goals

Two years of two-word resolutions

Last year, my two-word New Year’s resolution was simply FEEL LOVED… which was oddly terrifying. How can two words be so difficult?

And oof, wait until you hear my two words for this year…

Tarot: Your intuitive introspection tool

Tarot, like astrology, runestones, reading tea leaves, etc., are tools to help us to consider parts of our consciousness that are otherwise difficult to confront. What if you’re not entirely sure how to get started with tarot, or you’ve tried but come up against some blocks? You don’t need a degree, or even a fondness for symbols, or anything, really. Just a willingness to look openly and honestly, and a deck.

Here are my tips for tarot newbies…

I successfully chased my Big Life Dream, and I hated it

So I set my mind to it — damn the naysayers. I was going to do this thing. So I saved up for several years, bought a boat, fixed her up, moved aboard, left my job, and started traveling… And then finally admitting that I seriously hate this.

So here’s what I learned from dream chasing and giving up…

So you’d like to set some goals, but you’re not sure where to start

While I am not sure right now about career paths and long term relationship dreams, I’ve found figuring out what you want to get out of life can help you decide to plan out bigger future goals. Little goals are like baby steps or building blocks. They help you work upwards.

Wands optional: intentional thinking and magic

For me, focus, intentional thinking, meditation, prayer, and mindfulness all translate to a clearer trajectory and more successful outcome for whatever task I’m grappling with. It’s helped my mental health, my goal-setting, and focus.

What happened when I made a resolution to not buy anything new for a year

My resolution this year was The Compact, defined by Wikipedia as “a social and environmental movement whose members promise not to buy anything new for a year.”

So here’s how my Compact experience went…

New Year’s resolution + bucket list = Choose your own adventure with 101 in 1001 lists

So what is a 101 in 1001 list? Simply put, a list of 101 things that you’d like to do in 1001 days. It fits somewhere between a New Year’s resolution (1001 days is about 2.75 years) and a bucket list.

Be your own cheerleader against the zombies of self-doubt and celebrate your accomplishments

When you accomplish a goal, are you the type to doubt that your accomplishment is worth acknowledging at all? If you succumb to the zombies of self-doubt, you risk burnout, loss of motivation, and being generally bummed out. Besides that, the zombies are really not good for your self-esteem. I struggle against them myself. Here’s what I’ve come up with to try to help remind myself to be my own cheerleader and celebrate my accomplishments.