The end of the year has been surprisingly busy, except not surprisingly because I waited until last minute to do a lot of things and it all caught up to me as usual. And now that I’m caught up I have time to write about all of the things I may or may not do next year, because it’s good to have goals.
First, is anyone else as excited as I am that this year is finally coming to an end? I’ve had enough of 2017 – it’s been a pisser of a year. Admittedly I’ve spent most of it drunk, which hasn’t been as fun as it sounds. With this year goes a bunch of stuff I planned on accomplishing that I didn’t. They weren’t resolutions though, I swore off of those at the beginning of the year because I never accomplish them and as it turns out, I’m also pretty bad at accomplishing regular goals that I set for myself throughout the year.
But next year….
Next year will be different.
I’m going to try, primarily because I do not want to have another 2017. Nothing makes you want to work harder than having a year that you’d like to machine gun into oblivion. I’ve even bought a new planner that is nothing like one’s I’ve had in the past. It’s colorful, is all about goal planning, and each page features an inspirational quote – one more annoying than the next. It’s like one of those horrible Instagram pages that I can carry in my purse. It came with a few pages of stickers that I probably won’t use because they say stupid shit like “yolo” and “vacay”. This planner is the opposite of me but fuck it, it may help make my year a tad more colorful. (Although I’m sure I’ll eventually buy Halloween stickers to help offset some of the Care Bear tone)
Before I list all of the things I hope to make happen in 2018, I’d like to mention that I’ve accomplished one so far. In September I told myself that by January I would be starting a new job because I’d had quite enough of my current job. On January 8th I’ll begin working for a local marketing agency as a web content writer – a position that will definitely help me achieve my ultimate goal of becoming a ghostwriter. I couldn’t be more excited. Of course, this might mean the end of #todaymybosssaid, which only lasted one post. But who knows. The point is I can check one thing off my list which hopefully means I’m off to a good start. Here are the other things:
- Revise my blog – logo, new header, everything.
- Write every day – for work, in my journal, on my blog. Just. Write.
- Tone down my drinking by about 75% – we’ll get to that blog post soon.
- Have at least 2 of my works published.
- Read 35 books.
- Compete in at least 4 Crossfit competitions.
- Pay off my student loan debt – I’m 34 and still don’t own my education.
That’s a pretty hefty load, at least it is for me. But I’m not done. There’s one more thing I’d like to do and my goal is to start it sometime next week. I only recently figured out that what I really wanted to do was make a living as a writer, and the reasons why it took me so long is what I want to write about. And all of you inspired me. I feel like us bloggers all have a little crazy in us, enough to tell the world what’s going on with us without giving it a second thought. It’s almost like therapy without the $150/hour fee. I’ve had numerous moments of crazy that eventually helped me get here and I’m either about to find out that I’m not alone, or that I should be institutionalized. It’s going to be loads of fun.
Things have been crazy for me this year, but I can honestly say that being a part of this online community has been a bright spot. I’ve made new friends, I’ve enjoyed sharing my stories and reading everyone else’s. I’m genuinely looking forward to what everyone has in store for 2018. Thank you for making me a part of this community!
This new planner is getting to me already – enough with the sappy. Now it’s your turn. What do you have planned for 2018?