2014 Goals

2014 GoalsGoal-setting is one of my favorite things to do. I am so enamored of the idea that we really do have a choice as to how we spend our free time, no matter how much of it we have or don’t have. For the past few years, I have been setting four larger goals and then making monthly goals as I go. I love having both the macro and the micro focus. And what I love about these larger goals is that they set a course for the year without being too overbearing. I make them pretty non-specific, and then follow in the direction they lead me. I have had a lot of fun with them. And I like that there is always at least a little bit of overlap of goals from year to year. Here are the ones for 2014!

1. Try some new crafts! I had a blast with this last year, and sometime last fall I started daydreaming about what I wanted to try this year. Candle-making and embossing are at the top of my list. I love that there are always new skills to learn.

2. Read! I went to the library today for the first time in months, and whew, am I glad that drought is over! For a handful of months there, I really didn’t feel good enough to read or go to the library, and that is saying A LOT for the girl who was usually there three times a week. Reading is such a big part of who I am, and it feels good to have that back. Libraries will never cease to be majestic treasure troves to me, and every time I go there I kind of can’t believe the breadth of awesomeness on the shelves and the fact that I can take some plunder home with me FOR FREE. God bless libraries!

3. Exercise. This is a perpetual one for me because, as noted, I do not have the exercise gene. But our doula suggested that walking every day will be so beneficial for the baby and for labor preparation, and I AM ON IT. Every morning I lace up my shoes, put my iPod on shuffle, and trek through the neighborhood. I love it more than I ever would have imagined. It’s a wonderful time to see so many flowers and trees in bloom, and exploring new streets always feels like a happy adventure. It’s been making me think a lot of Emerson and Thoreau’s essays on nature and walking (which I’ve, of course, checked out from the library), which really moved me when I read them in college. I am hoping to do some more thinking and writing about walking in the coming weeks.

4. Give birth! Come July (or August…since first babies are often late!), I will be giving birth, one way or another. Of course, the most important thing is that the baby and I are healthy and well, but birth can be so much more, and I am doing my best to prepare for it: mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually. Pain in childbirth goes all the way back to Genesis, and I know that, but I also believe it’s going to be one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Nothing is more unpredictable than birth, and every single one is different, but I am doing everything I can to be welcoming and open (there’s that word again!) to the experience, to create the best environment for it, to give myself all the tools I will need to give birth in a focused and empowered way. It will be intense, no doubt, but I am committed to doing everything I can to make it a beautiful experience.

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