I’m eager to write part three of the mini-series on scheduling which will outline how I hope to spend my time in this upcoming Spring semester as a full time student. I’d especially like to finish while it is still 2016. Before I can though, I must share a document that describes the life goals I am in the middle of pursuing. There will be some parts that allude to even older documents. Ask about those if you’re interested; this is the relevant one:

“Things to do in an introduction to adulthood.”
-March 21, 2016

The document that motivates the title of this present one was a hand written work produced on April 12, 2015, as I was considering the potential gains of staying professionally (without going back to school) an additional year in Cleveland, TN. Ultimately, my wife and I decided to stay because the perceived potential gains far outweighed the perceived potential losses. “Things to do in a 2nd year off” can be found here[1] and revisited here[2] and concluded here[3].

In the same vein, I’d like to set goals for the upcoming season of life categorically. I consider the introduction to adulthood to be my twenties. I am not ignorant of the fact that many people die in their twenties and that many people beyond their twenties are still grasping basics of adulthood – I expect to be among this group after my twenties. But I’d like to succeed in several aims and goals are the vehicle for productivity in my life. Here are those goals:


  • Establish Bible Reading Plan and develop habit of following reading plan
  • Journal via computer through Bible reading plan for 1 year
  • Establish weekly prayer sessions and attend faithfully for 1 year
  • Read in Greek and Hebrew several times a week for 6 months
  • Visit all U.S. Cistercian Monasteries
  • Complete Bible “To Memorize” began in 2015
  • Memorize “To Memorize”
  • Create a recording of a Psalter with Hayley
  • Fast in the Summers
  • Honor the Sabbath
  • Tithe


  • Maintain a Relational Schematic
  • Develop Mentors
  • Develop Family Tree


  • Fast in the summers
  • Take walks with Hayley; 200 each calendar year
  • Hike a famous trail
  • Stretch daily for 6 months
  • Have personal trainer for 4 months
  • Bike across America
  • Complete a marathon
  • Run a 10K
  • Join an Ultimate League for a season
  • Join a Soccer League for a season


  • Receive an MDiv
  • Receive Math Certificate (Khan or other online school)
  • Learn Spanish, French, German, Biblical Greek and Biblical Hebrew
  • Attend Masseur Training
  • Consider an MBA or Accounting certification
  • Consider a Masters of Apologetics
  • Consider a DMin or PhD
  • Consider a Masters in Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Consider Chiropractic School
  • Consider Law School


  • Work 3+ months employed exclusively as a missionary/in ministry
  • Work as a blogger


  • Develop “Financial Independence” and “Retire Early”
  • Give and receive Power of Attorney to/from Hayley


  • Visit and stay in an Igloo
  • Spend a month traveling
  • Spend a month submitted to Levitical law
  • Live a month on legumes


  • Visit all U.S. Cistercian Monasteries
  • Visit the Iona Community
  • Take a Reformers tour
  • Take Hayley to Harry-Potter World
  • Take Hayley to Disney (Land or World)
  • Explore possible places to “Settle Down”


  • Blog: Letters to Mitch
  • Blog: Book Reviews
  • Blog: Self-Improvement: Relational Path, Physical Path, Financial Path, Prayers


As my list is coming to an end, I want to conclude with tentative scheduling, yet I see that scheduling will change from season to season as different emphases are placed and obligations accepted. Therefore I’ll finish here. May all things be to the glory of God.

[1] Things to do in a 2nd year off
[2] _Things to do in a 2nd year off_ Revisited.
[3] Things done and un-done in a second year off


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