2016 Goals

Time for the declaration of our 2016 goals! This post is a throwing of a gauntlet for us. We’ve finally settled on what areas of life we want to focus on this year, and we’re putting it out there in the hopes that it will help us stay the course the next 12 months.

This year, I fell back on an old system of mine to narrow down my ideas and help identify specific areas for work. I thought through my life in quarters: mind, body, heart, and soul. I developed goals under each of these, some as an individual and some as a couple with Tyler. Here they are… and I’m sure you’ll hear some about them throughout the year as well!


Linda:

 

IMPROVE PHOTOGRAPHY
take an online class, monthly photo projects, master the new lens

WRITE REGULARLY
blog consistently, explore new writing styles, get comfortable in a particular writing style

EXPLORE VLOGGING FURTHER
try to improve our videos and see if it’s something we want to invest in more

READ TWO BOOKS A MONTH
one nonfiction and one fiction

WORK OUT TWICE A WEEK
yoga, running, core workouts

KEEP IN TOUCH WITH FRIENDS
write letters/postcards/emails to a few close friends on a regular basis.. maybe once a month?


Tyler:

 

TAKE MY HOBBY OF FINANCIAL COACHING (SPECIALIZING IN DEBT REDUCTION AND BUDGET CREATION) AND MOVE IT TOWARDS A PROFITABLE JOB
develop a plan, create a website, get at least one paying client this year

START RUNNING AGAIN
no particular monthly/weekly goal, but get into a habit of running again

TRY AS MANY DISHES IN **** AS POSSIBLE! (SPOILER: WE’RE MOVING SOMEWHERE NEW AND UNEXPECTED– RETURN THURSDAY TO FIND OUT WHERE!)
try all the food in sight and learn to cook some of our favorites


Together:

 

EXPLORE OUR SPIRITUAL BELIEFS
developing discipline in our personal spiritual practices, reading books about subjects that interest or confuse us, finding an online podcast that can partially fill the “church body” void that exists in our travel life

KEEP IN TOUCH WITH PARENTS/FAMILY
this will always be on the list, we hope to Facetime once a week

JOURNAL ONCE A WEEK
a rollover from last year, this year we’re both going to make this a win!

PREPARE FOR FUTURE ADOPTION
reading books, talking with other adoptive families, researching options


Are you a fan of goal-setting? If so, how did you set your 2016 goals?

  • Love these goals! I can’t wait to find out where yall will be heading next!!

    • Thanks Julie!! I can’t wait to do a little reveal.. hint: It’s a lot closer to you! 😀

  • That keep in touch with community, letters and emails and phone calls, is one on my mental list as well. I love how you shared separate goals and together goals. My husband and I are brainstorming goals for our 2016 together currently.

    • Yes! We did the separate and shared goals last year, and although we didn’t meet even half of them (ha!), it was still really good to have some personal ones to work on as well as things to work on as a team. We just spend so much time together that some things, like working out, make sense to do together. And then other things, like reading up on adoption, are good to do together so we’re on the same page and unified as a team as we move towards starting a family. I’d love to hear what your goals end up being if you post them!! Make sure to let me know when/if you do!

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