Goals for the New Year There was a discussion on Facebook recently about having goals and there were quite a few in the camp that they didn’t need them. Life was too consuming already to put the pressure of having goals. I totally get that. I was that person when our daughter was young. It was everything I could do to just get to school (I was in design school), be a mom, clean the house, run all the errands… life just kept happening and I could barely keep up. I just pinged from thing to thing. Which was fine at the time, but if I had goals I might have pinged in a straighter line without so much drama… something I strive for now that I’m in my 40’s for sure. Now I have goals for the new year. Things I want to make happen in my life. My Main Street organization has goals and my business life has goals, too. Striving to reach them is half the fun! Getting there is like confetti, sprinkles and icing all rolled into one!

How We Got To 9 Goals

Nine is the magic number this year (no reason, just like a neat square). I gave my husband and I each 9 Post It Notes and we each wrote out our own 9 goals (with a haiku for each one. Why not?!) There is a great article about doing a life audit where you do 100 Post It notes, but I knew that having my husband do 9 was going to be a lot (he is a bit more reluctant to set goals for himself). Plus, 9 things in a year is a lot! If I make these happen I’ll be thrilled.

Goals for the New Year (My Magic 9 for 2016)

Sit with Natalie Goldberg. Natalie wrote Writing Down the Bones. The quintessential writing/zen book and she is teaching in New Mexico in September. It is a life long dream of mine to sit with her and take this workshop. What will it take: saving, scheduling and plotting with my friend Sarah.

Make Art and Run Out of Art Supplies. I have paint, paper, canvases, my own studio and nothing to stop me from using all of it except me. My goal is to literally run out of supplies by the end of the year. What will it take: scheduling, creativity and my block to creating art/the internal critic.

Road Trip with My Husband. I love taking road trips with my husband, but lately they have only been work related. My goal is to take one that is pure pleasure. Our destination? Fairfield, Iowa. Really. What will it take: scheduling, planning and some savings.

Take an Overnight Hike with My Daughter. I’ve wanted to hike overnight for a long time and so does my daughter. I’ve never done it. I’m not in great shape. I don’t have any of the equipment. I’m going to do it anyway. I suspect it will look a lot like A Walk in the Woods and Wild combined. What will it take: scheduling, planning with my daughter, gathering/borrowing supplies, meeting with our friend Terra who has done this and gumption.

Paint the Front Door. Our front door is actually an interior door. Not very solid and the red paint that I did 14 years ago is scratched off where our beloved, Zeppelin, used to scratch to get in and out. (Franklin doesn’t do that. He just stares at you through the window like a creeper.) It’s time to paint the door and welcome in another 14 years in the cottage! What will it take: choosing a color, a sunny day, and willingness to get dirty (I’m a messy painter).

An Easy Garden. Last year we didn’t plant a blessed thing. We had just gotten Franklin and he was all I could handle. This year I want to be practical and do an easy garden. Two tomato plants, 2 cucumbers, beans, 3 peppers and a whole bunch of zinnias. That’s it. No getting crazy with the seed catalogs. Just simple and doable. What will it take: starting seeds, planting them, watering, weeding, and keeping up with it.

Eat Less, Move More. I want to follow Michael Pollan‘s advice and Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants. I also want to walk, do some yoga, and lift some weights. I also want to start cutting out sugar – this, by far, will be the hardest thing, says the woman who begged her husband to make chocolate peanut butter cookies last night. What will it take: sticktoitiveness, smarter choices, meal planning and making it happen.

Coffee Dates with Friends. I want to plan and go on 12 coffee dates this year with friends. I’m a bit of a workaholic (I LOVE what I do) and I don’t make time for relationships. I want to remedy that in 2016 with 12 dates. What will it take: Asking, scheduling, going and relishing in the moment with good friends (coffee, too)! What to schedule a date? Email me.

The Empty Goal. It seems fitting really that I could only come up with 8 and that 9 is empty. I’ll use that to keep possibilities open, remember to choose simplicity over more, and to continue to practice meditation. What will it take: everything I’ve got.

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6 Comments on Goals for the New Year

  1. Carla
    January 4, 2016 at 11:35 am (1 year ago)

    Oh. One year I did the paint the front door. Bright purple. And it rocked. I’m adding that to my list as well.

    • Jacqueline Wolven
      January 4, 2016 at 11:47 am (1 year ago)

      I’m currently thinking yellow! Purple. Wow! – Jackie

  2. loisaltermark
    January 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm (1 year ago)

    I love these goals. 9 Post Its sounds very doable. Will have to think about this!

  3. Megan
    January 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm (1 year ago)

    I’ve been poring over your latest posts. I can tell you are coming out of the 2016 gate strong! I’m going to set 9 goals now and leave one blank. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Jacqueline Wolven
      January 5, 2016 at 3:40 pm (1 year ago)

      I had a LONG fall and winter to think through what I want to make happen in 2016… #9MagicGoals seems just about perfect! Can’t wait to see what you do! – Jackie


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