Friday, December 31, 2010

Goal List 2011

‎"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself." -Neil Gaiman

Like last year, to make goals for this year, it is necessary to go back and examine the ones from the previous. It is a way to balance the success and what might not be failure, but something to put for another time. In this case, a new year. I have been doing this since I was a teenager. Back then, I would write down my goals and tape them to the bottom of my unicorn globe (which I still have) that sat on my nightstand. The strange thing about my goals is the fact that I write them down and don't look at them all year. I always manage to acknowledge the goals in some way throughout the year with no reminder. They just happen.

2010 Goals
1) Write 20,000 words a month.
I didn't accomplish this, and it is too bad. I record my writing in my Google Calendar, and I know that I can accomplish this goal. Not sure if I can every month, but it is something to strive for.

2) Read 60 books/comic books
I have 67 books on my list this year. Four of those I didn't finish since I lost interest. For the most part, I found a lot of great books that I love and re-read the Harry Potter series. To learn more, go to my previous post about books and comics.

3) Begin urban gardening.
We did grow tomatoes, potatoes, peas, catnip, chocolate mint, lettuce, jalapeno peppers, and broccoli on our balcony this year. I did learn a lot about what to do this next summer. I did buy a book to learn more about growing all year long, but I think I am going to work with the summer for at least another year. It was pretty exciting to see what there was to eat each day we stepped out onto our balcony.

4) Learn to eat a little more vegan and healthier.
Our diet goes back and forth, and we are pretty good. I think this is something that we can always work on and we are very willing to try different foods. Becoming vegetarian has definitely made me more adventurous!

5) Exercise 2 times a week that isn't walking at work on break.
I did this for most of the year while experimenting with different ways to exercise. I haven't found something I like yet and have some ideas for this year.

6) Learn to meditate. Reflect more on spirituality.
As always, a work in progress. It does ease the mind just taking that deep breath.

7) Plan trips to Orlando and England.
We did return to Orlando-- twice. Once in May for a family trip and again to celebrate our five year anniversary and to visit Hogwarts. We don't be returning to England any time soon, and that is really too bad. We do have some other trips in mind...

8) Join a writing organization.
I not only joined the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), but started a local critique group called Stone Circle. I also joined a great ning group to network different book bloggers. There is so much to learn from other writers and it is an incredible how much there is to learn about writing.

9) Make Kaylee Frye's costume from Firefly.
I am really excited to say that I did make one and I LOVE it! And I also dressed up as Lois Lane this year, too.

10) Paint bathroom and replace tile throughout the home.
We decided not to paint the bathroom and did replace the tile in the kitchen (big project). We have to wait to tile the other rooms since we need to replace other items in the house.

It is easy to see where there is need for improvement, but also, I have exceeded my expectations. Sometimes I do make my goals harder than I need to or it takes more time than I imagined. It is great to see that I have done something for each category and didn't just completely pass them over. Now it is time for...

2011 Goals
1) Finish the rewrite of Kin and have it ready for submission by the end of the year.
2) Do a rewrite and edit of Beyond the Garden. Start writing book 2 in the series.
3) Retile and remodel the bathrooms. Retile the laundry room.
4) Exercise at least 2 times a week. Find something I don't mind doing.
5) Draw and paint something that I like.
6) Plan a trip to Japan, Disneyland, and New York City.
7) Re-read some of my favorite authors.
8) Write at least one book review a month.

I wish I could add more to the list, but I think focusing a bit more on my writing is something that needs to happen this year. Having my writing group has really helped with deadlines since I could revisit some of my past writing. I would like to see more new writing, but I have past projects that need my attention. The list looks exciting and I will get started today.

First, I am going to do some changes on the blog and website. I've had both for nearly two years now and I make some minimal changes from time to time. I am not sure exactly what I will come up with by the end of the day, but I think it is time for a new face lift.

Here's wishing everyone a Happy New Year!



  1. I love the new layout! Oh and I can help you with Number 7 on the 2010 list :)

  2. Haha, which layout? I've been messing around for an hour. This should be the final one for now. :-) Thanks!

  3. This one is so you. The newspaper one disappeared right after I posted that comment and I was gonna say "blech" nevermind, it changed on me, but I refrained. :)

  4. Haha, yeah, I was working on a ton of different things. Readability is very important and I was having a bit of problems with that. The other one that I had picked was great, but a bit too dark. Thanks again for checking it out. :-)


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