Earlier this week I was chatting through the comments section with Gena from Ha Nui Loa regarding a really humorous guest post from Gip Plaster from So Much More Life about the false stereotypes people have about Texans. Since Gena lives in Hawaii with her husband Jeff, I was sharing with her a couple of my stereotypes — or expectations — about what I thought it would be like to visit Hawaii.
Ever since I was a young girl and my parents visited Hawaii, I’ve wanted to go there. My husband and I always thought we’d spend our honeymoon there, but when the time came we chose instead to go on a less expensive honeymoon to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. We use the money we saved to put towards a down-payment on our home. While I don’t regret this decision, I still yearn to visit the Hawaiian Islands.
As you may have gathered by now, we are on an aggressive debt-repayment plan that will allow us to pay off our consumer debts (a student loan and car loan) be the end of this year. From there, we plan to quickly pay down our mortgage — hopefully having it completely paid off within eight years.
After all of the debts are paid off in full, we are planning to FINALLY visit Hawaii. As motivation to help me achieve my goals, I keep photos of Hawaiian beaches from an old calendar pinned on the bulletin board that hangs on the wall in my home office (pictured above).
Looking at those beautiful beach photos envelops me with a sense of calm and purpose. They help me stay the course. I know, without a doubt, that we will be visiting those beautiful beaches sometime within the next decade.
How about you? How do you stay motivated to achieve your goals?