I added a new page to my “About” sections today. I don’t know if that set up is helpful of confusing, so any comments about how you navigate the “about” pages (or, if you don’t) is greatly appreciated. I’ve been working a lot this year on goal setting and so I refined a lot of things I’ve been kicking around forever and made a 30-before-30 list. I made it a page so that I can highlight things as they get accomplished, and link to the post I write about them. But here’s the list so far:
1) Go to a UT football game.
2) Earn my MA in Professional Counseling
3) Earn my full LPC license. (This means getting all 2600 remaining hours post-school in 21 months.)
5) Do a headstand.
6) Do a handstand.
8) Write a novel.
9) Write a memoir.
10) Dance a half marathon.
11) Develop a financial plan for paying off school.
12) Live according to a budget. Like a real, numbers-on-paper one.
13) Have a garden for as much of the produce I usually eat as possible.
14) Develop a compost heap to reduce waste and promote soil health at home.
15) Go organic for all the meaningful produce I’m not growing.
16) Eat only free-range or ethically treated meat.
17) Purchase only ethically responsible goods.
18) See a professional ballet performance.
19) See a professional symphony performance.
20) Record tracks of original songs with my father in Tennessee.
21) Raise and keep chickens to support my egg consumption habit.
22) Develop and keep a meal-planning system.
As you can see, I have a few spots open. Most of these goals were just ideas I knew I wanted to put into place “someday.” I have learned over the past few years that things ALWAYS happen faster and better for me if I put a plan in place. Even if the plan doesn’t work out, I’m still closer to the goal and better prepared for life choices than if I didn’t have a plan, just letting my dreams lie fallow.
The are basically two kinds of goals I have on this list: the achieving a one-time (skydive!) and the lifestyle-change (composting).I want to take steps toward making all of my choices and moments count the best they can. To me, that’s not a burden, it’s an opportunity. I feel great about TRYING rather than burdened about not achieving.
I turned 27 in September, and I acknowledge that it’s possible “34 months” is too short a time to institute all these changes. It’s also possible that it’s really, really not.
I feel good about trying for this much because I’ve seen that God’s grace is big and strong. In just this past year I’ve
- become a consistent worker-outer,
- started steps toward eating clean and organic,
- learned to cook,
- gotten into a serious romantic relationship and
- become a massage therapist all while maintaining a 4.0 in grad school the two semesters I had.
If I hadn’t set goals, I would have
- worked out just “whenever” (in the past – twice a week to once a month)
- broken up with my boyfriend in the first 24 hours (not an exaggeration)
- eaten like I always had, which means
- no cooking, and
- zero organic items, and
- not done ANYTHING toward becoming a massage therapist.
All of those things only happened because I decided to make them goals, and when I have a goal, I pursue it. IT DOES NOT ALWAYS WORK OUT, which I’ll try to talk about next blog, but obvi it’s always better than if I’d had no goal at all.
I’ve also learned that I have a high level of gumption most days, and can get a lot done. So I want to set goals that allow me to pursue doing the RIGHT things, as opposed to watching every episode of MTV’s AWKARD….Or wahtever.
Anyone else making life goals? I want to hear them! What are your systems for goal setting?