My girlfriend (you remember, Debora, don’t you, Dear Reader?) and I wrote goals to complete within a year. We did it in a cute, couple, paper-wasting method. We tore little slips of paper, wrote a goal to accomplish by November 1st of next year, stuck them in a bag, then drew them from the bag and talked about how we could help each other achieve the goal.
I tried to follow the SMART goal-setting method. Some are specific, easy, fun. But some are the opposite. We did not share any goals before we both finished writing all of our goals. So as not to copy each other or to know how serious, easy, etc. each other’s goals are.
I already feel good about the goals, simply from writing them down. It is nice to have a list and tick a few off every now and then after I’ve accomplished them. I was inspired to do this while on a bus from Chile to Argentina from the movie that was played during the trip. Which makes that expensive bus worth it😛 The movie was The Bucket List.
Some of Debora’s goals are to write a vegan cookbook, buy a Fairphone, and buy a new traveling camera. I believe these represent her personality well. She is a minimalist but buys things that bring her happiness. Buying a Fairphone is more sustainable and is one of the best options of having a phone that is ethically produced. She loves taking pictures while traveling so the travel camera makes sense. And she loves to cook. It brings her joy to cook for others and many people often ask how she makes various dishes. Compiling all of her ideas into one book is a great way to share them with people and gives her a chance to do another thing she loves to do which is to write.
Some of my goals are to write ten memoirs about my trip in South America, meditate at least six minutes each day, travel to five countries I’ve never been to, and read one of my poems at a poetry night. Many of my goals are to keep me on track for long-term goals. I love to write as well so writing memoirs will bring me joy and improve my writing skills. Meditating is hard for me to stick to so I made it only six minutes a day but ideally, I would like it to be more. It helps improve my focus, patience, and clarity — which I find help my happiness overall. I believe happiness is a goal for everyone. Getting outside of my comfort zone is something that makes me creative and more introspective. For this, reading a poem at a poetry night is a win-win. I know I will be nervous to read a poem in front of people and be judged for how it is read and what the words are. I am fine with that. It has been a long time since I performed anything to an audience. I look forward to getting outside of my comfort zone again.
I look forward to the next year. Debora and I will be busy but I hope to fit these goals into our daily lives and future plans. I still have 354 days and I’ve already started meditating more, writing memoirs, and started reading Breakfast of Champions. No list of goals is complete without Vonnegut!
I encourage everyone to make goals. Big and small. Short- and long-term. And not only for the New Year. Start now. Especially if your goal involves anything about going to the gym because you will get in there before the influx of others. And in February or March, when most of those people have stopped going as often, you will have it back to yourself. Do what works for you. We are all different and have our own ways of learning. Your strengths may be my weakness and vice versa. Do what you believe will make you happy. Unless it impedes on the liberties of others of course. If being a cannibal makes you happy, only eat people who are willing to be eaten.
As always, thanks for reading. Ciao chicos!