2018 recap, 2019 goals

I had GREAT intentions of writing and posting this AT LEAST two weeks ago, but apparently I’m not actually capable of working full-time outside the home and pursuing writing goals.

Yep, you heard me right – working outside the home. This is new. At the beginning of the month, I transitioned from daycare into a full-time position. It’s been, well, interesting to say the least. It’s been far more challenging than I expected it to be, but I’ve learned a lot along the way.

2018 was a busy year all around with some pretty major life events happening, but I have to say that I’m really happy with the year and the goals I achieved.

Goal 1: Finish editing Tamerna

ACHIEVED!

Not ONLY did I finish editing it, I had a round of alpha readers and now it’s out to my new critique group.

Goal 2: Run a half marathon (and Barkley Lite, aka Leaf Mountain Foot Race)

ACHIEVED! BOTH!

I ran a 20-mile trail race in September and a month later, I ran a half marathon. This year has been a bit of a challenge for training, so I’m super pleased that I got both of these.

Goal 3: Write 1st draft of poetry devotional

FAILED!

No, not really. I wouldn’t call it failed. My priorities changed and during the year, I realized I couldn’t focus on this, daycare, and Tamerna. Something had to go and that was the one that went. I’m totally fine with it, though, because I was able to focus on my writing priorities that were actually important to me.

Goal 4: Post on Instagram 3 times per week

FAILED!

This I can call an epic failure. I really struggle with social media. Seriously. I try and it’s just too much to keep up with. However, I learned that and I’m hoping to be a little more realistic this year AND more consistent.

Goal 5: Be completely replaceable in MOPS

ACHIEVED!

At least I think so. This is my last year of MOPS leadership and it was important to me to build toward an easy transition of me leaving leadership. I feel that I’ve built a team that runs well and isn’t utterly dependent on me to thrive. I believe that next year will be even better and that really excites me.

Goal 6: Finish all in-progress knitting projects

MOSTLY ACHIEVED!

I had a number of knitting projects in the works and I REALLY wanted to clear up that queue. I managed to finish all but one of them, so that will just be moved to finishing up this year. I’m really happy to clear out some of those longer standing projects.

Goal 7: Submit 6 pieces to online magazines, etc. 

FAILED!

Again, not REALLY failed, but just a change in priorities. I couldn’t be working on all these other pieces, plus everything else in my life. Just like the devotional above, I had to make some choices. I did, however, get published in a few places online anyway, so that’s pretty cool. I’ve also been interviewed for a radio show and for a podcast, so that feels pretty great too. I’ll make sure that my Works page is updated to reflect those (because right now, I’m pretty sure it’s not).

Goal 8: Participate in 3 writing contests

ACHIEVED!

I submitted a chapter to the Missouri Writer’s Guild First Chapter Contest, the Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Short Story Contest and I won an entry into the NYC Midnight Short Story contest. I also submitted another story into Author’s Tale’s anthology and was accepted. So, this was a massive success and I learned BUNCHES from getting stories ready to submit to contests.

Goal 9: Read the entire Bible

FAILED!

But, I did manage to get all the way to Jeremiah, and I went through a MAJOR faith crisis in April, so, uh, I lost some time in reading. I’m not really disappointed because I did get quite far all things considered.

 

Overall, I consider goal achievement for 2018 to be a resounding success. My priorities changed, so I didn’t achieve some goals, but that’s fine with me. It was a big year of change – my daughter went to preschool, we had to put down my wonderful darling Sasha, I started working outside the home, and things like that.

Looking ahead to 2019, I have 14 goals spread across 7 different areas.

I plan to finish reading the Bible in 2019. I also plan to seek an agent for a story I wrote during NaNoWriMo. I want to edit Tamerna again AND finally finish my Allyandrah and Kru’Nah story (thus making it ready for editing and critiquing, probably in 2020 to be totally honest). But who knows? After last year, anything could change. I’m finally okay with Tamerna being a VERY long-term project and bumping other shorter projects ahead. It’s such a massive and complicated story and I have so much more to learn before I can really do it justice.

So, those are just a few of my 2019 goals. Research says that you’re LESS likely to achieve your goals if you share them (because by sharing, your brain can feel tricked into thinking it’s already been accomplished), so I’ll keep the rest of them to myself and my paper. I’m feeling pretty good about them, but maybe that’s just because I wrote them out in glittery gel pen ink. In any case, I expect 2019 to be a good year for writing and living life in general.