Text from my Goals page: My Goals for 2013 are few, and simple, and hopefully within my reach! I liked the concept of four large, long-term, "no pressure" goals that I achieved last year, so I thought why mess with something that works! Check back here for my progress, as I use the blog as a tool for keeping myself accountable, and to keep a record of how I am doing!
1. Read 52 Books. Year-end update: This one is a no-brainer. I read 54 books last year, and I am going strong into 2014!
2. Take a class. January update: I took a class! Year end update: Can you hear the crickets.....?
3. Clean out my studio. Year-end update: I tried to change things up, and it sucked the life out of me! I have discovered that this is a big mental block for me, and that I will continue to work at it and work through it as I go through life. One of my goals was to make a space for Dude in my space, and I think I did! I inadvertently cleared a space to a desk that had some clear space on it (miracle!) and he wandered in and set up some Lego and played while I scrapbooked. And it was divine! My room is still a mess, but it's getting better.
4. Do something that I am proud of, and that I am passionate about. February update: I listened to the voice in my head & my heart and I quit my job at Treasured Memories. It was one of the hardest things I've done in a very long time...and I'm very PROUD of myself for following through, and sticking to my guns! April update: I discovered that donating blood is another passion of mine. My goal for the year is to donate as often as possible! (Every 56 days...)
Year-end update: This is another "life goal" for me. Discovering my passions and pursuing them. It will be a difficult road, but well worth it.
Some final thoughts going into 2014...
You may be thinking that I might be a little less enthusiastic to create a whole new set of goals for 2014, considering the abject failure of my 2013 list. You might be surprised to hear that I don't consider this exercise to be a failure. I set goals to learn and grow as a person. I set them for guidance and for ideas, not as a "Must Do List". I set them because they make me feel good, and they make me feel productive and excited.
I have changed the way I want to set goals in 2014, and I am moving forward on that front quite confidently. I am a recent convert to setting goals, and I am happy with the progress I have made so far. This is continuing to be a learning experience for me, but one that I know will be with me always and only serve to enrich and enhance my experiences and my life.