New Year’s is always an interesting time for me because I am, by nature, a very reflective person. I love journaling and thinking about where I’ve been and where I want to be. While January 1st isn’t the only day of the year I make resolutions, I like that it’s the time of year where everyone is sharing theirs. I appreciate the collectivity of it, and so! Here is a blog post to ring in the new year and share a bit about my goals.
In 2018, I decided to change the way I think about goal setting. I wrote a Twitter thread on it a few months back, but I’d like to share it here as well. Instead of thinking of it as ‘I met my goal = success!' VS ‘I didn’t = failure :(‘ I’ve started thinking more along the lines of ‘today I’m going to CRUSH IT or ADJUST IT.’
CRUSH IT: Some days I crush my goals. I meet them, high five them, and send them flying into outer space. I get the job done and it feels really, really good. But some days, lots of days… I don’t.
ADJUST IT: I often underestimate the time, resources, and energy (mental, emotional, and physical) needed to meet my goals. And you never know what unpredictable thing will throw me off my tracks. But that’s ok. It doesn’t mean I’ve failed; it just means I need to re-adjust my goals for the day and meet myself where I am.
It’s ok to learn as you go, to change your mind, and to see your goals as more malleable than rigid. Having to adjust as you go doesn’t make you too slow, incapable, lazy, or any of the other things we tell ourselves. It makes you human.
So today, this year, set out to crush your goals. And if you don’t meet them, adjust them for tomorrow in a way that you can. Here are a few of mine:
Finish writing my current Middle Grade WIP.
Take more photos & read more poetry.
Be more active! Exercise, go on walks, do my physio stretches daily.
Spend more time in the mountains & by the water.
And my overarching theme for the year (that I hope will stick for life): be present.
Like I said, I love looking back and looking forward. I live in the past with hopes for the future, but this year I want to be better at living in the now and being present in the present.
Whatever your hopes are for 2019, I’m rooting for you. I hope we all get to know ourselves a little better this year than we did in the last. Happy New Year everybody!