Hey guys! As we all know, it is quite common to make new goals at the beginning of the year (and it is also very common for those goals to be forgotten within, say, the first four months or so of the year). Nevertheless, we continue to make the goals; at least some of us do. I know a lot of people don’t go for goals, and that’s fine, too! However, I am a goal-oriented person. I have daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals- and yes, yearly goals. I do my best to reach all of them, because doing so makes me feel productive and accomplished, and I happen to like those feelings. For this year’s goals, I wanted to keep it fairly simple. But even though they’re simple, I know they’re going to take a lot of discipline. You’ll see what I mean!
Grow Closer To The Lord
This is my top priority of 2023, because after last semester I ‘ve been feeling spiritually dry. I wasn’t going to church a lot, and I was missing out on a lot of events. But I want it to be different this year! I want to dive deeper into learning the Bible, and do some new devotionals I have. I want to pray more, go to church more often, and perhaps even join a life group. As James 4:8, if you come closer to God, He will come closer to you. I want that for myself!
Work On My Mental and Physical Health
2022 took a toll on both my mental health, and my physical health. Truth is, I don’t take care of myself. I’m not very good at doing that, I guess. When life gets busy the first thing that goes out the window is the basic necessities; sleeping, eating, drinking, etc. The results? I’m underweight and deficient on the things my body needs in order to function. This takes a toll on my mental health, because without proper rest and nutrition, my brain stops working properly, too. Fun times, right? This is want really went wrong with last semester, because I was pouring myself into so much that I just stopped doing the things my brain needed in order to function. Turns out when that happens, it’s hard to be successful at things. I really want that to change this year, because I can’t keep living like that for obvious reasons. It isn’t going to bring me success, and it most certainly isn’t good for me. I know it’s the token new year goal, but I want to exercise more, eat healthier and more often, and DRINK MY DANG WATER. Also, I’m going to make sure I don’t get sleep-deprived, because that’s the last thing I need when I’m taking classes like Calculus I and Data Structures and whatnot. I’m going to need all the brain energy I can get!
Get Back Into Piano
Another thing that went out the window when things got busy was my true love; piano. After I stopped taking lessons, it became easier for me to just not play. So when it wasn’t a priority, I stopped. But I don’t want thirteen years of lessons to go to waste! I worked hard to be as good as I am, and I want to keep that skill. As I write this, I’m actually listening to different piano songs that I have sheet music for to see what I want to play next. I want to make sure I’m giving myself time to practice. Not to mention that playing piano is something that helps me to relax! Plus, any songs I learn and play well will be posted on this blog for my Music On My Mind series, which hasn’t yet seen the light of day. I want to make it happen this year!
Read 60 Books
Last year I made it my mission to read 100 books, and I made it happen! However, it wasn’t very fun, especially there at the end. I don’t want reading to be stressful for me, so now that I can say I’ve read 100 books in a year, I’m lowering the number to just 60. I’ve already started reading two books: Endless Night by Agatha Christie (which is actually a reread) and Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I’m confident that I can easily make it to 60, Lord willing!
Finish My WIP – And Other Writing Goals
This is a big one for obvious reasons. I started working on my main WIP back in November of 2020, and I’ve made it to the 5th draft. I will probably go for 6 drafts before I start searching for an agent. I took a break from it to work out the second book of the duology, because I wanted to have that planned out and ready for when I go to write it. But once that’s done, I’ll be going back to the first book with new eyes! I’m going to take my time with the 5th draft to make sure everything is as it should be, and then I might do lighter editing for the 6th draft. I’m excited to see where it goes!
Aside from that WIP, I have a couple old WIPs I want to get back to, including an old fantasy WIP that my friend over at Christian Girl Writes, which has since changed to Kay Adelin, has been wanting me to get back to (hi Kay, I promise I’ll get back to it ;D). There’s also a dystopian series I was writing that I LOVED, and I really want to finish the last few drafts of the first book. I also have some news ideas, and I’d like to branch out into new genres I’ve never written in before, including Mystery and Horror/Thriller.
But there are also my short stories to think about! I have a couple I need to work on, especially my heist story which I was supposed to be putting on here this month. Unfortunately, it will have to be delayed, but I will be posting about that with more details soon.
Start Making A Video Game
I’ve made a couple games before, but I want to start working on one that’s bigger than anything else I’ve ever done. I want to get more into Unreal Engine, and perhaps start an interactive story game. I might be in school for computer programming, but my end goal is to become an indie game developer. It’s been my dream for a long time now, and I want to start making it happen. Lord willing, I’ll start making games good enough to get my lil’ studio off the ground by the time I graduate!
I’m thinking I’ll come up with more goals to work towards as the year goes on, but we’ll see! What about y’all? Do you have any goals for the new year? Let me know in the comments below; I’ll be cheering you on!
I pray God bless you immensely this year!