I’m a little late with this new years goals post but it took me a little while to think about exactly what I wanted to write. I also spent the start of the year really sick but I’m over that now and ready to get down to business.
Last year the goals I set were varied but rather specific. The year before that I made resolutions instead. The way I do this changes every year depending on how I feel and what I’m ready for. I don’t like settings goals or resolutions that are pointless and will be broken so they change.
This year I’m picking one big thing to concentrate on. And other things that I hope will get done but are not so important.
My one big resolution for 2018 is to finish writing my book and then revise and edit it. I’m five chapters away from finishing my first draft. I think this will probably be done by the end of March which gives me a good chunk of the year to get it edited and polished up. There are obviously next steps to that but what happens after that isn’t in my control right now and will be decided when I get there. Editing and revising isn’t going to be an easy task and will be a lot of hard work so that is what I’m concentrating on. Hopefully this involves some betas and getting lots of feedback to help me improve it as well.
Everything else will kind of take a backseat this year. That’s not to say I won’t be trying for the other goals but this is the one thing that I need to achieve in 2018 and I may end up pulling back from other things to make sure this gets done.
But some of the other things I’d like to happen are:
I managed to read 64 books last year which is about 20 more than I’ve ever managed before. Normally I set my reading goal relatively low so that I know I will reach it and it doesn’t stress me out. After all, we read because we enjoy it. The extra pressure isn’t good for enjoying something. But this year I’m taking a gamble and setting my goodreads goal to 52 books which I only achieved for the first time last year. I think I can manage that, I surpassed it easily last year but it’s still a rather high number for me if you look at the last few years.
Blogging and Social Media
I want to keep blogging. Spreading the topics over crafting, reading and maybe some writing posts too. I can’t say I’ll keep to my post every four days rule that I set last year but we’ll see. I’d also love to connect to more book bloggers and writers too. Some of which will happen here and some over on Twitter (I’m @everthecrafter).
Last year I set a lot of crafting goals. One of which was make my first quilt . I managed all of my craft goals apart from my quilt. I didn’t even get half way. Out of 24 blocks I completed 8 and started on the next four. I would love to finish it this year. I’m moving about August time though and I’m not sure my sewing machine will get set up again where we move too which means I’d have to get it done by then….. That’s probably not going to happen but I’m not setting any other craft goals this year. I probably will make other things but this is the only aim.
This one is pretty simple. Keep my etsy shop going. The last few months have seen it grow and I’m really happy about that. So trying to keep that up will be great. This will cut into my quilting time though as both need me to be sitting up and I can’t do that for long periods of time.
The first half of last year saw me keep a Spanish diary which went really well. I want to keep going with learning some Spanish but I’m sure it’ll be less this year but still. I would like to finish this ks3 workbook I started last year and also a couple of these easy Spanish books on Kindle. I mentioned recently that kindle was a brilliant way to learn a language because of all the features. I might make a blog post on that at some point. I think those two things are definitely doable for me this year. Though anything above that would obviously be great too.
So what about you? Are you setting goals or resolutions? Have you picked a word of the year? Do you have any reading or writing goals you want to accomplish? And do you know of any reading or writing chats/tags either for blogging or twitter that you would recommend?