I'm not the kind of person that starts the new year off saying it will all be different, that I will change, but I am the kind of person who is always becoming, always growing and learning about myself. I don't want to be a new more. I want to be MORE me. I do, however, take the advantage of the fresh start and reflection that the new year offers, and I make some goals. Same old Kelly, still striving to become, but the goals help by giving direction.
Last year I started off by saying this would be MY YEAR. My time to shine. I will rock 2017! Well, I fell flat on my face almost immediately and spent most of the year recovering. This year I set a variety of goals, and I kept them open ended so that I would have room for error, a little wiggle room for interpretation, and I set different kinds of goals. I made some general goals that aren't time sensitive, 365 day challenges, monthly focuses, blog and video making schedule, a mantra, and a guiding word. Somewhere in here, I hope by the end of the year, I can look back and say, "Hey! I did that! Good for me!"
365 Day Challenges:
These guys make me nervous. I don't think I've ever in my life done something every single day without fail except maybe eat. But to me, challenges are meant to inspire, to be fun, and if I fail, what do I have to lose?
For 2018, I plan to rotate through a series of monthly focuses to try to reinvigorate certain goals that are especially important to me. The focuses are eating, water, exercise and creativity. This should help if I start to slip in certain areas or to keep from getting too bored in a certain area.
General somewhat random goals:
A Mantra and A word
I've never picked a mantra, quote, or word for a year before. Well, at least that I remember. It sounded like fun, and if anything, I hope that these will mean something to me in December.
Mantra: "I am rooted, but I flow." Virginia Woolf
I tried explaining this quote, and I didn't make a lot of sense. (Putting that literature degree to work!) Virginia Woolf says it best, but in short, like a tree, I want to develop a firm foundation, but allow life to flow through me like wind through a tree. I want to welcome the breeze, bend, not break, and return to something akin to my previous posture. (Good grief, I'm still not making any sense...)
I chose this word because I want to find a rhythm to my days, weeks, and months. I don't want strict schedules or rigid structure. Just a nice harmonious rhythm.
And that's it! Totally doable! (sarcasm) I expect to fail, but I hope not to. Maybe I will surprise myself? In the end, any progress I make towards these goals IS progress and if anything I will learn something about myself in striving to achieve them. What goals are you setting? Anyone else pick a mantra or word?
Welcome to the family!
We are a laid back, fun, family of four living on a dime in 700 square feet. Life might not be perfect, but every moment of every day, it is beautiful.