Personal Goals

Let's face it, most of us women grew up without really knowing a lot about life, budgeting, what to do in college, what options are available, how to find our passions.

So, one of my goals is to give guidance to the little women in my life. I want them to know that they can do whatever they put their minds to, that they can accomplish so much more than I ever dreamed possible. The fact is that my life has pretty much been haphazardly planned, until I reached 35 and realized I could make my own decisions. I was educated, intelligent in  many ways not just intellectually, outgoing, fun, spontaneous (sometime to my own detriment) and I started thinking about what I wanted the rest of my life to look like. So I began planning. At the beginning, around 1994-95, I started with an annual plan of what I wanted to accomplish the following year.

I included things like
Travel - My bucket list of trips prioritized, 
Books I wanted to read, 
Classes and courses I wanted to take, 
Chort and long term financial goals. 
  1. One year
  2. 5 year
  3. 10 year
  4. Retirement

This is such a great article, I needed to share and use as a guide:

 10 Great Personal Goals to Achieve This Year

I usually set goals rather than make resolutions and my goals usually start out with something simple and very personal. One goal usually lead to another. These are just life changing tips that I have used in the past to help me get from down to up and feeling great even when things don't go my way. You can change them around if you like.

  1. Make a goals list similar to this one or just use mine!
  2. Make every day count. Don't take it for granted, live every day like it was your last.
  3. Stop thinking about what's gone and think about tomorrow. When you do this you are looking ahead. Every time you think of yesterday consciously break your thought and fantasize about tomorrow.
  4. When things go wrong see the positive in it. Take a moment to think about what went wrong and think about the possibilities that maybe something better is ahead.
  5. Take a day away from every thing: no work, no home chores, no cell phone unless it's to chat with a friend. You get dressed that day in your best or favorite day clothes, go out to breakfast, do something you have always wanted to do, then have lunch, go to the spa and treat yourself. Let it be your secret. No regrets so don't think how much it will cost just do and love every minute of it. It's your day, do want you want, even if it means not taking a shower or brushing your teeth!
  6. Strip naked and look in the mirror at least twice per week until you love every inch of yourself and want to kiss every inch of yourself.
  7. Take a nature walk at least once per week.
  8. Face one of your fears, you must do this until you conquer it.
  9. Do something really crazy that you are sure someone will find odd. Nothing illegal. Something crazy like screaming. Haven't you ever felt like just screaming for fun? It's usually your body telly you that you have pent up tension that needs to be released and it usually works.
  10. Make sure you have done all the things on this list!

 My Own Personal Goals for 2014

Last year I achieved most of the personal goals I set.
  1. Dream vacation - Sailing the Greek Isles
  2. Go outside my box, or basket as it may be and open my mind to a boyfriend. I was hesitant about this because I've been enjoying my independence, but it's been years and about time.
  3. Give an experience 
  4. Live a healthier lifestyle
  5. Buy a boat
  6. Keep only positive people around me with positive energies.

My Goals for 2015

So I found a great guy, no more need to look. I bought the boat with my sailor (thank goodness he knows how to sail since I have no clue which way the wind blows!).

I sailed the Greek Isles with a group called Her Dream Vacation - awesome trip and I've given my niece, Bethany and my nephew, Danny a trip to Italy, Spain and France. Need to set up experiences for the other 6 nieces and nephews or I'll be in trouble!

I'm still struggling with the Healthier Lifestyle - love my good 'unhealthy' foods, wine, partying and having need to put this on next years list :)

Your goals!

All it takes is a thought, writing them down and following through. You can change and modify your goals to suit your needs during the year. Sometimes they're really what you want and then again, sometimes not. The concept is easy and just start with a checklist. Make the call, write that letter, look for classes, dream your dream vacation and then check each goal as you accomplish it.
After you finish this one, set out next year for another 10 or 5 or 2, whatever you feel you nee. If there was a goal on the list that you didn't accomplish or felt it would take too much time, just pass on it or transfer it to the new list .
Aim high, write the goals down and they become so much more tangible, I promise you it really works - go for it - little goals, big goals, life goals, finances, education or love. The sky's the limit!

Boating all summer

July 25 in Cape Canaveral


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