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I Need an Impossible Dream

By | September 10, 2016
Rainy Maine Days

Rainy Maine Days

It occurred to me today that I have no true life goals. I have a bunch of things that would be nice to have happen, but nothing that drives me with the fear of failure or inspires me with the fire of true callings.

I watch the people who do have that spark accomplish improbable things (it’s only impossible till someone does it) and wonder what my main quest is supposed to look like.

I have nothing worth suffering for. Nothing that gets me up at 4am, nothing that keeps me up past midnight (other than the internet). I don’t even have a goal worth being mildly inconvenienced for.

I’m not sure what to do with this.

I know things that should motivate me, like getting a book(s) published, losing weight and getting in shape, making oodles of money at work, becoming good enough to make decent profits from my artwork, but… meh?

I want something measurable, something where success would lead into the next larger goal instead of being a set end point. Something that I can look back on and say ‘that used to be Impossible.’

I don’t know what that is yet, but I guess I’m going to start looking.

On Habitica, Habits, and Finishing Things

By | May 6, 2016
When in doubt... add foxes!

When in doubt… add foxes!

I’ve been spending a lot of time this year working on developing new habits via Nerd Fitness, Camp NaNoWriMo, and Habitica… but so far I haven’t gotten much traction.

I just have too many things that I want to get done and all of them are equally shiny and goal-worthy. The problem is as soon as I set down some firm resolutions on one aspect, another one pops up that seems incredibly more important and I switch targets. If I’m writing, I get caught up in art. If I’m trying to exercise more, eating better distracts me. If I’m cleaning I end up organizing (which are not at all the same thing!). This is very much a lather-rinse-repeat cycle, so I start a thousand projects and finish none of them.

I’ve had lots of very well meant advice about picking one thing and focusing on doing only that… but my brain doesn’t work that way (at all).  So it’s time to try something different. Instead I’m going to create a list of the one thing in each category and then try to create trigger points during my day that will remind me to work on them.

Building on my log for April’s Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m going to spend the next few weeks doing some habit forming experimentation and tracking over on this page.

Will it work? Who knows! But at least it’s movement in the right direction… 🙂

June Check-in: Twelve Things (2015 Goals)

By | June 8, 2015
2015 Motto: Failing Upwards!

2015 Motto: Failing Upwards!

It has been a crazy couple of months since my last update on this list. We’ve moved houses, done emergency dog fostering, rolled up our sleeves and started prepping the old house to be a rental, and waded into the mess of unpacking before getting new roommates– whew!

So now that things have settled down a smidge, it’s time for me to start looking back over the list and see just how far I have left to go… (hint: walking to Mordor seems more plausible a goal at this point)

But never give up, never surrender!

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February Check-in: Twelve Things (2015 Goals)

By | February 1, 2015
2015 Motto: Failing Upwards!

2015 Motto: Failing Upwards!

As a recap, this year I’m going to do things right and not lose sight of what I’m trying to accomplish.  That means every month I sit down and go back over the list of 12 Things that I want to accomplish this year… So time for the monthly check-in!

Which, I’d like to point out, I actually got done on the 1st– even if it is well past my self-assigned bedtime. So, erm, victory? (Someday I will master this whole ‘Being An Adult‘ thing, but not quite yet.)

So, onwards!

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Twelve Things (2015 Goals Checklist)

By | January 4, 2015
2015 Motto: Failing Upwards!

2015 Motto: Failing Upwards!

I had problems focusing on accomplishing things last year, but the one thing I did end up stumbling into was the idea of trying new things instead of just improving old skills. The Silicone caulk molds and plaster and resin casting weren’t anything I’d ever done before, but they turned out to be a lot of fun! If a tad unorganized…

So this year I’m going to do things right and not lose sight of what I’m trying to accomplish. I’m scheduling posts for the first Saturday of each month for the rest of the year as check-ins. No way I’m losing track of this set of 12!

These goals may change over the year as things become more (or less) important. However I am going to hold tight to the idea that I will accomplish an average of one thing a month in 2015… Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions by the Teaspoon

By | January 2, 2013

To-do List

I’ve been puttering about trying to come up with some good New Year’s Resolutions and I stumbled across a post by Cheryl Barker on choosing yearly ‘theme words’… and I found my hook! 🙂

Moving Mountains with Teaspoons has been my unofficial tagline for a while now and I decided to make it official for 2013. While I’m not quite up to doing a list of daily resolutions like I did for 2011, I figured I could pick the smallest possible improvement for each area and then throw in some larger goals as well.

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Life Imitating Dreams

By | January 3, 2012
Ocean Morning

*yawns*

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.

Of course so was yesterday and so is tomorrow, but that doesn’t stop me from falling into the same New Year craze as everyone else. Today is a fresh start, a blank slate, a day in which I can redefine who I am and what I do in one wild sweep of the brush— Yeah, I’m not buying it either, but it sounds nice, doesn’t it? *wistful sigh*

I had a lot of fun with last years massive list of 335 daily resolutions, I was tempted just to recycle them since most of I wrote down is generic enough that I could do it all over again. (Or do it the first time–for the ones I missed.)

But priorities have changed somewhat, so I figured I’d try and make a resolution for each subblog instead. Simpler things for simpler times and whatnot. Continue reading

335 New Year’s Resolutions (approx)

By | January 1, 2011

The year is over, long live the year!

As unrealistic as it is to assume that we are issued a blank slate and a fresh start on the first day of a new year, I found myself unable to really put any long term goals on paper before today. I had some hazy ideas of what I wanted to do and some rather concrete ideas of what I didn’t want to do, but it isn’t until today that I’ve been able to start breaking them down.

I started with the basic idea that at the end of 2011 that I wanted concrete things that I could look back on as having accomplished. So I’m making a list of daily things that I can check off, and yes that means beyond the cut is 365 days worth of things (minus holidays, vacations, and NaNoWriMo) that I plan on doing.

As new events are planned, I will go back and move things around, so items may be moved off into a ‘bonus points’ list for the month. But I’m trying to keep all of the goals simple and easy to do in under an hour. That way if I have more time and energy, I can think up additional things to do based on the monthly theme, and if not I can just get the task done and over with.

2010 Monthly Themes : Finances, Eating Healthy, Getting Organized/Simplifying, Learn Something New, Active Powers Activate!, Indulge Creativity, Home Business, Simplify/Clarify, Family/Friends, Home Improvement, NaNoWriMo, Reflection

Read onwards at your own peril!

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