I have a hard time deciding when is the best season for setting goals. The winter has all the New Year’s resolutions hype, new calendars and year-in-review stuff. But as a teacher, I often find myself making new goals in the fall as I prep for a fresh new year of school. Still the spring has all the blooming and things coming back to life and that feels like the perfect time for some new plans. As soon as daylight savings time kicks in and I don’t feel like I need to go to bed immediately after work, I’m ready to come out of hibernation and I’m pumped to make some spring plans.
I think about setting goals fairly often. It was kind of the basis of how I started blogging the first time. I’m often dreaming of new things I want to try, new ways of being, acting thinking. To grow and learn and improve. Plans I want to make, places I want to go, things I want to do. I’m kind of a dreamer like that. The change of seasons feels like a good time to reflect on the past few months and look forward to the next few. Maybe every season is a good season for setting goals.
Back in January, I made a little list of goals for the winter and I didn’t do too badly in making them happen. In that post I also wrote about when goals don’t happen, so I’m okay with the ones I haven’t accomplished yet. It’s the trying. Here’s the list I made and a little update on how things went:
- write – I’ve written a post every week so far this year. Last weekend was my 50th post on this blog. This make me very happy. I really enjoy the process of writing. I do it mostly for myself, but I’m very appreciative to my family and friends and even the strangers who read here. I like hearing that you enjoy my writing and I’m glad when a lesson I’m trying to learn is something you’re working on too. Makes us feel even more connected. Thanks for reading, friends!
- hike – I did not go hiking this winter. I had envisioned the beauty of snow covered trees and trails, but I underestimated the lovely lure of warmth.
- go to a few new (to me) restaurants – YUM! I wrote about that here.
- host some gatherings at my house – I didn’t host any parties or dinners this winter. That’s what I was picturing – gatherers around my dining room table. I had visitors, but nothing like I’d planned. I can’t wait to open the patio soon though. Patio party anyone?
- take a spin class – This didn’t happen either. Some amazing friends of mine wake up before the sun and make it to spin class before work. I’ve managed to be up and work out in the super early morn, but not quite getting out of the house for it yet. Some day friends, I will join you. I think you are amazing!
- log a few hundred miles on my bike trainer – Just keep pedaling, just keep pedaling, just keep pedaling, pedaling, pedaling…I didn’t make it to Canada, but I’ve been spinning my wheels. Can’t wait to move that bike outside!
- continue learning yoga – I only missed one of my weekly classes this winter. I continued learning along with my first graders and have dabbled a bit with practicing at home. Yoga is quickly becoming one of my favorite things to do. And it’s teaching me a lot. See here.
- do something that scares me – This. This blog here scares me a bit. Putting my thoughts and feelings out onto the interwebs and in front of my family and friends is a little scary. I worry what people will think of me. But I do it anyway, because I have to be me-er.
- plant a terrarium – Ugh. Why do I want a terrarium again? Why can’t I just buy one already planted? Did I ever tell you about the time I had my library privileges revoked on account of a book about terrariums? I kept it for a year but still didn’t plant the dang thing. I’m a bit of a procrastinator. And I’m busy. You too?
I did and didn’t do a lot of other things besides those on the list and those I’ve written about here. All in all, it was a very good season. I made a lot of changes this winter. The spring gets a bit more full with commitments for me. I coach a girls running group, I have to kick things into a higher gear with the bike riding and school gets a lot busier before it winds down into summer vacation. Those things will fill up my days with happy outdoor time and work, but I’m still hoping to make time for some spring hopes to come true. Here’s a little list for the season ahead:
- keep writing
- learn to take better photos
- break out the kayak
- try some new yoga classes
It feels good to take some time to consciously think about how I’ve spent my time and how I want to spend it. While I want to be open to where the flow of life will take me, I also want to live on purpose and make some things happen. Here’s to spring happenings!