Monday, January 1, 2018

Go Big Or Go Home (2018 Goals)

Happy New Year, everyone! May it somehow be better than last year.

So, it has become my habit to set a series of goals on the first of the year to be completed by the end of the year. These are big, bold goals, or occasionally very silly things. One year, I set a goal to eat more donuts. Don't ask me how I intended to measure my success with that goal, but at least I had a reason to eat a lot of donuts.

Because, you know, I need reasons to eat a lot of donuts.

But there shall be no donut goals this year. Instead, I am laying out my biggest, toughest, boldest (possibly stupidest) goals yet. And yeah, there's an excellent chance that I shall outright fail, but I like to think that there's also the outside possibility that I might not. Or perhaps I'll fall somewhere in the middle. Regardless of where I end up come December, I feel like bold is the way to go this year. To paraphrase a line from an episode of The West Wing (and you shall receive super ultra mega bonus points if you can name the episode), if I'm going to run into a wall, I'm going to do so at full speed.



So...just remind me of that when, in six months' time (or six days' time...), I'm hiding under my desk and crying into a pint of Ben & Jerry's.

Let's begin...

The Writing Goal

This is the goal by which my entire year is always measured. I don't care if I achieve everything else on this list. If I haven't accomplished what I wanted to do here, my year has been a failure. Which is, perhaps, not super healthy, but it is the truth. That said, here are my truly insane writing goals for 2018:

1. Publish Second Nature. If for no other reason that I'm so sick of having to write out this goal every January. And I'm close. Just so, so close. I hope.

2. Publish Vinnie & Ellie (working title). This is that (potentially crappy) romance novel I've been playing with off and on for a while. I'd love to have it available for this big book fair I have coming up this year, so it's on the list. And yes, I realize this means I'll have to come up with a much better title for it. And, you know, finish it.

3. Publish book of work-related sarcastic haiku. I'd love to have this available for the same book fair as mentioned above. I have half a plan for this book, and I'm looking forward to working out the rest. Including a title. The working title is Retail Rhapsody, but I think I need something better.

4. Complete first draft of Full Circle, otherwise known as Book Three of my fantasy series. I'm really looking forward to finally getting into this story. I mean, there's a scene where my characters are happy (Well, happy-ish. For a couple of paragraphs, anyway...All right, fine. Maybe just the one paragraph. Or the first half of that paragraph. Still, they're happy. Ish.) and that's just so weird. I can't wait to find out where this story will end up because I know it's probably nowhere near where I think it will end. I mean, I am totally in control of my characters and what they do.



The Reading Goal

I create one of those Goodreads challenges every year, too. Last year was 40 book. This year, I've decided to go with 52. Because I don't already have enough planned for this year.

The Fitness Goal

As I reached my 2017 mileage goal with relative ease, I've decided to up this year's goal as well. Instead of running, walking, or biking at least 3 miles each day, I'm aiming for a yearly total of 1500 miles, which comes out to approximately 4.10 miles each day. I know I won't actually log 4.10 miles each and every day, though. Unless I get one of those treadmill desks. Well, maybe not even then.

The other part of my fitness goal is to start doing yoga again. I fell out of the habit a while ago, and I really want to get back into it to see if it can help with my chronic back issues. I plan to start off with two yoga workouts a week with the intention of moving up to three someday.

No weightlifting, though. Here's some footage of the last time I attempted to lift weights:





And I think that's where I'm going to cap the goals this year. There's more than enough on that plate, and I'll drive myself crazy enough as it is.

Wish me luck! (or just call the men with the giant butterfly nets to come and take me away now because I have so very obviously lost it...)

Did you set any goals and/or resolutions for 2018?






20 comments:

  1. I don't set goals because it just never works out and then I'm just disappointed in myself and I don't really need another reason to be disappointed. I just do what I can do. I will, however, wish you good luck with your goals!

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    1. Thanks! I really do love setting goals every year. Even if it does often end with me being severely disappointed in myself. It's, perhaps, worth it for me for those rare years when I accomplish everything on my list. :)

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  2. Weight lifting is awesome, I hope you don't discount it forever! If you like, I could make my goal for 2018 to tweet you regular reasons why ;-)

    Good luck with the writing goals. I have every faith this will be THE year!

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    1. I have a set of five-pound weights that I occasionally lift while I walk, but anything beyond that is beyond me. Does that count? :)

      And I sincerely hope you're right about this being THE year.

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  3. I'm holding you to the "eat more doughnuts" goal. That's one I want to see for sure. Of course, publishing those books would be good, too. I'm in your corner on all of those 2018 objectives. Go 2018!

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    1. No, no donut goals this year. My metabolism begs you! :)

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  4. I think donut goals are the only ones I ever meet. Anyway, good luck. I really hope you at least make your publish Second Nature goal because I really want to see it!

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    1. Yeah, the donut goals are usually the only ones I can reliably meet, too. :)

      And I really want to see Second Nature, too...because I am so sick of looking at it. (if that makes sense.)

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  5. They all sound like achievable goals, so I wish you the best with meeting them. Any time you need a cheerleader, know that I'm here to cheer you on!

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  6. Thanks for the post, and best of luck meeting all of your goals in 2018. I openly lust for a treadmill desk, by the way. Desperately want one. Happy writing to you, and check out my IWSG post that goes up tomorrow, in which I share my own goals for 2018 (many of which run parallel to your own)! :)

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    1. I think if I were to actually use a treadmill desk, I'd end up in the emergency room within the house. :)

      Best of luck to you with your goals, too!

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  7. You can do all of these, MJ. Especially that reading goal - pick short books and start now, build some momentum. :)

    Good luck!

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    1. I have some graphic novels standing by just waiting to help me build that momentum. :)

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  8. I think this is the year for Second Nature. If you look back at how many years "Publish Effigy" was on your list to when it finally got done, I think you'll see that this will be the year.

    I rather like the title Retail Rhapsody...

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    1. I like Retail Rhapsody, too, because I have a major thing for alliteration. :)

      And I hope you're right about this year being the year. It's getting pretty demoralizing.

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  9. Good luck with your goals, MJ.
    What sort of yoga do you do for back pain? My doctor recommended I try that for mine, and I have yet to start because I don't know what would be good for my back.

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    1. I have one of those Wii Fit boards, and I do the yoga program included with that. I know a class with an actual instructor would be better, but I'm waaaaaay too self-conscious for that. :)

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  10. I missed this until I saw that you said something already devastated your goals. I hope the rest of them work out, though.

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