Resolving to have goals

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I am pretty crap at resolutions. They seem like personal demands on myself. I might make them, but I put them off. I make excuses to not get started on them - I'll wait until after the holiday break. Or when I get over this cold. Or after coffee. I guess we all do this or there wouldn't be any jokes about their ultimate uselessness.


I have a few on my fridge right now. I wrote them down yesterday in a fit of "help you help yourself" thinking. There's a morning list and an evening list. I'd really like to get myself back into a more healthy, productive schedule and I think the lists will help remind me to do so. They aren't unreasonable. Probably every person I know already does these things. Even with such good intention, I saw them this morning and pushed back. Who am I to tell myself what to do?! Ridiculous.

If I reframe the resolutions as goals then things get a little easier for me. I have GOALS! Goals are fun challenges. They have an end. They do not drag on like putting away the laundry every night forever. They are more meaningful, yet also dreamy. Reach the goal, make a new one. Wheeee. Visible progress. 

What are some of my goals for 2014?

  • Study the AFAA Group Exercise certification course and pass the exams
  • Host workshops with visiting hoopers and other flow artists
  • Re-engage with the local flow community by attending events & classes
  • Start a circus fitness class series
  • Develop master classes with circus folks and vaudevillians
  • Start a vaudeville troupe/company (this is more long-term than 2014, but I am putting it out there)
  • Perform with the Frolicaholics at least quarterly
  • Take voice/singing lessons
  • Learn 10 new songs on the ukulele
  • Organise Guru-guru Camp during GW on Niijima
  • Work with Rob to create a video at Guru-guru Camp
  • Change the way I do the WHD Dance project
  • Stop eating meat at home; choose vegan when possible
These are all obtainable and some of them are already in progress. It will be interesting to return to this list later in the year to see how I've progressed, where I've got stuck, and what new goals I've added.

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