do it! Cheerios aren't so bad. :) Can you get the multi-grain ones??

  7. Hooray for first steps! Way to go, Marina.

  8. Thanks for all the encouragement and love!! I really did not think that my simple Cheerios challenge would stir up so much support!! :)

    Jennifer - You'd LOVE Holley's book(s)!! I think they carry her first one in the resource center at Crossroads! This one is especially good, but it's also a good follow up for "You're Already Amazing!"

    Crystal - I've got the yogurt thing down with berries on it...but I have to consume so many of the Cheerios that I think I'd not be able to eat that much yogurt with them! LOL

    Kayse - no... :( have to be the oats only kind...but I do add a smidge of sugar...and sometimes 1/2 banana too!! (oats pull fat from your bloodstream, and help lower cholesterol legitimately!!). :)

  9. You're right, Marina... this is all one step at a time. And I like your start with cheerios :)

  10. Marina,
    Yeah! I love the way you explain the process, and make it accessible. I will learn so much from you.
    Peace and good, sister dreamer.

  11. Good for you for making a doable goal. Most of the time, goals end up being sign posts of failure because we make them so ginormous we can't really do them.

    Oh and if you want to get your triglycerides/cholesterol down read Wheat Belly! GREAT book! :) My husband has had cholesterol/heart issues for a while. He now has his numbers down to 188 from 280 just over a year ago! :)

  12. It's been super busy around my life lately, but thought I'd update you all - I'm continuing to eat my oatmeal daily -although not always getting it for breakfast. I've only completely missed a few days.

    I return to the dr. tomorrow morning for the bloodwork to see if it's done any good.

    Thanks for being on this journey with me.


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