Savor Growth

After reflecting on 2011 and seeing where the past 12 months have led me, I began brainstorming, scheming, and dreaming up my goals for 2012. This past year was all about being brave, taking chances, and setting boundaries, so in the upcoming year, I wanted something different.  I had a few specific goals in mind, but mostly it was just an overall feeling and lifestyle that I want to create. When I imagined my most perfect and amazing year, I imagined one full of growth, intentional inertia, and moments reserved for savoring the change.

Thus, my theme for 2012: Savor Growth.

I want this year to be one for change. I want to end somewhere different than I began. I want to grow. I want to expand my viewpoint, learn, stretch, and reach out. I want to recognize the growing pains and savor them because I know they are necessary to get to where I want to be. I want to be in the moment. I want to taste, to smell, to see, and to hear, and to touch, and to feel.

In order to create these savored moments of growth, 2012 will be filled with 9 Life Buckets, inspired by Nicole’s delicious plan.

My Life Buckets include Self-Care, Relationship, Family & Friends, Exercise, Fun, Career, Food, Blogging, and Money.

I have set goals for each Life Bucket and each goal with have a monthly action step. If you do the math, that adds up to 27 monthly action steps and I know that sounds crazy, but I’m excited about this plan. I’m excited that, for the first time, I’ve mapped out where I want to go in the new year.

My goals include things such as “Do 25 Nice Things for Myself”, “Move to Canada”, “Monthly Date Nights With Mom & Sister”, “Run 3 Half-Marathons”, “Watch 50 Movies”, “Read 15 Psychology Books”, “Make 20 New Recipes”, “Comment on 15 New Blogs”, “Save $1,500″, and more.

I am hoping that each goal will lead me toward the direction toward the life I imagine by the end of 2012. A life with more authenticity, healthier choices, more connection, and less unnecessary stress.

It’s not going to be an immediate change, obviously, but I love the idea of doing something small each day that leads me closer to the huge, scary goal. It’s like when I started training for my half-marathon and I could barely run one mile. Now that I’ve been running for over 6 weeks, I’m stronger and healthier, and I ran 8 miles last weekend. Running four days a week helped me reach that goal without making it feel intimidating or overwhelming.

So, that’s the same idea behind my goals for 2012. Smaller steps equal less intimidation and more likelihood of following through. Here’s to a happy 2012 and one of Savored Growth!

[photo credit: Sally_12]

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