Thursday, December 30, 2010


People tell us to “Set realistic goals”.

I say, "WHY?"

New Year’s Eve
Is the perfect time
for new beginnings,
forgiving and forgetting
things better left behind.

Goals shouldn’t be practical. Not at a time like this. This is the dawning of a new year, a new decade, perhaps even a new life.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life
. Start it right. Dare to dream, believe in yourself, try something new. Have faith. There’s no better time than NOW.

We’re all standing on the edge, leaning over a precipice, take the leap, plunge headfirst into the New Year.

You can become the person you want to be
Don’t tell yourself “It’s just not me”
Step outside your box today
You’re never to old to run or play

Mom used to say, “If you have the faith of a mustard seed, you can move mountains”.

I’m saying it doesn’t need to be a mountain you move, but at least start with a molehill.

Change something, try something, dare something, become something. . .new.

Turn the page and start anew
Try something you never thought you’d do
Wear red or yellow, pink, chartreuse
Order calamari, duck or goose

Isn’t that what the New Year brings to all of us. . .the chance to change?

You can achieve something you’ve never done before. All it takes is opening, not closing, the door. . . to possibilities.

Goals shouldn’t be realistic. I say, “Shoot for the Moon even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

So, start by setting some Resolutions or goals for yourself. Remember a goal is only an objective or stated intention. Even if you don't make it all the way, you'll get farther than if you never had any focus.

Let's state our intentions or, a goal or two, maybe even ten.

One piece of advice is to make goals specific and measurable: “I want to enter a cooking contest” rather than “I want to be a good cook." People need quantifiable results and I love to set goals so I can cross those little suckers off my never-ending bucket list.

Here are my goals for 2011:

1) Train for a marathon
2) Run a 15k, a half-marathon and get ready for the biggie in 2012 (baby steps)
3) Knit some fingerless gloves (I started some in 2010 but never finished them)
4) Take a class (it doesn't matter what - I want to be a lifetime learner)
5) Start skiing again (snow-I never gave up on water)
6) Volunteer (I volunteered for Wordstock in 2010 and it's worth doing again)
7) Write another novel (I have a few manuscripts but want to finish another one)
8) Share seeds, plants, and flowers
9) Ride my bike to work more than I did in 2010
10)Plant more vegetables in 2011

I could go on and 'bout you? Share some of your goals in "comments" and I'll leave you with: Auld Lang Syne (translated: Old Long Since)

Should Old Acquaintance be forgot,
and never thought upon;
The flames of Love extinguished,
and fully past and gone:
Is thy sweet Heart now grown so cold,
that loving Breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect
on Old long syne.

On Old long since my Jo,
in Old long since,
That thou canst never once reflect,
on Old long since.
My Heart is ravished with delight,
when thee I think upon;
All Grief and Sorrow takes the flight,
and speedily is gone;
The bright resemblance of thy Face,
so fills this, Heart of mine;
That Force nor Fate can me displease,
for Old long since.

Since thoughts of thee doth banish grief,
when from thee I am gone;
will not thy presence yield relief,
to this sad Heart of mine:
Why doth thy presence me defeat,
with excellence divine?
Especially when I reflect
on Old long since

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Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I am 100% with you on making goals--it really pushes me when I do that!

Rena said...

What a great post. I want to teach myself how to knit, crochet, or play the harmonica. HA! I'm still trying to figure out which one, though.

Kim Kasch said...

Rena: I say try all of them then make up your mind ;)

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