I always feel like the new year brings new possibility.It’s more than just the flipping of a calender. I think there is true hope in knowing anything could be possible with that fresh,wide space in front of us.Sometimes it seems as we near the end of the old year, the days can seem confining and stale, and there seems to be a certain type of anticipation in knowing that there is a chance at a new beginning.
When I was young,I used to make resolutions, but every year, I would never complete them and feel like I wasted a year. Now I realize resolutions leave too much room for failure and who needs that? Life is hard enough.
Now I set goals.
Sometime in my 20’s I started keeping a running list of goals I wanted to accomplish. When I achieved one, I would cross it out and put a date next to it. About 9 or 10 years ago the list fell to the wayside, but at one time I had over 800 things on it,almost half crossed off. Some things were silly like get a pair of red shoes, and other things were huge like go sky diving. I actually did both of those things. Buy a Jeep Wrangler and go to Bermuda,however, still remains uncrossed off.
Resolutions are rigid and strict and allow no room for flexibility or deviation.
The thing about setting goals is even though it would be nice to do all of those things, sometimes God’s timing is different than ours, and those goals aren’t ready for us yet. Maybe they will be the next year or the next, or maybe they will never happen because there is just something better than what we could have dreamed, or maybe our lives take a different path than what we’ve planned. But, the important thing is they are written down and said. It’s brave to actually write out what’s in your heart, and it makes it seem so much more possible, and so much more real.
I wanted to share some of my goals with you for this new year. I hope you will make some for yourself too. Make some crazy huge goals you don’t think you could ever do, make some smaller ones that could happen tomorrow with out effort, and make some medium sized ones that might require some energy, but could really happen.
Even at times of struggle, it’s nice to set goals no matter how little. Crossing each one off is like a small personal victory.
Start with a list of 10. If it grows to 20, 45 or 100 that’s even better.Dream big, dream small.Dream a lot.
I am going to share some of my goal with you for this year. They contain dreams and ideas. Some are really scary big and some are wee whispers, but here they are in black and white.
1.write another book
2.organize my closet
3.be able to afford to buy a bigger house
4.clean out garage
5.get rid of storage unit
6. get studio space
7.paint kitchen ceiling
8.write more cards and remember to mail them
9. make art every day
10.get a puppy?
11. be better about remembering people’s birthdays
13.finish downstairs bathroom
14.Grow business so I can quit real job
15.go to the gym 3 times a week
16.get a bigger licensing contract
17.open a retail store
18.keep laundry room organized
19. get my back issue resolved
20. get better about the amount food we buy and the food we actually eat
21.paint our bedroom
22.go for a weekend away with hubby
23. Speak at a really large conference
24.re-open Etsy shop
25. write a fiction book
26. clean out attic
27. keep up on laundry
28. continue to grow my faith
29.make more freezer meals
30.make more time to read
I don’t know how many of these I will get done. I write them out as they come to mind. And these are just goals for me. I have an entirely different set for my family. But these are some things that have been on my heart and mind. I encourage you to sit quietly this week and really think about what’s on your heart and give it words, and make them real.
all I know is
number 27 may never happen, but I am going to try.
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