As has been a long standing tradition, it is the dawn of a new year and time to review some goals!
I do not make traditional New Years Resolutions but instead try to consider things I’d like to accomplish every time January rolls around again. Last year the list was quite extensive. It included categories like
- More personal growth
- Weekend Panda
- Supporting others
Overall I did alright in terms of how much I stuck with vs. how many items fell by the wayside. But unlike earlier years of my life, I use these goals as a guide now rather than getting bent out of shape for failing to accomplish all of the tasks. It frees me up to try again if things don’t go as expected.
In 2019 I was a little more specific about what I wrote down for my list. Some in 2018 were rather vague, which made accomplishing them difficult. (You can’t accomplish a non-concrete task!)
Here are a few things I want to work towards this year:
– Edit my 2016 NaNoWriMo novel (it’s a popcorn thriller with a lot of cliches but the folks who have read it so far seem to enjoy it, so alright!) and submit it to at least five publishers or agents. I fully expect it to be rejected across the board, but just taking that step will be an improvement from letting old books I’ve written sit in a drawer unread.
– Launch new project for Weekend Panda. This was supposed to happen in December of 2018 but technical issues keep cropping up and it has been delayed. Hopefully I will be able to talk about it more later this month, and show you what we’ve been working on!
– Be kind online. Though this one is definitely not a concrete goal like the others, I want to try every day to be better at being kind on the Internet. It doesn’t need to be a once-a-year event! (Though that IS a good holiday.) I need to do better at being as loving and patient with others as God and the people around me have been to me.
– Learn “Here Comes the Sun” on guitar. I can play chords decently well (enough to sing along to, even in public sometimes!) but I am bad at finger picking individual notes. Here Comes the Sun is a beautiful song on acoustic guitar and I want to learn it to advance my skills.
There are others on the list, but those are some examples. Here’s hoping for a productive 2019 to work on them all!
How about you? Do you have any goals (or resolutions) for 2019?