J.K. Riki

Looking at Goals in 2018 and 2019

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
  • Healthy-ness
  • Art
  • Writing
  • 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?


  1. Adam

    You’ve made good resolutions for this year. 🙂 I admire your drive toward self-improvement, and also your determination to be kind to others.

    I’ve already written of my big resolutions for this year, so I’ll just copy and paste those comments here.

    1. I will figure out some Big Plans for my future and career. At this point, I’ve all but completely made up my mind to remain in healthcare. I’m considering studying for a QMA license this year, which would bring me more professional responsibilities and (eventually) a little more o’ that sweet, sweet cash money.

    2. I will reread The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I haven’t read Tolkien’s masterpiece since 2009. This is completely unacceptable.

    3. I will reread Dante’s Divine Comedy, indulging my morbid, decade-long preoccupation with this poem of hell, purgatory, and paradise. I’ll tackle a contemporary translation this time instead of Longfellow’s old-timey version.

    4. I will find a place in a community of faith. Nearly every church I’ve ever attended engulfed me effortlessly, like an amoeba swallowing a microbe. I always found it easy to find a place in God’s family before moving here. For some reason, though, I’ve really struggled to connect with my church in Berne. Maybe it’s them, or maybe it’s me, or maybe it’s Maybelline – that’s a Relient K reference, kids – but I’ve resolved to try again to connect this year.

    5. I will renew my efforts to make serious progress on my [swearwords redacted] story project. A few nights ago, I picked it up again for a couple of hours. Working on it felt like chewing through a brick wall. Maybe I’m just a masochist. However, nobody else will tell Lance Eliot’s [more swearwords redacted] story, so I’d better keep at it.

    Onward! Godspeed! Adelante!

    1. JK Riki (Post author)

      Sounds like a good list for you as well! Here’s to a productive 2019 for us both. 🙂

      PS. I will tell Lance Eliot’s story if you don’t want to, and it will basically be the first book word for word except a certain character will come out unscathed. And maybe more love-interest stuff with a certain summoner girl. But otherwise the same.


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