The new year is upon us and that means everyone is making goals and resolutions to aim for and stick with this time of month (or for those who don’t procrastinate like me, last month). Instead of choosing one goal, I have a few for different things. Some are to better myself while others are to help me relax and stick with my commitments.
Reach 200 blog followers – This next year I want to grow my blog some more and hopefully reach my goal of 200 followers. It seems high but the book blogging community is full of some pretty awesome people, so I have faith that it can be done. *Laughs nervously* Please help. I don’t know why I do this to myself.
Reach 5,000 views – I’ve been going back and forth with this one for the last few days. My number goal of views has changed several times because I can’t decide if the goal is too ambitious or if my goal is too small. So I’ve decided to stick with an even number between 1 and 10 (or 1,000 and 10,000) I think it can be done and I don’t think it’s too small.
Make new blogging friends – This one is extremely hard for me but also extremely important. I’m always super awkward and panic when people reply to my stuff or ask me things and I never know what to say, but I love it when these things happen because I feel like I’m not an outsider to the community. My goal is to put myself out there more and comment on other people’s post and make some friends. Because friends in a community are important.
Now if only I could tell myself that when it comes to making friends in person :,)
Reading and Writing Goals!
Read 50 books – Last year I went over my Goodreads goal of 24 books and went on to read 25.
*Gasp* one whole book.
So this year I’m planning on doubling what I read last year. My goal is to read 50 total books, which is doable if I set my mind to it . . . and read more comics, graphic novels, mangas, and audio books. hahaha I can totally do this, there totally is no doubt in my voice right now. It is in the bag *finger guns to convince you that I do, in fact, have this in the bag*.
*Stares at the 30+ un read books on my shelf and slowly backs away*
Get at least 3/4th of the way done with my book – For those who haven’t read the little intro below my blog title, I am a writer. I have nothing published but I do have approximately 20 wip’s and counting.
But there is one book (Series? Trilogy? We’ll see once I plan the third book) that I’ve been working on for the past year and have finally figured out the plot and finished plotting it out. I was 40k words deep when I cut the first half and fell back to about 17k words. I got it back up to a little less than 25,787 words during NaNo a few months back . . . plus a few hundred words since than to make it that number.
But this year I plan to write more since I got this first book planned out. I just need to write it and I plan to get it almost finished, if not all the way done, by the end of the year. *Determined nod* I don’t know how, but I will.
Make more writing friends/make an effort to keep talking to the ones I have – Listen, everyone knows I suck at staying in contact. I’m just afraid that I’m being a pest to people or that I’m talking too much (I hear that I talk a lot from my family and yeah, it’s taken a toll on my confidence in that department.) So I tend to fall out with a lot of the people I talk to on Twitter because I don’t put in the effort. I’m going to work on that this year because I like my writer friends I’ve met and I want to make more. The whole community is so supportive and I love being apart of it but I have to shovel my weight and give back what I get and I’ve gotten a lot from everyone.
Find a job – I’ll be graduating high school at the end of March. I was held back in the first grade and then fell behind in high school, so it was looking like I wasn’t going to graduate until two years after my original graduation date, but then I went to this community school that I could get a lot more credits during a shorter work week and I’m graduating a few months earlier then my new grad year (2019 instead of 2018 like I was supposed to before I was held back.)
Because of all that my focus has been more in line with making sure I have what I need to graduate instead of juggling school with other things. I’m thankful I had the luxury to do so but after the third month of the year, I’ve got to get ready to dive into my first job. It’s a bit intimidating but I’m ready to move on from high school and actually get my life started. I’ve got big plans.
Being more positive – This one is very personal to me. I’m known in my family for being very pessimistic and looking at the worst things that could happen or focusing on the bad instead of focusing on how else I can accomplish the thing I was trying to do and failed at. So this next year I want to be more positive. I want to look at what I can do to fix a problem instead of things ‘great I failed, now time to scrap it.’
Eating healthier – Yeah, yeah. I know this and the next one are some pretty stereotypical goals but I really do need to eat healthier. I’ve gotten sick a lot this past year and I’ve felt pretty sluggish and I know that partially has to do with me treating my body like crap. I need to eat some more fruits and veggies this next year. It’s not like I don’t like them, so there’s really no reason for why I’m not eating healthier anyways.
Exercise more – This goes with the one above. *Shudders* I need to exercise more. I haven’t exercised much in the past 2 years since I quit cheerleading (Also had a year break from when I did Junior high cheer) and I can really feel it on my body.
I love exercising because it makes me feel good and (as much as I hate admitting it and giving my mom, dad and step mom the opportunity to say I told you so) it helps with my anxiety and depression when I do it regularly. So hey, I should make an effort if it shows benefits.
What are your goals for 2019?