Monday, January 20, 2014

Focus for 2014

Every year I set goals.  I write them on a 3x5 card.  Post them on the board.  Let them marinate.  Sometimes they are fulfilled, but often not.

This year I did something different.  I took a more minimal approach and chose words to represent what I want to focus on this year.  Here are my words.

Create beauty

On their own, these words don’t say much.  They certainly don’t communicate any significance to others.  Here is a bit of the back story.

Strength. Physical and mental.
 The mechanisms: Physical: daily exercise; cycling 3x/week, running 3x/week, yoga, body weight exercises, weights. Train for specific races and events.  Mental: daily Khan Academy, scripture memorization, Latin. 

Finances. Increase awareness of our personal finances. Increase income. Increase savings. 
The mechanisms: You Need a Budget software. Smart Passive Income blog.

Hackschooling. Develop creative ways to engage myself in learning and researching and writing. This is for personal development as well as professional development for Classical Conversations Challenge II.    
The mechanisms: Classes and seminars (both live and online), experimenting, reading.

Create Beauty.  This encompasses art, gardening, cooking, hospitality, home repair. 
The mechanisms: currently undefined.

Contentment. Different than happiness - more like living with joy.
The mechanism: Daily gratitude. Prayer. Intentional, focused, undistracted time with my family members. 

This year will be more about being and doing, and less about having.  I’m looking forward to it.

1 comment:

  1. Your goals do you a great deal of credit, and I have no doubt that you will achieve them. You have worked so hard, learning all of the CC curriculum, learning Latin especially, I know how hard it is to jump into something like that. I appreciate it very much that you took the time, when you could be doing other things, to guide us through this rather harrowing process of becoming CC graduates.

    On another note, you should have mentioned this blog before, because I really like the way you write your posts. Thoughtful, introspective, and they make me look at my life, wondering "is this right for me?" Then I tell myself yes it is, and do it.

    Lotsa love,