GOAL: 52 in 12

If there was any one piece of advice that I wish we/everyone took to heart it would be this: to live life intentionally.

What this means to me is that we live our values. This influences the sort of work we do, how we are with our families and friends, and how we treat ourselves and pursue our interests. Don’t get it twisted. This doesn’t mean striving for an external yardstick of perfection. My house is a wreck (laundry piled on the dining table, bits of Christmas paper liter the living room rug) and that doesn’t make the top five on my list of priorities. What living intentionally means to me is that we consider what’s important to us and work for it.

While not a New Years resolution exactly, my personal goal for 2020 will be to make 52 writing submissions for publication in 12 months. To be clear: the goal isn’t to be accepted. It could be that I’ll get 52 rejections and learn that much more about the submission process, hopefully figuring out some things along the way.

This isn’t brand new (thus not being a “resolution” exactly) as I’ve been writing regularly and recording the submission process in a spiral-bound notebook. That simple notebook has been an amazing tool to keep track and note when submissions were made to specific publications, how long responses took and what the feedback was.

I invite you to do this with me. 52 in 12 could be anything. It could be 52 creative works, 52 blog posts, 52 long walks. For me, 52 creative works is too broad. I need narrower goals that give me more structure. Leave me a comment to let me know you’ll participate and how. Let’s be a community that encourages and celebrates our progress on goals.

4 thoughts on “GOAL: 52 in 12

  1. Such a good idea! For me it has to be tiny increments or I get overwhelmed. My little OCD checklist of tiny steps toward larger goals. I have my “bible” as I call my future plan. In it I save ideas, notes and visions of the place I want to be and what I want to be doing eventually. I also map out what needs to happen for me to get there. My goal when I started in 2010 was to be living on a farm in Costa Rica by 2030 teaching anthropology. I set goals for what i needed to have done by 15yrs, 10yrs, 7yrs, 5yrs, 3yrs, 1yr, 6mos, 3mos, 1mo and 1wk. Then I have my daily list with a few action items that help me get closer to that ideal future just one day at a time. It all sounds very focused and driven but I promise it’s not. I actually forget for months at a time and haven’t even looked at the Bible’s sometimes for a year at a time. But when I do finally check in I can see how far I’ve come. Now is almost 2020 and I’m not sure if I’m halfway or not but I do actually own a farm in Costa Rica and i started a study abroad program that allows me to take students there and teach anthropology during school vacation. It’s not full time and so far I can only visit since I still have to earn a living in the US. I don’t have a house to live in yet so there’s still plenty to do in the next 10yrs. The planning is fun and looking back on the last 10yrs I never could have imagined that I would accomplish so much. No matter how simple, just putting one foot in front of the other until it’s a habit is really all you have to do!


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