I hope the world is ready for me in 2009. Seriously.
It’s going to be a year of change, hope and love, and I want to play a huge part of the collective awakening of the world. For the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking about what I want to accomplish this year in conjunction with what’s on my plate personally and professionally. After four years of working at BUILD, I’m entitled to a three-month sabbatical (which is awesome in any profession, but a dream-come-true in the nonprofit sector!). I’m still solidifying what I want to do during that time off (and all of the logistics involved), and I’ve got lots of ideas already. And with this tremendous luxury to not have to worry about my work for 25% of the year, I have the capacity to focus my life in other directions and expand in other ways.
As I do every year during my reflection time, I started by re-examining my goals and values from last year and then brainstorming new goals that fit with my revised personal values. I’ve largely kept my personal values unchanged, except for a few semantics, and created eight challenging goals.
- Challenging Adventures – I live for new and challenging experiences, whether that’s professionally or personally, with others or in another country. The thrill of adventure stimulates my soul.
- Contribution to the World – I live to make lasting, positive impacts on society’s most pressing problems.
- Expressing Creativity – Being able to express myself artistically, musically or professionally keeps me inspired.
- Lifelong Learning – I love to learn. I am energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence to mastery.
- Quality – I choose to live a full and quality life, which is neither excessive nor is it below my standards of excellence.
- Family & Friends – Above all, my life is about the people I choose to journey with. They are my heart.
New Years Goals 2009*
- Spend more time with family members
- Improve my Tagalog comprehension and speaking abilities so that I can hold a conversation with my grandmother
- Get more involved and make a positive impact in the gay community by doing gay rights advocacy work
- Improve my singing abilities and sing a solo at a concert
- Do relief work in a developing country
- Fall in love and be in a committed, loving relationship
- Strengthen myself spiritually, mentally, and physically by practicing yoga more deeply and seriously
*I actually can’t display one of my goals because it contains sensitive information.
So there are my new goals for 2009. As a sneak preview for what’s ahead in 2009, it’s my grandmother’s (dad’s mom’s) 80th birthday, the first big family wedding is happening in Australia (I’ll be a groomsman for my cousin Michael), it’ll be my fifth year working at BUILD and third year with SFGMC, and I’ll probably be getting my American citizenship (FINALLY!) sometime in the first quarter.
I’m extremely excited about 2009, and if you’ve got goals for 2009, I’d love to hear about them!
Happy New Year and Happy New World!