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Meme: Gotta Get Goals

"The ability to succeed requires the realization of what one wants and the passionate desire to attain it." ~Unknown

Theo Johnson over at Now That’s What’s I’m Talkin’ About tagged me with this meme on goals several days ago. I’m not into tags but I really liked this one because it was different and forced me to think. I know that I should have established goals and put them in writing long ago. I’ll definitely use this exercise to my advantage. Thanks for the tag, Theo and a special shout out to Alex Shalman for starting this meme.

My ‘Gotta Get Goals’

1. Be a better Christian. God is important in my life. Sometimes it may not seem as though I know him but I do. His love has been manifested to me several times in my life. When I was a child, I didn’t recognize his protection from danger (love) until later in life. I will be a better role model for my godchildren by making they see me actively involved in church and having fun.

2. Establish a thriving school finance consulting business. I’ve been involved with budgeting, accounting, finance and auditing for 25 years, especially in the K-12 education environment. I plan to use that experience to establish my business when I retire within 5-10 years.

3. Travel to Ethiopia and Trinidad. Travel to these countries will be my own version of Roots. We’ve lost contact with our family in Trinidad and very limited knowledge of family history in Ethiopia. I plan to change that.

4. Speak and write Spanish more fluently. I live in my Miami so not a day goes by that I don’t hear Spanish spoken. I want to learn to speak and write like a native. There are so many Spanish-speaking people in the U.S. that I view speaking the language as a wise business decision.

I also want to learn Haitian-Creole. I already know a few phrases. Since I plan to continue to live in south Florida, it’s important for me to learn Creole also. My Spanish speaking and Creole speaking friends will help me reach my goal. I also speak a little Greek and German.

5. Network more. I tend to spend a lot time behind the scenes working on various projects. I need to devote more time to networking and just having a good time. That’s one way for me to build my client base for my consulting business.

6. Financial independence. Now I’m not saying I want Oprah or Bill Gates money but I do want enough money for it to work for me. I enjoy work but I want to do what I want to do and not just work to earn a paycheck. I’d also use my resources to help nurture and educate children. I do that now on a much smaller scale than I’d like.

7. Keep work life – personal life in balance. I am a workaholic which is one of the reasons why I plan to work for myself for a change. I know that it’s important to my health and well-being to have balance in my life. I’ve gotten a whole lot better but not quite where I want to be just yet.

8. Mentor children. Do you remember The Greatest Love of All? I think that is one of the greatest songs of all time. The lyrics are so true. I’d like to be able to have a group of kids to expose to the wonders of the world. That may seem corny to some but I’m a firm believer that if a child is not limited to his or her immediate environment --- family, neighborhood, etc. --- a zest for knowledge is ignited within them. Reading about Africa is one thing but being in Africa…you get the picture.

9. Write a book about my family. I’ve been thinking about this for quite some time. My family is an interesting mixture of various ethnic backgrounds. Before my paternal grandfather transitioned, he shared some interesting stories about his childhood. I never knew my maternal grandfather but from stories I’ve heard about him, he was very independent and forward-thinking. He did not allow himself to be limited or intimidated even during extreme segregation in the South. My childhood experiences in segregated north Florida and multicultural south Florida has been interesting in and of itself. If nothing more than documentation for our family reunion, I need to write that very soon.

10. Make money in my pajamas. I know several books have been published on the topic but I’d really like to be able to make a living in my pjs. I check the blogs of folks I trust like Paula Neal Mooney and a new blog acquaintance, JayEss.

OK, those are my ten. This was a very valuable exercise so I’m spreading the love and tagging:

Martin Lindsey

Paula Neal Mooney

JayEss

David McQueen

Tisha

Oluwayinka

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