Over the past few years, I've gotten into the habit of reflecting on my life and creating goals for the new year. Reading through some of my previous entries on the subject, I'm actually finding that I tend to follow through and accomplish the majority of what I set out for myself so I feel it's become an important habit that I'm going to continue. In my opinion, New Years Resolutions are less about setting new goals and more about discovering the desires you already have and acting on them.
The Theme for 2014
This year, the theme for all of my goals are minimalism, balance and quality. I intend to continue learning to be happy with fewer material items by overcoming emotional attachment to them. To practice a happy balance between all areas of my life and not pursue any single goal disproportionately, something I struggle with in my bull-headed stubborn nature at times. And to seek out quality in all things, experiences and relationships I desire. This year will be more about adopting a way of being rather than any one particular thing to check off a list. Now with that said, here are a few specific goals I'd like to work towards. What's the fun in going after a lofty, ambiguous goal if you don't have some concrete examples which will help push you in the direction direction?
I took some time off work to get my company, ComboMash Entertainment Inc, registered and began work on the Pole Force One prototype. After a couple of months I quickly found it wasn't satisfying because I was only focusing on this one thing in my life. Even though I made some awesome progress on the game (see video below), balance in all areas of life was needed to be happy and productive. So I'll be working on my creative projects at a more leisurely pace while outsourcing portions of the work to other artists where possible. Still planning to launch a Kickstarter early next year though!
As part of my desire to live a minimalist lifestyle, I am going to aim for the ability to live out of a backpack. It's not that I actually plan to live out of a backpack in my daily life - I quite enjoy furniture and electronics - abut rather having this goal will force me to only acquire and keep things that are of high quality; things that only add value to my life. I intend to build a more transient relationship with everything else, where they can come and go with ease based on my needs at the time. The added benefit is the freedom to travel and move without any significant obstacles due to "stuff".
Spending time and effort to improve myself as a well rounded person. Until now, I would have to say my focus has always been on education and intellect. Things like fashion, culinary arts, healthy living, exercise with actual results and all sorts of other "life skills" I didn't have the opportunity to develop when I was younger will be explored.
If you read through the INTJ MBTI personality type, you'll notice it mentions that personal relationships - particularly romantic - is the Achilles heel for an INTJ. I would largely agree. My goal is simple, to foster higher quality relationships through effort.
Environment & Health
In order to accomplish these goals, I absolutely require an environment which supports these goals and acts as a place to re-group and contemplate further. Yesterday I moved into a new apartment where my sister and I will live, where we intend to create a peaceful, quiet and healthy atmosphere. It's been a long time since I've felt a sense of "home" where I was living, my goal is to create that feeling once again.