Planning for 2014 and Making Three Lists

I know I’ve been really quiet lately (with the exception of the December Daily posts) and I’ve been thinking about writing a lot but not finding the energy to actually do it. I can whine a bunch but instead I am going to try to start writing and see where we get. I stumbled upon this post about making three lists today and thought it’s a great tool to use for 2014, too. Even if I don’t actually do all of the items on my list, having lists raises my awareness and gives me focus. Definitely doesn’t hurt.

I didn’t do this before on paper like I should have. I thought we’ll just do it here together.

So with that, here’s some brainstorming for 2014. I can then pare it down as needed so there might be one more follow-up post.

What do I want to learn?

  1. Lettering
  2. Using a wider range of art supplies with comfort (specifically oils, pastels, copics, paint and watercolor markers, etc.)
  3. Drawing landscapes (and with watercolor)
  4. Drawing faces and poses and expressions, people in general
  5. Doodling
  6. Drawing sayings/making signs
  7. Some kind of collage – not sure exactly what yet
  8. Possibly something large scale
  9. A lot of different college-level courses
  10. How to eat a diet of whole foods
  11. Finding some exercise routine that works well for me (something in addition to the treadmill)
  12. Self-kindness 
  13. Stitching
  14. Painting my nails

What do I want to do more of?

  1. Reading
  2. Journaling
  3. Taking more photos, capturing meaningful moments
  4. Telling longer stories
  5. Writing thoughts posts
  6. Doing things that make me laugh with the kids
  7. Hiking
  8. Eating well
  9. Reaching out to and keeping in touch with friends
  10. Date nights
  11. Hugging
  12. Listening to music loudly
  13. Learning new things
  14. Camping
  15. Self-care

What fulfills me (or honors a value I have)?

  1. Volunteering (ideally with David, too.)
  2. Gratitude
  3. Time with my family
  4. Being outdoors – water + trees especially
  5. Being present/mindful
  6. Listening
  7. Being kind
  8. Learning
  9. Coaching
  10. Journaling
  11. Alone time
  12. Time with friends
  13. Setting intentions
  14. Reflecting

So there we are. Some initial thoughts of what’s on my mind for 2014. How about you? What’s on your list?

4 comments to Planning for 2014 and Making Three Lists

  • Jane Orson

    I think this is an extremely good idea and will use it as my planning basis for the upcoming year, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.

  • dawn

    I always love reading your lists and ideas for the new year. These are great so far, can’t wait to see how you incorporate them!!

  • My list(s) are just in the thinking stage. Once I have a break from work I’ll have time to make them more concrete. I want to learn how to carve stamps, so I think I’ll buy Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s book and some supplies and give it a go. It’s a bit outside my comfort zone, which is a good thing. I want to read more, including more of the books that sit on shelves while I devour things from the library! I love to read, but sometimes choose to hang out with my family instead. So, it’s a balance to be pursued.

  • Zewa

    Hi Karen, I am curious how your goals translate into feelings, you like to achieve? So, what feelings are you after with these goals of yours?

    So for example, for painting your nails, what is the feeling you hope to get from that? Or eating well?

    I am going to link to a video with Danielle Laporte, who talks about desire maps, which is an interesting way of reframing goals. Maybe you like it

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