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Happy 2014 all!

The one thing that excites me most about new year’s (besides my brother’s birthday…and my hopeful aspirations of more consistent workouts and healthy eating) is goal-setting.

Since I was 10 years old, I’ve been an avid goal setter…and every year, for the past 13 new years, I’ve typed my goals for the year, printed them up, and stuffed them into my “New Year’s Tin,” featured below (as well as kept a pocket-size copy to carry with me to school…college…graduate school…and now to work).

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Goals have always helped me stay focused. They give me direction, intention, and purpose. Whether my goal was to finish building and decorating my very realistic doll house (yes, I did go through this phase…and yes, it had electricity) at thirteen years old or to graduate college with a 4.0 GPA at nineteen years old, I knew where I wanted to be by the end of the year – and I lived each day working towards achieving that vision. Awfully serious for a ten year-old, right?

One thing that I’ve noticed since I joined the full-time working world two years ago is that it is much more difficult to accomplish meaningful, impactful, important goals in just one single year. Buying a house, getting a big promotion, changing career paths, going back to school…all of those big, potentially life-changing goals require more than just one year to accomplish!

This year, I’ve decided to try something new.

Three-year goals AND a one-year checklist.

I want to think big – and the opportunities are boundless over the next three years of my life. I couldn’t be more excited to see where they take me. But I still want to get a few more manageable accomplishments under my belt – like a bathroom remodel – so stay tuned for updates!

Happy New Year. And happy goal-setting!
XO Star


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