2017 Goals Final Check In

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I’m doing my final goal check in a bit early this year because I’m lacking in the ideas department. I’ve also hit the part of the holiday season where I’m ready to be done. I am ready to push into 2018, so I’m more than ready to let 2017 go.

Overall how do I feel about my goals? Not stellar. I’m unhappy about my lack of management rather than my lack of success, but the very design of my list did not help on this front. I believe I discussed this in my tracker update post. In any case, the entire approach to my goals will be highly redesigned come the New Year.

Here’s how my year shaped up:

  • Write at least 3 days a week –Since May I have not missed a week. Has this proven to be a fruitful goal? Ultimately, no. While I believe the edict that a writer can never wait for the muse, forcing it how I’ve been forcing it the past few months does not work either. I need a better commitment to projects and the act of writing itself.
  • Submit each short story at least three times over the year –Apparently my skin has grown thin in recent years. After one rejection I bailed on this goal. Yes, I’ve been atrociously busy, but if I wanted to, I could have found the time for this.
  • Read a minimum of 68 books over the year –I have to repeat myself: Again, I have good reading weeks and I have bad reading weeks. I’m in the midst of a terrible reading time. My life lacks balance in this area.
  • Write a new short story –I dropped the ball on this one, there’s no other way to say it.
  • Learn how to meditate –I have done very well with this goal and feel comfortable crossing it off my list.
  • Keep up the good exercise trend! –Despite losing an exercise day during the week more often than not, I’ve done a better job balancing exercise than I ever thought I was capable of. It’s a nice feeling.
  • Cook –I have plans—real plans—concerning this in 2018.
  • Try something new –I’ve done so many new things this year that I’m surprised my nerves aren’t more frayed. I am happily crossing this off the list!
  • Look on the bright side and lose the frustration –As always, this is a work in progress. Lately, I haven’t excelled in the progress department. I give myself a failing grade for this last quarter.
  • Participate in NaNoWriMo 2017 and exceed 2015’s word count –As we’re all aware, I bowed out of NaNo this year in late October. I simply could not fit it into my schedule and remain healthy.
  • Finish writing RA2 –This is a big fail.
  • Turn RA1 into a readable manuscript –See the above comment.
  • Read outside my comfort zone: Add plays and poetry –I’ve had a topsy turvy reading year. Really, it’s been an odd media consumption year. I’ll be adding this to my list again because like I said last time, the poetry book I want to read is literally sitting beside me waiting to be opened.
  • Change one habit each month to be greener –I’m not sure how measurable this goal has been in the past three months. I haven’t reverted back to any bad habits in the very least.
  • Leave the day job at the day job –I’ve done a bit better with this goal recently and desperately hope I can maintain that since we are losing one of my favourite coworkers after today. Darn her and her desire to grow as a person!
  • Make time for hobbies –Again I must repeat myself: I don’t know why I neglect the things that make me happy.
  • Learn how to make a t-shirt quilt –Alas, my lack of planning here has come to bite me. Somehow I knew it would.
  • Be more social –100% crossed off the list.
  • Explore different writing communities –Yet another one moved to 2018.
  • Be accountable to the 6 month plan –I am merrily crossing this off my list.

I can’t say I’m standing where I had hoped on the writing front right now, but on a personal level I have certainly shown a lot of growth. Did I live up to my word of the year: Balance? In part. Can I see where the ultimate balance issues have reared their head? In part.

I think I’ve learned enough about myself this year and what I am capable of balancing in my current milieu to enable me to set better, easier to achieve goals—more like approaching my goals with steps instead of having easy goals.

Since I won’t be posting again before the holidays Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and Happy Holidays to everyone!

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