Plain and simple.
STOP MAKING GOALS.
Build dreams instead.
I have found goals to be a good thing, but my personality prefers to chase dreams. But, alas, I'm a dreamer. So even if the "goal" is to finish laundy by week's end, I turn it into a romanticized vision of a Saturday morning with no laundry hanging round my neck like a noose, and suddenly, it's a beautiful vision of heaven.
Dreams inspire us. Goals weigh us down. Goals are burdensome and breathe failure like a dragon spits fire. Dreams always come with that asterisk that says "do your best" but if you don't get there, it's a dream, after all.
My dreams for 2015?
I want to finish my latest book by July. Edit it and have it to my agent by beginning of September. Lofty maybe, but it is a dream after all.
I also would like to fit into a size twelve jean again. It'll take eating well, cutting out sugar (my nemesis for retaining weight), and maybe even moving once in a while. But then, a size fourteen is always good too. I love to dream.
I want to visit my sister Halee in Virginia. Dreaming about going to ACFW Conference too. But this year finances are super tight. So I'm dreaming, and forgoing Etsy purchases and buying boots. AHHHCK. Sometimes dreaming hurts, but the end vision inspires.
I'm dreaming of a date night with my husband. Maybe even two. That would be simply amazing. Sometimes I want to slap these marriage associations upside the head who say a date night a week is a must. Try living in my shoes one week. Babysitters, paying a babysitter, and trying to balance our warring work schedules is a feat in and of itself. So two date nights in 2015 would be two more than in 2014!
I intend to live my dreams this year. With God's grace and strength and mighty power, I'll even let Him change my dreams to fit His plans. Because really, living your dreams in your open palm make for an amazing adventure!