Anyone else thinking this year went super fast? I mean, I feel like it was just a couple weeks ago I was getting into our SUV after our wedding reception. That was April. So much has happened in this last year I cannot even begin to start. So, instead, I’m just going to plunge right into goals for next year.
As many of you know, I do not believe in New Year’s resolutions. I think they are truly lofty aspirations that end of not even making it out of the month of January. People need to stop doing that to themselves! Instead, make goals. Instead of making a resolution to START something, make a goal, which is an END result! That way, you don’t feel pressured into starting at a particular time, and can figure it out as you go along. So what are my goals for 2016?
Well, I have a few. And boy, a couple of them are big ones. I think we should all at least have one big goal for the year, so you don’t feel as if your life is becoming stagnant. For me, it’s a change. A major change. I really can’t go far more into it than that because the change I am considering is going to upset people I know. And really, I’d rather deal with it when the time actually comes, then deal with the backlash of debate and ridicule from people who claim I would be making a huge mistake, being flighty, and so on. So, instead, I’m going to talk about the little stuff…
#1. The Spiral Willow is going to become more active. I will admit, I’m a little bummed I’ve got a big inventory of really amazing stuff for a decent and competetive price, but yet no one seems to want to buy. It bums me out when people seek me out for Oracle Readings and Tarot Readings, but since I’ve started requesting donations for my readings, all of a sudden it’s radio silent out there. Makes for a sad hobbit. So, I will be doing more sale and more incentives, and even considering doing a boxed subscription each month.
#2. I’m going to learn how to play the guitar. (Again). A few weeks ago my husband came home with all his guitars that have been in storage. I myself own a guitar but it is too large for me. I found my husband had a red guitar, a little smaller than the one I own. I put it in my arms, and it felt RIGHT. It was as if my fingers were tingling. So yeah. Time to re-learn.
#3. I want to take my kids to New York and Baltimore. My husband and I talked about this at great length, and we’d really like to find time to get our family to go to these places for the day. They are not far from our homes and our boys deserve to see a little culture.
#4. I want to take a PROPER vacation camping/going to the shore. Like a whole week off from work. Not a mini vacation here and there. I want to wake up every morning and smell the forest air. Walk on the trails. Read in a hammock. Swim in the lake or pool. Like Everyday.
#5. I would like to start my Red Tent community. Please see my page right here for more information.
#6. I need my house to be fully unpacked and readied to be lived in. We’ve been living here since the beginning of October and we haven’t even neared the half way point. A lot of this has to be with no vacation time left. So, I am hoping to make a move in getting that done in early 2016.
#7. I plan to create more. Paint, draw, work with my herbs, forage, create my oils and tinctures, yes, this is the year my creations are going to take more of a hold on this world.
#8. I plan to meditate more. Finding alone/quiet time can be difficult, no matter how hard you try. Even if it’s from your own mind, you can never seem to get out of a certain place without having your mind racing with thoughts. I want to create a daily ritual where I quiet my mind and just listen to my breath.
#9. I plan to let go. I have been holding on to things for so long, it is only habit now I keep holding on. Not anymore. So much of my weight is in emotional baggage that people expect me to carry, either because they cannot forgive me for things, or have expectations of me doing penance for the rest of my life for things I did in the past. I cannot control other people’s emotions, and so, since I’ve been trying to hold on for a modicum of relief in certain relationships, I just know it’s not going to be the case, and I’m going to let go of them.
#10. I’m going to smile every day. There is no question amongst my friends and family alike that I haven’t been happy with certain things in my life. Some of these changes that I stated above will result in this #10. I deserve nothing less than to be the happiest I can be every day. And damned if I’m not going to try my hardest to achieve that.
And so, those are my goals. Have you thought about yours?