Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 Goals & Lifestyle Challenge

Ssooo....I figure perhaps we'll do our annual "goals" and our periodic "lifestyle challenge" all in a single post this time!
Lexi-Fest Florez Benefit show.

Lifestyle Challenge

For those new to the challenges, it isn't to compete against others. It's to push yourself to greater heights, have some company & inspiration along the way, and a few ideas the help get us focused. For example, you can use this waving of the analytical knife to help organize your goals:

1) Exercise - Set a specific plan or goal(s). Keep us posted weekly (or more) on your progress!

2) Creativity - Music, art, writing, acting...set a goal to complete by month's end. Keep us posted!

3) Personal life - Re-affirm your personal relationships, get to that project/chore you've been avoiding, or just read a book you've always wanted to read!

4) Professional life - Set a work goal or change jobs or....just tell us what it is and keep us posted!

My goals include doubling my shoulder strength (now that rehab seems more or less complete) and - more nebulous - a greater focus on leg strength and a more varied workout routine (alternating light & heavy days)....all while pushing bodyfat percentage well below my current 10% or so.

Creatively, I'd like to release TWO albums this year....one featuring original compositions of mine and the other recording original compositions of singer-songwriter friends like DJ Crowe and Travis Warnken. I also have some very specific guitar technique goals I'll be chasing.

Personal life goals is to find better balance so I can spend more time with ALL my grandbabies and more frequent trips to Georgia to see my parents and sister.

Professional life....well, that could be an entire entry. To over-simplify: financial stability and increased creative endeavors (including more custom composition work for commercial purposes and more stage time).

How about YOU?
Lexi-Fest Festival with Brandi Hart

New Year Goals

I've seen interesting "health" break-downs over the years, but recently revisited the concept. I rather like the one listed below, and I include it here in the hope that it is of some utility to you.

1) Physical health

2) Psychological health

3) Intellectual health

4) Social health

5) Environmental health

6) Occupational health

7) Spiritual health

8) Financial health

The breakdown is fairly arbitrary, of course, with some systems combining occupation & financial, for example, or spiritual/social/psychological, for another. But I like the extra category(s) for a finer granular approach.

Soooo....I'm re-evaluating my diet & exercise plan, working towards a focus on banishing negative thoughts, re-focusing on intellectual exercise (more on this later), getting out more in social settings & see friends more often, I'm feeling pretty solid on environmental & occupational health at the moment but have a few difficult to articulate spiritual goals (more on that as I narrow the focus), and finally financial health.....the area of biggest concern for a self-employed musician.

Without being overly specific, I clearly need increased stability, more robust return on current revenue streams, and the creation of new highly viable streams. This is of special concern to all of us who are self-employed (as it takes twice the annual income as our employed peers to match their standard of living since we have to pay 100% of things like unemployment/disability insurance, business insurance, health insurance, various retirement plans, and the like). In concrete terms: the per capita income in KY (the state where I live) is roughly $39,000 per year (far below the national average, but not so bad when adjusting for geographical cost of living). That means someone self-employed (to enjoy the same lifestyle and retirement as someone employed) has to net roughly $78,000 a year.

Soooo...there's that.

What about YOU?


  1. I prefer to break my goals down into monthly time frames. I feel like I remain more accountable this way. I have a couple of bigger goals that I will list here.

    Financial: Decrease frivolous spending and become more intentional. I have already started this by canceling two memberships. One big area is my kiddos. We need to tighten the purse strings when it comes to them. I am saving for a kitchen renovation so I want to keep adding money to that fund as well as save for a beach vacation at the end of the year. It will be my 20th anniversary and (gulp) 50th birthday. I do have specific goals for how much I want to save for each.

    Fitness/exercise: I am starting a new health and exercise program. It started next week and continues for 6 weeks. I will reevaluate at the end and see where I am. this involves specific exercise days: strength three times/week and cardio twice/week on specific days and following a plan of intermittent fasting and carb cycling. Also going 100% plant based. I go back and forth with this but need to commit. Anna recently went vegan so she and I can keep each other on track.

    Professional: Keep on working toward my doctorate. Get more involved in committee work and have all semester exams completed at least two weeks in advance of the exam date. Start writing my Spring final exam as I write the unit exams.

    Thanks. Jennifer

  2. Check it!