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goals for 2015: investing time/energy in art, writing, spirituality, friendships, community, bravery

icon: "progressing (the verdant tunnel of love in Klevan, Ukraine)"

So my personal new year starts at various times -- sometimes November 13 (my spiritual birthday), sometimes on Solstice, sometimes on USian New Years. This year I did a burning-release on Solstice so this has felt like a sort of gestational period for the new year, as when I've had a chance I've been thinking about what I want to accomplish with my next year. Obviously I want to graduate school, but that's just a required hoop I have to jump through and isn't personally meaningful. I'll be relieved because I no longer have to put as much of my progress in other people's hands and because I can start making money, something I've never really done before. The most I've ever made in a month was like $850, and that was a fluke.

Anyway, I'm setting some goals, minimum intentions below, not ordered by importance to me:

500 photos taken that I like.
365 instances of unprompted openness.
365 days of keeping up with text responses at least once daily.
365 days of taking one cellphone snapshot daily.
303 days that include a spiritual practice, aiming for early in the day.
252 LJ entries.
88 love bank entries.
77 fractals.
55 dreams recorded.
55 artworks created.
55 intuitions recorded.
55 days of reading a spiritual book.
44 me-initiated text conversations with KWT, Abby, Anika, Kat, Allison, Jaime (each).
44 me-initiated fb messages to Heather and Kylei (each).
30 30-minute meditations.
16 intimacy practices.
13 1-on-1 or 1-on-2 hangouts with KWT, Kylei, Heather, Jaime, Allison (each).
11 new casual friends made.
8 crafty parties.
7 new park visits (parks I haven't been to before).
4 concerts.
4 sets of talismans made.
3 sets of icons made.
3 new good friends made.
2 22-day writing streaks.
2 sets of card readings.
2 musicsharing posts.
2 art inspiration posts.
1 new tattoo.
1 long (3.5+ hour) drive by myself.
1 burn-centered event.
1 class led at a convention.
More physical exertion.
More work on my etsys and art fb and local selling of my art (yellow daisy festival?).
More writing in my book of magic.
More new kinds of sex/physical intimacy.
More energy work with more people.
Redo my "characters in the story of my life" post.
Do year-overviews for 2012, 2013, 2014.

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slinkslowdown ══╣╠══
I think this is a great set of goals. :)
belenen ══╣vivacious╠══
thanks! I'm doing well so far!
mushroom's dragon
volamonster ══╣mushroom's dragon╠══
These are wonderful; thank you so much for sharing!
belenen ══╣vivacious╠══
thanks! welks! *beams*
esotsm: clem+joel - piggy back ride
delicatexflower ══╣esotsm: clem+joel - piggy back ride╠══

beautiful goals <3

i love the more new kinds of sex/physical intimacy.i can give you some suggestions there and you can share some with me if you like. ;) *sly smile*
belenen ══╣teasing╠══
thank you! oh definitely, email me? belenen at gmail *grins*
kiwi ══╣╠══
Love this! Also...

1 new tattoo

I secretly have a similar goal. Though I'm giving myself til turning 40 (yiiiikes!) to achieve it...
belenen ══╣amused╠══
hee, what makes you hesitant?
kiwi ══╣╠══
Deciding on what to do. :) And where to put it.
keypike ══╣╠══
Good luck with all of your goals. I like how specific they are.
belenen ══╣rainbowarrior╠══
thanks! specific is the only kind of goal I can manage -- if I go vague nothing happens. (ADD-PI)
c_hrista ══╣╠══
I like these goals! Good luck with them!
belenen ══╣vivacious╠══
webgirluk ══╣pic#118113725╠══
It was interesting that you posted a list of goals and I should probably consider mine at some point for this year. The "characters in the story of your life" sounds great and I love reading about people/interactions. Good luck with them :-) I think this time of years makes us think more so on our lives, where we are or where we want to be, if anywhere at all as such.
belenen ══╣voltaic╠══
thanks for the luck! I'm already feeling more myself with these goals, so that means they're good ones!
hardigrin ══╣╠══

