Every year for the last few years, I’ve written out a new set of goals for the year. I am not good at keeping up with them. I tend to not accomplish many of the goals. But that’s okay! I like striving to be better each year, and I make my goals loftier than needed. I’m also super optimistic at the beginning of the year. I don’t know why, especially since around that time I see how few goals I accomplished the year before. But I am optimistic. So, I continue to do this.
But this year, 2020, a new decade, the new roaring 20s, is going to be different. First, I’m planning on changing my life in a large way. And second, I plan on going forward with my goals differently. They’ll be broken up into different categories and I have a smaller list of total goals. Less lofty. More attainable. And these goals aren’t aimless goals I arbitrarily chose to feel as if I was going somewhere with them. They have a purpose. Many of them depend on each other, some are steps needing to be taken in order to accomplish the rest.
Here are my goals for 2020:
I have the same goals of reading more books, watching more films, and losing more weight. I’ve already been eating mostly plant-based and I’m almost 10 pounds down. In order for other goals (go back to school, etc.) I need to move out of my parents house and get my own apartment (which is, in turn, reliant on me finding some extra income which is another goal down on the list.)
- read 30-35 books
- watch 30-35 films
- lose 50 pounds
- walk ~every day
- workout ~3 times a week
- eat mostly plant-based
- move into own apartment
Here is where the biggest change in my goals and my life are. I plan on going back to school to study literature and linguistics, to finally get my bachelor’s degree, and hopefully begin a life transitioning from designer to novelist and linguist/historian. (My goal in life is to have a Wikipedia page with a long list of occupations after my name. I want filmmaker on that list, too. I don’t care. I’m that six year old who can’t decide between firefighter, astronaut, or doctor. And I don’t care. Fight me.) I’ve started to relearn all the high school French I’ve forgotten so that I feel confidant in at least one thing while studying linguistics.
- go back to school for BA
- apply to schools
- begin studying literature & linguistics in the fall
- restart learning French
- continue self-learning linguistics and Greek mythology
I’ve included writing into “work” because I’ve decided that writing is my job. It’s going to be. Even if I’m not making a single cent right now from it. I will. Anyway, I’m taking it seriously. I’m also going to have to get some sort of consistent income to move and live on my own. Freelancing ain’t it, folks. And anything extra is going to help, so I’ll still be doing some freelance (when it comes about) and finally working on launching a small store to sell some designs, just to have something for some extra cash. I’m looking at different hosting/product sites and hopefully can get that going soon.
- write another screenplay
- write a short film
- finish novel, “Calder + Tyne”
- finish novel, “The Arduous Dance”
- find flexible/remote/work-from-home design job
- design and sell stationery/products online
And those are my goal for 2020. I’m excited. This is probably going to be the busiest year of my life. It’s a big year and I hope it all works out!!!