This month, I am taking a huge break from goals. I decided this earlier in the week when I wrote about giving up my 12 Changes. I was so immediately RELIEVED after writing those words. I thought to myself “when did you start achieving goals as a chore, rather than as something that makes you happy?”
So I’m taking May as a guilt-free month off. I didn’t write about any specific goals for May, and I fully plan on keeping it that way. That being said, I’m trying to find the love in my goals again. When I look at the lists I have made for myself, I am still so happy & proud of all I’ve done, but mostly I am excited for what I have left to do.
My 101 in 1,001 is coming to an end in FIVE MONTHS. I still have about 30 or so goals to complete. I know they won’t all be finished, and I a 100% okay with that. In fact, a lot of the ones that are left are the goals I’ve outgrown. I remember who I was when I wanted to complete them 3 years ago, but that just isn’t me anymore.
There are still a few on there that I want to complete. Even if my deadline comes up and I don’t get them done, I know I will one day- hopefully soon. Ironically, it’s #1 on my list that I want to accomplish most. I guess some things don’t change? Getting a tattoo is something I have wanted for SO long. I now want THREE tattoos- one for each of my big passions in life. I should probably start with one though, right?
#4 on my list will happen in the next few months. I’ve told just about everyone I know that I fully plan on getting my license this summer. With my job, school, and just the fact that I’m getting older, it’s time I pass my license & get my own little car. I really WANT to drive, it’s the time to physically accomplish this goal that has been missing. This summer, it is definitely happening.
There are some silly things on my list that feel more like little nagging tasks, but I still want to do them. Things like putting together a music scrapbook with all my ticket stubs, sleeping under the stars, having a Lord of the Rings movie marathon & baking a rainbow cake. They’re all fun little things that I still want to make time for. Now that my list is dwindling down to the last few things, I feel like it’ll be much easier to cross these things off. As long as I have the motivation to do these things for MYSELF, I know I’ll get them done.
I’ve had SO much fun completing the other 60 or so items on my 101. I have learned so many things; having multiple reading goals is never a good idea, creating nagging chores as items on a list will ensure that they’ll never get done, and making goals too long and boring to actually accomplish will mean the exact same thing. I look at some things on my list and think “what on EARTH were you thinking, self? Did you really want to watch the news every day for a month and KEEP TRACK OF IT?” At the same time though, I’m so happy that I wrote those goals to begin with. They gave me a starting point for setting goals, and some of the silly ones GOT DONE ANYWAY!
I’m excited to dedicate some time to my 101 list this summer. I think I can make good progress on a lot of the remaining goals that I’m still motivated to accomplish. Regardless of what happens between now and the end of semester, I already consider my very first list of 101 goals a HUGE success. When I originally wrote the list, I didn’t think I’d make any progress at all. I’ve still got a lot of work to do, but I’ve done so many of these things just for ME, and that’s how I know that I’ve been doing it right.
I can’t wait to see how many more things I cross off in this last stretch!
Have you ever written a 101 in 1,001? Would you ever consider doing one?