I have a park Taz found that I really want to share with you. :)
tree joy
belenen ══╣tree joy╠══
mowr! yes pls!
lilywolfsolomon ══╣╠══
Inspiring, I love how concrete so many of them are. I think I released something on Solstice and then between Solstice and Imbolc I'm incubating and cultivating a new vision for the coming year, which will begin to see fruits in the springtime and by Beltane / Euphoria start to see some fertility in some way. :) Right now laying out my vision for the new year is seeming to ask me to formulate new ways of using language... ways I haven't used it before... the way I experience myself is so related to the language I use, and what I'm looking for most of all is a feeling... so I'm slowly articulating the juiciness I want to feel, and the goals will hopefully emerge from that.
tree consonance
belenen ══╣tree consonance╠══
Concrete is what I need to be able to focus enough to get them done! *grins*

best of luck with the gestation of your vision, or perhaps it is already born?
lilywolfsolomon ══╣╠══
*smile* Speaking of this, have you seen my book, The Desire Map, anywhere?

I think it's sort of the opposite for me. Too specific and it feels like a task or chore I have to do. I was reading The Desire Map which is about making goals based on how I want to feel, and I really resonated with that. So I'd have things like starting queer sanctuary on my list but right now that feels more like a task, I want to find the language for how I want to *feel* around it. I think once I take care of that the energy to do these other things will fall into place.

Speaking of which, have you seen it? I was thinking I may have left it next to the couch when Anika was here before I went to Massachusetts.

I'll share with you what I've got so far:

I want to feel sexy. I walk to walk barefoot in the woods with someone, holding their hand, feeling everything there is to feel for them and the world around me, and have that not need to necessarily mean anything more than the present moment heart experience. I want to throw a Frisbee. I want to go out on a kayak and meditate on gentle waters. I want to play (make love to) violin. I want to play in the mud and share the experience of covering each other in it and in glitter and body paint and glitter and liquid pvc and dress fae, wear faery wings, get boots I adore. I want to wrestle and cuddle abundantly. I want to sit quietly with a book next to a friend and just spend quiet time in the same room or stop to share what our books are birnging up for us. I want to feel my magic. I want to end conversations with people when they make me uncomfortable and say fuck you to whoever thinks they can bring me down. I want to play with dogs and commune with trees. I want to have nights by campfires under the stars. I want this to be the year that the magic makers actually get to receive the magic, the year of Jesus and Magdalene getting everything they ever wanted. I want to create an altar, create ritual. I want to embody goddess, be her priestess, own my sensuality and mystico-erotic nature, and live in receptivity. I want to show up in the world however the fuck I want and keep healing those things that get in the way. I want to cultivate at least one deep spiritual relationships with process commitments. I want to go to Euphoria, Gratifly, Alchemy, a pagan festival, a queer film festival, a folk music festival, a sexuality workshop. I want to make out more!!! I want to get better at owning my desire and not being afraid of it. I want to write inspired words that come out of body wisdom. I want to find someone to whip me or slap me or paddle me or pour wax on me or run a knife over me, who can understand the spiritual and psychological significance of that for me, and holds a space with love. I want to have my own dance parties all alone with the music I love and have Skype dance parties with friends. I want to knit and make photos and art.
meri_sielu ══╣hawkmoon╠══
These are very nourishing sounding goals, good luck with them!
belenen ══╣artless╠══
thank you!
kmiotutsie ══╣╠══
xoxoxoxox!! Getting texties from the people I love makes me happyyy :D
belenen ══╣eccentric╠══
yay! I'm trying to get better at doing random ones, I always feel soooo awkward like "do they really want to know this?"
kmiotutsie ══╣╠══
Really?! Aw :) I love rando texts from my friends, and even if I odn't have anything to contribute (or don't see my phone for a while-- I like it on silent and face-down so it sometimes takes me a while) I will at least send back a smile or a heart so that a person knows they're seen :)
darkestgarden ══╣╠══
i love these! i'm happy that you shared.
belenen ══╣adoring╠══
thanks! <3
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