Goals summary

I find laying goals out for life very helpful. They help me maintain balance in my life and avoid losing perspective of what I believe my overall purpose to be. I’ve decided to check-in before I fall off the online documentation grid for the remainder of the year. So here goes…

Work:

Great news! Since my last post about goals for this year, I started working for the non-profit world again. “Contact BGC” was on my list of things to do. I completed that task by making a sending a simple e-mail, set up a meeting with my old boss about one of the reading coordinator positions that was available, and began working directly with the kids again—which has proven to be one of the best decisions I’ve made since returning to Denver.

This work, along with the community outreach and web management work that I’m doing for a local coffee roaster, is a good balance for me. My responsibilities with the coffee roasting company are becoming more clearly defined and I recently established a schedule that is more routine.

Health:

As you may or may not remember, at the beginning of the summer I was feeling pretty jiggly. Since then, a friend of mine and I have taken to walking through the park three mornings a week before work. Yay us! I have not yet found a place to swim laps, as is one of my goals, but I did buy a pass to Water World! Not the same, I know. I am thinking of quitting my current gym membership and joining parks and recs again. Then I will be able to swim laps.

I’ve stopped with the fast food. I’m working on saying, “I’ve had enough” during meals in general.

Relationships:

Family dinner night on Mondays has struggled due to schedules but my weekly meet-ups with Emily and Elliott have been consistent and amazing. Watching babies grow up blows my mind. I’ve kept up with my monthly date challenge and started seeing someone last month who brings out a part of me that has been hidden for some time. It feels good.

Finances:

I have not been making enough to save for art on my walls. That will have to wait.

Community:

As I mentioned in my work goals update, I started working in the non-profit world again. Getting paid money to do what feeds my soul seems like a win-win. I missed the Buntport BOD meeting since I was out of town and I have not met with Think Yacht for some time, but Bean Again and the book project stuffs are moving slow and steady. So there’s that.

Wow, this has been real boring. All apologies. I suppose if you feel like being entertained, you can check out my more snarky blog here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perfect Heart and documentation

Clearly, I’ve stopped posting monthly challenges that I send out to the OPYPC. If by chance you are interested in having them for your personal use, just shoot me an email and I’d be happy to send all of them your way.

In other news, a friend who is in the middle of her own Power Year has truly made my day. After being bummed out about feeling like the OPYPC peeps have lost steam and interest, I visited Perfect Heart. Just what I needed on this rainy day. Yes, literally. Rainy. I’m in NY on vacation at the moment, which is part of the reason why I have time to post an update.

Anyway, the first post that I read today was Moves, Moods, Changes. I found its intimacy and honesty absolutely refreshing. Sometimes I get frustrated with technology and the lack of authenticity I come across on the ol’ world wide web. But reading about the end of my friend’s relationship with her partner of 5 1/2 years and her process of grieving and celebrating, well, it made me feel closer to her. She reminded me that the Internet can be used as a tool that dissolves barriers that distance creates. She inspired me to write this post and to accept that it’s okay to fall off the “documentation wagon,” as she calls it, in Power Progress, Part 1.

Ah yes, documentation. I’ve been a fan of it for as long as I can remember. Whether in personal journals or field notebooks, on scraps of paper, or with cameras, I’ve always found that documenting feelings and events helps my mind process the world. I used to think that I wrote everything down because I was worried I’d forget it otherwise. But I’ve come to realize this is not the case.

I document goals to hold myself accountable. I document my view of the world because sometimes it’s easier for me to use images rather than words to share moments that strike a chord in me. I document my daily “To Do” lists in a notebook so that I can end the day with a sense of accomplishment.

I am amazed at how much of life goes undocumented. And how not documenting it doesn’t mean it’s any less worthy. Or that no progress is being made. Some of the best moments in my life during the past month have gone undocumented.

My friend’s comment about falling off the documentation wagon comes at a most opportune time. Just the other day, I decided to use September-December of this year to focus on work and to complete the writing portion of my book project. I will undoubtedly be anti-social and off the online documentation grid during this period. Thanks to the reminder from my friend, I can feel confident that not documenting does not mean nothing is being accomplished. Phew!

Maybe I’ll post an update of my goals for this year during the next day before my vacation is over…just to make me feel better about all the undocumented time that will soon pass 😉