Do you set achievable goals? Do you want to see examples of achievable goals? Over my 30 years, I’ve gotten to weary of setting unachievable goals like “never forget to wash all the make-up off before I go to bed” and “write 1017% more than I did last year” and “stop beside the road to take that picture I want even if someone I know is driving up in the opposite lane.” Because I snap picture from my car as if it were a pit stop. Heaven help me if I got mistook for a tourist, or something worse, a romantic.
So here are some rather more achievable goals:
My first goal is to upload pictures to my phone more frequently and publish them to my blog, Facebook, or Instagram. Since my brother condescendingly but helpfully showed me how to do it on Christmas Eve, this should be more achievable than it was last year. Last year, I took pictures and stuffed them into my phone full till it hardly worked, like your lawn trimmer in the tall grass of spring.
I took pictures on my way home from work today. The sky was dramatic, as it always is when I pull out my phone. The winter’s more defined branches are a delightful break from welcoming but blob-like shapes of the summer.
The part that isn’t so rewarding is never being able to capture everything I wish to. For instance, as I was dropping off the recycling, the sun shone through the trees like fire. And I have to decide between this version of that scene:
Or this scene:
I think I prefer the latter, because although the trees in the foreground aren’t as clear, the fiery red shows up better in the background.
Goal the second.
My second goal is to use bigger words. Now please don’t misunderstand me and think that this goal is a thinly veiled attempt to show the world that I am better than them. I’m certainly not saying that. It’s just that for years I have stuttered around because I am deathly afraid to use words that other people don’t know. This may surprise you, but the scrutiny, the suspicious smirks that I’ve gotten have made me me sympathetic to old-timey heroines who keep their mouths shut about everything they know and flutter their lashes instead. Today I used the word “amenable” with my co-worker. When he didn’t know what it meant, I explained it to him. End of story.
Explaining the meaning of the word after the fact was much easier (for me) than to think of a synonym for it on the spot, while my brain was focusing on finishing a thought.
And certainly, mispronounciations and incorrectly used words still linger around me and like to stick out their smelly feet when I’m in the presence of people with larger vocabularies than me. Like the Great Macaroon vs. Macaron Debate at Mari Jean’s 30th Birthday Party, where I was decisively proven wrong. Like the many times I use a word in class only to shamefully think about it right before I fall asleep. And a certain 6th grader may have corrected me a time or two.
Goal the third.
Write more on this blog (and elsewhere) than I did last year.
My last blog post was was in July of 2015, so this blog post gives me the credit of posting exactly twice as much as last year.Please note that this is math for writers, not math for mathematicians, where that problem would end up with a different answer.
Goal the fourth.
Eat supper with my mom and dad more often. Here’s a picture of my mom.
Goal the fifth.
Savor food and life more.
Goal the sixth.
Read and write more poetry. I’ve skipped around various genres, and I’ve sort of decided that poetry is my genre, mostly because I don’t seem to have the concentration needed for more sustained lengths of writing. Like right now, when I’m quite bored and a bit nauseated at all the “I’s” that dot the page.
Goal the seventh.
Build more real relationships with my students. I’ve always cared a great deal for my students but knowing how to understand them and relate with them is always a challenge.
P.S. Just because I know that if you made it to this point in the blog post, you’ll understand the humor in this article: How to Walk Past a Group of Teens without Attracting Attention.
Self-deprecating humor is always the best.
And that’s all! Feel free to leave your goals in the comments below!