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Saturday, September 8, 2012

four simple goals (before 2013)

Elsie Larson posted a challenge on her blog A Beautiful Mess yesterday to choose four simple goals to meet by the beginning of 2013.  As a fellow list lover, I gladly accepted the challenge!  I recommend checking out her blog for the official rules.  Here are the four simple goals I am setting for myself for the last four months of 2012: 

1. Meet with a nutritionist: A recent diagnosis has caused me to shift a lot of things in my diet.  I want to make sure I'm getting the vitamins and nutrients I need while also having some variety in my meals.  My local acupuncture clinic has a nutritionist that has a very wholistic approach that I would like to meet with.  BOTF!

2. Exercise once a week: Though I'm still walking Pedro and walking to work everyday, I've been missing the endorphins that come from a good run or work out.  I feel so much better when I exercise regularly, and I feel that I owe it to myself to help my body feel good.  

3. Finish four paintings: Few activities bring me more joy than painting.  The process is so therapeutic and soothing for me, yet I seldom paint.  I would like to make enough time to paint to produce one nice painting a month.  

4. Meet with a spiritual director: I've experienced a lot of big changes in the past couple years (moved to Milwaukee, started a community, got married, now looking for a new job), and I would like talk some of this out with a spiritual guide.  I've met with a spiritual director in the past when trying to discern some big things, and I found it very helpful.     

I recommend checking out A Beautiful Mess for the official rules -- which include setting rewards for yourself for when you meet a goal.  The only problem with coming up with my rewards is that I can only think of food related rewards!  I'm turning into Pedro!  Instead, I'll pick a few treats like dates with Paul, little pieces of jewelry, or a trip to the art supply store.  If I accomplish all four goals, maybe I should reward myself with these...now there's some motivation!

What four goals do you want to accomplish before January 1, 2013?

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