So, I’m finally ready to talk goals, friends.
I realize that I’m coming in a little late on the 2011 goals discussion. But I like to think of it as fashionably late.
It’s no fluke that I’ve waited until a week into the first month of the year for this. The end of December is just so busy that I didn’t even start contemplating goals until the 1st. And then I needed some time to really think about what kind of goals I want to make this year.
You see there are many strategies out there when it comes to goal setting. Some people take the route of picking the same number of goals as the current year. For instance, this year they would choose 11 goals to focus on throughout 2011. Other people decided on a magic number, say…..3 for instance. Lucky number 3. And then I’ve heard of others who decided to fore-go goals altogether and choose a single word to represent their ambitions for the new year.
My goals sort of encompass multiple strategies.
I’m a simple girl, but when it comes to goals I get a little crazy.
For those of you who have been reading CSM for awhile, you may remember last August when I decided on 27 things that I wanted to accomplish in my 27th year of life. Some of these things I’ve already accomplished – get certified to teach yoga, learn how to make great tofu, drink more fresh juice – and some of them I’m still working on – run another marathon, open up a CSM t-shirt shop. Considering I am still working on at least half of this list, I decided that I probably have enough definitive goals in the works right now. Oh sure, along the way I’m certain to set new goals, but as far as a specific goal list, I don’t think I can handle many more!
Even though I’m sticking to my existing list of goals for the most part, I really love the idea of choosing a word for the year. It’s a great idea because this word can encompass every goal I have as well as every goal I might make as the year goes on. It’s sort of like a mantra…an idea I can come back to day after day that will inspire and encourage me to grow in an area of character. And isn’t that where it all starts?
So, I’ve been thinking through this for the past week, and honestly I’ve been pretty stumped. I’ve come up with several words that would be okay, but none that just seemed to fit. Until yesterday.
I was standing in the bathroom blow drying my hair. And as usual when I’m blow drying my hair I was thinking through a lot of things going on right now. Things that Satan is trying to use to drag me down and cause me anxiety. Things I’ve been dealing with for weeks/months now. Things that make it hard to stay positive each day. You get the idea.
And suddenly it all just seemed like too much. I couldn’t keep it in for another moment. I clicked off the dryer, placing it on the bathroom counter. And I headed for the spot I always head to when I’m feeling like the world has just become too tough. Laying down on our bed, I pulled Olive’s furry little body up next to me, and I began to pray. And with the first words that came out of my mouth I instantly knew what my word would be:
“Father, I’m really struggling with all of these issues going on right now…please just give me peace in my heart and let it spread throughout my whole body, from my fingertips all the way to my toes. The peace that only comes from You.”
No matter who we are, where we live, how much money we have, whether we’re married or single, have children or don’t have children…there will be trials in our life. It’s a non-negotiable. So the questions is not “will I I face challenges, sadness or conflict this year?” The question is “how will I react when I face these things?” Will I shut off? Will I yell and scream and place blame on myself or others?
Or will I turn to the Lord, who is the only one who can and will provide peace in my life? Will I remain calm in my heart and continue to press on in my daily life?
I want to grow to become a woman who finds peace in all situations, be it the last 2 excruciating miles of a marathon, fear of life circumstances beyond my control or frustration over falling to the mat after just 1/2 of a tricep push-up.
So these are my goals for 2011. I believe my life will be just as or more full than it was during 2010. And my biggest hope and prayer is that I become a better person. A better wife, friend, daughter, sister, granddaughter and child of God. And that I learn to be more thankful for the life that He has given me as I accomplish each and every goal.
Also, as a way to help enforce my word of the year, I’ll be posting a quote of some sort or scripture each day for the next month (today through February 6th) that relates to peace. My goal is to memorize as many of them as I can (hopefully every one) so when I need a little inspiration or reminder I’ll have something to focus on.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
– John 14:27
On a lighter note – one other goal I’ve decided on recently (possibly during that same hair drying escapade:) is that I think I’m going to grow out my hair! What do you guys think? You probably don’t know that I cut my hair to this length only a year and a half ago. Before then I was always changing it – the color, the cut, the style – I was a hair chameleon. But when you really take the plunge and go this short, there really isn’t anything else you can do until you take on the challenge of growing it out. I still like my short hair, but I’m just ready for a change.
Here are some past pictures to give you a frame of reference – they’re kind of random.
I also wear it pulled back like this a lot when it’s long
and some short pics
So I need your opinions – stay short or grow it out? You won’t hurt my feelings either way…promise.
I’d also love to hear one goal that you have for the new year. I know you may be sick of talking about goals by now, but I’m just getting started…so humor me:)