When it comes to finances, goals are a must – and this is even more important when you’re working as a nonprofit with limited funds. LaNaria Barnes, Associate Director of Finance at @love146, is well aware of this fact and uses goals every single week to make sure her team can fight child trafficking and exploitation in Charlotte.
“As the associate director of finance, I realized being financially efficient, maintaining high standards, having an audit with no issues all means that my team can help more children. So I set a goal to ensure I meet those things because I know a child’s life is affected. Even though I am not touching the life of a kid directly, what I do in the back office makes sure that they can impact as many children as possible.”
When LaNaria meets her goals, her team can do more work and help more kids – that makes them essential. When it comes to her personal life, though, LaNaria likes to keep it a little more loose:
“Personally, I don’t really set very distinct goals for myself. I think my biggest goal is living life to the fullest, but how I do that changes. So right now it’s my family – how do we plan this year so we can live life to the fullest? I don’t say, ‘It’s January 1st, I’m going to lose weight.’ I think I just take that ‘live life to the fullest’ idea and allow that to be a part of my life throughout the year.” We love this attitude 💛 Especially because it helps keep LaNaria well in all aspects of her life.
She says that setting goals keeps her stable: “I’m the type of person who needs to know what’s going on – I don’t live a very spontaneous life. It’s just not in me. It keeps me stable and it keeps my mind well; it keeps my heart well. It relieves that stress of pressure, so even internally, I don’t have that anxiety or stress of what is going to happen. I think having a goal, even if it’s generic, keeps me well overall.”