Goals for 2017

2016 didn’t go as planned for me. I make a list of goals every January to keep focused and grounded throughout the year. The 2016 goals got thrown out the window before the end of January. It wasn’t because I lacked the resolve to carry through; it was because many of the goals just weren’t applicable after I lost my job. My designated theme to simplify in 2016 didn’t seem to matter anymore. My focus shifted from simplifying to surviving.

It’s frustrating when things don’t go to plan. It’s easy to dwell on what didn’t go right. I’m embarrassed to say I did that too often in 2016. People close to me noticed and tried to help. I resented them for it, and then I’d dwell on that.

Dwelling is a nasty self-reinforcing cycle. I want to stop that in 2017. I don’t want to resent people. I don’t want to be a bitter person. I want to move on and put the dumpster fire that was 2016 in my rearview mirror. I want to move on to 2017.

To that end my 2017 theme is Move On. Here are all of my goals:

Goals for 2017

Theme: Move On

  1. Gratitude:
    • Smile at anyone that makes eye contact with you
    • Read every entry of “Working” by Studs Terkel
  2. Social:
    • Go to an event or exhibit at the museum campus once a quarter
    • Engage with a new person for personal or career opportunities once a month (preferably in person)
  3. Personal Development:
    • Take the PMP certification test by March 31, 2017
    • Attend at least 1 writing workshop
  4. Productivity:
    • Share your work: Publish 15,000 words in blog posts or external articles (~25 blog posts)
    • Work on the book idea for at least 1 hour every week starting in April
  5. Healthy Eating:
    • Limit yourself to one beer at dinner when you’re eating at home
    • Learn how to make an omelet and a good Bloody Mary
  6. Physical fitness:
    • Run a race every month from March through November
  7. Spirituality:
    • Read along with the reading and gospel while attending church
  8. Community:
    • Give a charitable donation to The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen and volunteer there when you are in Champaign on Tuesday afternoons

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

And wisdom to know the difference.

If you’re familiar with previous versions of my goals you may notice a new addition, the Serenity Prayer. It’s a reminder that I can’t control everything. I hope it’s more effective than screaming Serenity Now!!! We all know that just bottles up the anger. Serenity now, insanity later.

Thanks for reading,



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