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    MYkind: 2012 non-goals.

    01.04.2012 / ARCHIVES

    girl and hanger

    Every year, I sit down and make two lists: the goals and the non-goals. The goal list is obvious: things I’d love to change about my current self, routine or surroundings; things I’d love to incorporate to strive for betterment. Yet the non-goal list? That’s a bit more complex.

    Non-goals are action items that I’ve already put into practice, or things about myself that I want to stay the same this year. It’s my way of praising the good habits I’ve formed over a lifetime, or maybe just over the past few weeks. Either way, I find that it’s so important to balance change with stability, especially stability in the things you love about yourself. And it’s dually important to praise yourself and embrace your positives, yes? Here we go — my 2012 non-goals:

    1. You’re working really, really hard taking care of yourself. Keep it up (especially those leafy greens and evening yoga!).
    2. Your marriage is a huge priority. I love that about you.
    3. Last year, you managed to juggle a billion different things. Well done. Feel free to slow it down this year (if you want!); you deserve it.
    4. Keep protecting yourself from influences that don’t have your best interest in mind. Follow that intuition.
    5. Great job doing things that scare you last year. Keep raising your hand and saying “Yes!”
    6. You’re committed to sharing unique things that raise your eyebrows daily. Don’t stop!
    7. Good job saving money and curbing impulse spending in the past few months. It’ll pay off; I promise!
    8. The house is looking cozy and beautiful; keep working hard on those last few renovations.

    Happy New Year, friends – let’s keep being ourselves in the best way we know how.
    [image credit: vivre sa vie]

    • Love the idea of non-goals! You truly inspire me:)

    • Lesley

      Oh Erin! Thanks for sharing these – I’m inspired to write my own non-goal list!

    • so, i love love love this idea. it’s been an emotional few months for me, which is probably why this list almost made me cry. thanks for being my internet friend, erin.

    • Great list, Erin. Go, you! I did my own “good job” list in December. I think it’s so important to recognize and be proud of all of the things that we accomplished and did well instead of just focusing on what we want to do next.

    • awesome list! it’s good to give yourself a little credit every once in a while.

    • loving. this. SO SO SO important! ox

    • […] across a different kind of New Years list though… one that I think is quite brilliant: a non-goal list. Blogger Erin describes non-goals as “action items that I’ve already put into practice, […]

    • oh thank you sweet friends – i can’t wait to hear what your non-goals are for the year! :)

    • i always enjoy these and need to do a set. i’m so hard on myself sometimes and forget the good stuff.

    • funny, i just found a list of stuff i wrote for myself over the summer… and totally forgot about…in a book last night – it’s weird because it was like finding a list of resolutions.

      One thing I liked was: “I will be more certain I have what It takes.”

      If that fails…there was a recipe for pasta with anchovies and olives written on the back. so.

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