“A year from now you will wish you had started today.” -Karen Lamb
No matter what it is we wish to accomplish it always helps to create a plan of action. While writing a novel many plan an outline that is the back bone of the story. Sure, some can pick up a pen and just write but we’re not all that lucky. After doing my Book in a Month Challenge I decided that challenge could be passed on to several areas of my life.
Maybe the outcome would be the same, maybe it wouldn’t be, who knows! Either way, what an exciting way to live month by month. Creating a game plan and sticking to it. Afterwards I could continue to do the challenge or I could write it off as a lesson learned and be happy knowing I gave it my best. The best way I thought to accomplish my goals of bringing growth into other aspects of my life was to create a Game Plan. A list of areas I personally wish to improve in.
Although I know this journey could be potentially life changing I also know it’s just as likely to fail completely, still I’m excited to give it a go … so onto my Game Plan for the future, although this is a broad range of areas I’d love to improve on I will probably tackle one area per month. Still I love to have a place where I can come back and re-evaluate or just simply check up on where my goals originated from.
No matter what happens my family has always been there for me, and whether they would say I’m a good family member or not I feel as though even at good I should strive to be better. No one feels my wrath more than my very loving and supportive husband. He is my best friend and quite frankly puts up with me when no one in their right mind would or should. He is my soul mate my second half, without him my life would be very dark indeed.
Family Check List
- Be a better daughter.
- Be a better sister.
- Don’t let my mother be the go-between for me and my siblings. Take the initiative to keep contact.
- Be a better wife.
- Don’t hold back my love in anger.
- Don’t hide emotions to try and spare feelings.
- Communicate my desires.
- Eat healthy.
- I’d like to try and go vegetarian for a month.
- Exercise Daily.
- Start a vitamin routine.
- See doctor for physical.
I’m not a Christian *gasp* I know, I know, many of you may think with that statement I have bought myself a one way ticket to hell. But being Christian didn’t make me feel full filled or happy, it made me feel like a liar. I’ve seen so many people go to church on Sunday and then cheat on their wives on Monday or drink and become violent on Tuesday. So many preach of being Christian but don’t practice it. I wasn’t happy with Christianity so back when I was only thirteen I changed that. It’s hard to believe that thirteen year old me had more bravery when it came to change than twenty-something year old me. To be honest though, now I’m not sure what I am. I believe in something, I just don’t know what.
Either way my spiritual journey in this context is going to have a lot less to do with God and lot more to do with discovering myself. I am on a journey of self discovery because no matter what happens in this next year I need to start believing in myself above all else.
Spiritual Check List
- Keep a Journal.
- Figure out my purpose in life.
- Acknowledge the good in life.
Because knowledge is power! And because I never want to stop learning. When I was in university there was a student there as well who was well into her fifties. When I asked her why she was in the class she said she took a new class every year. She just picked something she enjoyed and did it. Of course she also had the money to do so which always makes things easier.
Still, I don’t need a classroom to learn new things. I have an interest in lots of different things and thanks to the modern age the internet is my learning tool. I can find anything I ever wanted to know with just a click of the button. It’s about time I start to utilize that!
Knowledge Check List
- Read at least one book a week.
- I am currently working on an A-Z Challenge for the year!
- Learn something new at least once a month.
- I have so many interests this shouldn’t be a hard one!
- Write down my interests to share that knowledge with others.
- Teach something!
Life isn’t much without goals. I have so many I don’t really know where to start but I figure writing them down here is a great way to make them a firm something. By giving myself small goals and working up to larger ones I’m hoping it will set myself up for success. I’m a firm believer that our history predicts our future. Yesterday I started one of my goals with this blog. I wrote out an article and published it. Today I have continued the trend. Tomorrow I will try and stick with it again. Should I miss a step in these goals I will not count them as failures, I will simply create a new past in order to predict a better future.
Goals Check List
- Blog daily. This is pretty much my journal after all.
- Do something creative at least weekly though I would love it to be a daily exercise.
- While helping my own life, connect to others and help them as well.
- Start an online business. What? I don’t know. How? I’ll need to figure that out. But I want to be financially free.
- Write a novel. Or three, or ten, I have many in the works and have always loved writing. I just need to finish these things.
- Make a friend. I’m such an isolated person I really don’t spend time with people other than co-workers. It would be nice to have someone to talk to who isn’t a white screen.
As it is this is all I can think of right now. I’m sure this list will change, and grow, in fact I hope it does. But for now I have a set plan in mind. I’m already breaking it down into plan’s of how I can achieve those goals as well.
How have you changed your life for the better? What do you think of my list? Anything you think I may have over looked or need to add? Maybe you two have a Life List, Game Plan, Bucket List or whatever you want to call it? I’d love to see it as well … think about it if you could challenge yourself right now to a monthly challenge what would it be?