One of the main reasons I went to Camp Mighty in October was to get a better focus on my passions and how I can incorporate them into my life with intention and purpose. Pretty deep I know, but this is truly the goal I had set for myself going into it. During the course of the weekend, the recurring theme was, luckily enough, intention.
Brian Piotrowicz, who was a Co-Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show, was one of the speakers that weekend. He nailed it perfectly when he said, "If you choose a good intention, then it will come back and embrace you." Isn't THAT a true statement. I am a huge believer in what you put out to the world comes back, be it good or bad. I try to live my life this way every day in what I say, how I act and the things I do. Now I will be adding a check for myself to go along with that by making sure of my intention. It will help to keep me on my path.
Along with the speakers and all the other awesomness that was happening at Camp, we were given the task of creating a Life List and bringing it with us to work on. Do you have one? Mine isn't complete, although I suppose they never are. I'm up to 85 items and will be adding to it as I go. I'll make sure to post it shortly. You should all go start working on one right now. It's very empowering to see it written out in front of you. Trust me on this.
During one of our afternoon sessions, we were broken into four groups to work on these Life Lists of ours. Once in our group, we were then instructed to choose five items from our list to share and within those five, pick one that we wanted help with from our group. Life lists are a funny thing aren't they? They are so personal and you would think private and there we were put into a situation of handing out copies to total strangers! Yikes! Then having to ask for help. Big YIKES! But it was pretty painless and very inspiring. A lot of tears and cheers going on in our group. It's amazing how helpful people can be given the right atmosphere. It's also amazing what can get accomplished. There were many offers of support and advise along with a hug or tissue if needed.
That evening we went to dinner with our group and we continued a lot of the conversations from lunch. During the dinner, Maggie and Laura stopped by and gave each of us a little token to take home. It's the gold necklace I'm wearing above. On it are five rings, each representing our five goals for 2012. What a perfect gift. After they left, more bonding and suggestions were thrown around the tables and by the end of the night I felt full. Not just from the food, but from the overwhelming sense of confidence I received. I realized that I can do whatever I set my mind to. Especially if I have the right intention.
Today I thought would be a good day share the five goals I am choosing for the upcoming year. I've already started working on a few and made myself a personal promise to at least get the ball rolling on all five, if not completed.
1. Write a Children's Book Writing is my true passion. It's what I have been doing all my life on paper and in my head. It's about time I put it out there and see what I can do with it. Why a children's book you ask? I'm always saying either to myself or someone close, "That would make a great children's book." And the usually response it, "Yes it would! You should write it!" So, now I will.
2. Start a Non-profit Book & Writing Club for Kids Books are another passion and something that is a necessity in a child's life. There are so many who don't have access or the adult to get them access to books and that is unacceptable. Every child should be read to. Every child should have books to read. And every child should learn how to express himself with words either written or spoken. And I am going to do what I can to make sure the local kids here have that, one way or another.
3. Start a Community Garden Living in the middle of an area with abundant farmland has inspired me to work on making organic gardening an option for everyone. I know of a few towns that already have this in place and it seems to be working well. I will start there, asking all the questions and hopefully avoiding any of their mistakes.
4. Finish Decorating Our Bedroom I am terrible at committing when it comes to decorating the house. I know what I like. What I don't know is how to pull it all together. I met a few people at Camp who do this professionally, so that is where I will turn for help. All that exists in there currently is a bed and two side tables. Oh and I added a chair about a month ago. It has taken five and a half years to get that chair. See what I mean about committment?
5. Learn to Knit (a sweater) Hey, I needed at least one manageable task. Plus, I have my talented mother-in-law to guide me as I learn so it's kind of a built in goal. She lives with us! I also started working on this by joining Ravelry.
That does it then. I've put them out there to all of you and hopefully you will be inspired to set some of your own goals for the new year. If you can't fathom a Life List of 100 then start with me and choose five. You will be hearing about my progress and I'd love to hear about yours and how you get through them over the coming months.