I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Or at least, I didn’t until this year. Rather than resolutions, maybe it is better to call them goals. That’s a much more open ended term. Resolution is so…binding. Not to say that I don’t fully intend to meet my goals, but let’s face it; we live in a wild, crazy, contingent universe. Which is a fancy way of saying that things happen, and you have to be flexible. Being all about this whole self improvement business, I recognize this, and set practical, achievable goals for 2013. Well, part of it anyway. It’s very possible many of these will be fulfilled by about the six month mark, especially the writing oriented goals, but let’s worry about that when the time comes, shall we?
Without further ado, these are my goals for 2013 in no particular order:
–Write the first draft of Calafel Cycle Book 1 (and come up with a name for the freaking thing!). This, by the way, is the novel I am currently outlining.
–Finish outlining the ghost story I’ve been stewing over for about two years now (and come up with a name for it!)
–Finish revisions/rewrites of Aral-Kahn, the first fantasy novel (or novel of any genre, for that matter), I’ve completed since middle school
–Become a better practitioner of my faith.
–Continue my current work out routine, and expand as necessary. No more 3-6 month lapses where I never touch a weight or walk a single mile.
–Cross three things off my bucket list, no matter how small or insignificant they might be.
–Related to the previous, go visit Gettysburg this summer (been meaning to for a long time).
–Obtain my alternative resident educator license.
–Find full time employment (be it teaching or elsewhere).
–Learn a new skill, whatever it might be (could tie into the bucket list, as I’ve a few things I’d like to learn to do before I croak)
–Meditate at least fifteen minutes a day, every day (normally do that anyway, but lately I’ve been slacking).
–At least once a month, go somewhere I’ve never been, be it a restaurant, town, or historical site.
–Watch Trumpet in the Land’s “Tecumseh!”. I like plays, and been meaning to see this one. High time I do it (when it’s playing anyway).
…that’ll do for now. I actually added a few more from what I originally had in mind. These goals are definitely doable, and as I said it’s quite possible that most of them could be achieved by the six month mark of this year. That’s the funny thing about goals–they don’t have to be enormous. If they are TOO big, it pretty much defeats the purpose of setting them, as they’re unachievable and you wind up getting discouraged and giving up. Not to say that big goals are bad. Break them into smaller goals and you’ll have a much easier time.
So those are mine. What are yours?