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goals for twenty eleven

So, I’m finally ready to talk goals, friends.

I realize that I’m coming in a little late on the 2011 goals discussion.  But I like to think of it as fashionably late.

It’s no fluke that I’ve waited until a week into the first month of the year for this.  The end of December is just so busy that I didn’t even start contemplating goals until the 1st.  And then I needed some time to really think about what kind of goals I want to make this year.

You see there are many strategies out there when it comes to goal setting.  Some people take the route of picking the same number of goals as the current year.  For instance, this year they would choose 11 goals to focus on throughout 2011.  Other people decided on a magic number, say…..3 for instance.  Lucky number 3.  And then I’ve heard of others who decided to fore-go goals altogether and choose a single word to represent their ambitions for the new year.

My goals sort of encompass multiple strategies.

I’m a simple girl, but when it comes to goals I get a little crazy.

For those of you who have been reading CSM for awhile, you may remember last August when I decided on 27 things that I wanted to accomplish in my 27th year of life.  Some of these things I’ve already accomplished – get certified to teach yoga, learn how to make great tofu, drink more fresh juice – and some of them I’m still working on – run another marathon, open up a CSM t-shirt shop.  Considering I am still working on at least half of this list, I decided that I probably have enough definitive goals in the works right now.  Oh sure, along the way I’m certain to set new goals, but as far as a specific goal list, I don’t think I can handle many more!

Even though I’m sticking to my existing list of goals for the most part, I really love the idea of choosing a word for the year.  It’s a great idea because this word can encompass every goal I have as well as every goal I might make as the year goes on.  It’s sort of like a mantra…an idea I can come back to day after day that will inspire and encourage me to grow in an area of character.  And isn’t that where it all starts?

So, I’ve been thinking through this for the past week, and honestly I’ve been pretty stumped. I’ve come up with several words that would be okay, but none that just seemed to fit.  Until yesterday.

I was standing in the bathroom blow drying my hair.  And as usual when I’m blow drying my hair I was thinking through a lot of things going on right now.  Things that Satan is trying to use to drag me down and cause me anxiety.  Things I’ve been dealing with for weeks/months now.  Things that make it hard to stay positive each day.  You get the idea.

And suddenly it all just seemed like too much.  I couldn’t keep it in for another moment.  I clicked off the dryer, placing it on the bathroom counter.  And I headed for the spot I always head to when I’m feeling like the world has just become too tough.  Laying down on our bed, I pulled Olive’s furry little body up next to me, and I began to pray. And with the first words that came out of my mouth I instantly knew what my word would be:

“Father, I’m really struggling with all of these issues going on right now…please just give me peace in my heart and let it spread throughout my whole body, from my fingertips all the way to my toes.  The peace that only comes from You.”


No matter who we are, where we live, how much money we have, whether we’re married or single, have children or don’t have children…there will be trials in our life.  It’s a non-negotiable.  So the questions is not  “will I  I face challenges, sadness or conflict this year?”  The question is “how will I react when I face these things?”  Will I shut off?  Will I yell and scream and place blame on myself or others?

Or will I turn to the Lord, who is the only one who can and will provide peace in my life?  Will I remain calm in my heart and continue to press on in my daily life?

I want to grow to become a woman who finds peace in all situations, be it the last 2 excruciating miles of a marathon, fear of life circumstances beyond my control or frustration over falling to the mat after just 1/2 of a tricep push-up.

So these are my goals for 2011.  I believe my life will be just as or more full than it was during 2010.  And my biggest hope and prayer is that I become a better person.  A better wife, friend, daughter, sister, granddaughter and child of God. And that I learn to be more thankful for the life that He has given me as I accomplish each and every goal.

Also, as a way to help enforce my word of the year, I’ll be posting a quote of some sort or scripture each day for the next month (today through February 6th) that relates to peace.  My goal is to memorize as many of them as I can (hopefully every one) so when I need a little inspiration or reminder I’ll have something to focus on.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

- John 14:27

On a lighter note – one other goal I’ve decided on recently (possibly during that same hair drying escapade:) is that I think I’m going to grow out my hair!  What do you guys think?  You probably don’t know that I cut my hair to this length only a year and a half ago.  Before then I was always changing it – the color, the cut, the style – I was a hair chameleon.  But when you really take the plunge and go this short, there really isn’t anything else you can do until you take on the challenge of growing it out.  I still like my short hair, but I’m just ready for a change.

Here are some past pictures to give you a frame of reference – they’re kind of random.

I also wear it pulled back like this a lot when it’s long

and some short pics


So I need your opinions – stay short or grow it out? You won’t hurt my feelings either way…promise.

I’d also love to hear one goal that you have for the new year.  I know you may be sick of talking about goals by now, but I’m just getting started…so humor me:)

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23 Responses to “goals for twenty eleven”

  1. kelli says:

    first – LOVE the new header! second, your hair looks great both ways. change is good so maybe try growing it? i had short hair for a while and recently let it grow. there were a few (manageable) awkward stages but also some very cute ones, like little side piggies!=) it’s nice not going to the salon as often, too.

    by biggest hair challenge is to give myself a buzz cut. i almost did it a few years ago but chickened out. someday, when i’m living in the tropics and tired of my long hair…=)

    as for your word – mine too. peace of mind no matter what is going on around me. and remembering this is just a ride – and to enjoy it!=)

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    candice Reply:

    Thank you Kelli! Yeah, I’m definitely not looking forward to the awkward stages, but I do love me some side pigtails:) Hopefully it will all be worth it in the end! And I’m definitely looking forward to fewer salon visits.

