When I first typed the title of this post, I accidentally typed 2015. I’ll be doing that for the next couple weeks. *heaving sigh*
It’s been a while since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme by The Broke and Bookish), but of course this one is particularly on time. The other day, I went to a “vision board party,” where we brought magazines, stickers, and wine to make our 2016 vision boards. I’ll admit that I thought it was a pretty silly idea at first, but it was so much fun. A much more fun way to sit down and think about my goals for the year, when the alternative is sitting at my coffee table with a frayed notebook.
What are y’alls goals for the year? Here are some of mine below. Some of them are bookish, and others are more personal. Hopefully the people reading this will hold me accountable.
- Secure employment somewhere I’m passionate about: I hated my last job with a passion. This year, I’d like to redirect that passion elsewhere, and work somewhere I really think I’d enjoy. I’m working on that now, and I hope it comes to fruition this year. Life is truly too short to hate what you do forever.
- Get my student loans under control: This speaks for itself. I just… *hangs head*
- Read 50 books: I’ve never made a serious reading goal before, so this is my first attempt. We’ll see if I hit over or under, but I think this is about one book a week with room to miss a week or two.
- Expand my literary definition of “diversity”: As someone who is deeply in love with multicultural literature, I think its important to also support authors who are diverse in a difference sense. Authors of different abilities, sexual orientations and religions would be so interesting to explore. If you have any authors to recommend, drop them in the comments!
- Post one review every 2 weeks: I have to keep myself writing, and the most important part of this is to make sure that I’m maintaining a routine. Posting a review regularly will ensure I’m continuing to read toward my goal of 50 books, and that I’m building a great writing portfolio.
- Make more book blogger and bookstagram friends: Hey guys and gals, lets be friends! I’ve finally started really using Goodreads, and instagram. I’m not sure if twitter is going to be for me, but I grabbed my @bbandgt handle just so no one else could take it from me.
- Work on my real life personal relationships: I didn’t have specific points here, but I really wanted to leave room to build on my relationships with family, friends and colleagues. To a lesser extent, even networking falls under this umbrella.
- Drive more: I hate this resolution, but its necessary. I’ve gone so
long without actually having to drive anywhere, that I may have actually forgotten everything I learned in driving school. Living across the street from the metro for the last couple years has really spoiled me. I’m getting back on track, because I know not driving is limiting me professionally. I also want to do a real road trip, and I’d have to get more comfortable with long distance driving to do that.
- Get published elsewhere at least 3 times: I’m flexible with this one. It could be as a guest blogger on another site, or something more formalized. Maybe it could be something professional, and I’ll actually publish something international security related in an academic journal.
- Travel—take one trip in the United States and one outside: This is a really important one for me. I’ve previously lived for about a year on and off in East Africa (specifically Uganda and Rwanda), but I still feel as though I haven’t seen enough of my own country. That said, I hope that I can travel more within the U.S., maybe to the Midwest or New England. I’ve heard there are beautiful parts of both.
Some of these are rather common resolutions– what other ones do y’all have?