I’m taking time this week to think about my goals and wishes for the second half of 2011. I find it useful to revisit my goals from January to see how I’m doing and to determine if I need to make any changes: to the strategies or the goals themselves. This week, I’m also focusing on wishes.
Tomorrow, July 7, many parts of Japan will celebrate the Tanabata Festival. It celebrates the one time each year that two stars (Altair and Vega) – or, according to legend, two lovers (Orihime and Kikoboshi) -- get to meet. Children and adults write wishes on colorful pieces of paper and then tie the paper onto bamboo branches.
I have a wonderful gift from a junior high school in the mountains of Japan. When I was leaving after two years as their assistant English teacher, each student and teacher wrote a Tanabata wish and included a picture. I love looking at the wishes and remembering the amazing people who wrote them.
My main wishes this year are to:
- Finish a second draft of my novel (working title: Gone Fishing)
- Expand my life in ways that count: sharing my voice and experience, connecting with people who interest me, speaking authentically, and creating new things
- Find new opportunities to grow
- Connect with more writers and editors
What are your wishes for 2011?