I can’t say I’m surprised. I mean, I made Christmas presents and have made travel plans for 2013, so I was expecting the world to continue beyond December 21, 2012.
Regardless, all of the chatter got me thinking about setting priorities in life. I mean, anything can happen at any time, right?
Do me a favor and come up with a few answers to this question. Really.
So… what did you come up with?
Don’t ignore your dreams
As a responsible adult, it’s easy to shrug off your fantasies as unrealistic. Because, hopefully, we each have more time left… meaning that ditching your job and heading for the Caribbean may not be the smartest move.
But, do you want to know my opinion? Your fantasies should guide your goals. Maybe you can’t spend a year traveling around the globe… but could you start saving for a week in the Bahamas? Or spend your evenings working towards a job you’d adore?
I’m a very lucky chick: I make a living doing what I love!
Yet, a few years ago, having a career designing crochet patterns was just a fantasy. I had no idea if it would really work out… but I made my dream a goal.
Now that you’ve already gone through the trouble of coming up with a few dreams… tell me, are there any aspects of these dreams that you can turn into goals?
Wanna hear my fantasy? In my perfect world, I’d be perfectly relaxed at all times. Even if I have a gigantic pile of emails to reply to, even if a shipment I’m expecting gets lost in the mail, and even if my studio is a disaster area… I’d be calm as a cucumber.
Rilakumma means ‘relax bear’ in Japanese, and he’s a character that’s always relaxing. Nothing stresses Rilakumma.
Now, of course… I’ll never be 100% stress-free. But I can turn my fantasy (of always being relaxed) into a goal: bring more relaxing into my life.
I’m pretty good at remaining calm, but there’s always room for improvement. I already leave work every day by 6pm, and don’t do more than a couple hours of work on the weekends.
My first step was buying the adorable folder (pictured above) featuring Rilakumma as a reminder to take it easy, and to organize all of my business notes that are constantly floating around on my desk.
I have a few other plans:
- Buy a lovely scented hand-soap, turning a mundane act (like washing my hands) into a calming experience.
- Eat lunch away from my desk, even if it’s just for 10 minutes.
- Take a break at 3pm- maybe for yoga, tea or reading a book.
- Keep a scented lotion at my desk, for a quick 5-second relax.
I think I’ll be successful with my goal… because I’ve taken a fantasy and turned it into simple, easy-to-act-on steps.
What’s your action plan?
There’s no need to wait until New Year’s Day to start planning your super-awesome life!
Any plans that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them!
Have you been waiting for the chance to take a Craftsy course? (Maybe even one of mine?!?) Now’s the time! Check out Craftsy’s awesome classes sale… from now until December 24th!
I’m signing up for the cheese-making course… I’m excited to expand my skill-set in 2013!