Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Goals

This is the time of year for resolutions, but I am not a fan of resolutions.

New Years Resolution: 
The things you promise yourself you will do over the year, but quit after the first 2 weeks.
i.g.: Bob's New Years Resolution was to lose 30 pounds. But bob says a lot of things.

New Years Resolution Resolution:
What happens when you find that you New Years resolution is out of reach and you quickly change it to avoid disappointment and self loathing.
i.g. Jerry: I want to lose 50 pounds by Febuary.
      Kerry: You might want to consider a New Years resolution resolution

Instead of a "New Years Resolution", I like to set goals for each year.  I know what you may be thinking right now, "isn't a resolution the same as a goal?"  Not in my opinion, but it's all relative I guess.  Since I was a little girl on summer break from school, I've been writing goals down.  My goals back in those younger years were more short-term and consisted of riding my bike and making up dances to songs such as Paula Abdul's "Straight Up".  Although my goals have evolved throughout the years, I still find extreme significance in the power writing goals down.  Consider this:

"An earlier study in Yale University also had similar results. This time, only 3% of the 1953 graduating class made written goals. Twenty years after, in 1973, it was found out that this 3% of Yale graduates were able to accomplish more goals than the rest of the other 97% combined." 

Some goals I have wriiten down and accomplished include:
  • Become a Registered Dental Hygienist (completed 2008)
  • Volunteer on a regular basis (Started volunteering weekly before hygiene school, stopped for a while, and am now back at it)
  • Get a puppy when in a house (completed Nov 2009 with our Maltese)
  • Go on road trip through California (Drove from Thousand Oaks to Mexico - stopping at Disneyland- in 2003, and Seattle to San Francisco in 2006)
  • Get married at night and have guests light sparklers as we leave.  Take pictures of the guests for the guestbook.  (completed March 20, 2009 :)
  • Honeymoon (completed 2009) - I didn't care where when I made the goal, I just wanted to go on a honeymoon.
  • Travel every year (This one's going well)
As I am able to cross off goals from my list every year, I am also adding goals every year...and then there are goals that just get carried over to each new year.  Here are some of my goals for 2011:

Learn to play the guitar
This one has been on my list for about 8 years, and I have attempted once.  So far this year I have purchased a guitar, and have already starting learning chords using online resources.  I have done research and there is a reputable instructor in Maple Valley I will most likely be contacting.

Go to Italy (more specifically, eat Italian food in Italy)
This one has been on my list for as long as I can remember.  Matt and I are doing our research, saving money, and hoping to go this year.  If not, it will definitely carry over :)  But I really want to make it happen this year!

Learn to use my camera
Matt surprised me with a Nikon D5000 this year for my birthday/B.S. graduation present.  I want to learn how to use all of its many functions. I'm going to look into a photography class.

Journal
My Grandpa Wadsworth (my mom's dad, Forrest) journaled every day and it's such a treasure for my mom to have those journals.  I hope one day someone will be interested in reading the story of my life.  I used to journal, and for various reasons, I stopped.  I have this blog, but I'm afraid hand-written words are becoming obsolete.  In a world where everyone sends emails, facebook messages, text messages, blogs and sends pre-printed Christmas cards (I am guilty of them these), I want my hand-written thoughts organized and accesable for my grandchildren to read one day. 

 
Go on a mission trip
I'm making plans to go on a mission trip to Nicaragua in June with an fath-based organization called Corner of Love.  I've sent in my passport to (finally) change my name, and if all goes well I'll be cleaning teeth in Nicaragua in 5 months! 

Read the entire Bible in one year (roughly)
But you probably got that from the picture :)  From growing up in church (Sunday school, Missionettes, and Youth Group included) and going to a Christian school from 7th-10th grade, I've read much of the Bible.  Did I read it becasue I wanted to? Usually not.  Did I retain much of what I read?  Not really.  Am I drawn to the Word of God as an adult? You betcha!  I hunger and thirst for it.  The scripture in the above picture is Matthew 4:4 "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."

Finish our backyard
You may not be able to tell from this picture, but we've been working hard on our backyard.  Maybe I'll post more pictures to show the progress.  The plan is to have the deck, patio, top soil and grass in this summer.  Trees, bushes, new fence, shed, veggie garden, etc to follow.  This will be a work in progress for some time to come, but we are aiming for at least grass for this summer so we can have a big backyard party!

 Happy 2011!!! 
What are your goals for the year?  I encourage you to think BIG!

"Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still."
- Chinese Proverb

I don't want to stand still.

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