For the past couple years I have written blog entries about my goals in life and where I hope to head in the future. You can read them here if you want:
It is interesting to go back through them and see how I’ve changed along the way, as well as notice the goals that persist every year. With the year 2011 upon us I thought I’d take some time to reflect on the past year and make a new list of goals. Looking back on my lists I’ve actually accomplished a few of them. I learned how to surf last summer, I went to China this summer, I’ve been playing music at the local wine bars, and I have been working more on writing. I honestly think I thrive on having goals. If I didn’t have anything to dream about I would probably shrivel up and live a really boring life. Wouldn’t you?
Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal. ~Mother Teresa
Here’s my list in no particular order:
1. Travel!!! – Experiencing new places is always an adventure!
2. Figure out what I want to do in life. – My heart has always been oriented towards helping others. I love the fulfillment that comes from youth ministry as well as music ministry. I think that whatever I do in life, it will always be connected back to ministry somehow.
3. Meet someone who makes me laugh, encourages my heart to be joyful, inspires me to live out my faith everyday and challenges me to become the best version of myself.
4. Have a family – I love families and I hope to have my own one day. Yes…one day.
5. Write a book – I’ve been thinking a lot about this the past year. So many of the difficult experiences I’ve been through in my life have changed and formed me into the person I am today. With the insight I’ve gained I feel that I have a lot to say to the world. I’ve started writing about my experiences and hopefully one day I’ll put it all together in a book.
6. Be a motivational speaker – I love inspiring others and sharing about my experiences to help others. Last year I spoke at a girl’s session at a youth rally. I loved being able to share with the girls about my life experiences and struggles as well as empower them to live and grow as women of integrity. Speaking is probably one of my gifts that I haven’t quite used as much as I should. But I’m in no hurry. I know that the older I get, the more experiences I will have to draw from.
7. Continue to perform and write music – I’ve actually written quite a few songs this year…not that I’ve really shared them with anyone. They are mostly works in progress I guess. (Actually I’m secretly paranoid that people will be able to figure out who or what I’m talking about in my lyrics…hmm)
8. Stop pretending like my life is “just in transition.” – I’m living my life now, whatever experiences, opportunities, challenges, joys, and sorrows that may bring. Regardless of where my life leads, it is my life. I will never fully reach a point in my life where I will feel satisfied that I have accomplished everything I wanted in life. Each time I attain a goal, I add more to the list. It’s an ongoing process and I just need to remind myself of that once in a while.
9. Create an organization to help young people discover their gifts and empower them to grow and realize their goals and dreams. – My friend (who teaches in China right now) and I were talking one day about how there are so many kids in the world that will never be taught that they are worth something or ever be given the opportunity to achieve any of their dreams. We thought it would be cool to start some organization that could give young people the encouragement and opportunities they need.
10. Inspire people to live their lives to the fullest by doing so myself.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. ~E.L. Doctorow
a girl who dreams