Many of them are simply an extension of ongoing things which I have put into place from previous years and a couple are some which are seemingly recurring holdovers from previous years.
Financial related goals hold a big part this year (given the current and potentially future economic climate, no real surprise there). My language and Iai figure prominently as well. Next year's book is included. A number of physical goals, extending my endurance runs and highland athletics.
Career goals are fairly straightforward: another certification and either a new position or a new job. The certification is doable for sure, the position or job can only be worked towards.
A couple of God related goals, really in the area of finally nailing down membership in a church (we are sort of splitting our time between two) and involvement therein. A dedicated push towards meditative quiet time as well. For family, a family vacation - something we have not formally done in a long time.
Ichiryo Gusoku goals? There are four:
- Second Career: Practice Harp and make an income
- Garden: Plant Mandarin Trees, Develop container and Strip Gardening, Grain Gardening for Spring
- Cheese: Identify and master four cheeses for production.
- Quail: Hatch and raise quail
The gardening is in some ways the most difficult of the four. I have never been a very successful garden. Part of it is due to the fact that (except for many, many years ago before we moved) I had ideal sun and soil which have never been replicated since we moved. I usually get a few things that grow well as I have figured them out over the years - garlic of course, and peppers, and black eyed peas - but never the variety or amount that I want to achieve. My hope is by getting a smaller area I can lavish more time and attention on them.
If I can accomplish all of them - and they can all be accomplished - we will end the year in a far stronger and more reliant position which we started it it. Which is very much what I am shooting for.