I’ve never been one to set New Year’s resolutions. I’m not against making them, but I don’t know what I want to accomplish that’s any different just because it’s a new calendar year. That being said, there are always goals to accomplish and ways to better myself that mirror that of everyone else my age. So here’s a list of what my goals are for this year.
Make Dean’s List
Last semester didn’t finish the way I wanted, and there’s no reason I can’t improve on that this semester. It’s just a 3.5. I can do it.
I’ve been cooking a lot recently, as shown by my French toast and snickerdoodle recipes published recently. I want to become a better cook and come up with my own recipes. Maybe even position myself towards writing my own cookbook. Who knows? I’m pretty handy on the grill, with an entire process on how I smoke my steaks, so now I need to get better on the stovetop.
Branch Out in my Reading
As an English major, I’ve been covering an unusually broad range of genres and authors and time periods of works. In my free time, though, I have mainly read Pat Conroy. He’s my favorite author, and I own everything he’s ever written, but I do need to branch out more. So far, so good since I started A Confederacy of Dunces this year.
Continue Growing in my Relationship
Somehow at the end of 2017 I managed to find an amazing, wonderful, beautiful girlfriend. She’s everything I’ve ever wanted and everything I didn’t know I wanted. So far it’s been incredibly smooth sailing thanks to our chemistry and her perfection, but I’m sure at some point problems will arise. When they do, I want to be able to work through them and make this work. I’ve never been a quitter and I don’t see myself ever quitting on this relationship, no matter how small or large a problem may be. In order to do that, though, I have to grow individually and grow with Aubrie as we go through life together. I never want to stop growing with her.
Publish my Novel
This has been a long process. I’ve written, edited, and submitted. I’ll keep doing that until it works out.
Write Another Novel
I have multiple ideas that I plan on writing eventually. I won’t start a new work until I feel I have sufficiently edited Sunset Cove, and hopefully that will be this year.
Go to More Concerts
From my senior year in high school through 2016, I went to more concerts than I could count or remember. That wasn’t the case last year, though one of the best concerts of my life was August of last year. I saw Matchbox 20 with Garrett, and damn, what a show.
Trust Myself More
Second-guessing myself always hurt me on tests, and not just the ones taken in a classroom. I’ve found that I tell people what I think they want to hear rather than telling them how I think or feel, and in some situations it hasn’t worked out in my favor. Also, I need to stop second-guessing my ability as a writer or my abilities in a general sense as far as if I will be successful or not in the future.
Focus on the Present
I find myself lost in the past and the future, but never the present. I either focus on what was or what I’ve lost, or what might or might not be. I can’t live in the past, but I can learn from it. I can look forward to the future, but I can’t disregard the present and just think things will fall into place in the future. I have to focus and do the work now for opportunities and success to arise later on. That’s in all aspects of life, not just career or monetary goals.
Don’t Take Myself Too Seriously
There are times to be serious. There are times to be goofy. There’s no reason seriousness should consume my being, just as there is no reason immaturity should overcome me. I’ve learned that balance is the key to all things in life. I will never grow old, but I will grow up.
Continue to Adventure
Last year I went out of the country for the first time to Cabo, and had the time of my life while I was there. I want to travel more and have a wandering soul. New viewpoints and environments are essential in becoming empathetic and relating to others. On top of the benefits, who doesn’t love to travel?
Go to More Museums
I’ve always appreciated the arts. I was a theatre kid growing up, I was in a band at one point, and now I’m a poet/author. Museums are wonderful sources for learning through displays and works of art that I really should take more advantage of.
Always Practice Kindness
There’s always room to be a little bit kinder.
What are some of your goals?