Waddup Savi Crew!
As promised, I am stating my resolutions and goals for 2019. I will be splitting these resolutions into different goal sections: Reading Goals, Writing Goals, Personal Development Goals, Health Goals, Money Goals, Spiritual Goals and Mental Goals.
At the end of 2019 I will revisit these goals and comment on whether I’ve achieved them or not. And not to worry, I’ll do the occasional monthly updates in case you’re like me and don’t wanna wait all year long lolz.
Okay, now onto the goals!
I don’t read which—for an aspiring novelist might sound like an oxymoron—but I’ve been trying to improve this deficit especially by supporting indie authors (since that’s the path I hope to follow and support is everything in the independent publishing industry). Anyway, my goal is to read 10 novels.
Look, I’m fully aware that some Booktubers inhale 10 novels a week (or a day if they’re unemployed) but remember I don’t read at all. And you have to start somewhere. Besides goals must be S.M.A.R.T – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound. So 10 novels seems like a safe jumping-off point.
I have three WIPs in differing stages of completion: First, my YA anime-inspired fantasy novel that I’ve blogged about ad nauseum for the latter part of last year. My goal is to complete the third draft and send out for beta feedback. Since there are two Camp Nanos and one Nano I might consider using one of those again to do my draft. Only time will tell.
Second, my middle grade contemporary fiction, Life of Gabby (or LOG series). Early Savi Crew members might vaguely remember my blogs about the plot and characters but the story has evolved since the beta reading debacle early last year. I’ve rewritten the plot and reworked a few things and the story is way better than I could have imagined.
I hope to salvage just enough from the third draft to build a solid story middle graders will love. My goal is to write the first draft (or is it the fourth since it’s technically the same story?). This one is definitely gonna be one of the Nanos’ projects. It all depends on the readiness of the overall plotline.
Third, my Catholic fantasy fiction that I started in Nano last year but couldn’t finish since my other planned project — yup, you guessed it, YA anime-inspired fantasy — took up much of my creative fuel leaving nothing for the shiny new plot bunny. My goal is to complete the first draft, for real this time. It might make for a fun Camp Nano project. We’ll see. Planning is hard, folks.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT GOALS:
And this is where ish gets real. Reading and writing goals are fine, I can plan those I my sleep. But personal development? Introspection? Yikes! Hard pass. But it’s important to foster and grow — no matter how old we are — so here goes nothing. My goal is to learn to cook as well as learn to swim. Now, I may not do both this year but I plan to get at least one completed which, if you knew me personally, says a lot.
I don’t cook and this may not entirely be my fault since my Mom and sister typically throw down in the kitchen (and Granny when she was alive). Part of me regrets not paying more attention when she was cooking. Oh well, YouTube and recipe books will have to make do. I guess a cooking class wouldn’t hurt either. Stay tuned.
I never learned to swim (didn’t graduate to the deep side of the pool after my brother left me in the dust) which is a shame since I live on a twin island surrounded by water. It doesn’t help that I almost drowned three times, once as an adult and twice as a child but I’m determined to learn since nephew will most likely be swimming soon (9 months old going on 30, I like to say) and I’d like to be able to handle myself in the water especially when he’s in it. Ah, the things that motivate us.
My goal is to have a complete physical done and also to start back exercising, particularly Zumba at home. It’s been almost six months since I’ve exercised and while I’m not exactly unhealthy — and eternally greatful for my health and strength everyday — I miss doing Zumba for the major endorphin release as well as the epic Salsa dance moves.
My goal is to save enough money to start travelling again. I want to go to Canada, namely Toronto to visit my cousins; California and Texas to visit the Head Offices of the company I work for. I also want to visit Colorado since a coworker friend insists I’ll fall in love with mountain life — the hot springs do sound great though! Jamaica might fit in there somewhere since I’m due for a Dunn’s River Falls reboot. Oh and I guess I miss my Trini cousin who works over there lolz.
My goal is to pray the Rosary every day and read my Bible more. Sadly, I’ve been slacking off in my prayer life and if that’s not your thing, cool, indulge me for a minute please since this is a goal and it’s worth at least an honourable mention. I also hope to attend more daily Masses and spend time in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The latter two goals will depend highly on the flexibility of my work schedule. But God is a miracle-working God and all things are possible.
In this day and age, mental health is uber important so don’t forget to include mental goals in your resolutions. My goal is simple, to love myself. Which is harder than it sounds. I always feel as though I don’t belong in the world, a pariah taking from it and not putting anything in return.
But before you pull the tissues out or start DMing me psychiatrist recommendations, as part of the goal I will seek a spiritual mentor or therapist since I believe the majority of my self-esteem issues lies in my childhood. The only way I’ll have a better future is if I conquer my past… and I can’t do it alone.
Anyways, I’m rambling again which means it’s time to sign off… Toodles for now. And remember, no matter where you live, take a little time to enjoy the island life! Happy Writing!