Lets talk about 2014 and goals. I love the feeling of having a fresh start (and the way nature emphasized the whole “clean slate” thing with a layer of fresh snow yesterday) but I’m struggling to pin point exactly what I want to get out of this year. There is the obvious ‘graduate from college’ which has to happen by August and will hopefully happen much sooner (they give you up to a year to complete online classes). Finishing college begs the big scary question, whats next?
Its an answer I still don’t have and so my goals for 2014 will be a little more holistic, looking inside rather than out. This year, whatever I’m doing, I want to be satisfied with me. I want to push myself and be proud of what I’m doing. There is a saying, “The more you love your choices, the less you need others to,” and that really resonates with me right now. 2014 is for loving my choices – whether it be grad school, children, a desk job, or growing this blog (how about all four?). Being home for the holidays and talking about life with so many different people reinforced that I will never please everyone; there will never be a Christmas party where everyone I talk to recommends my path – but if its the one that is right for me, then what does it matter?
Part of loving my choices, and maybe answering the big scary question, is being more in touch with me. I struggle to figure out what I want, and why I want it. Do I want it just to tell people I have it or is it something I value outside of the opinions of others? Are some goals worth sacrificing for other ones? This year I want to get to know me, and get to know Him better. I want to figure out His plan, or at least the first few steps of it. This means more time unplugged, more meaningful time in study and prayer, and more personal reflection.
And because I like goals to be tangible, here are a few small ones:
- Eat something green everyday.
- Run/swim/walk 365 miles.
- Read The Book of Mormon twice.
- Spent 10 minutes in prayer and/or meditation daily.
- Mail one letter a week (I failed miserably at this goal last year, but I am determined).
- If you’re attending Alt, let me know and I would love to meet up…and provo girls, you can bet we’ll need another blogging date at the chocolate (how I’ve missed that place and their turtle brownies).
- If you’re a blogger, check out Collectively! I’ll be sharing more about them on here later, but companies like Collectively have really changed the way I view blogging and the way I value my time online. Plus, Alexa and Ryan are just fabulous 😉