The 12 Lists series is a monthly list-making series I created along with my sister, Gillian from Chez Gillian, for those who love writing lists like I do. Each month we announce the topic, write our lists accordingly, and invite you to do the same on your blog. You are welcome to add your post to the link-up below so we can get to know you a little better, one list at a time. This month’s topic: #lifegoals.
Making lists of life goals is not a new activity for me. Since I can remember, I’ve been making these lists. While my dreams have expanded to include things beyond the simplistic, childish goals of marriage, kids, and horses, I still enjoy thinking about my future and what I would like my life to look like at the various stages along the way. I’ve learned, from experience, that wide-minded goals are more realistic than the specifics. So today I’m sharing a few of the broader life goals I would like to find and create in my life.
Make grace my go-to. Everyone is deserving of compassion, including myself. Choosing to have grace with myself and others keeps me centered and relaxed, instead of hurt. Creating and building this habit is at the top of my list because it is so, so important.
Have a fulfilling career. I have always been passionate about teaching, whether it was during my preschool teaching career, working as a personal nanny or doing the work I’m doing now to teach university. Right now my career as a student is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my life and I look forward to carrying this passion through to my future career.
Be a part of my community. Most of my life, I have felt adrift from or alone in my surrounding community. I guess that means I didn’t really have community? In my life, I would love to move beyond my basic support network to find or create a community of people with whom I can share in friendship, inspiration, and life.
Live from a place of trust, not fear. Too many times I have operated from a place of fear, choosing to protect myself instead of open up to others. I have let fear hold me back from pursuing my dreams. I have let fear take up too much space. Instead, I want to choose to trust and be open to the world.
Be myself. I may have unconventional understandings of the world, do things differently than others, and make my way through this world in a way that doesn’t make sense to everyone, but I want to always be accepting of how I am uniquely myself. This goes beyond the simple idea of not compromising myself to blend in, but is rather a call to always pay attention to the choices I make in my life and see how each choice reflects my unique self.
Tell me, what are your life goals?
Check out Gillian’s list of the goals she wants to achieve in her life, make a list of your own, share it on your blog, and be sure to submit your post to the link-up below (using #12lists2016 on social media). Feel free to use the post header provided, just be sure to link to the original posts. Happy list-making!