In January 2007 I wrote an entry on MySpace with the same subject heading as this post. The title was taken from my sloganizer message at that moment, which seemed a fitting phrase for setting out my goals for the new year and beyond. From that post:
These are a collection of ideas I've had in my head lately about the way I want to approach my life. Some represent major change, some are a continuation of things I already try to do. The list is a work in progress.
I then laid out my mission statement for self-improvement, which was organized into items related to tending myself, tending my family, tending my home, and tending the world beyond my doorstep.
I intended to revisit them and evaluate their status periodically and to rewrite them the following January; I accomplished the former but not the latter.
This year I am cutting and pasting that mission statement and will attach it to this blog as a page (also linked in the sidebar). I'm posting it here not for accountability purposes - in fact, it annoys me when people quiz me on personal-project status, so please don't - but in order to put ideas out there. Sometimes seeing other people's goals inspires me, and something I add there might give you an idea or two. Or it might prompt you to comment with your own goals, which I might want to add to my own. You might have an idea that can help meet a goal; two years ago Lynz suggested a particular kind of reusable bag that I ended up purchasing and now use all the time (I used them this morning!). I like it when sharing something starts a discussion, whether trivial or deep.
So, if you want to read them, they're over there, and hopefully I'll remember to reassess now and then. I may pull a few out as post topics in the near future, too, and hope you'll chime in with your thoughts.