Goals and Aspirations for 2010
Friday, January 01, 2010
"The Spark" was well timed for me in helping me to take stock of my life and where I'd like the next year to go. As part of the "say it" aspect of goal setting, I am going to lay them out here.
1) Figure out what my real values and aspirations are - I have a fuzzy sense but have been so pre-occupied with daily life that I haven't given this the thought and attention it deserves. For the next 3-6 months, I plan to write down anything that makes me happy/satisfied and why. Hopefully, reading through these entries later will help bring clarity to longer term aspirations.
2) Reach my goal weight in 2010 and increase my strength. Small steps= 10 min of cardio every day, January boot camp, and faithfully tracking food/nutrition
3) De-clutter even more - I feel better with less stuff around so I will spend 10 minutes per day in the office scanning paper files that can be shredded and/or shredding stuff I no longer need, until I'm very light on paper. I will also strive to keep spaces organized to minimize duplication of stuff (e.g., the 8 tubes of toothpaste I found in various drawers of the bathroom last night!). I will continue to look for opportunities to give away or sell excess things (toothpaste anyone?).
4) Revive my organic garden - I always enjoyed gardening organically, and it also fits with a healthy lifestyle. Several years ago, I had to give up my present location to construction. So, in these winter months I will develop a plan for where I can locate a new one, early Spring I will build it and import some of the composted soil from my back woods (at least I kept that piece going), and then plant away after Memorial day!
5) Re-discover photography - one hobby I have enjoyed my entire life (first thing I ever saved up for and purchased as a kid was a camera). My camera broke and I need to replace it (I'll make that a reward for consistent progress on SP or something). Once I get a new one, I'll spend some part of every week taking pictures. What photography helps me do is remind me of the everyday beauty that exists if we slow down and pay attention (like the ladybug I found on a daisy - my background picture now - as I walked through a field one day). I need more opportunities to live in those quiet moments.
6) Define career goals - I have been wandering aimlessly a bit with my career, doing whatever came along that interested me. My employer has some online tools to help sharpen career goals, and so I plan to use some of those to help me define a more focused path.