I’ve read a few review-type posts recently, and thought I would add my own to the mix! Somehow, we’ve reached the mid year mark, and it’s got me feeling all reflective about what I’ve achieved so far, and what I’d like to aim for for the remainder of 2015.
Here are my original goals, along with my reflections on them, and a little redefining for the next 5 months:
1 | Get a tattoo
Getting a tattoo is something I’m still sure that I want to do, and giving myself time to get comfortable with the ideas I had has strengthened my resolve. However, researching artists and preparing for the pain of a tattoo is taking longer than I’d envisaged, so I will likely not be getting inked this year.
2 | Save money
I haven’t been doing great at saving money; however, I have been thinking a lot about living more frugally and recently managed to not have to transfer money back from my savings account at the end of the month! It’s a small achievement but a step in the right direction.
3 | Get serious about writing
I’ve certainly been taking writing more seriously this year, and am happy with the amount of submissions I’ve sent to outside publications, as well as the creative writing I’ve been doing. I would like to write for other publications a little more often, as a means of building my portfolio, so this will be my focus going forward.
4 | Do something different
Taking part in the Write Like A Grrrl creative writing course in March really helped me feel like I was doing something positive and helpful for my own creativity. I loved meeting like-minded folk and rekindling my passion for writing fiction. I can’t wait for the next step of the course in September!
1 | Construct a writing schedule
Using Evernote to keep track, I have successfully put together a weekly writing plan which I’ve had mixed results sticking to. Moving forward, I’d like to focus on maintaining brief daily writing sessions – no more than half an hour each on weekday evenings, though a little longer at the weekends.
2 | Keep a diary
Of all my goals, this is probably the one that resonates least with me now. I do worry that, in years to come, I’ll have forgotten about the small things that made me laugh, or feel loved. But writing a daily diary is just not something that impassions me, and so I won’t be attempting this.
3 | Complete a project
I am still committed to this goal, and may have even achieved it (in a small way) by having completed a few short stories so far this year. I have another short story on the go, and am still working on my essay collection, along with regular contributions to other publications, which you can check out here if you’re interested!
4 | Continue to focus on blogging
Being part of the blogging community has given me so much this year. I absolutely adore interacting with other bloggers and readers, taking part in Twitter chats and building my presence across social media. I am constantly striving to discover new blogs and make (not so) quiet girl bigger and better.
Have you rehashed your annual goals at the middle mark? As always, let me know in the comments!