Have You Written Out Your Dreams for 2013?

The new year brings about a desire to change, grow, and become a better person. I am no exception.

3 New Year’s ago, my friends, Shirlene and Steve Do, introduced me to something they calls, “Dream Boards.” Every year, his family hosts a dream board party, where fellow dreamers gather to create their dream boards out of cut-up magazines, markers, glue, stickers, and whatever else seems right for the board.

There’s no wrong way to create a dream board.

The cool part about this event is that, every year, my wife, my daughter, and I get to hang out with people who are dreamers and achievers. They inspire and encourage us.

For weeks before the dream board party, I have been thinking about my goals for 2013. Then, we go to the dream board party and put our goals on a board.

Here’s a picture of my dream board for 2013.

dream board 2013

As you can see from the picture, I like to keep my goals quite simple. I don’t have too many goals, or else I get overwhelmed and don’t accomplish any of them. This year, I have 4 goals.

  1. Create more memorable experiences with family and friends. This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. Life is about memories. I want to help create them.
  2. Finish my doctoral dissertation. I graduate in May, but I still have to finish my project.
  3. Write two e-books. More details to come on that later, but I have a series of 3 e-books in my head and I am going to try to publish 2 of them by the end of 2013.
  4. Continue to develop a healthy, active lifestyle. I already work out 3-4 times a week. I want to enhance my workouts by creating more outdoor activities with my family and friends. This is definitely connected to goal #1.

What’s missing? Well, there’s nothing about my faith on my goals. One reason for that is that developing my faith is a given each year. It is always happening and I have created several habits that help me with that, including meeting monthly with a spiritual director. That’s why I decided to not name that as a specific goal for 2013.

I will update you periodically throughout the year. However, feel free to ask me about any of these goals. In the meantime, let me know what your goals are for 2013.

Question: What are your goals for 2013?

Please comment. I would love to hear what your goals are for 2013. It’s in this way that we can support each other in our growth.

John Rinaldo

As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.


John Rinaldo


As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.



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