Goals for the New Year

3:14 AM

Happy New Year!

If you're anything like me, your Facebook feed has been flooded with posts of people sharing new goals and resolutions for the year, or, if they're trendy, sharing a special word or mantra for 2016. While there's nothing wrong with any of this, I always take these posts with a grain of salt since by the time January 15th comes around, most people will be returning to work or school after holiday break and fall back into old patterns.

Don't go crazy!
If you're serious about your goals, though, make sure you focus on them moderately so you don't burn yourself out too quickly. You don't need to rearrange your entire house this week, for example. If your goal for the year is to become more minimalist, you have 12 months. It's much more effective to spread out your minimalist chores and activities over the course of the entire year, rather than to try to do everything right freaking now and burn out.

Remember: you don't have to be perfect. Your friends sure aren't, and if they pretend to be, well, they're full of it. It's okay if you don't reach your goals or if you don't reach them right away. (Oppositely, there's nothing wrong if you do reach your goals pretty fast. More power to you!)

Goal Setting for Nerdy Survivalists
I tend to set casual goals for myself. I lost 20 lbs last year and want to lose 60 this year. I'd like to reach my goal by Thanksgiving, but it's not really a big deal if I don't. My goal is to be healthy and while I'd like to be much thinner than I am, I won't freak out if it takes longer than I plan for it to. Life happens and it's important to be flexible.

Aside from that, I plan to continue to live simply this year. After our huge move in July (if you missed it, my family moved from the U.S. to Asia and brought only 4 suitcases), we've managed to keep things very simple at home. We do have a few pieces of furniture (a table, chairs, beds, one small bookshelf), but for the most part, we spend our money and time doing things instead of collecting things.

I'll be the first to admit that the temptation to collect things even overseas is tough. There are so many times when I see something on sale or something I really like and I just want to buy it. That's where the other goals come in. I want to travel around. Do I really want a bunch of crap holding me to one place? I want to explore the world. Do I really need to spend money on a bookshelf when I could spend it on plane tickets?

Don't be afraid to set goals this year. Whether or not you tell people is up to you. Some people like to keep their goals a secret in case they fail. Others like to share with the world. In the end, just remember that everyone is so focused on themselves that they really don't care if you succeed or not. There will always be haters, so you might as well share your dreams and hopes with the people around you so you can get support and encouragement from the people you do like.

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