To have a family or to become a yoga instructor…wait, what?

21 Jul

To achieve your goals, you have to learn to make the right choices. Sounds easy enough, but will I have to sacrifice some goals on my list to achieve others? While my title may suggest this type of dilemma in a silly way, I do have real questions about how I’m going to accomplish everything on my list, even in its incomplete state. Where do I start?

Well, naturally, like all good 20-somethings these days, I consulted the all-knowing wizard named Google for my preliminary answer. When I searched “goal setting,” about a 8 million websites popped up with the same sorts of taglines…how to live the life you want, and how you can buy a book to help you with everything, and even software to help you sort it all out…it just sounds like an endless array of motivational speakers trying to scam me into a hotel conference room seminar.

Luckily, there is a FREE blog for everything in the world, including my chosen topic! The Goal Setting Guide has a lot of information about how to go about following your dreams, and I’m going to begin this journey by following the SMART Goal Setting guidelines.
“SMART” is a nice little acronym for describing 5 things your goals should be:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Timely
So, for the next 5 days, I will be evaluating my goals according to the SMART goal setting plan. Will it work? We’ll see! I have to say, I’m a little bit of a skeptic when it comes to this stuff. But as of yet, sitting around being skeptical hasn’t really done me any good. It’s time to get my feet wet in the world of self-help literature!
Also–while I’m thinking about it, I have a couple of friends who write really great blogs that you should check out. Megan Blevins keeps a blog that is partially about her daily life, but also contains some of her semi-autobiographical fiction. It’s called One Girl In, check it out! Also, Jun Kaneda, a lovely girl I met in Japan, is keeping a blog about her travels in Malaysia called It’s Time to Face Myself. Finally, a couple of the best people I met in college are keeping blogs–Em Haymans keeps a blog called Going Places that’s all about her life in Japan, and her fiancee, Zachary Butterfield, started a website and blog for his art called Lizard Scruff.
Support blogging and personal expression by checking these guys out! 🙂 And comment so we don’t all feel like we’re writing into a void…speaking of which, I really should do a little commenting on their stuff! I think you’re all great!! 🙂
OK, that’s all for now!
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Why is this here?

16 Jul

I started this blog for a couple of reasons. I had been thinking of starting a blog for a long time, but could never find a topic that I felt like writing about. So I kept putting it off, until one day it dawned on me…I do this a lot. I find excuses to put things off. I have a huge mental list of dreams and ambitions that have been put off for no reason other than I haven’t made them happen.

Well, this blog is going to help me change that. I’m writing down my goals and telling the world, hey! I’m doing this! Part of it is an incentive to avoid the embarrassment of not doing what I say I’m going to, but part of it is more practical. It is easier for me to accomplish things if they’re written down. Goals seem real, tangible.

So there is step one. Writing down my goals. As I think of them, I’ll continue to add them to my list.

Step two is going to be how to handle them now that they’re out there. How do I juggle all of these ambitions? It’s time to get organized. So the first part of this blog is all about getting my life organized according to the person I dream I will one day be. I’ll be consulting some self-help books and articles for this process, and doing some serious thinking.

The reason I’m sharing all of this is because I know that I am not the only one with unfulfilled dreams, and I am not the only person who feels a little overwhelmed by the idea of actually accomplishing everything. I hope this will be a resource for others to turn to when some goal feels a little too steep. We can do this! Live the life you want…starting today.

(Deep breath)

Here it goes!!

Goal List #1

16 Jul

This is as simple as it gets. I’ve simply written down a stream-of-consciousness list of things I want to do/be/have. This isn’t a final draft–in fact, no list ever will be. Life changes all the time, and so might this list. Some things are long-term, others short-term.

My next post will be all about organizing this “bucket list” into something that is actually do-able. You have to start somewhere!

7-16-10 Randomly Constructed List of Goals

  • Write a blog, and actually keep up with it!
  • Earn my Ph.D., and get someone else to pay for it
  • Make a 4.0 in graduate school
  • Get out of debt- ASAP
  • Learn Japanese
  • Learn Spanish
  • Cook 90% of my meals from scratch
  • Watch the entirety of AFI’s I00 Years, 100 Movies list
  • Become a long distance cyclist
  • Become a yoga instructor
  • Stop biting my fingernails
  • Travel internationally at least once a year–and don’t go into debt doing it
  • Memorize the world map
  • Have a family
  • Get a job in academia
  • Stop shopping so much