This post is way too coincidental for me to wrap my mind around. In this post, I will share my answers to the final steps of goal setting for Making Things Happen. This post is also my 100th post on this blog. They are such amazing milestones that I am thrilled to have reached! Today is also the day that I leave for the Making Things Happen conference. My heart is so full and happy today. Step 9, the first step in Part 4, asked us to take a look back at steps 1-8 and really refine them. Truly make them come from our heart. Add and erase things from our lists. Re-write our 2013 vision if we need to do so. I had already been doing some of this in my mind, so this step was fun. Here are the changes (mostly additions to lists) that I made:
Step 1- What Did I Make Happen in 2012? What am I grateful for from this year?
- I decided that saying yes to friends, whether they ask me to go to dinner or need help with a problem, is always beneficial.
- I got back into painting, and realized that it is a very therapeutic process.
- I've taken steps to enhance my technical skills- learning how to use Photoshop, taking a Photography class, watching tutorials, etc.
Step 2- What Didn't Work in 2012?
- Trying to please others in everything I do. Trying to answer questions not from my heart, but in ways that I think will be "okay" to others.
- Letting my fear stop me from starting ideas that I have that could truly be great if I just let myself begin.
- Making mistakes, but not taking the time to learn from them.
- Accepting my flaws rather than working to make myself better.
Step 3- Make a Pinterest Board! Also, Make a List of What Fires You Up
- Laughing until my stomach hurts
- Reading true love stories
- Snuggling with friends
- Writing blog posts that really come from my heart- not ones that are surface level
- Taking day trips or long vacations with friends and/or family
Step 4- What Lessons Did I Learn from what Worked?
- Having confidence in myself is a wonderful thing. It means that I am proud of who I am and what I have done and am doing.
- Inspiring others drives me! Reading some of the comments y'all have made in my posts from Parts 1 through 3 were so heart warming, and make me want to continue to be an inspiration for others.
Step 5- What Lessons Did I Learn from what Didn't Work?
- Fear should not hold me back. Try it. If it doesn't work, learn from it. But always try.
Step 6- Create My 2013 Vision
I still stand by my vision. Here it is once again: My vision for 2013 is to make every minute count. To spend more time on things that matter- family, friends, faith, and finding myself. To truly LIVE with purpose and passion, and cherish every moment. As a second semester senior, I have come to realize that the moments are fleeting, and I must enjoy them to my fullest extent!
Step 7- What am I Saying NO to in 2013?
- Forgetting to let people who I love know how much I care about them.
Step 8- What am I Saying YES to in 2013?
- Allowing myself to really FEEL my emotions. Emotions are great. Understanding why you are feeling a certain way is powerful. Emotions drive people.
Step 9- Choose a Word for 2013
My word is still the same: openness!
Okay! Now time for Step 10. It's finally time for me to make my goals, and to write why they are important to me and everyone I love. Here they are:
- I want to devote time at least once a week to letting those who I love know how much they mean to me. Through email, in person, in a hand-written letter. However I decide to tell them, I want to do so. This goal was an easy one for me to set, and one that I am so excited to begin. Telling my friends and family how much I care about them will strengthen the relationships I have with them, and will hopefully brighten their day!
- I want to continue pursuing my dream job. As a second semester senior, this is something that is heavy on my heart right now. I really want to find a job that I am passionate about. One where I can be creative and can design. One that gives me the opportunity to work with people. To inspire people. To make them truly happy. I don't want to settle for a job. If I can find the job that I am in love with, I will be able to put my whole heart into it, and will therefore be using my God-given talents to enrich the lives of others.
- I want to rekindle my relationship with God. I know that I continuously say that I want to serve Him and live a life that would make Him happy, but I have not been doing anywhere near all that I can do. To be truthfully honest, I find it hard to do so as a college student. It is not a part of the overall college culture to have an active relationship with God, and I have unfortunately fallen back on that as an excuse. An excuse to not go to church frequently or to not read the Bible. This year, I want to reconnect.
- I already mentioned this when I stated that my word for 2013 is openness, but I want to truly be open this year. So many things are bound to change throughout the rest of this semester and after graduation. Being open-minded, being open to change, and being open to learning will help me cope with all of the things I will face in this upcoming year, and in the years after that.
- Wherever I move for my job, I want to fully immerse myself in the culture of that area. It will be the first time that I will have a "home" of my own that is not connected to my family or to college. It's scary and exhilarating all at the same time. I want to make new friends who I get lunch and dinner dates with frequently, I want to explore the downtown, I want to become a part of a church group, I want to find a local philanthropy to dedicate my service to, and I want to do all that I can to live my life to the fullest there. Who knows, it could be where I start my family one day. This goal for me is about continuing to live life as fully as possible, and to create stories and memories along the way. It is so important to me.
- I want to devote more time to painting! But, I want to make paintings that really come from my heart. Ones that are original designs, not ones that I find on Pinterest. For me, it will be a soothing process. And hopefully for others, my work will inspire them to channel their creativity as well.
- I want to become more physically fit this year. Fitness had been a huge goal of mine and was one of the most important parts of my life in the past couple of years. This year, I let it slip away. Envying your old body is never a fun thing! More importantly, I want to regain my strength and become as healthy as possible again in order to face whatever problems or illnesses life throws at me.
- This is a long-term goal, but one that I have always been passionate about. If there ever comes a day when I start my own business, I want to devote part of the proceeds to a charity close to my heart. I'm not sure exactly what charity that is, but I know that I want the money that I earn to benefit others.
- I want to stay connected with my Elon friends. This goal is also a huge goal. We are all going to inevitably drift apart after graduation. However, my friends here have become such a large part of my life, and I want to keep our friendships as intact and strong as possible. We are all such a support system for one another, and I know that we will need each others' support more than ever in our first year after graduation. We have already discussed yearly get-togethers and email chains, but I want to ensure that these plans really happen.
- I want to continue to learn as much as I can at my internship at Southern Weddings. Not just about editing or creating graphics, but about the values that the company and all who work there stand for and how to continue to translate those values into my daily life. I hope that by the end of my internship, I will have become as much of an inspiration to the SW ladies as they have been to me.
- I want to constantly ask questions. This goal is twofold. I want to ask questions when I do not know the answer to something, and feel that a friend or co-worker could help me gain knowledge about the situation. I am often to afraid to ask for fear of looking unintelligent, when in reality it is unintelligent not to ask. The second part of this goal is that I want to ask questions of my friends and co-workers about their lives. How has their week been so far? What was their favorite memory as a child? What are they most looking forward to this year? Asking questions will allow me to understand them better, which in turn will allow me to form deeper relationships with them.
- I want to open my Etsy shop! I can't divulge too much information about this goal, since I want to keep the products a surprise. But, it has been something that I have been wanting to do for quite some time now. I want to be able to share my talents with others and provide them with products that will make their lives simpler and will bring their focus back to love and loving life.
- Overall, I want to continue to try to find myself. To really figure out who I am at my core. And as I continue to discover who I am, I want to embrace all of the pieces that make me an individual. Doing so will strengthen myself as a person, as a friend, as a professional, and as a brother/sister/daughter. Being true to yourself is a goal that translates into so many aspects of life, and can improve life if you let it.
The goals I just listed and discussed are ones that I feel are attainable and will help to keep me moving forward on the path to improving my life. I cannot wait to see if I come up with more goals at the Making Things Happen conference over the next few days. I also cannot wait to do a re-cap of the conference to share my stories and the lessons I will learn!