You probably already realize that I love goals. I really truly do. Not only do I enjoy coming up with New Years Resolutions but I also have many Birthday Goals that I come up with every year around my birthday.
Let’s take a look down memory lane at: Turning 26 Part 3 – Dreams and Goals…
Back in February I had only been a vegetarian for a few months, I had never dreamt of participating in a triathlon, I didn’t consider myself a “runner” and I had some vague ideas about volunteering.
Fast forward 8 months and I’m becomming a very aware Vegan, I have completed my first triathlon (woohoo!), I have collected over 500 books for The Elizabeth Stone House, I am going to become a dog walker at the Animal Rescue League and I’m running my first 10K on Columbus Day!!
Seriously people, if anything, those two sentences should show how you really can never say never! So much has changed over the last several months and I’ve never been happier.
Here were the Dreams and Goals that I set for myself for my 26th year
Eliminate debt – working on it…
Save money - doing pretty good but still an uphill battle
Finish novel – put on back burner so I can focus on my blog!
Volunteer – doing great! Did a book drive for the Stone House & joined the Animal Rescue League
Join writing group – put on back burner
Learn to let go - honestly, I have to say this is going really well! I just keep trying and reminding myself not to judge or blame anyone and to focus on the positive aspects of my day/life.
Be more adventurous - going good but still need to work on this one!
Stretch and meditate every day - going amazingly well!! I stretch and meditate every single day and feel better because of it!
Spend more time outside - I am so happy that I took up running outside, I spend a lot more time outside and love it!
Go horseback riding – nope (sad face), maybe next summer
Grow a garden - this one I really tried but was not successful, all my plants ended up dying, but I will not give up and someday I will have a beautiful garden
Visit local museums – pushed back to this winter when it’s not as nice out
Learn about different religions – same as above!
Take up painting and/or bead making - Painting has become my go-to project away from computers, deadlines and even my body. I love to paint because it lets me calm down, steady my focus and enjoy creating something beautiful.
2011 Goals: October – December
Wow, there are only 3 months left to the year and quite a lot that I want to do. Recently I read some great words of wisdom in an article in Whole Living magazine, Iris Langdon said “If you want to do something well, you have to commit to doing it at least 3 days a week. That’s how you build it into your psyche and achieve the most you can.”
Now, as you may know, I like to do a lot of different things and while variety is wonderful there are a few areas that I really want to focus on and I think that her advice will truly help me commit to the goals I feel are important.
So I am going to try to limit my nightly activities and really focus each night on one or two areas. For example, I plan on spending 3 nights a week on my blog and 3 nights on my novel and then 1 day a week on painting. This way I am splitting up my time but really committing myself to the areas that are important to me.
Creative Outlets for my Mind
Write an Ezine book for my blog
Find free lance opportunities (anyone interested?)
Research t-shirt & yoga mat product ideas for my new shop!
Novel: Write out my plot line & Finish plotting exercises
Ways to Connect with My Soul & Community
Wrap up The Elizabeth Stone House Book Drive
Become a trained Animal Rescue League Dog Walker
Organize a bi-monthly Boston Blogger’s Meet-up (let me know if you’re interested!)
Learn about different religions
Loving my Body & Treating it Right
Finish the Tufts 10K in 68 minutes or less!
Take Salsa lessons with Josh
Replace all of my cleaners by January with non-toxic cleaners
Some Simple yet Challenging Resolutions
Complain and say “sorry” less
Stop picking at my skin
I have all of these goals printed in a few places around my home and office to keep me focused and committed. It’s hard to work on my goals if I don’t remember them!!
What are your plans for the rest of the year? Do you like having lots of goals?