Writing Things Down and Accidentally Reaching Goals

I’m not really a goal-setting kind of person. While I certainly have short term projects I want to accomplish — say six months to a year at most — I keep reading how I “should” have longer term goals. My approach instead has been to become more comfortable with just setting a general direction, watching for opportunities, and enjoying where life takes me.

And I have been enjoying it. 🙂

Every so often, though, I bow to so-called conventional wisdom when it comes to goal setting, usually because it’s positioned as some critical aspect of a self-improvement book I’m in the process of reading.

Apparently that’s where I found myself five years ago. The other day as I was revamping my usage of Evernote I stumbled into — you guessed it — a note written in 2012 outlining goals for five years hence. Aka today, in 2017.

I hadn’t looked at it in five years. It was an interesting, and surprising find.

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What Is Mindfulness?

Pay Attention!

Mindfulness is nothing new. In fact, my parents were exhorting me to be more mindful long ago. I’ll bet yours were too.

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Adjusting the Bar

The Bar

My daily writing habit has become somewhat less than daily. I think it’s time to adjust the bar.

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It’s Not 1984, And Yet…


I recently completed a re-read of the book 1984 by George Orwell. I was simultaneously encouraged and a little bit depressed

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My Path is Different Than Your Path

Two Paths Diverge in the Woods

An imagined response to an imagined comment….

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Starting Is The Hardest Part


I get a lot done, I really do. Yet it’s also frustrating how much more I could do if I would just … start.

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Travel Ease


I went on a trip, recently, and found myself at the airport – and then in the air – feeling particularly grateful for all the things that got me there.

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The Mug

The Mug

A fear of loss can prevent us from taking action. That, in and of itself, is another – perhaps greater – loss.

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Do The Work

Do The Work

Calls to action are great as far as they go. But do the work to confirm they’re actually accurate before acting or passing them along.

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Finding Comfort In People


Low level anxiety over current events has produced an odd side-effect: a desire to be around people.

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Kindness & Good News

Spend Kindness Like It's Money And Pretend You're a Millionaire

As always, positivity is buried beneath the news of the day – and yet it’s needed now more than ever.

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When is a Lie Not a Lie?


“I do not think it means what you think it means.”

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My Day as a Race Car Driver

ProFormance Racing School AM Skills & PM Lapping

I’d gotten a new car and I wanted to explore some of its limits, as well as my own. I also wanted to do so in ways that are frowned upon when driving city streets. The result was a day at the ProFormance Racing School. No, it wasn’t about racing, per se. It was more about […]

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Re-living and Pre-living

Past, Present, and Future

One of the things that mindfulness (to use the currently popular term) focuses on is what’s happening now. It’s really nothing more than another way to say “pay attention!” – to yourself, to the world around you, to what you’re thinking and feeling right now. “In the moment”, as they say. Some time ago I […]

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Anger: What’s The Point?


I’ve never really understood the point of anger in otherwise rational people.

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Dealing With Persistent Malaise

Burnt Out

When it comes to the state of the world, to the state of politics, to the state of our leadership, I’m lost, I’m frustrated, I’m stuck, I’m a little afraid, and I don’t know what to do about it.

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Now What?

Women's March Washington, DC USA

Yesterday’s Women’s March left me with a question.

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The Voice Recorder I Want

Voice Recorder

I love my mobile phone, but there’s an important task that I can’t use it for, so I’m stuck carrying a second device with me.

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The Probability of Understanding Stastics

Bell Curve & Coffee

People have a hard time with large numbers, small numbers, probability, and statistics. My father was a classic example.

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Baby You Can Drive My Car

Autonomous Car

Fully autonomous driving technology is on the horizon. People’s acceptance of it? Perhaps not so much.

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