Twenty-Twelve: Goals

I don’t do resolutions. I think, for the most part, they tend to be too nebulous and, therefore, too easy to fail or forget.

But as I have been pondering my life direction, I have come up with some life goals and specific things I would like to accomplish this year as I chase those goals.

Things I want to become:

  1. A better wife
  2. A better mother
  3. A better musician
  4. A better photographer
  5. A better designer

What I want to do this year, to help me get closer to those goals:

  • Get out of CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome).
    My husband loves a tidy home. He doesn’t have one. My daughter needs a safe place to learn to crawl (and walk eventually). She doesn’t have one. This is one of the biggest things I can do to love them ahead of myself. I hope to be able to journal through this journey with all of you and share what works or doesn’t work.
  • Yes. Musician. I’m tired of hiding behind the cloud of shame that has dogged me for years. (If I manage to actually post this goal, that’ll be a first step towards coming into the light.) I want to learn to play the piano, more than “Mary Had a Little Lamb” or C-scales. I want to finish writing three songs this year. (I toyed with other numbers which seemed either too ambitious, considering I’ve never finished one, or too much of a cop out, I mean really, how much of a challenge to myself would it be to finish one song in a twelve month period.) And by finish, I mean finish. Written, tracked, produced & published somewhere. Maybe somewhere deep in the bowels of the internet where no one can find it, but published none the less.
  • I want to re-learn how to shoot manually. And maybe even pick up an SLR this year.
  • A weekly portfolio piece. Possibly based on the liturgical calendar.

Random things I want to do this year:

  • Get comfortable in my post-baby body. I don’t want to focus on the weight I need to lose, but rather on how I feel about myself. I bought myself a Kinect for Christmas. Who said working out had to be a drag? And now the trick will be dragging my lazy butt out of bed at some ungodly hour (before 7 is ungodly, right?) to actually use it. Along with this is going to come a rigorous wardrobe review. If I don’t feel good in something, I’m not going to keep it around depressing me & taking up space in my closet.
  • Open an Etsy shop. No, I don’t know what I’m going to be selling yet.
  • Get my first tattoo. (If I can accomplish this without violating my first life goal above.)
  • Get into a rhythm of blog posts. Not sure exactly what that rhythm will be yet, but I want it to be regular & frequent. It’s good for me to write, so I want to do more of it.
  • Find a way to serve my church that doesn’t conflict with the first two life goals.
  • Open, unpack & get rid of all the cardboard boxes left over from moving in three years ago.
  • Start taking the stairs again at work. I stopped when I was pregnant, because I would get out of breath. I just never got back into the habit, so I want to start doing that again.

What about you? Do you make resolutions? What about goals? What are you hoping to accomplish this year?

3 thoughts on “Twenty-Twelve: Goals”

  1. Good Morning Amy!

    I am challenged by your well thought out goals and how you take yourself by the scruff of the neck to face the way things are and how to bring a change to the way you want it to be. I so often see things as immovable walls and seem to cower in their presence. You are courageous and bold, a woman with vision. Your life will spring forward in freshness as you are allowing the Holy Spirit to bring this vision to pass. I believe in your success in every area because I believe that, in Christ, you can do all things with His strength. God bless you, Amy, as you share this journey with others and in so doing share your courage, your boldness and your faith with those of us that would rather cower in a corner than face the realities that will demand all of those attributes to bring a change.
    I will stop being cynical, which has come about by poorly planned goals where others have to change for me to be able to meet my goals, and I will take the risk to face MY need for change. Then, knowing that God loves me right where I am, I will take myself by the scruff of the neck and put legs on my faith through a well thought out action plan that doesn’t depend on anyone but myself and God to accomplish.
    I am reminded about the serenity prayer that goes something like…
    “God grant me the serenity to change the things I can, accept the things I can’t and the wisdom to know the difference.” I guess I had better pray first. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Cindy – I’m so glad this is an inspiration to you. Being this honest is difficult, but I know that God will use it. Also, part of my “scheming” is that, if I put it up here, people will hold me to them. I need accountability & coming out of hiding is the first step. :)

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