We’ve reached the halfway mark for 2020. Is it just me or does it feel like we’ve lived a whole year already? We’ve already had our share of natural disasters, social unrest and violence  — not to mention the unprecedented pandemic that has swept the nation and our world.

The six month mark caught me by surprise this week, although I should have been more aware I suppose. I’m also six months along with Baby Gove now and wondering how we’ll finish that pre-baby to-do list. At least my freezer is nearly stocked with fresh summer veggies now.

Six months into the year also means it’s time for my New Years’ Resolution accountability check. Let’s see how well I’ve been doing so far!

Resolution No. 1: Run six miles, and hit the gym at least three times a week:I’d like to complete a 10K this year but Baby Gove and COVID-19 pretty well knocked my physical goals way off. My doc says I can’t go to the gym because of the virus, but I’ve been braving the summer heat to walk outdoors in the evening. Two miles is a long way from a six mile run. I’m optimistic though. After Baby Gove arrives, I’ll have a lofty goal to shoot towards for losing that baby weight!

Resolution No. 2: Read 12 books this year: Jeremy and I are well on our way to accomplishing this goal although our book list has been modified some to include parenting and birthing class recommendations. Kudos to my husband. He knocked it out of the park and has already published not one, but TWO e-books already this year! 

Resolution No. 3: Complete a couple in depth Bible studies on specific topics and pray more regularly: We’re rocking along pretty well with Bible study, especially since COVID-19 has resulted in the cancellation of weeks worth of Sunday and mid-week Bible Study meetings at church. We’ve had the time to do more studying at home. And, goodness knows, we’ve had more to pray about this year!

Resolution No. 4: Pay off $10,000 of debt in 2020: I predicted this goal would be our hardest to meet. Six months in I’m confident we’ll meet it, but Murphy’s law hit us hard earlier this month. A pretty rough car wreck means we’re now facing a multitude of medical bills which means our debt-to-income ratio will most likely take a step backwards even if we meet our goal. Oh well, we’ll keep trudging forward!

Life happens. That’s how I concluded my New Year’s Resolution column in January. My summation now isn’t much different, but I’m still thrilled at the possibilities the rest of the year holds. 

At the very least, I’m elated to meet our daughter this Fall. She wasn’t on our New Year’s Resolution list in January, but she’ll give us even more inspiration to meet our goals.

• Sarah Tarr Gove is news editor of The Blackshear Times. Email her at sgove@blacksheartimes.news.