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Goals for September 2016



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“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” –
Karen Lamb


A new month, a new beginning!  Big or small, it doesn’t matter what the goal is as long as we keep moving in the right direction. What are some of your plans and objectives for this month? Statistics show that writing down goals increases the odds of achieving them!

Join us in goal-setting for the month and post yours in the comment area. 

Photo credit: 3D Sand Piano Beach Art by Jamie Harkins #artpeople


Author: Sara Light

Sara Light has been writing professionally in Nashville since 1996. Her credits include the John Michael Montgomery title track and the hit single "Home To You" which received an ASCAP airplay award in addition to being named SESAC song of the year for having garnered 2 million spins on radio. She also composed songs for the musical "Urban Cowboy, The Musical" which opened on Broadway in March 2003 and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Original Score." Sara has always combined her love of teaching with her love of songwriting and has given countless songwriting seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2001 she co-founded, along with her husband Danny Arena, the online educational website Besides being one of the main administrators (and now bloggers) Sara teaches Song Feedback and Lyric Writing at

3 thoughts on “Goals for September 2016

  1. I find it easy to make a checklist of easy small attainable goals ( e.g. make a phone call, email somebody about something), But my September goal is to move forward on 2 large projects that feel a bit overwhelming and for which I’ve been procrastinating.. So I guess my REAL goal for this month is to make a list of small steps for both these projects. If I do that, I can begin checking them off and that will feel better than endlessly mulling the entire project around in my head.

  2. September Goals
    1. Finish and record new song co-written with Jamie.
    2. Record new lyrics for song rewrite.
    3. Complete SongTown class assignments.
    4. Finish reading “Daring Greatly”
    5. Complete 2 more lessons in Bonnie Baker self paced class.


  3. My goals for September
    1. Rewrite and record “Mama Said Welcome”
    2. Work on a new song: “Sacred Soup Kitchen” by visiting the local soup kitchen as a person in need–notice sounds, smells, and my feelings a

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