Those of you who know me well know that I don't believe in New Years Resolutions. I often talk about how I "cheat" my new year, I measure my year from birthday to birthday so when people start to talk about their goals for the year I have had a couple weeks to get my head together about what I want to do and how.
One of my "goals" for this year was to get back in a habit of accountability. I have realized how much I need my village. I am blessed to have amazing people in my life who want me to be successful who want to support me so I am making it a point to include them in what I am accomplishing. A big part of my village are the my fellow writers and creative folks in NOVA, who I know will hold my feet to the fire, I have equal parts excitement, glee and yes a touch of nervousness to lay my year bare but here we go.
1. Apply to Grad School. I'm applying to a wonderful MFA program, that will take up a lot of my next few months. Within that goal are several smaller ones:
* Finish my personal statement
* Reach out to potential reccomenders (this is the part that always make me nervous, no matter how well I know the person I'm going to ask I always fear someone's answer.
* Send Transcripts (the easiest of the list and I will do that by weeks end probably today if I can)
* Compile Sample (This freaks me out so much, the lions share of weight in a grad school app is the sample)
* Apply for teaching assistant ship positions. (This is during the second round so comes a bit after the rest of these things so I'm not focusing on it quite so much now)
2. Publish FOUR times this year. This is pretty broad and a bit ambitious, but I want to be published four times this year, in literary journalis/magazines or websites this can either be short stories or poetry or hopefully a combination.
3. Appear on a Blog Link Up 12 times this year.
Have content to link to YeahWrite or other blog link up at least once a month or 12 times this year.
**4. Drive more traffic to this site. Although I try to make my goals quantifiable I'm not sure how to make this one so. I will come back to this after the grad school application is done and shipped off and either quantify or chuck this one.
NON WRITING GOALS
5. Exercise more. Which honestly becomes exercise at all, changes in my living and working situations have all but knocked out any exercise I used to get and that's REALLY not good for me. I want to remedy this. Again I need help with making this quantifiable. I'm think some form of physical exercise a minimum of twice a week. While weight loss may go with this I am hesitant to put a # of pounds into this goal for reasons I may or may not expound upon later.
6. Travel More. I love to travel and I just want to get to more places this year. I'm setting my goal at Eight non local places this year.
7. Read More. The goal is to read 40 books this year. I'm sure grad school will all but double that but my personal goal is 40 books. I have a really good list of books going for the first part of the year that I will be posting really soon.