When we last gathered here, I shared how I took some time to be still and reflect upon me, who I was, and the life that I have in order to get to a place of peaceful ownership of my life. In doing so, I composed my goals for 2015. I broke them down into three categories; Personal, Family, and Business. Under each category I named three to five elements I wanted to focus on. These elements, I felt, would enhance me as a person and help to create the life that I wanted and needed. I want to talk about the five elements of my Personal goals today and possibly the other two categories on the next Sunday's to come.
Element number one: SPIRITUAL
I AM A SPIRIT BEING. I believe this, and since I do, I have to spend time with God praying and meditating. Praying, so I can share with Him all that I feel I need to share Him. Meditating, so I can intently listen to all of the things that He needs to share with me. This is crucial to my existence. I know this to be true because when I got away from doing this daily, before all else, I could see the difference in not only how I handled people and situations, but also how I handled Rhonda. You see, Rhonda thinks she knows what to do, when to do it, and how to do it; and for the most part she does, but even that "most part" is as a result of the relationship she has with God. Yes, I switched to third person just then. I recognize from where my help comes.
Element number two: CULTURAL
I very much enjoy the fine arts and want to be more purposeful in attending more events that go on around the city. Living in a thriving and very diverse city like Atlanta yields so many cultural activities and events to attend. There is the High Museum, Fernbank, Atlanta History Museum, MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries, and so many more. Of course, attending the Atlanta Ballet, the Atlanta Symphony, and the numerous festivals around the city add to the list of opportunities to enrich and feed my soul and mind. These are the things that excite me and I can hold endless conversations about them after having the experience. I would like to attend an event at least once or twice a month. These are the things that make me happy. I want to do more of what makes me happy!
Element number three: LITERATURE
I absolutely LOVE to read! I cannot imagine not reading. Reading, for me, is where it all begins. It has inspired so many thoughts, dreams, and ideas. I have experienced lives I will never lead, through reading. I have traveled to far away places that I will probably never travel, nor in reality, would ever want to. I am left speechless when I come across someone who does not read or says they don't like to read. My mind simply cannot comprehend it. Anyhoo, my goal is to read one highly acclaimed literary work (I'll probably use the NY Times Best Seller List as my resource), each quarter. If any of you have suggestions, please pass them along! Of course, I am still going to read my monthly's, but I also want to read books that stretch me and encourage me to think and view things differently.
Element number Four: TRAVEL
Obviously my plan is to travel abroad at least once this year, however in the meantime there are a few cities and destinations here in our own backyard that I would love to explore. I have not been to Charleston, SC and want so much to visit. I hear it is a beautiful city with it's beautiful architecture and striking references to an earlier time in our history here in the south. I will do some research on other destinations here at home that pique my curiosity and won't take a great deal of planning to do. Rome is calling my name, as well as other cities in Italy. I would also like to make my way to Argentina. Ahhh, the thought of traveling...that too, makes me happy!
Element number Five: FINANCIAL
Because I am an entrepreneur it is imperative that I make good, sound financial decisions. It is also important that I maximize every dollar. It is just as important to save for the future, as it is to enjoy the fruits of your labor today. I have created a breakdown of allocations for my money, but I still need to find at least one sound investment vehicle that will be great in those retirement years. I'll keep you posted on this one. I want to make sure that my children have what they need, when they need it. I want to do this with finances, but also with the knowledge of how to handle their own finances. I will be doing a lot of research. It's the very least I can do for both them and me.
I have seen where I have made some great strides in my life and my endeavors; personally. I am pleased, but definitely not content with my accomplishments. I know that I am capable of so much more and quite honestly look forward to all there is to come as a result of the goals I have set. It's an exciting time. As I said in my posting on the twentieth, "I have experienced a renewing of sorts by simply embracing who I am and figuring out how I want to function on my way to becoming who I want to be." This is me honoring "the space between no longer and not yet."
Make it AMAZING!
*Quotes via my Pinterest Board "Words of Inspiration and Humor"