there has been a lot of talk lately about goals - it being a new year and all! for most of my life my goals were kept within my head. i always loved making lists but they contained very immediate tasks - finish my art history essay, email my aunt, paint my nails and do my course readings.
i think part of the reason i never wrote down my long term aspirations was because to me, they were always more of a given, rather than goals. i knew i would graduate high-school, i knew i would always work two or more part-time jobs, i knew i would save for university and get a bachelor degree. of course as i grew older, these givens became clearer in my mind, and more real. but still i never wrote anything down.
after university - i realized i no longer had a plan. everything i had imagined for my life had already occurred. i had no idea what to do next! so, like every graduate who has no plans - i went back to school. something happened during my next bout of education - i started to want things. i started to express (both orally and online) what i wanted to do with my life.
i started by making funny little dream equations (great apartment + beautiful wedding + art gallery job = happiness). then, as my little stationery hobby became more serious, i began to make endless lists of mini goals. using this goal tracker by brittni from papernstitch, i made general shop and blog goals, followed by lists of specific tasks and then divided them into months and years.
i've also made a little life plan for the next four years. jon and i are going to spend a few years paying off our wedding debt and working on our careers. then we are going to take an incredible trip to europe - making stops in austria, italy, france, greece and england.* at that point, we will try to have a couple little munchkins!
i'm still not sure whether writing down my goals is actually the driving force that makes them come true - but it's very satisfying to have something to work towards. and it feels great when i "cross" them off the list! plus, i have a feeling there are some things i would forget about, or procrastinate on otherwise...
*that's in order of importance!