Freewrite #3

I want to explore the use of goal setting and writing my own positive affirmations to get what I want out of life. I also want to help this blog evolve and create patterns in my posts so that readers can know what to expect and what they can look forward to. Here are some examples:

“My blog is the engine of my day. Each day, I feel inspired to write and inspired and fulfilled by my post.”

“I create a level of predictability in my blog posting, so that readers know what to expect when they visit my blog.”

“I write on topics that are interesting and meaningful to me. I allow this space to be a creative platform, even while sharing my heart with others.”

“I let this platform help channel my creative genius and manifest my desire to be a writer. Every time I put in the effort to create a post, I become closer to living out my dream.”

“Organization on my blog enhances the readability of my blog. Readers easily find what they are looking for on my website and make connections with the topics and stories in my posts.”

I feel like five is a good number to start with. I learned one technique of combining affirmations with meditation. So, for example, I write down one affirmation on a slip of paper. I read it before I go to bed, and place it under my pillow when I sleep. I read it to myself again in the morning, reminding myself of what I set out to do even as I go about my day. This is a technique from Miranda Kerr’s book, Treasure Yourself: Power Thoughts for My Generation.

Life Goals Brain Dump

I like to set goals, visionary ones, when I’m feeling bad. It helps reset my direction and assert my purpose in this life. I started a life goals brain dump on one of my blank pages in my bullet journal this year. It comes right near the beginning of my notebook, helping to set a purpose for my journal.

Every day, week and month, I have a space for making notes and setting goals. (On my daily spreads it’s literally a box titled “Brain Dump”.) At the end of every week I write down everything I accomplished. It’s a nice way to reflect on the changes and progress that I’ve made over a period of time.

Since it’s been about a month since I brain dumped all my aspirations, goals, and visions, I thought I’d use my blog here to press the imaginary refresh button and record any big or small changes in what I want my life to be.

I don’t have a time limit on any of these yet. Rather I’m still in the phase of putting ideas on the table, spending time sifting through them in order to see what patterns or themes emerge. Hopefully after a year, I’ll develop a more organized system for goal setting. As with all big projects, it has to start with an initial brainstorm.

Here are my current visionary life goals, big and small:

  • be an actress
  • be on TV
  • be in the media
  • be famous
  • be popular
  • be a humanitarian
  • be an activist
  • coordinate a campaign for women
  • advocate for girls’ education
  • advocate for women’s health
  • advocate for women’s rights
  • live simply
  • travel often
  • spend time to make home feel homey
  • create comfortable spaces for others
  • be a writer
  • write articles on various topics
  • be a visual artist
  • paint
  • make handmade cards
  • write letters
  • write love letters
  • be a lover
  • feel deserving of love
  • feel deserving of God’s unconditional love
  • be practical
  • be strategic
  • fine tune my ability to analyze problems and create solutions
  • be able to sit with feelings of all kinds
  • be compassionate to all sentient beings
  • feel like I am adequate/enough
  • be a minimalist
  • create a capsule wardrobe
  • love my colleagues
  • love my friends
  • love my family
  • love strangers
  • do a podcast
  • blog regularly
  • make music
  • expand without feeling overworked or stretched thin
  • set healthy boundaries
  • get married when I’m ready for it
  • go to therapy often
  • have children with the partner of my dreams
  • raise healthy children to be healthy adults
  • let go of the past
  • live in the present
  • welcome the future
  • be unafraid of change
  • dream big
  • be happy: stable, present, and engaged
  • learn from others
  • learn from life experience
  • unlearn what I learned in school
  • be vulnerable
  • make donations to charity (money, time, energy)
  • be an entrepreneur
  • keep listening to music
  • run a 10k this year
  • run a half marathon this year
  • heal from injury
  • make sacrifices willingly
  • keep practicing meditation
  • keep practicing yoga
  • cherish my body
  • cherish my belongings
  • thank God
  • be myself
  • be ridiculous
  • be friendly
  • learn new words and use them correctly
  • brush my teeth more often
  • floss more often
  • eat mostly vegan
  • laugh easily
  • make new friends and keep the old

This is about 80 visionary goals, the same amount that I wrote down in my journal at the beginning of January. My plan is to complete this task monthly, or every couple of months until the year is over. Some of these goals are the same, but many are different, or at least are phrased differently. After typing all these up I can print, cut out and categorize them into different areas of my life, similar to level 10 life.

For now I like to keep my goals big and visionary until I can break them down into more concrete definitions, steps, or tasks. In this way, I will be able to tell which goals are really true to me and which are just entertaining me.