I think I first ran across the concept of associating how you want to feel with making your new year goals on Brooke Snow’s blog, but since reading it there I’ve stumbled across it again and again. So I put my pen to paper and made a list of things I want to feel in 2013 and I was surprised to find how much easier it was to define my goals once I had defined my feelings.
1. Inspired. This word is at the top of my list. It’s something I was thinking about long before I began to put my feelings together with goals.
When I feel inspired I feel motivated and energized. Whether it’s in my business, my home, my growth as a photography, my parenting, and homeschooling, if I’m inspired I work harder. I am more focused, more intentional with what I do and more productive in what I accomplish.
So, what inspires me? Here’s a short list: friends, books, the Bible, education, blogs, magazines, and nature. I’m going to be taking notes throughout the year on what inspires me and I’m thinking of making it a series on the blog. Inspired Fridays or something to keep track.
I’ve signed up for this photography course so I can be more inspired in both photography, my home and my family.
The goal: Take classes, read good books, talk to smart people, walk outside a lot (fresh air and sunshine are magical).
2. Connected. I want to feel connected with friends and family, with God, my readers, and my clients. I’m making more time this year to visit with friends, to play games and read to my kids, and to write daily in an attempt to connect with the online community.
The goal: Make time to be with friends, have fun with my family, pray, tell my stories, and listen to other people’s stories (because people are interesting).
3. Wealthy. This year my husband came very close to losing his job. It was a tense couple of weeks for us and we waited and prayed to find out the verdict. While we were waiting I felt strangely wealthy. I was so thankful for all that we had. That, due to our efforts in the years before we were now debt free. If we could just make our mortgage payment and buy groceries we could survive until he found another job. Instead of feeling a need to horde every cent we had right then, I felt God urging me to trust him no matter what happened. So, on faith, I sponsored a second child through Compassion. It was a wonderful decision and thankfully he did not lose his job.
Feeling wealthy made me generous. It made me content. It made me thankful. We are by no means wealthy, but I felt wealthy. I want to keep that feeling all year long.
The goal: Practice thankfulness.
What are three things you want to feel in 2013?