Setting Goals for 2018
When it comes to the new year, I'm all about goal setting. I take my life, separate it into little compartments, and set goals for each aspect. I've always done this in my head, get very serious about it in the beginning of the year, and then by the middle of the year I'm not focused, interested, or am just way too sidetracked to go back and think about it. I'm just living life in the moment. This past year passed way too quickly and although I accomplished A LOT - not everything was what I had initially planned to put my energy into. (Not to say plans can't change, but they should change with intention.)
So, here I am. January 2. Time to set some goals to look back on, to reference throughout the year, and move forward with all year long. Here's a long laundry list of my generalized goals. I plan on breaking these down into practical actions at the beginning of each month.
Life, Health, and Relationships
- Move my body. Sure, I'd love to lose some weight I've gained, but that's not my focus. Working from home makes it really easy to sit on my ass and do nothing all day everyday, so time to get up. Walk more, run more, yoga more, hike more, climb more, dance more, whatever. Just move.
- Take better care of my skin. If I'm completely honest, I'm a wash my face maybe once a week type (yikes!). Like seriously, I'm not really sure how I still have any skin on my face, much less the skin I do have. Time to show it the love it deserves.
- Eat less fast food, drink less beer. This goes back to taking care of my body. I want this year to be more intentional about what's going into it, and how I nourish myself. Such as eating real, consistent meals and not drinking a whole lot of beer everyday.
- Finish my right arm sleeve, get a thigh piece. (at least...)
- Go back to therapy. I have this thing where I go to therapy for a while, then stop going, then feel the need to find a new therapist, find them, do it all over again, and never establish a consistent schedule. There are some things in my life that I've realized are going to require some outside, unbiased conversation with someone. Perhaps including medication, which is scary to say, but it's time to seek answers without being afraid. Time to start doing this- for myself, and those closest to me. Time to move on from the past, and help myself launch into my own present.
- Make meals at home. I realized near the end of the year that Ian and I get stuck in a rut with food, and make the same things over and over again. I want to buy cookbooks! Try new foods! Experiment in the kitchen!
- Love better. Ian, Quinn, Booker, family, friends, etc. Just think less about myself, and more of others. Love freely and openly and graciously despite anything I may or may not receive in return.
Creativity and Art
- Be less afraid. I'm currently in an apprenticeship with a woman in town who is amazing. Sometimes I'm really stubborn and afraid of being embarassed, so I turn down opportunities that I could be using to learn. Time to stop saying no out of fear, and buckling down into the things I'm being taught.
- Make all the tableware for Ian and I. I want to learn to make all of the tableware for Ian and I. I'm okay if this year, my designs are not my own original designs, but I'd like to have enough of everything that we have full tableware. (Big plates, little plates, big bowls, little bowls, mugs, etc.)
- Read one book a month. There was a period of time when I couldn't remember the last time I picked up a book. Last year, I started reading again and of course remembered how good it is. Now, it's time to push myself to watch less netflix and read more. Lots more.
- Write more. I've been saying it for awhile - I need to write more. Last year I started this blog, but it often went untouched for long periods of time. I'm looking forward to putting pen to paper more often, and typing more freely and openly.
- Find someone to shoot me for the blog. I've been wanting to have more content on this blog, but have been too afraid to ask someone to regularly photograph me. Time to get on it!
- Shoot more. Last year was the year of iPhone snapshots for me. No thought, no intention, just "I want to remember this." and snap. While this was very refreshing to me, I want to be more intentional, creative, and thoughtful in shooting. Create new ideas, get old ideas actually happening. Keep shooting lots, but with a bit more intent.
Work and other logistical things
- Don't let work consume me. I love my job. Like, fucking love my job. But sometimes I let that become my "creative outlet" when that is absolutely not enough. I need to separate my life from work much more often, and not force myself to be "on" 100% of the time.
- Be more confident. Although I know I will always be learning, this year marks the second year I'll be in my position. Being a producer for as many projects as I have, I have the ability to help influence the product we're creating in really strong ways. Time to put my knowledge to use and make more solid decisions and conclusions from my research.
- Make our house a home. This is our second year we will be in this house, and we haven't done a whole lot to really make it home-y. I think I can count around 4 things we've ever hung on the walls. Time to invest in making this place ours.
- Go to Japan. I've wanted to forever, so I think Ian and I are going to make this our big ol year trip. woo! (tell me all the things we need to do in Japan)
- Get completely out of debt by the end of the year. Simple as that. It'll take effort, but we've been saying we'll pay it off eventually for much too long. Time to get our shit together.
So....all that being said, how does that translate into the month? Obviously I cannot achieve all of these in the first month, but I can start taking steps to work toward each one. Some of them I don't even have to focus on this month, that's the great part about having 12 whole months to break these into. Here are my January goals:
- Read and finish A Feast for Crows.
- Figure out a skincare routine that works for me.
- Get the office cleaned and set-up. (No more working from the kitchen table)
- Organize the living room.
- Make functional mugs for Ian and I. (and maybe some friends too)
- Perfect the McBeard Ceramics porridge bowl.
- Workout 3x a week.
- No beer.
- Do some research into finding the right psychiatrist. Don't jump into anything too soon, but don't drag your feet.
Happy New Year, everyone! If you've made it this far, what are some of your new year goals?