Every year I have a long list of resolutions that I am perpetually adding to or ticking off. New Year's is a great time to check in with that list. I know some people do not love the idea of resolving to do something just because it is a new year, but I am happy for any reason to examine areas where I would like to grow and move forward.
My list is always long and ambitious, but I don't give myself a deadline...I just work on it with more or less success.
This year my list is a continuation of several points that I hit year after year as I grow my goals deepen or expand for new growth in areas that I am constantly picking at over the course of my life. I am not going to give you the whole list as some of it is kind of boring, but here are a few of my major goals:
1) Make some actionable goals for helping animals in my community. I feel very called to helping animals, but I am often overwhelmed and too emotional about the issue to make progress. For Christmas Eric and my parents worked together to send me to a conference this summer. When I go I want to have some real ideas so that I can get the most of my experience and start making a real difference in my community or wherever I am called to help.
2) Continue to pursue my art career. Each year is better than the last, but now I am ready to make a leap. I feel like my work has really grown and I am the artist that I was meant to be. Now I am just pushing forward. One goal to that end is to have a family friendly foreign residency. I am aiming for some time in 2017, which means that 2016 is for researching, applying and then finding out how to fund such an excursion. I have been afraid about the financial cost, letting time pass as I wait for some sort of miracle---but I think this is a case of leap and the net will appear. I know there are plenty of grants and other opportunities available. I will just have to find them. I have one life and I want to see the world with my husband and to show our girls how amazing our planet is.
3) Organize myself. I am a fly by the seat of my pants person. I do not love having days planned and organized. When I know exactly how every minute of every day will go I feel like there is no joy. I hate that everything has deadlines and time limits...but I am also a grown woman. I realize that I live in a world that requires greater organization. So last night I dug out a day planner (my phone is just not the physical kind of planner I need) and filled out daily and weekly plans AND long term plans with scheduled in advanced prep. My goal is to look ahead once a week and make sure that I am ready for the days ahead. I know my children will appreciate just a little more structure as well. With that said I know my own self and I made my projects and goals reasonable. If I get too ambitious I will fail and abandon. I did schedule in time for my other goals too, making sure that I hit them with regularity. So here is hoping that I can finally find a way to structure my life without feeling too regulated and joyless.
What are your goals and plans for the new year?