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Once upon a time, I was a task master.  I was a vigilant list maker.  I set goals and held tight.  I was a warrior with a spreadsheet.  I was relentless.  Also?  I missed out on a good portion of my life.  I was so busy placing check marks in my daily planner that I missed out on living and connecting with the people IN my life.  It’s taken me years to unwind and let go.  I worried I’d fall off the edge…shrivel up…fade into nothing.  Do you know what happened?  I came to life.  Color came back into the world…I reconnected.  And do you know something else?  My personal growth continued in a much more meaningful way.  It’s been, undoubtedly, my most important life work.  I still have multiple projects going on, I still make lists (just not as rigid and much more realistic), and I still have goals.  The difference?  I now see these goals as simply guideposts.  I remember to leave room for change, for tweaking, for the unexpected beauty that life sends our way.

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Shortly after New Year’s Day, I pulled out my iPhone to take note of some project ideas rumbling around inside my head.  Additionally, I added a few practical tasks that need attention.  ie: clean up external hard drive, update software, catch up on Getty paperwork (I can hear the collective groan of waiver release forms).  I jotted down some new things I’d like to try: The Color Run and, most importantly, I left room for life.

What are your guideposts/goals?  Are you adding a little adventure in 2013?  I’d love to hear about it…

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  1. January 11, 2013

    I’m done with lists. I try to take each day as it comes and in that framework goals are surprisingly achieved.

  2. Erica #
    January 11, 2013

    I want to walk The Color Run with Owen this year! Been on my list of things to do since last year’s run, which I only found out about a day or so beforehand from a friend who did it. Let’s do it together! (Unless you’re going to run, like really run. I only run if it’s cold and I’m on my way to eat.)

  3. January 11, 2013

    This speaks so closely to me. I am so worried and excited about what is ahead that I fail to notice what is right in front of me. I have learned the hard way that life never works out exactly how we plan for it to. Rather than trying to fight it and control our experience, I think that it is best to set goals and let it unfold naturally from there.

    Thank you for sharing this!

  4. healingthenaturalway@wordpress.com #
    January 11, 2013

    Sure love the idea of “guideposts” great post to begin the new year with. I tell you what, I have never sat and taken the time to figure out Getty, they have requested a few of my things, I printed the paperwork and felt slightly overwhelmed. Maybe one day I should look at it again. Much continued success in 2013.

  5. Jill #
    January 11, 2013

    Want a partner for the Color Run thing?

  6. Melissa #
    January 12, 2013

    Thank you Laura for touching my heart and inspiring me over and over. Feeling very challenged in these areas as of late! Your words offer me a changed perspective to embrace. Love you!

  7. January 13, 2013

    I love setting goals for New Years! My goal for right now is a little less physical and more intangible, however. Check out my latest post!

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