Monday, December 05, 2011

NaBloPoMo Round 2, Day 5: Imagining the Future 2

1. What do you want? Remind yourself by writing it here. 

I want to reach and maintain a healthy, slim weight. I want to live a lifestyle that allows this to feel natural for me.  I also want to get more organized in my financial and work life so that I feel less stressed.

2. What are the benefits and consequences, both direct and indirect, of getting what you want?

I think I would enjoy life more without the constant worry over how people might be judging me. I would probably spend less on clothes if I could trust that anything I wore would look good.  I would definitely spend less on beauty products. If I were more organized, I would make better use of my time, resulting in both more productivity and less stress. This might free up time and energy for chasing new goals.

  • How specifically do these benefits and consequences increase in a year’s time? I think if I could reach and maintain this lifestyle for a while, I might be more empowered to start following bigger dreams, like writing.
  • In two year’s time? I think after two years, I would have the benefit of feeling like this was my new "normal." Maybe I could submit a manuscript or a book proposal by then.
  • In five and 10 years? In this timeframe, I will be eligible to apply for promotion, so I need to make sure that I am laser-beam focused on my work goals. I might consider looking for a job at a public university after attaining a higher rank if I thought I would be a good candidate, which is another incentive to work hard. Writing projects could supplement my income or just give me another way to express my creativity.. Hopefully by then, healthy living will just be what I do so and I will have my routines in place. I imagine that this will make a big difference in my overall health. In 10 years I will be getting ready to turn 51, so good health habits could make a big difference in how I feel.
3. What is stopping you from beginning right now to create the life of your dreams? In your digital or paper journal, take your time writing and really imagine your future. Make it motivating and amazing!

Nothing is stopping me except me. I think I could achieve these goals if I make them a priority and am patient with myself.  I need to take a "growth mindset" and stop thinking that it is risky to try for the things I want. I need to think about how I can help myself be successful instead of just hoping that something will happen to magically take me to my goals. I can only fail if I don't try.

I want to stay fit long into old age. I may or may not be doing triathlons, but I hope I am still swimming and biking and doing yoga, at least. Or maybe I will find a whole new level of fitness.

As for the writing, I need to do it for its own sake and not in hopes of being "rich and famous." I have managed to do that with painting and drawing, so I need to have the same attitude of fun and exploration with writing, both academic writing and "fun" writing.

I have lots of dreams for other parts of my life too. I want to travel. I have been taking French lessons just in case anyone wants to sweep me off to Europe.  I want to go back with my husband several times, to different countries, and really take our time and enjoy things.  I want to visit the developing world, too. I think it would be life-changing to see how people manage to survive and even thrive with much less material possessions than we have here.

Mostly I just want to have more fun and be less self-conscious.  I want to loosen up a lot more and feel that there are many possibilities for where I can go from here.


  1. I love the painting ... I would hang it just like that.

    It's so easy to say that when I turn XX years I'd like to be slim and healthy and for it all to feel normal. XX will be here before you know it. I'd love to go back five years and give it another shot. I hope you're more disciplined than I've been.

    But I'm never giving up.

  2. Anonymous3:32 PM

    Wow! That was amazing! You've inspired me to sit down and do this for myself. Thank you.

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"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07