My mother is a career counselor and as such, I have been privy to her many tests and methods of getting people on the right track. Of course, she's still my mother so at times it's hard to believe that what she tells me to do can be actually helpful.
Sigh. A lesson I'm still learning: my mom is right about EVERYTHING. Very annoying.
In any case, last year around March my mom sat me down with a sheet of paper and asked me to write down my short-term and long-term goals. I, of course, had no interest in doing this because I am a defiant little child but she eventually wore me down and I did it. I placed the paper on my magnet board and promptly forgot about it.
Coming back to my mom's place to clear more of my stuff out, I came upon the list again. What I had thought were essentially pipe dreams at the time have actually come to fruition.
I actually achieved my goals.
I never would have believed a year ago that I could actually say that and mean it. Hilariously enough, I only accomplished one of my short-term goals which was to work on this website. But let's take a look at the long-term ones.
- Complete Publishing Program.
Done and done. I started over a year ago and officially finished at the end of December last year.
2. Get internship
Did that too. After finishing the Ryerson Publishing Intensive, a few short weeks later I was interning as a sales and rights intern at Kids Can Press. The experience there was invaluable and I credit it with helping with my next goal.
3. Get a job
I have my very first full-time job working at a custom publishing house. I get to go in everyday and work on interesting projects with interesting people. It also gets me out of the house everyday which leads to my next goal.
4. Move out
This is probably my proudest achievement. I honestly can't believe that I don't live at home anymore. Now that I'm out, I can't believe it took me so long to leave. This is one of the best things I've ever done for myself and it makes me immensely proud to know that I'm doing it and not only surviving but thriving.
5. Live happily ever after
I guess I'm still working on this one. But I'm living. And I'm happy. I think that counts.
But we can't just remain in the past. I gotta keep moving forward and find more goals to achiever and look forward to. A few that spring to mind right now are:
- Continue my creativity on this website and in my everyday life.
- Don't give up on exercising.
- Pare down my living spaces even more. Things are just things, at a certain point there's no need for a lot of them.
- QUIT SUGAR! This will be my hardest goal yet but it's something I've been wanting to do for awhile.
- Keep on keeping on. I want to keep doing what I'm doing.
What goals do you have that you may have thought insurmountable but are actually well within reach? Or have you accomplished them?