Yesterday a good friend of mine asked me what my 2016 goals are. I had thought about it a little bit, but I didn’t actually know what they were until I said them out loud. The past few years I have come up with a series of goals I wanted to accomplish during the year. The first year that worked, the second year it didn’t, and the third year it didn’t. So this year I am going to refrain from making a specific list of goals for the year, because I just don’t think that’s where I am right now.
Second of all, there are definitely some general goals that are in the back of my brain right now. Try intuitive eating, be a little more easy going, save a little bit more money, etc, but they’re not going to be the focus of the year. This year I am going to be focusing on three things.
Get Rid of the Extra
What does this mean? There are a lot of things I do because I feel like I should do. A lot of things that people wouldn’t necessarily notice or care if it didn’t happen. This includes things like – sending out 120 handmade holiday cards (30 hours + $100 later…), not cutting myself a break if I’ve just had a really long week and I really just need to stay home, and dedicating time at work to extra activities for resume-building purposes that provide negative joy with minimal recognition. That said, there are plenty of ‘above and beyonds’ I do that I find to be totally worth it. These include – planning RLO alumni events every few months, sending out birthday cards to everyone during the year (most of those same 120 people), and hosting parties for people I love. I want 2016 to include more of the latter, and less of the former. Speaking of which…
Continue to Build the PHLBloggers Community
My pride & joy of blogging this year was the PHLBloggers community. We successfully hosted 20+ events last year including book club meetups, coffee work sessions, educational events, and social events – and I want to spend time this year to make the group even better. I’ve spent a lot of time recently thinking about my card business & the e-books I’ve written, and none of them bring me quite as much joy as planning a successful PHLBloggers event. Step one? Finish planning a conference. Goodness I’m excited.
Make More Time for “Me Projects”
Haha, this could mean anything, right? Well, in this instance “me projects” means creative efforts. If I want to print a bunch of cards for myself to use I will design & print them – and don’t worry about whether or not they will sell. I want to send more care packages and “just because” handmade greeting cards. I want to make personalized birthday cards again this year instead of sending a black and white (literally) postcard. I want to host more parties and have more get-togethers with themes. My day-to-day is already filled with so much left brain that I really need to get back to more about this blog started as for me – a place to let my right brain have a little fun.
That said. I still plan on having one little word for the year. And that word will be love. Love better. Love harder. Love bigger. In my romantic relationship, in my friendships, and most of all, for myself. I will spend more time doing what I love and less time doing the things I don’t love.
And that’s it. Only three things – all of them pointing to love. Now I need to spend some time writing these down somewhere I will remember them.
How about you, what are your goals in 2016?