On Accomplishing Goals

Late last night, after Alex had fallen asleep, I got pretty bored and was reading super old posts on The Dainty Squid‘s blog and kind of stream of consciousness tweeting. Because I couldn’t just keep watching Wentworth without him, no matter how badly I was tempted. I had a pretty good idea: why not turn those thoughts into something productive?

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Think about it: if I’m having a bit of trouble thinking of things to write about, let my random, midnight thoughts be a prompt. Because, let’s face it, my life isn’t all that interesting right now. It’s kind of like a super long waiting game for my house to be ready and to move on with my life. I’m done with limbo. Purgatory.

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Anyway, if feels good to get some ideas out of my head. I have a lot of thoughts about what I want to do with the majority of my life, but I never feel like any of those things matter to other people. And why shouldn’t they? It’s my blog, it’s about my life, I’ll write what I think is relevant, and these thoughts surely are. If you’re reading this, you at least kind of give a damn, right?

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When I think about the future, and all the things I want to do, I get so excited. Like, can’t contain myself, have to tell everyone who will listen excited. I tell myself, “I’ll do that when I get to move, I’ll do that when I have the time.” What I’ve realized though, is that if I don’t stop making excuses or crazy conditions for myself, they’ll never happen. I think, “I’ll take these outfit photos when there’s someone here to help me, my hair is perfect, it’s not raining or cold, my face doesn’t look funny, I find a good spot to pose, I’m off of work, and pigs are flying.” I saw a thing on Pinterest earlier, it said, “There are seven days in a week, and someday isn’t one of them.” Thank you internet, for your inherent wisdom.

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Some of the things I’ve been so eager to do are pretty small and totally accomplish-able. (The internet tells me that “accomplishable” is not a word. You win again.)

1. Visit local cemeteries and attractions, take photos, and learn about something interesting that I didn’t know.

2. Take more outfit photos, and adventuring photos. I need to post one (set?) of each at least once a week, or something.

3. At least once a month, take day trips to neighboring, and not so neighboring, cities. Visit cool places, roadside attractions, and most important of all thrift.

4. Start shooting film. Start with a disposable camera, since I don’t have a film camera besides my Polaroid 600.

5. Go though my clothes and start thrifting for my online shop. Get at least a few listings up, buy packing materials, and try different “shop” websites (Big Cartel, Etsy, Storenvy, etc.). Find the best fit.

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There they are, five goals that are completely attainable (there’s the word I was looking for). Writing these things in a blog post, rather than just slapping them up on Twitter, makes them feel like a legitimate part of my life, rather than just a passing thought. Does anyone have any tips on making time and accomplishing goals? I’d love to hear them.

(Disclaimer: all images in this post are ones that I love or find to be inspiring and do not belong to me. All sources have been cited.)

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2 thoughts on “On Accomplishing Goals

  1. I ALWAYS tell myself “I’ll do that when I have the time” or “in the future,” but I know what will happen when I say that.. absolutely nothing! When it comes to accomplishing goals, or really getting anything done, I love making lists. Then I take my lists and try break down each goal or task into even smaller, more manageable ones because it makes me feel great when I get to mark something off, even if it’s the tiniest little thing. This helps me feel like I’m making progress and keeps me motivated.

    I know some people like to write dates next to more long-term goals as a way of trying to keep on track, but I personally don’t do this because I know that life unexpectedly gets in the way sometimes, and I don’t want to end up feeling upset for not reaching my goal in time. For these types of goals, I like to update my lists with my progress, more so as a morale booster, but it helps!

    We actually have some pretty similar goals – especially #3! Good luck to ya 🙂

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