my 2013 goals: less and more
We adopted this playful little kitten from our local animal shelter this weekend, and we’re totally in love with her. We don’t know much about her because she was a stray, but we’re, of course, already calling her Kittyface. Her and Puppyface are slowly getting used to each other. We’ve evolved from barking and swatting to sleeping next to each other on the couch. Progress! I mean, they’re the exact same color, that must mean they’re meant to be bestest friends, don’t you think?
So this weekend I spent a lot of time hanging out on the couch surrounded by sleeping animals. Which gave me lots of time to admire the snow out our window and reflect on 2012 and contemplate what I want to accomplish in 2013
I’ve been going back and forth for a few weeks now about whether or not I wanted to write any 2013 goals. If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that I’m a pretty big fan of goal-setting. And every year, I give myself a list of very specific goals to hopefully achieve in the new year.
But this year, something is different. I already have so many of the concrete things I desire. I have a wonderful family. I have my health. I have financial security. I’m happy. And while I think even the happiest person has room for improvement in his or her life, I honestly had a really difficult time coming up with hard and fast goals that I wanted to achieve in the next 365 days. Life is pretty good right now.
And then, I saw this list going around on Facebook, and I knew I’d found the format for my 2013 “goals”. Sure, they aren’t your standard “I want to lose 20 pounds” kind of resolutions, but the simplicity spoke to me something fierce. I wasn’t looking for goals that I could chart on some printable spreadsheet. I wasn’t looking for goals that were inflexible. I was looking for a way to gently guide my upcoming year without the pressure of a “resolution”. And this idea of less and more really seemed to fit the bill. So I used the format to write my own set of guideposts for my 2013. I think if I just did a little less of the things on the left and a little more of the things on the right, 2013 will be an incredible year.