SMART Volunteering in 2018

It’s January and this time of year it’s easy for me to feel a little blue after the holidays and festivities spent with family have passed. The things that bring energy and forward momentum is taking stock of the past year, finding gratitude for all the ups and downs that helped me grow, and considering new goals for the new year.

My heart is full as I think about 2017. It was a year full of a lot of firsts as I continued a goal to be a useful member in the community. I am grateful for new friends made and stronger connections with old ones. I also learned so much as a mother, wife, sister and daughter, as I worked toward a goal to make my most important relationships a priority. I’m grateful I have a loving and supportive family unit and never want to take them for granted.

Now, where to go from here? When I was younger, I used to make a long list of resolutions without a specific plan on how to be successful. I’ve since learned that the most effective way to make resolutions is to set short, attainable goals. “Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on January 1 can help you reach whatever it is you strive for,” says psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD. “Remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.” I’ve found the acronym SMART to be very useful as I think about setting goals for the new year. Goals should be:


     S – Specific (or Significant)

     M – Measurable (or Meaningful)

     A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented)

     R – Relevant (or Rewarding)

     T – Time-bound (or Trackable)


One goal that I know will be on my list again this year will be related to volunteering. If you’re hoping to have a happier, more fulfilling year then be sure to add a SMART volunteering goal. According to a research study done by London School of Economics (, you can expect the following benefits from volunteering:


  1. Volunteering connects you to others
  2. Volunteering is good for your mind and body
  3. Volunteering can advance your career
  4. Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life


If the above list covers what you’re looking to accomplish this year then seriously consider applying for a leadership role on the 2018/19 Board of Directors for Junior League of Billings! Applications for the following are now being accepted through February 13, 2018.


President Elect Elect

Executive Secretary


Communications Chair

Community Council Leader

Fund Development Council Leader

Membership Council Leader

Nominating Committee Member (does not sit on the board)


All are one (1) year positions, with the exception of the Nominating Committee Member (a two (2) year position). You can find the applications online at Go to “Members,” sign into AJLI under “My League,” click “Online Forms,” and then click “Nominating Application.” When the Nominating Committee receives your application they will contact you to schedule an in–person interview. If you have any questions or need assistance with your application please email me.


Here’s to a wonderful 2018 with SMART goals!


~Kiely Lammers

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