January 3, 2011 8 Comments
While I have a lot of things I want to accomplish in the next year, I’m not really going to set them up as “goals” or “resolutions” for the next year. I’ve decided instead to focus on general themes for my life – or what I will call “imaginings“.
These are the things I’m going to strive for – am striving for – will strive for.
The goals for 2011 aren’t specific like “lose 10 pounds” or “save $5,000”. They’re bigger than that. This year I’m looking at improvements to my life and who I am as a person. Creating positive growth in areas of my life by whatever means possible. That is where the IMAGINING comes in.
What life do I want? How will I get there?
Personal Growth: I want to find out who I am.
I have realized in the past two weeks that absent from work I’m clueless as to who I am as a person. I have decided that for now I need to explore the part of me that wants to give to others. I also need to work on developing new friendships. While I have a great relationship with BF and a good set of people I can hang out with through him – I have very little friends of my own apart from him. A few things I have already put in to place to help develop and foster these relationships and this personal growth:
- Attend church and Sunday school weekly to meet new people
- Volunteer monthly at the local homeless shelter preparing and serving meals
- Attend the monthly game night held by my local church
- Attend Financial Peace University – to get financially more on track and connect with others in the class
- Find a mentoring/tutoring/long term weekly tutoring commitment with adult learners/battered women/homeless shelter – I’m going to an informal training session for one held by the local community college on January 23rd
Relationship Growth: Continue to build a strong relationship with BF
The relationship that BF and I are fostering is already very strong. We make each other laugh, we are caring to each other, open with each other and we genuinely make each other very happy. One reason why is that we both put the time and effort in to treating the other person with respect and love. We both want this relationship to go somewhere stronger and are both dedicated towards nurturing each other and the relationship. It is a refreshing feeling knowing that I’m not “in it” alone and that I have someone by my side who will be there for me. He is easy to be with and I appreciate that. I want in the next year to continue to grow this relationship with trust, love and honesty. There are no set ways to do this but a conscious desire on both our parts to be the best partners to each other that we can be.
Financial Growth: Get a positive net worth.
My big financial aspiration is to have a positive net worth. I’m tired of being worth less than I owe. It is time to get in the black! There are a few ways that I plan on obtaining a positive net worth. These are my current goals, and they could change. Just so long as in the end my net worth gets to >$0.
- Getting my Emergency Fund up to $1,200 by the end of the year
- Reducing my credit card debt another $5,000
- Continually investing 6% of my income (my full match) in to retirement
The reason I call this “Imagine 2011” instead of “2011 Goals” is because I want my focus not to be on set or specific WAYS to go about achieving these big themes (Personal Growth, Relationship Growth and Financial Growth) but instead on imaging what my life will be when I obtain these goals and discovering new ways to obtain them as the year continues.
Thus, I’m not setting myself concrete goals like “volunteer at 2 places” – but instead over-arching theme goals of “find out more who I am”. For now I believe that this means volunteering and getting involved in my church. But in three months this may mean exploring crafts and hobbies like hiking or mountain biking or sky diving. I’m a living, breathing, changing being – and so should my goals!
Thus in 2011 I’m going to imagine the possibilities of a better life and imagine various ways to obtain that life.
Just imagine – what will YOU do in 2011? Who do you want to be when this year is over?