I was thinking about it the other day. Now it’s almost 2024 and I feel content for once in my life! I have a few visions for 2024 and also a few goals, but I don’t set resolutions anymore. I don’t want to and I don’t need to. I’m more gentle with myself and I know my limits as well as my strengths. A limit I have is stress. As soon as I get stressed I quit. So that’s why I only want to set realistic, achievable goals and visions I can stand by that are my own.
Visions and values
Here is my vision for 2024: Growth.
Here are my values for 2024: Kindness, lifelong learning and being mindful.
A few goals I have
- I want to read more, in particular more nonfiction like I have just started to work with “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. I want to finish “Atomic Habits” by James Clear and find more similar books. I like poetry and want to find new collections. In fiction, I would like to continue reading cozy fantasy and also continue with the “Little House”-series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
- I want to release my digital product “The Happiness Map” which is a bundle including a workbook, ebook, and Notion database. It contains the teachings I talk about in my book “Finding Internal Happiness”.
- I want to publish my own poetry collection in 2024. I’ve never done that before.
- I want to publish my first book about the World of Avoranic, a short story collection.
- I want to be more spiritual and practice more witchcraft in 2024. Especially tarot, spirit work and shadow work.
- Lastly, I would like to work on my bachelor’s degree. I’m currently studying philosophy, metaphysics, and contemporary philosophy of religion at the University of Metaphysical Sciences (international). I really want to get into the habit of studying.
Other goals I have are to journal regularly, meditate often, and move my body more.
The key to setting good goals
The key is really to keep it simple. Don’t reach for more than you can get. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t aim high, I just say: be realistic about it. Not too gentle, but not too hard on yourself either. Better starting small and slowly building it up than the opposite! Don’t shock yourself, try to familiarize yourself by building up habits instead of taking on a big thing from the start. We all learned to walk before we could run. Or jump. Or dance… Yeah, you get it!
Right now I’m reading “The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity” by Julia Cameron. I’m trying to learn the teachings and principles from this book and really put them into practice. I really believe in the higher self, journaling, and all the stuff she writes about.
I also have created my new art therapy journal for 2024. It’s kind of a “franken planner” with different planners and notebooks from “The Happy Planner” customized together.
It’s all about my art therapy practice. I’m currently in trauma-informed therapy (psychotherapy for trauma patients and patients with PTSD) and I’ve been encouraged to continue with art therapy.
So this is my 2024 art therapy planner/journal: