Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Year That Wasn't (2017 Goal Recap)

Hi everyone! Hope you all had (or are having) a wonderful holiday season.

We've reached that point in the year where I take a look back at the goals I set for myself back on January 1st and see how well I did.

(Spoiler alert...not great.)

Here we go...

The Writing Goal: Publish Second Nature

Yeah. This didn't happen. Which probably surprises no one. I'm starting to suspect this book is simply just cursed and will never be published, regardless of what I do, because the delays that keep popping up are somehow more ridiculous each and every time. The biggest delay was back in September. I lost a month and a half, and I was never able to make it up. But I'm totally cool with it. Totally.



The Reading Goal: Read 40 Books 

I did manage to hit that magic number. Not exceed it, by any means, but I did manage to read 40 books. The best book I read this year was (by far!) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

The Fitness Goal: Walk, run, or bike at least 3 miles a day

Though I didn't hit the 3 mile mark every day, I still hit the miles. If I did the math right, 3 miles a day comes out to 1095 miles total for the year. As of this post, I've logged 1190 miles, so I feel pretty confidant in saying that I'll get to 1095 by the end of the year...

The Decluttering Goal: Clean out the house of stuff I don't need or use

I think I can give myself only partial credit on this one. I started off strong (strong-ish), but fizzled out partway through the house. I only made it through a couple of closets, but I did go through my books and pass a lot of titles onto my nieces. I could probably cull a few more titles, too, but let's not get crazy. And I know this Baby Groot gif has nothing to do with anything, but I just watched Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2 yesterday, and my love for this gif was renewed.



But enough about me. Let's talk about you. Did you set goals for 2017? How'd you do?

Also, I'll likely be off for the rest of the year (because multiple posts in the same week are apparently too difficult for me to pull off these days), but check back on January 1st when I reveal my goals for 2018. Not that you can't already guess what #1 will be.

Have a happy and safe New Years, everyone. See you next year...







24 comments:

  1. Congrats on everything you managed to accomplish in 2017! Sorry Second Nature continues to be such a struggle for you, though. (Can relate far too well to that cursed feeling for my own projects.) Hope progress for that book goes much more smoothly for you in 2018!

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    1. Thank you! I feel like, though, if I don't manage to get Second Nature out next year that it just won't ever come out. We'll have to wait and see if that's the case. :)

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  2. I love that scene with Baby Groot.

    I need to declutter but I need time to do it.

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    1. That is such a great scene. I may or may not squeal with delight while watching it.

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  3. I was shocked to see you give a book that many stars over on Goodreads. I knew it had to be good. :)

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    1. I have been a very grumpy reader lately. :)

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  4. It's not the book that's cursed it's 2017. Let's just hope it doesn't carry over to 2018.

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  5. Sounds like you've achieved a lot this year, even without publishing the book.

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    1. Perhaps, but I measure the success of my year by the success (or failure, as the case may be...) of the writing goal. That's the one that means the most to me.

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  6. It still seems like you've accomplished a lot! I didn't even get close to my reading goal.
    I probably have a cursed book as well. I don't think it'll ever get done.

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    1. I've missed my last couple of reading goals. I'm a little surprised I managed to hit this one.

      And I certainly hope your book isn't cursed. I, for one, can't wait to read it!

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  7. I didn't have very clear goals for 2017, so it's hard to know if I made them or not. I felt like I tripped on the way into 2017 and stumbled awkwardly through the next twelve months trying not to fall and break something. I just did my year end post, though, and was honestly surprised that I got a lot of things done anyway. I guess it just didn't feel focused and purposeful, but I needed to be a little less focused and purposeful and remember how to play.

    May 2018 treat you kindly on every front. @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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    1. I like that tripping analogy. It seems fitting for 2017.

      Happy New Year!

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  8. I think you're doing the right thing with Second Nature - waiting until you're completely happy with it!

    I'm pretty good at de-cluttering, but I can never give away books. I try, but they end up back on the shelf, or sometimes in a box in the attic.

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    1. Well, I'm not sure I'm ever completely happy with anything I write. But there does have to be a certain amount of okay-ness before I do anything. :)

      Giving away the books surprised me, too. What is Florida doing to me??

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  9. Doesn't Guardians of the Galaxy (either volume, really) rock? I feel your pain on the lack of releasing, but at least you did finish your draft! That's better than I can say. Good job with what you did accomplish, and I hope we see even more next year!

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    1. Guardians of the Galaxy does rock. I'm so looking forward to their appearance in Infinity War (wars?) next May.

      And you're right...I did finish a draft. At least until I look at it again and decide to change everything. :)

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  10. Going over some old posts of mine I looked at your comment and realized I hadn't checked out your blog then. It was 2010 so now a bit belatedly I've decided anyone who read 40 books a years is worth following I have two blogs now one shifting from nature and travel to posting "memoirs" The other Troutbirder II is mostly book reviews and a once a month review for a national book club. The other reviews mostly write young adult model. I'm the old grumpy omnivores guy who read every genre at least once a year...:)

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    1. Despite my goal to read in a variety of genres, I usually fail at it. I get on certain kicks (lately, it's been YA) and forget other genres even exist. :)

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  11. Considering how many years "publish Effigy" was on your list (and it managed to see the light of day), I think you're probably right on track. Good luck. And hey, you made your walking goal. That's huge.

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    1. I'd have to go back and look to know for sure, but I think 'Publish Effigy' was only on the list for two years running. Second Nature is now going into its third. Here's hoping there isn't a fourth. :)

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  12. My goals for the year weren't too shabby. I'll be posting about it in a week or so.

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  13. I just finished The Hate U Give and it WAS an excellent book. Hope your 2018 is fabulous :)

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