    I love that you want to give yourself a buzz cut…you could rock it I’m sure!

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  2. I vote short…its super cute…and lots of people cant pull it off as well as you can!

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    candice Reply:

    Hey girl! I just found your comment in my spam folder…not sure why it did that!

    Anyway, thanks for the sweet comment and the advice…I’m definitely rethinking my plan a little bit:)

    I hope you’re having a good 2011 so far!

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  3. I love the idea of finding peace in all situations! So many situations cannot be changed. It’s our attitudes and how we respond, however, that can change and can make the situation better or worse. I adore your hair short, but it looks good long too! Sorry, no help ;-)

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    candice Reply:

    haha, thanks for the help;)

    Really though, thanks for the sweet comment!

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  4. Definitely SHORT!!!! but go with what makes you comfortable, and change is always good. :)

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    candice Reply:

    Thanks for the advice JT! Long time no “see” girl. I need to head over to your blog stat:) Hope things are going well!

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  5. Sarah says:

    I adore your short hair, and wish I could look good with a similar cut. But I say take the plunge and go long! If you get sick of it, you can always cut it again :-)

    One of my goals is to learn how to sew this year.

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    candice Reply:

    Thank you! You never know…I never thought I could wear hair this short, but I always wanted to. And then one day…

    I love that you’re going to learn to sew! I’ve dappled in sewing the last few years, but I really need to take a class. Are you going to take a class or teach yourself?

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    Sarah Reply:

    Take a class. The local TAFE (which is like a chain of government-run technical colleges in Australia) runs courses, and they are a bit pricey but I think it will save me the headache of teaching myself!

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  6. Grace says:

    Love your word! I ended up going with “embrace” and blogged about it yesterday. :) Will be praying for peace for you with everything that we talked about at lunch. (also, text me back. lol)

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    candice Reply:

    lol.
    I have GOT to add you to my google reader. Can’t wait to hear more about your word:) It’s so cool how we all have different themes in our life depending on our circumstances and where we’re at.

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  7. Keep it short! I so envy your hair, it suits you very well!

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    candice Reply:

    Thanks so much! I appreciate the compliment…and the advice:)

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  8. Anna says:

    I am going with one word as well this year. Mine is balance (food, fitness, faith, relationships, etc). I plan on blogging about it in the near future.

    I love that you are tying scripture to your word! I realized this past week that is one area that I have been slacking in and want to improve on.

    I like your short hair but if you feel like a change go for it! It is only hair and can grow back ;)

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    candice Reply:

    Love your word! Balance is definitely something I’ve had to work on throughout the last couple of years. I feel like I’ve improved, but still have so far to go. And scripture definitely always help speak truth to me when I need it most.

    Thanks for the hair advice:)

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  9. Love the new blog look. I like that I don’t have to click “continue reading” :-P Thank you for that! LOL Love your word. A couple of years ago I chose gratitude. I still practice it and I had bought myself a pendant to wear as a daily reminder. If you are a jewelry girl I recommend getting one of these for a silver chain to wear. http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Circle-Peace-Pendant/dp/B000NY1KFM/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1294413861&sr=8-9
    When I start complaining I’d have that gentle reminder hanging around my neck. Not to mention it’s cute and I got lots of compliments ;-)

    Anyhoo, I think you are rockin’ the pixie cut but I REALLY like your long hair too. Plus you can style it in so many different ways. Plus if you get tired of it you can always cut it. You really have great hairstyling skills! Long or short! (i said “plus” a lot…too much coffee)

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    candice Reply:

    Yay! Thanks! I’m glad you don’t have to click anymore either. I hate when I have to do that on blogs, so I’ve been trying to figure out a way to change it on mine (actually the husband has been trying to figure it out). Anyway, he finally worked it out the other day, and I’m so glad.

    What a great idea to get pendant that says peace. I love that! I’ll definitely have to look into the one that you linked…heaven knows I need a reminder constantly.

    Thanks for the hair advice and the sweet compliment. I’m kind of torn on what to do, but you are right – I can always cut it off again.

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  10. I love your goals! I’m also a MAJOR fan of the pixie cup when it is worn right, and girlie you wear it well! I say keep the pixie :-) have a great 2011~

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    candice Reply:

    Girl – I am so sorry! Your comments keep getting sent to my spam folder, and I have no idea why! I just checked my spam and found 4 comments from you. I’ll try to get it fixed, and in the meantime I’ll have to watch it more closely!

    Also, thanks for the sweet compliment and the hair advice:) I’m still trying to decide what to do, but comments like yours make me want to keep it. Maybe I’ll just do a color change or something…

    Happy 2011 to you!

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  11. Sarah says:

    Love this post! Peace- defo a good word for 2011. Thanks for the bible verse.

    Your hair- I love it long and short but I do think short hair REALLY suits you big time. xxx

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    candice Reply:

    Thanks Sarah:) You guys are about to talk me into keeping it short! Hope you had a great weekend!

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