December 2019
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Greetings and Happy New Year! I hope you've enjoyed the holiday season and are looking forward to diving into 2020. For your inspiration this month, I share my yearly tradition for goal-setting. I can go a bit nuts with this, so just take what works for you ;)

With technology constantly changing, I've been getting my creative work onto some new updated platforms for your ease and enjoyment:

  • I have re-released my CD “Sacred Prayers” on all streaming platforms.
  • My online course, "Make Peace with Your Religious Past," on a new platform called Teachable.
  • My podcast is still available on the same platforms, but I am adding more podcast platforms all the time, so you can listen in your preferred way.
Thank you for reading my updates and supporting me this past year. I look forward to sharing more music + inspiration in 2020 and beyond!




“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” ~Bill Gates

That length of time is a bit too long for me, so I've often translated this quote to overestimating what one can do in a day and underestimating what one can do in one year. That rings true for me.

I am the kind of person who LOVES goal-setting and year-end introspection, so I usually start that process in September and solidify by New Years. In the past, I've been prone to take on too many projects, keeping so busy that I can't slow down to hear myself think. However, I've improved much in this area over the years and found a relatively good balance.

I've also learned about myself that if I am really serious about being successful with a goal, I need structure and support from an outside source. When I wanted to start exercising regularly a couple years ago, I committed to joining a class at my gym. Recently, I had some personal growth goals, so I hired a therapist. This year, I want to write a book, so I hired a developmental editor to help me structure my ideas and break down the project into manageable chunks (so far so good!).

My goal-setting therefore has changed over time. Here's my current process:
  • First I allow myself to brainstorm and capture everything I want to do/be/change/improve.
  • I then do a "life scene" exercise where I list out all of my current projects and or commitments that are taking up my time or energy. This helps me see how much capacity I truly have. What current commitments I want to keep or let go of ? How much room do I have in my schedule/energy capacity to add more? Self-care activities I've found actually increase my overall capacity.
  • Then I introspect on my brainstormed list: what's most important to me? If I had to choose one inner goal and one external goal, what would they be? I think about my "why" behind those main goals. Are they goals that I truly want and feel inspired by, or are they things that I think are expected of me by society, family, or some unrealistic standard? I whittle down the list to what feels most authentic, keeping note of any fears or negative self-talk that pop into my head.
  • Finally, I land on my top 1-3 goals for the year. The rest become secondary "nice to haves," but if they don't happen, it will be okay.
  • Once that's decided, I look for what structure(s) can help support me in successful completion of those goals.
What is your year-end and/or goal-setting ritual? 


Listen to Cheri's music on your preferred platform!

You can now stream my CD, "Sacred Prayers," on most online platforms (i.e. Spotify, iHeartRadio, etc.) and purchase from Apple Music (formerly iTunes). Physical copies are still available for purchase on my website:
Listen to the latest podcast episodes at
Like and Subscribe! New episode every other Friday.
The online course I facilitate, Make Peace with Your Religious Past, is on a new platform called Teachable. It is user-friendly, beautifully designed, and still self-paced. Check it out and share with others!


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