So, putting this in writing because of all the amazing goals I've read lately. I've got some obvious ones, some that are merely hopes, and some that I really would like to do. I usually eventually reach my goals, but I think that's because I usually set attainable goals. So here we go. This might be a long post.
Before the new year I was thinking about goals and decided it might be a good idea for me to set some month long goals. On my list for a while has been to try out vegetarian for a few weeks. I don't think it's something I'd do long term, but a month sounds like about the right time to see if I like it or not. So I decided to set some goals that I would hopefully accomplish in a month. And you know what, if I don't, I'll just start over again the next month! On the list so far: take the stairs for a month (we live on the 13th floor), swim every day for a month (which works it's way up to the next goal of swim in the ocean every day for a month), vegetarian month, go outside every day for a month (I work from home, don't have a car, so as bad as this sounds, sometimes I go the full day without leaving the house. But, on a health note, we have an open air house, so I am getting plenty of fresh air). I think those are all I had thought of.
Organize. Yes, I think this is perpetually on everyone's list, and it made it onto mine this year. Mostly what I'm talking about is organize the business end of my business. I think I'm doing okay, but it feels like a mess. I don't know how to respond to comments on my blog? (or at least do it the way I've seen other people do it). I have two blogs, a personal one and a business one. But I have a website for my business, so why should I have two? Should I combine? We shall see. I used to have a rolodex, but lost it somehow. I need a good system of keeping in touch of my contacts and how I met them. I'd like to be a bit more comfortable with my social media. I just feel like I'm not sure what I'm doing with it. I joined instagram, but forgot to keep sharing. Whoops.
We've been living in Brazil for a year now, and I'm pretty good. But when I meet someone who talks with a goofy accent (okay, we're in a part of the country where everyone speaks with a goofy accent) or talks to fast, I'm lost. And most conversations I have are really short. So, two ways to accomplish this: talk to more people, study more. Time to get to work.
Do right by dog.
We got a dog! I've never had one, so this is something totally new for me. We also live on the 13th floor in a city with a lot of stray dogs. She's a lab, so she'll need a lot of exercise. I'm crossing my fingers that I'm responsible enough to get her the exercise she'll need (without being terrified to take her off the leash because I think she'll run away with a pack of stray guys). This means trying hard to train her, maybe just learning a lot more in general.
Use what I have.
I don't have a bank account here in Brazil, because I'm still waiting on my permanent visa, so I really don't shop for anything other than food. For the first 9 months I didn't even have a credit/debit card. I had to ask my husband for money. It was great. But material things, you know, stuff and things in general, I haven't hardly bought any. No books, clothing, accessories, whatever. From Brazil at least. Every time I've gone to the states I've had the mentality that I need to buy things and stock up, because these things, they don't have them in Brazil! But they do. And now I have lots of stuff. I'd love to use it all. This goes for creative life, and real life. I have like 10 bars of soap in my bathroom. I'd love to use them all this year.
I was going to list this under 'small goals' because I'm pretty positive I'll do it, because it seems to be something I like to do, but I didn't want anyone thinking I thought this was small stuff. I looked into volunteering at an orphanage near our house. It's within walking distance, and I'm sure kids won't mind if my portuguese grammar is a little off. I also asked a friend about giving blood here. I don't even know if I'm allowed to do that. But donating is something that I think is great. I've got the time, I've got the blood. Let's do this.
So that's it. Goals are wonderful. Just as I wrote that last one, I was thinking of the reaction I normally get when I tell people about giving blood. If you're one of those folks that needs a pep talk, email me and I will personally give you that talk. If you need help choosing a blood bank, email me and I will help you find one. Giving blood is so easy! Do it!