Thursday, January 28, 2010

Resolutions and Goals 2010

So I've decided to make some resolutions and goals for this year, despite the fact that I usually epically fail at keeping/reaching them.

Resolutions involving The Three R's... Almost
  1. I will update this blog at least once a week. Even if I have nothing more to write than - "Did nothing this week." I will write anyway in order to get into the habit.
  2. I will read more. Which will of course mean sacrificing something. Writing, watching TV, or and/or (I'm so hooked on this one game that I play it much too much). I'm thinking that it's going to be the game sites.
  3. I will finally put together the scrapbooking pages that I bought all the supplies for, but never started.
  4. I will continue my newest story and write 75,000 words by December 31st. If some people can write that much in a month, I can certainly match and surpass them in a year.
  5. I will actually finish my application to grad school, even though I dread having homework again. And dread the loss of time that school will take up.
The Standard Resolutions I Make and Break Every Year
  1. I will make it to church every Sunday, and read my Bible at least once a week. I make so many excuses when it comes to both of these, and I need to stop making excuses.
  2. I will live a healthier lifestyle. Even if it means I have to give up foods I love and do the E word... exercise. I want to feel better about myself.
  3. I will start/restart journaling. I don't think I've written a journal entry since freshman year of college. And exciting/funny stuff has happened that I've forgotten. No more of that.
  4. I will do a better job at staying in touch with my friends. I suck at this, which is a terrible thing to suck at. I will make more of an effort to email/call/text/visit the people I love and care about.
  5. Here's a new one- I will not spend so much money. I will learn to penny-pinch. I will remember that I have a Netflix account which means I don't have to buy every movie I think is good or looks good.
Short and Long-Term Goals for 2010
  1. Getting accepted into a grad school.
  2. Getting my teaching certificate.
  3. A new car (this could be a new car or a newer used car).
  4. Setting up a savings account to save up enough for a down payment on my own place.
  5. The summer of weekend road trips. There are so many places I'd like to visit this year.
  6. Redo my room. Paint, new carpet, and rearrangement of the furniture.
  7. Throw another scrapbooking party.
  8. Write a novel. It doesn't have to be perfect, but I'd like to finish SOMETHING!
There are probably things I'm leaving out, but I'll add them in later. This is already a rather challenging list. 2010 will be an interesting year.

I'm still alive, I swear!

So it's been way too long since I last posted anything. With NaNoWriMo, my job, and of course, the holidays, I completely forgot to update through November and December. (I have no excuse for January, except laziness and the very distracting

Update on NaNoWriMo- it was a flop. I liked my story until I had to actually write it. And to make matters worse, some serious job drama came up, and I let that distract me from everything. So I ended up writing only about a thousand words for the entire month (pathetic). But that doesn't mean something good didn't come out of this. The weekend before the deadline, I was visiting my grandparents for Thanksgiving, and I decided to put aside my pathetic excuse for a story and start anew. In only a few hours, I wrote more than I'd written all month. I can only think of two reasons for this:
  1. I wasn't feeling pressured to get the story done for a deadline.
  2. This new story is a pet project of mine that I've been working on for years but was always too scared I'd screw it up to write it down.
So now I have to work on that story, and it's coming together little by little.

I'm also very saddened by the fact that I really didn't read much of anything these past few months. Watched plenty, but didn't read. Netflix has sucked me in, plus all those new TV shows and movies I got for Christmas. So another goal I must set myself is to read more.

There are a lot of movies and TV shows that will need to be reviewed. Too many in fact. It looks like these coming weeks will be all about the 50-word reviews. Which are soooo challenging, but rewarding. In order to say everything you want in such a limited form, you push yourself to be wiser with word choices and to cut out unnecessary fluff (which I love).

List of movies that need to be reviewed:
  1. The House Bunny
  2. Ballet Shoes
  3. Pushing Daisies Seasons 1 & 2
  4. The Fabulous Baker Boys
  5. Extremely Dangerous
  6. Twelfth Night
  7. Glee
  8. V
  9. Lie to Me
  10. Castle Season 1
  11. Firefly
  12. Wimbledon
  13. Julie & Julia
  14. Reign Of Fire
I think there are more, but I can't remember them, since they're not on my Netflix account. So much to do, and plenty of time to do it.