The Goal-Setting Group, commonly referred to as the GSG, is a group of individuals who come together every week to talk about their personal goals and share what they're working toward in their personal and professional lives. Since 2014, we've met in PJ's Coffee in downtown Hammond, Louisiana to connect, share, grow, learn, listen, and focus on what we feel is important in each of our lives.

The essential idea: It's good to set goals. It's even better to write them down. It's most effective to set goals, write them down, and talk about those goals with people who genuinely want you to succeed. The GSG is a lighthearted, intentional space for this process to happen.

How it works: When we meet we take turns sharing. The order is voluntarily; after someone finishes their turn the next person chimes in to share. The meeting is concluded after everyone present has been offered time to share. 

The group is founded in the spirit of friendship, support, and inclusivity. All meetings have been and will continue to be open-invite and available to anyone who wants to attend. Furthermore, there is no obligation to participate if you attend. Everyone present gets the opportunity to share but no one is required to share, and there's no requirements to be a member. 

The aim of this group is maximum uplift and minimum burden. Its simple: You're a member if and when you attend. The GSG has been a substantial benefit to dozens of members. They discovered what you may discover, that the GSG is a personal growth community of equivalent exchange. In other words, the more we attend, the more we grow. The more we give to, the more we receive from it. 


Deep Dive

During the early days of the GSG, our group would occasionally stay after meetings to discuss complex topics that were brought up while sharing. As this activity progressed and evolved we've come to call them Deep Dives. These post-meeting discussions are proposed by members who are looking for different perspectives on a topic, usually to help resolve a complex situation in their lives. The Deep Dives have been consistently insightful and have grown to be a monthly staple within our community.

To begin a Deep Dive, we set aside a chunk of time, typically an hour or more, where we explore a topic. More specifically, we explore by crafting questions within the topic and sharing our responses with each other. The power of this activity is within the goal and mindset of the activity. We're not aiming to assert or determine right answers to our questions, nor are we engaging in a form of debate. Instead we discover different perspectives and discuss how these ideas can be of benefit in each of our lives. Past topics have included: What does it mean to be successful? What does it mean to be an adult or grown up? Why is money important in life? What does it mean to be offended? What are the qualities of a good person, and how to we develop those qualities within ourselves? 


Want to learn more about the community? Wondering when and where are the weekly meetings? We'd love to hear any questions and comments, and receive anything you want to share. Send us a message! 

The GSG began in March 2014 when Chance Ragan and Cody Watts started meeting weekly as accountability partners. In these rendezvous they would share and discuss their personal goals with each other and look deeply into the progress they were each making to reach their goals. In early April that same year James Teekel accepted Ragan's invitation to join the fun and quickly became a regular attendee. Melissa Weber wholeheartedly jumped in a week or two later and thus a group was born! Now, as of April 2016, the GSG is two years old and has met virtually every week since the founding four first assembled. During this time, over 60 people have attended at least one of our weekly meetings. 

Meet The GSG Founders


Cody Watts

"Native of Hammond, LA. Life-long supporter and participant of the arts. I'm following my heart and enjoying the journey as I cultivate a harmonious, fulfilling, and purposeful lifestyle." 

Learn more by visiting my about page.

Mobile Phone: 985-969-2058 

Chance Ragan

"Professional hugger and award-winning mustache grower. I take every step with unconditional love. You can see it when I play music on stage or while I'm in casual conversation with a stranger on the streets. I treat life as a joyous game. In this game I am unattached to winning, grow stronger through losses, and play through the days with an ever-present smile in my heart. Currently residing in Hammond, LA, I'm employed as a sales representative for Orleans Vapor Company & an Independent Transportation Contractor for multiple companies including Spectra Laboratories, TSX Logistics, and Midnight Express. I'm earning my BA in Clarinet Performance at SLU by 2020, with intentions of grad school immediately afterward."

Mobile Phone: 225-439-5649
Facebook: chance.ragan.1

James Teekel

"I previously studied music in Louisiana, especially in the streets of New Orleans. Recently, I made the decision to take my learning to Los Angeles, where I now reside. I'm walking a never-ending path of learning and mastery in music which, I believe, will inevitably take me to new places, open up new journeys, and continue helping me connect with amazing people."




Melissa "Em" Weber

"I am Em, or Mel as my louisiana roots know me. I live as an artist & work as a permaculturist & nursery tender on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii. I arrived here after a west coast full-circle road trip of personal freedom discovery. I love to dance, I host a writing circle for my community, & I'm fully dedicated to my healing & transformational growth. I am working to become a catalyst for my sanga (community) & wish to follow a natural path dabbling in healing methods such as herbal medicine & other forms of healing modalities."

Instagram: emtheorie
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