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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. 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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