We Asked People to Draw Their Goals for 2016

  • Casey Hall, 16: "My goal is to go sailing again."
  • Amelia Diamond, 27: "Stop complaining and be more positive."
  • Dante Kanter, 16: "Sleep."
  • Elizabeth Tamkin, 24: "I'm going to start to treat myself like a queen."
  • Blanca, 22: "Get a dog."
  • Yvonne Dunlevie, 25: "Read more."
  • Ella, 16: "Get better at piano."
  • Emily Zirimis, 23: "Genuine happiness."
  • Leandra Medine, 27: "Don't need medication, a.k.a. don't die."
  • Mahak, 20: "Figure out what I want to be."
  • Kaya, 16: "Yet to be determined. Don't know what this means."
  • Alison Syrett, 28: "Balance! Between work, taking care of myself and home life."
  • Krista Anna Lewis, 22: "Love, and start a photo project."
  • JD, 39: "Adventure a little more -- ask more questions, find more answers."
  • Helen, 28: "Just got a job in New York from Belgium as a manager at Le Pain Quotidien. My goal is to be happy."
  • Kate Barnett, 31: "Be home for dinner."
  • Reggy Elizer, 22: "Find love, be in love, share love, feel love, enjoy love, be around love...actually, just EXPERIENCE love."
  • Jonah, 46: "I'm finishing a book this year: "The Raven's Lullaby."
  • Sofia Jasmine, 29: "I want to live my best life this year -- to be more well-rounded, grounded, and happy."
  • Martin, 30: "Try to learn how to compose."
  • Will Cullen, 16: "Travel."
The Writers | January 29, 2016

It is so much more fun than hashtagging them.

To wrap up Goals Month on Man Repeller, Amelia and Leandra took to Washington Square Park in New York City to ask New Yorkers to draw their goals on a sheet of paper. What resulted from the project was a fantastic range of aspirations from profoundly diverse vantage points. These were highly indicative of the platitudinous melting pot we occupy.

16-year-old Casey hopes to go sailing again. Mahak, 20, a double major in politics and journalism, wants to figure out what to be when she grows up. Helen, a new New Yorker fresh off the heels of a lifetime in Belgium who moved here for a job opportunity, wants to be a good manager, and as for Reggy? Reggy just wants love.

Of course, we got members of team Man Repeller involved as well. Happiness, self-improvement, health were among the totems of the goals between these walls.

When you’re asked to consolidate the stuff you want and strip them down to the bare bones, what you find, it seems, is that no matter how different we might think we are, we have one universal and fundamental thing in common: the pursuit of happiness, love, belonging, connection and ultimately, our humanity.

So! As important members of this community, we ask that you please draw — or simply share — your goals in the comment box below.

So far, 2016 is looking cool.

Drawn by the community; photographed by Krista Anna Lewis.

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  • Happiness is definitely the overarching goal this year for me. Hopefully to be achieved by: traveling more, reading more, writing more, and loving myself a whole lot more. Such an abstract word sometimes…”more”.

    • Alice Vasquez

      I am getting a salary of 4600 dollars each week. Over a year ago I was in a horrible condition , jobless and no bank credit . Thanks to one of my friends who showed me a way where I was able to gather myself and making average of 58 d/h. So it can change your life as it has changed mine.

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  • Really ? It ‘s a very good idea even if i don’t know how to draw. That would be probably my main aim for 2016. Learn to draw…

  • Suzanne

    Such a nice way to expres your goals! Nice post:)

  • Yvonne Dunlevie

    Oooooh okay “I went to art school” Elizabeth just busting out the perfect illustration of a tiara. Apologies for my stack of books.

  • I love how you can spot right away the people who can draw, even if it’s a scribbly drawing (I can’t draw).

    • Leandra Medine

      Me neither. I also obviously don’t actually know my age. which is weird

      • When I was 23 it was a hard realization for me that I was having a fully intellectual conversation with someone that was a decade younger than me– but *I* want to be the ingenue I don’t want to be the mentor! ( I kid but also not really)

    • I was thinking that!!

  • I want to spend 2016 being authentic: dressing, writing, and living in a way that embodies who I really am.

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    • Marlene Henry

      I am getting a salary of 5800 dollars each week. Over a year ago I was in a horrible condition , jobless and no bank credit . Thanks to one of my friends who showed me a way where I was able to gather myself and making average of 57 d/h. So it can change your life as it has changed mine.

      To Know More About That Click Here
      lm….

  • SAME HERE, ELLA.