2009 — The Year of Activity

The time has come to cease all the exercises and actually commit some goals to writing for 2009. Every year my goals seem to centre around a particular issue or theme. Last year was wellness, one year was financial, etc. Well, having looked over what I hope to accomplish this year, I declare 2009 to be the year of Activity!

Before Christmas I wrote about a Goal Setting exercise I participated in at the Mighty offices. And I’ve used that exercise to help me write my personal goals for 2009. If you haven’t taken advantage of that exercise maybe following my progress through it will help to inspire you.

First Step — List five things you’ve already accomplished that you are proud of accomplishing.

  1. Bread ‘n Molasses Magazine
  2. Having my fiction published in an Irish lit journal
  3. Quit smoking
  4. Overcame my arthritis
  5. My volunteer work with the WFNB organizing events, etc.

Step 2 — If there were no obstacles to hold you back, what would you want in the next 10 years? List at least 50 things. Then Step 3 — Now go back over your list and beside each item put a 1, 3, 5 or 10 for the number of years you think it would take you to accomplish this if you made it a goal.

  1. Books published (1)
  2. Make more money (1)
  3. Be a size 10 or smaller (1)
  4. Have a significant other to love and be loved by (1)
  5. Travel … A LOT! (3)
  6. Go to Ireland (3)
  7. Go to Italy (3)
  8. Go to Paris (3)
  9. Visit New York City (3)
  10. Act in more plays (1)
  11. Write plays (1)
  12. Have plays written by me produced for the stage (1)
  13. Give author readings (1)
  14. Visit Australia (5)
  15. Visit Hong Kong (5)
  16. Meet Kevin Smith (10)
  17. Win the Giller Prize (3)
  18. Win the Governor General’s Award for Literature (3)
  19. Live in my dream house (5)
  20. Learn to play an instrument (3)
  21. Go on many Writer’s Retreats (3)
  22. Go to Banff (3)
  23. Go to Dawson Creek (5)
  24. Learn to speak Italian (5)
  25. See Broadway Shows (3)
  26. Do more baking (1)
  27. Have my own maid hired to clean my house (10)
  28. Be a mentor (3)
  29. Win Magazine awards (3)
  30. Win Journalism awards (3)
  31. Meet Margaret Atwood (3)
  32. Meet Jon Bon Jovi (10)
  33. Meet Angelina Jolie (10)
  34. Meet Bono (10)
  35. Go camping (1)
  36. Cure Diabetes (10)
  37. Found a Miramichi Literary Festival (5)
  38. Host cocktail parties (3)
  39. Visit Los Angeles (3)
  40. Hire a personal chauffeur (10)
  41. Have a personal assistant (5)
  42. Be financially secure (5)
  43. Be debt-free (5)
  44. Visit New Orleans (3)
  45. Visit Beverley Hills (3)
  46. Visit Las Vegas (3)
  47. Visit the Rockie Mountains (3)
  48. Have a toned body (1)
  49. Own a cottage on the Bay of Fundy (10)
  50. Own a condo in Toronto (10)
  51. Have a loft in Manhattan (10)
  52. Go shopping in Europe (5)
  53. Have a private jet (10)
  54. Be on Oprah (5)
  55. Be on the Tonight Show (5)
  56. Be on Letterman (5)
  57. Have my own radio show (5)
  58. Own a vineyard/winery (10)
  59. Play tennis (1)
  60. RV across North America (3)
  61. Train trip across Canada (3)
  62. Take the kids on trips around the world (3)
  63. Attend a movie premiere (5)
  64. Indoor swimming pool in my home (10)
  65. Be on the Maclean’s Bestseller List (3)
  66. Win an Academy Award (5)
  67. Be on the New York Times Bestseller List (3)
  68. Win a Gemini Award (3)
  69. Be a multi-millionaire (5)
  70. Produce a Broadway play (5)

… and the list could go on forever but I’m already well over 50 things so it’s a tremendous start.

Part 4 — Choose the top four most important goals for you to accomplish in the next year.

  1. Have a book published
  2. Make more money
  3. Be a size 10 or smaller
  4. Have a significant other to love and be loved by

It just so happens the most important to me are the ones I wrote down first. I assume this indicates that I’m in touch with my wants and needs.

Part 5 — Looking at your top four most important one-year goals, write a little paragraph about why each one is important to you.

  1. Having a book published is important to me because it will mean that I am finally an author. It will show that I have what it takes to see a writing project through from beginning to end. A book is something concrete that I can hold in my hand, to validate all these ideas I have floating about in air. Having a book published will open up many opportunities for me. I’ll be grant eligible. I may be invited to give readings, to lead workshops, to participate in festivals and events. As a published book author I will have more opportunity to mentor and to travel. It will open doors to bigger and better things. Get my foothold in a career as an author.
  2. Making more money is important to me because I want to live without financial stress and be financially independent, responsible, and debt-free. I want to travel more. I want to live with things that bring me joy like books, movies, music, paintings, sculptures, pottery, etc. I want to be able to help expose my nieces and nephew to more cultural and artistic things like plays, concerts, etc. I want to enrich my spirit and feed my creativity by taking more workshops, attending more festivals, and going on retreats. I want to be able to buy the healthiest foods and the most eco-friendly products available to me. I want to be able to help out my parents and family.
  3. Being a size 10 or smaller is important to me because I want to be healthy and feel well. I want to look sexy and beautiful and be able to wear flirty little outfits and a bathing suit. I want my outside to match my inside, where I already feel gorgeous. I want to have tons of energy and live a long healthy life, so I can have years and years and years of travel and spending time with my family. I want to be a positive role model for my nieces and nephew. I want to inspire by my example.
  4. Having a significant other to love and be loved by is important to me because I want to share my life with someone special. I want to wake up every morning beside someone I love and know that he loves me too. I want a partner to support me through challenges and champion me to overcome obstacles. I want to spend every day with someone who inspires me to be the best person I can possibly be. I want to be someone’s safe place to fall. I want to inspire someone to be more than they ever imagined they would be.

In Conclusion, My Goals for 2009:

In 2009, the year of Activity, I will focus all my energy and attention on achieving the following goals and objectives:

  • I will continue to write and workshop Katt’s Lives until I have a complete first draft. I will write a new chapter every two weeks, completing the draft by July 1st. I will spend the summer months editing and rewriting. In September I will seek a publisher.
  • I will focus on making every print and online edition of Bread ‘n Molasses the best magazine I am capable of putting together. I will not only meet my deadlines but I will consistently surpass all expectations of me. I will consistently produce regular online editions. I will always be seeking faster more effective ways of doing things and frequently implement new systems and methods to make my job easier and to increase productivity.
  • I will live an active lifestyle. I will wear my pedometer. I will exercise consistently 3-5 days a week. I will use the Wii for exercise. I will use instructional DVDs for exercise. I will spend less time vegging in front of shows and more time up and moving about. It’s the year of activity! I will be active!
  • I will keep myself open to meeting potential love interests. I will seize every opportunity to go out and socialize, even if it makes me uncomfortable. I will consistently put myself out there and be receptive to whatever happens.

So, there you have it — the process, the end result. I’m already excited about 2009! It’s going to be a great year! I hope you’ll take some time to set some goals for yourself too. If you do, let me know. I’d love to read them. You can post a link in the comments if you like.

Happy New Year!

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