Goals 2014

Painting by Kristine Joelle Pantig

This has been a relatively good year for me. (You can read a little bit more about that by clicking here.) But while I was at my friend Joelle‘s exhibit yesterday (above is her favorite painting of mine from the exhibit–sadly my camera was low-batt so I have no idea what it’s called but I know its tentative title was Elements), I realized that there is still so much to do–so many things to achieve and work hard at. So at the risk of being uber cliche, here are a couple of my goals or ‘dreams’ for the coming year.

1.) Get a job. It sounds simple enough but I know from hearing friends’ stories that it can be harder than just clicking “Apply” on JobStreet. But, yeah. This is a work in progress–I’m keeping my fingers crossed for good news this New Year. (This of course ties in with the fact that the grades haven’t come out yet and I’d like to know for sure if I’m going to be graduating already.)

2.) Get at least 750 likes on MoarBooks/throw more events for MoarBooks.Β  Even if I know likes (or the number of them) aren’t everything and I’m grateful for all 236 likes we have thus far, I feel like we need to get to get more likes for no other reason than they would reflect a growing readership and create more interest in what we do. I guess this also means that I need to up my socializing skills. Whew. Okay.

I have a couple of events in the works which I’ve been planning for the latter part of 2013 but which have been put on hold because of issues with timing (all the dates I’ve chosen have coincided with bigger events which seemed worth attending). I want these events to be fun but also more focused on literature–I want to have one for fiction and one for poetry–than on drinking or partying it up (although we can do that after, of course).

3.) Get more things published/get better at writing. I mean this both for myself and for MoarBooks and for EM. I want to put more things out on MoarBooks and be able to have a wider variety of things to sell at events. I also want to get my stuff out there and am preparing work to send out to different publications as well as gearing up to apply to workshops and other things like that which will help me improve as well as open me up to new ideas. As for EM, I’m really looking forward to the (possible) new ways of doing things that we’ve been discussing. I’m also excited for the printing experiments that my friend Ron’s been doing re: the size/binding of the issues.

4.) Help out around the house. As the youngest in my family, I’m usually exempt from helping out with the bills and things (especially because I was still in school) but I’m looking forward to being able to help out financially.

5.) Stay fit. It wasn’t very hard for me to get in shape in that I knew I could do it but it does take work and I want to keep on getting stronger, physically. My initial goal was to get down to 110 pounds and now that I’m at 108, I feel like it wouldn’t be so bad to bring it down to 105 or 100 because I’m pretty short. πŸ™‚ Also, I want to be able to build up my endurance and strength (although I by no means want to become the Hulk). I’ve been taking measures toward this by downloading a lot of exercise programs. I finished Jillian Michaels’ Body Revolution a week and a half ago and am two days into Insanity. Yoga really helps on days when I’m not up to rigorous cardio/strength training, too. πŸ™‚

6.) Save more money. Hay. I am a shopaholic. Everyday is a struggle.

7.) Be more honest friendship-wise, both on and off Facebook. One of the excuses I despise is “I have no time” which is the excuse that’s been used on me most often this year. I don’t claim to be the perfect friend and there are times when this excuse is legit but I’m also tired of trusting it’s true when I know that sometimes people just say it because they don’t want to see you or just because they’re lazy. But in a convo I was having with my friend Akire the other day, she said something that I think is accurate–there are some people you don’t stay in touch with for a reason. And I think that’s alright too. I would just like to be more honest about that both to myself and to those (former?) friends this year in that I will not say anything like “I miss you!” or “Let’s hang out!” if I don’t mean it.

I’d also like to be able to tell my friends how I feel when they hurt me or let me down. I have a problem with saying these things because I am scared of a) drama and b) coming off entitled–I hate people like this, who feel like they have a monopoly on other people’s time but also a lot of the people who let me down are people like that so I figure that I shouldn’t be too scared of this.

On the flipside, I’d also like to be able to tell my good friends that they are my good friends. πŸ™‚ Although I think I did a good job on this last year, I’d like to keep it up!

8.) Be shameless. I’ve been following this YouTube channel which has really inspired (gah I hate that word but alas, it’s true) me to be more open to social media and talking to people about events or my work and not being so embarrassed or reluctant about telling people about the things I’m doing.

9.) Get my driver’s license. I’ve been driving for almost two months now (I have a student’s permit, don’t worry) and was supposed to get my license a few days ago but there was a fire near the LTO and they’re closed until the second week of January. So. I can’t wait for that!

10.) Read more. Admittedly, I do read anyway but I feel like I can read more. I’ve been jumping back and forth between different books lately and have effectively been getting nowhere. I’ll post an updated reading list soon. πŸ™‚

And that’s it for now!

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