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I’m a bit of a goals junkie. Every January, I can’t help but sit down and write a mountainous list of things that I’d love to achieve during the year. When I’m not making my own goals, I even love reading about other people’s goals! Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before was one of my favorite books last year, and I’m already halfway through The Happiness Project with equal zeal as the first! And yes, it’s practically March, but if I’ve learned anything, the best time to start is always now!

Here’s what I’m aiming for this year:

I want to stop worrying about catching up. Now that I don’t commute to work everyday (working from home is my jam), I started to collect a podcast list a mile long and to be honest, it used to stress me out. Isn’t that silly? What used to be something meant to relieve stress and make me think and enrich my day turned into just another to-do list item that I frantically tried to complete. This year, I’m going to only pick out the episodes that appeal to me the most, listen when I have time, and stop worrying about missing out on everything else. FOMO is a real thing. Besides, I’m bound to have a road trip in the future where my 15 hours of backlogged podcasts will come in mighty handy!

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Ship’s Log: Expressionless, Expresses God

Welcome aboard the good ship Aaron! A ship’s log is a simple, straightforward record of the vessel’s condition and environment. This ship’s log consists of the sundry notes I’ve jotted down on scraps of paper and digital post-its. It provides a snapshot of my condition and environment. Take a look at this week’s entry:

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Intention-based Goals

It’s no secret that I’m all about the podcasts. No kidding, I’ve got about 18 of them that I listen to on a regular basis. I go through different periods where certain podcasts really speak to me. This month, I’m all about The Lively Show. Jess is very insightful and picks fascinating guests every time, and I absolutely loved one of her latest podcasts about intention setting.

Her guest, Crystal Palecek, talked about some of the insecurities she’s had with body image and general well-being. Her words really hit home for me as someone who is prone to my own moments of self-doubt and insecurities. The whole episode was great, but it’s the last part that’s really stuck with me since I listened to it. Jess helped Crystal to come up with a few values-based intentions to describe her goals in regards to eating and exercise. The whole concept feels really fresh to me: instead of making temporary goals, trying to make goals that represent a value that’s important to me and something I want to cultivate for the rest of my life. Below is what they came up with for Crystal:

Image via Jess Lively