Happy New Year, everyone!
I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions–I find it all rather arbitrary and a little poorly timed (I still have a lot of leftover Christmas-related sugar, dangit). However, I do like to take this opportunity to review my year for improvements and consider continuing and new goals for the coming year–things that I can fail at and stumble on without giving up. They’re aims, not requirements. If I’m being honest, I take it all very seriously (I’m a spreadsheet, checklist, graph, and written-analysis kind of person). I make a “Little Book of Goals” that I print out, staple together, and carry around with me, just as a reminder of those things towards which I’m working. It helps me focus my efforts.
2018 turned out not to be my year. Which is okay–it’s going to happen from time to time. I’m not always great with change, and a lot of things changed this year. But those changes have bred new opportunities, which I’m already embracing. For example, while work on Cursed suffered this year, I did a HUGE amount of brainstorming and have completely reworked it so that I’m ready to begin the rewrite. In 2018, I spent a great deal of my time on Toastmasters and violin, and my career in finance has continued on an upward trajectory.
I also learned a great deal about myself this year. I struggled with some dark moods several times, but I’ve managed to pinpoint some of the causes and have been actively working to eliminate those aggravators. I’ve reached the end of my rope concerning not exercising, and my frustration has finally reached a point that compels me to do something about it. I also started listening to myself speak, and I’m actively working to better control my tongue.
For 2019, I’ve already created my little goal book, and I’ll share a few of the goals for each of the categories:
- Fitness: Work out three times a week for >30 mins.
- Spiritual: Five-minute prayer every morning and evening.
- Academic: Complete the Effective Coaching pathway in Toastmasters.
- Literary: Rewrite Cursed (again!).
- Recreational: Practice >6 hours of violin a week.
- Domestic: Build and install custom bookcases.
- Travel: Visit my grandma.
- Intellectual: Read a total of 60 books.
- Financial: Save 50% of gross earnings.
- Health: Go to bed before 10:30pm every night.
There are several more “goals” that I have in mind that supplement those listed here, but I try to keep everything as simple as possible. I’m preparing for some big changes to potentially happen this year: my first personal clients, my own purchased home, greater health (now that I better understand how to get myself there). None of it is guaranteed, but I’m arranging things just in case.
Ultimately, if I can, at any given point, immediately make the things around me just a little bit better than they are–my house, my attitude, my skill level, my understanding, my finances–then my life as a whole will be a little bit better.
So I will leave you with well wishes for your own wonderful new year and the piece with which I begin and end every year (and NaNoWriMo, in fact):