04/10/2016

One Hundred Life Goals

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Hi friends!

For a while now, I’ve been highly attuned to lists of goals. Not just any goals: life goals. What? Life goals? But those sound scary! What if I can’t complete them? What if I’m discouraged because I set a goal I know I can’t achieve?

Sound familiar? Maybe not, in which case, please accept me into your dojo, Sensei. I wish to learn from you.

But if it does…

Today, I am sharing with you my most intimate piece of writing (to me) ever – my life goals list. If I’m honest, I used to think that goal-setting was pointless. I thought it was either A. setting me up for failure or B. feeding myself a lie that “I will be happy when” I achieve x amount of goals. Neither option seemed attractive to me. But what I’ve come to realize is this: if you don’t have a clear vision of the direction you want your life to go, you will ultimately let life happen to you rather than for youIt’s okay if you don’t have the vision right now, but my hope is that by sharing this with you, it will plant a seed for you to cultivate in your own lives (ha! yes I made “lives” plural as if I have more than one reader. Thanks Mom, you’re the best <3 )

Honestly, I am afraid of putting this on the interwebs for everyone to dissect. And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have some reservations about committing myself to some of these goals. But I like to dream big, and when all is said and done, many of these have been in the back of my mind for years. It’s time to do something about that.

Travel

  1. Visit the Pacific Southeast (New Zealand, Australia, Bali, Thailand, Tibet)
  2. Return to the UK (Ireland, England, Scotland)
  3. Travel across Europe (Netherlands, Swiss Alps – Bellevue Palace, Italy, Sweden, Norway)
  4. Explore more of North America (Banff, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Maine, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Yosemite, Lake Louise)
  5. Visit the Pacific Northwest (Portland, Seattle, Vancouver)
  6. Visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
  7. Visit my grandparents’ hometowns in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
  8. Visit a Central American Country (Costa Rica, Belize)
  9. Return to South America (Argentina, Patagonia, Galapagos Islands, Peru – Machu Picchu, Amazon Rainforest)
  10. Travel to a Caribbean Island

Adventure

  1. Yacht week in Turkey/Greece
  2. Snorkel in Belize
  3. Hike a volcano
  4. Summit a mountain
  5. Pray in the Holy Land
  6. Go on safari in Kenya
  7. Visit elephants in Thailand
  8. Swim with sea turtles
  9. See orca whales in the wild
  10. Rock climb an outdoor course

Spiritual / Contribution

  1. Go to Adoration every day for a week
  2. Go to daily mass every day for a week
  3. Attend a worship concert
  4. Read all 4 Gospels
  5. Consecration to Mary (Completed: May 13, 2016)
  6.  Read 10 spiritual books
  7. 30 Days of helping others
  8. Increase my charity donations by 1% each year
  9. See Matthew Kelly speak (Completed: October 2016, Live Your Life With Passion & Purpose.)
  10. Attend a spiritual retreat (Completed: September 2016, i.d. 916 Summit.)

Fitness

  1. Complete 30 days of yoga
  2. Complete T25 all 3 rounds (Planned: October 2016 – January 2017)
  3. Go on a yoga retreat
  4. Run a 5K at an 8:00 pace
  5. Run a 10K
  6. Complete Yoga Teacher Training
  7. Give up sugar for 8 weeks
  8. 30 days without alcohol
  9. 30 days without coffee
  10. Do an elimination diet

Lifestyle

  1. Design a living room that I love
  2. Learn to play guitar/improve my singing and play 5 popular songs
  3. Read “How to Share Your Faith With Anyone”
  4. Attend a cooking class (Completed: January 2017, Sur La Table Mexican Street Tacos!)
  5. Complete a 7 day detox
  6. Learn to do a headstand
  7. Wash and moisturize face, brush teeth before bed – Every. Single. Night.
  8. Learn to compost and reduce waste
  9. Get in the habit of cleaning the condo once a week
  10. Learn to farm (grow my own produce, learn how to raise livestock)

Family / Social

  1. Monthly or bi-monthly visits home
  2. World travel with friends
  3. World travel with parents
  4. World travel with partner
  5. Travel with sisters
  6. Long-term loving relationship
  7. Take each of my nephews somewhere by themselves for a fun day
  8. 30 days of expressing gratitude to my family and friends
  9. Go somewhere new every day for a month (Planned for May 2016)
  10. Meet someone new

Financial

  1. Zero personal debt (June 2016: Student loan paid off! April 2017: Downpayment loan paid off! Remaining: Car loan and mortgage)
  2. Generate $100 from writing
  3. Generate monthly recurring passive income
  4. Become financially independent
  5. Diversified income sources
  6. Have a no-spend weekend
  7. Have a no-spend week
  8. Have a no-spend month
  9. Read a financial book
  10. Diversify my retirement savings (Planned: Roth IRA Account)

Personal / Mind

  1. Read 5 personal development books
  2. Establish a blessings book or gratitude journal to remind me to be joyful on grey days
  3. 30 Days of Meditation
  4. Read and complete “How To Talk To Anyone”
  5. Attend a personal development seminar or retreat
  6. Journal every day for a month
  7. Daily devotional for a year
  8. Social media fast for 30 days
  9. Create a vlog
  10. Attend a group meditation

Blog / Career

  1. Update LinkedIn page
  2. Update CV
  3. Apply to a Fulbright Fellowship (Applied: October 2016!!)
  4. Become a PI / Manage my own project at work
  5. Publish a first author paper
  6. Grow readership to 100
  7. Host a giveaway
  8. Create a newsletter or ebook
  9. Blog every day for a month
  10. Blog from a coffeeshop

Creative / Writing

  1. Write a paid blog post
  2. Write a Blessed Is She post
  3. Submit a short story to a writing contest
  4. Participate in an Open Mic Night
  5. Learn one choreographed dance
  6. Complete Camp NaNoWriMo / Write a novel
  7. Find three freelance writing gigs
  8. Publish something
  9. Take a creative writing/fantasy workshop or class
  10. Learn to crochet a blanket

Completed:

  1. Complete KonMari Tidying Project
  2. Go on a Mission Trip
  3. Divine Mercy Novena
  4. Volunteer at an elderly community
  5. Travel Europe (Austria, Ireland, England, Netherlands)
  6. Travel South America (Chile)
  7. Travel Central America (Mexico)
  8. Travel a Caribbean Island (Bahamas)

This list will remain on the top menu under “100 Life Goals.” As I achieve my goals off this list, I will update this list with completion dates along with links to any future blog posts I do relating to this topic.

Want to join me? Create your own 100 Life Goals list and provide the link in the comments. I am always looking for accountability buddies! I would love to share this journey with you.

What is one of your life goals? What are your reservations, or what’s stopping you from taking one step in the direction of achieving that goal? Comment below!

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Comments

  1. Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog. It’s nice to find such a large community of bloggers who are into personal development! Keep it up, I’ll be stopping by from time to time to see how you’re conquering those life goals. 🙂

    • Hi Marissa!
      I checked out your blog, I love it! Love your idea of tracking your mood and energy levels. I also have tried to make myself go to bed hungry, only to wake up at 2:30am ravenous! I relate to a lot of what you wrote, can’t wait to read more =)
      Thanks for stopping by!
      ~Arie

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