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2013 Goals and Feelings

by Ashley on January 2, 2013 · 9 comments

New Year’s Eve is my second favorite holiday, following only after Christmas. I become wrapped up in the excitement and the possibility of everything the upcoming 365 days hold. I love the feeling of a blank slate, the chance to review the past year and see our challenges and our triumphs. I love the opportunity to dream big and plan what possibilities I want to create over the new year.

This year I took a different approach to my goal setting, inspired by Danielle LaPorte. She describes the process as flipping your goal setting upside down. And it is, in a way. It’s thinking about your goals and what you want to accomplish over the next year, but then asking yourself to reflect on your feelings.

It’s simple, really. I asked myself, “How do I want to feel?”

How do I want to feel when I’m spending time with Peter, when I’m driving across the country, when I’m training for my next half-marathon, and when it’s New Year’s Eve 2013? How do I want to feel?

I divided my goals up into four categories and then identified a feeling to correspond to each one.

How do I want to feel this year? Kind. Strong. Sincere. Inspired.

Relationship: Kindness
1. Be kinder
2. Listen
3. Date night without technology once a month
4. Weekend away together
5. Move to Canada
6. Get a new place together

Health: Strength
1. Finish 3 half-marathons
2. Run 1,000 miles
3. Continue practicing yoga
4. Eat whole foods that make me feel good
5. Get 4 massages

Work: Sincerity
1. Leave current position as non-profit counselor
2. Make $30,000 with Your Super Awesome Life
3. Write 3 valuable, beautiful posts each week
4. Launch 2 new digital guides or programs
5. Launch 1 new group
6. Reach 1000 newsletter subscribers
7. Write at least one guest post per month
8. Collaborate with other coaches an a project I love
9. Launch interview series on the blog
10. Feel financially secure, creative, free, and full of integrity

Lifestyle: Inspiration
1. Watch more movies
2. Read more books
3. Go on one vacation
4. Road trip to Canada
5. Write every day
6. Transition to all natural beauty products

Do you set goals for the new year? Please share them in the comments! Let me know what your biggest hopes and dreams are for the new year!

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Mary January 2, 2013 at 6:57 pm

This is a really nice take on goal setting. I hope this works out well!

Here are my 2013 goals:


Meredith January 2, 2013 at 11:17 pm

I LOVE your goals Ashley!! I can’t wait to see how you grow Your Super Awesome Life. Keep doing what you’re doing…you are so talented. :)

And you must blog about your adventures of moving to the eastcoast with your man!


Gina January 3, 2013 at 12:56 am

Awesome goals, Ashley! Yes, I set some goals, too: pay off debt, focus on career, travel, etc.

Good luck to you in 2013!


Meghan January 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I have no words for this post but…. YES! Awesome goals. I feel they’re so similar to mine. (& i hope, come to Canada!).


Lauren Michelle January 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm

These are great goals, Ashley. Road trip to Canada! I’ve always wanted to visit British Columbia. My goal is to read more books, too, but I probably won’t et to watch as many movies as I’d like, because I’d really like to shift myself into freelancer mode. I just have no idea how to get started. Good luck with your goals and have fun!


Erin @ The Speckled Palate January 7, 2013 at 5:54 am

I absolutely LOVE the way you’ve broken down these goals. It’s so succinct… and I love the goals, too. So nice job! (Also, is it bad that this makes me want to go back through my list and break it out into categories like yours?)


Katie January 14, 2013 at 8:34 am

Just found your site & I love it! I really like the theme of your goals, mine are all over the darn place.

They’re here:


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