2014 Goals — Someday Is Today

Annual Goals…..where to start?  As I began to think about 2014, resolutions never entered my mind.  It wasn’t about resolving anything, or solving anything, or being determined or deciding or having courage (all listed under the definition of resolution).  It was about paying attention, listening to the small clear voice, taking note and being mindful.  There were certainly ideas, hopes, dreams, wishes, maybes and someday’s; however, it became clear that I was to plan my year, write it down, read it back, pray over it, be wise, edit it, and pay attention to the inner desires and longings to get to the heart of the matter.

I began by listing my top five values in life….Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness and Fun….and then listing ideas for growth under each of these categories with a date of completion.  And then I prayed.  As I began to feel anxious that it was too much, not obtainable or out of balance, I adjusted the timeline (not the ideas) to a more realistic plan.  I then prayed some more.  It became clear and comfortable and solid.  I then looked at the entire list and briefly noted how each action item related to my top five strengths…Positivity, Connectedness, Learner, Belief and Intellection. I prayed again and began to feel a pull toward accomplishment.

I then rearranged each item under headings of daily, weekly, monthly, annually and voila… goals and timelines complete.

Of course, there are many other things besides what are on this list; however, these are the growth items that need to be accomplished and are important enough to be taken on as action items, not “someday” thoughts.

(I recently learned that “someday” is not a day….and had to call my daughter to tell her that someday is today….and that if there was anything I promised to her that we would someday do, today was the day to do it.  The only thing she could remember was a trip to Disneyland and as we had already taken many trips to Disneyland, I was off the hook.  However, I asked her to remind me if something else comes to mind that I had promised we would do someday, and we would drop everything and do it.  This was a heartfelt conversation with some tears as my daughter relived how many times I had said “someday”….and it was never to be or to happen.)

Here is the first list….with the action items listed under my top values:

First goal for 2014:  Create Goals

Faith–Take the Perspectives Course; study the Bible, journal and pray; fast for 21 days; serve with LIFE International; serve on Missions Council at church; serve as peer counselor for Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network (TCPN)

Family–Visit Cousins in WA; Visit brother and sister-in-law in NH

Finances–Sign up for Social Security, train 20 new business partners

Fitness–Swim two miles a week, eat mindfully (plant-based whole foods), drink 32 oz PiMag water daily

Fun–Golf weekly during the summer; blog weekly, find fun in everything

I added a few more goal topics just for fun:

Relational–Be present in every conversation and share from my heart; invite company for dinner monthly

Emotional–Attend Deeper Still Retreat in Knoxville

Organizational–Finish kitchen and laundry room remodel; finish painting inside of house; organize household and paperwork

Mental–Read two books of fiction; listen to Ted Talks

Share–Join Toastmasters; write a blog

Then I broke it down into annual, monthly, weekly and daily goals:

January–Write goals for 2014; Start Perspectives Course; sign up for social security; take blog training

February–Finish remodel and painting the inside of our house, organize household and paperwork

March–Set up household cleaning schedule; join Toastmasters

April–Spring Break w/Boys; Daniel Fast for 21 days prior to Easter

May–Complete the Perspectives Course

June–Two speaking opportunities in Seattle; visit cousins in WA

July–Visit brother-in-law and family in NH; Attend Deeper Still Retreat in Knoxville





December–Start 2015 goal planning; celebrate!!

Daily–Study the Bible, pray and journal, practice mindful eating, drink 32 ounces of PiMag water, find fun in everything, be present in every conversation and share from my heart, listen to a Ted Talk.

Weekly–Swim two miles, golf in the summer; serve as peer counselor for TCPN, attend Toastmasters, write a blog posting

Monthly–Train three new team members; invite company for dinner

Annually–Travel with LIFE International; read two books of fiction

So….Lord willing…my goals are set.  Here is a visualization of 2014:

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One more step will be to record these photos and goals into the Shadow Puppet app, read it out loud and carry it with me every day….

What I am getting out of this whole process is a new sense of balance, purpose, mindfulness and fun!


Three Tips for Finding the Perfect Publishing Path

As a new blogger, I am learning the ropes….and today learning how to reblog someone else’s post. Here is Kristen Lamb and she is sharing her insight and wisdom on publishing as it exists today.

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We writers live in interesting times. The same digital tsunami that toppled Tower Records and collapsed Kodak has now consumed the world of publishing. The world we knew five years ago is gone. Traditional is reinventing, indie publishers are growing and self-publishing now can be a viable part of any author’s long-term career plan. This is one of the main reasons WANA has never taken sides and embraces publishing as a whole.

Granted, some authors may find a singular path that fits all their needs, but a majority of us will mix it up and venture on a hybrid path. Traditional houses are encouraging writers to self-publish prequels, short stories, or even stories involving supporting characters to keep the fan fires burning between books.

Indie houses are helping established authors breathe new life into backlists and new authors get a start under the care of professionals. Self-publishing is a fantastic…

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Day Six…Just for FUN!

ImageAs I work on my goals for 2014, I keep having FUN with learning how to blog….so in effect, I am already fulfilling parts of my FUN goal…amazing how it happens when a “fun” goal is set….fun starts to happen.  I always knew that setting goals was important; however, I never went about the task of creating them and writing them down.  So, my first goal this year will be to set goals.  And it’s fun!  So two goals are already in the works!

Today is day six of thirty days of blog training…it is suggested that I use the colors of the rainbow in my post:

Red:  Redirect my life

Orange:  Eat lots of these

Yellow:  Look for the sun in everything

Green:  My favorite color

Blue:  My grandma’s favorite color

Indigo:  Go for it

Violet:  Let fun happen!

Thank you WordPress!

Day Three: Why Start a Blog?

Day 3 of 30….What was on my mind when I decided to start a blog? 

Many months ago, I was prompted to “speak up and write”.  That phrase has stayed with me and I knew that I was to be a writer, a speaker and a teacher.  As I was preparing to travel to Kenya last September, I was prompted to share my experiences with others through blogging and I started with a simple post to become familiar with writing a blog….and then posted a few blogs about my thoughts, emotions and experiences about my trip.  (Actually it was God’s trip to Kenya, and I went with him.)  

This year as I ponder, prepare and prioritize my goals for 2014, one goal is to blog more consistently, and another goal is to share my thoughts and life through connecting with others.  If I write down my goal and make it a priority, it will come to fruition, instead of being a dream or a wish.  So, with commitment, passion, determination, and a little help from WordPress, it is time for me to delve into blogging and learn all I can about this amazing technology.  It’s also a scary thing to do and it’s time to push myself to new limits both in sharing my life and in connecting with others.  Officially, this is my first year at setting goals and this blog is my first attempt to “speak up and write”.