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Goals Schmoals- What that year be lookin’ like?

Posted 2 January, 2017 by DLWhite in Goals & Plans, Writers Write 0 Comments



As I get older, and more ensconced in social media, I find that certain words become overused and grate on my last frazzled nerve. Diverse. Marginalized. Inclusive is getting there.

I hate the word goals. And I have hated the word RESOLUTION my whole life. And it’s not just the word. Nothing puts me in a deer-in-headlights stupor than the practice of listing out things I want to do in a year. I have NO IDEA, people.

But… everyone’s doing it. And I don’t want it to seem like Im not thinking about my future, because “what I’m gonna do next” is always on my mind.

So, I came up with a light, non taxing list of things I might could accomplisth this year, designed to make me feel less like I am rebelling but not jumping into the boiling hot New Year’s Resolution cauldron.

I am calling these my 2017 Priorities:

  • Four years ago I had weight loss surgery. I’ve never been much of a shopper, but buying smaller clothes was more fun than a sharp stick in the eye. Once I settled down in sizes, I stopped shopping, really. I got lazy and I look frumpy on more days than I care to admit. My hair is… a mess… I’m just not a hair person. I don’t care, I’ll shave it off. So, for 2017, I am going to bring myself back from wherever I let myself go to. Taking care in my appearance, liking what I see in the mirror.
  • I had some health challenges in 2016 which made any kind of exercise a strain on my body. There’s no excuse for not moving my tush, so I bought a fitbit to track my movement and challenge myself to getting in more steps. The building I work in is large  and there’s plenty of room to push myself. Thankfully I don’t need to lose anymore weight but being healthy is about more than wearing a small size.
  • Annual Goodreads challenge: I pledged to read 125 books with focus on black authors and as always read more craft books. One a month, if I can.
  • Writing: Of course I’ll be writing, I just don’t have any book plans set in stone. The Ruby’s followup is always top of mind, but I don’t have a deadline for it.
  • Travel:Try to plan ahead more to get out of town, even a weekend trip does a lot to help me feel refreshed.  I am usually sitting around doing nothing. Need to try harder to get up and GO. (I also write better when I am away)
  • Finance: I paid off three bills this year! Yay! I’ve got my eye on three cards that can go next year. On the train to debt free. I miss having disposable income!
  • Housing: Move by May 1. I’d like to pay at least $100 less on rent per month and live closer to work.

2016 End of Year Book Survey

2016 End of Year Book Survey

Thanks to the Perpetual Page Turner for hosting this survey every year! It’s time for the annual review of books! I have 125 books to look over, so… let’s get this party started!   Number Of Books You Read:126 Number of Re-Reads: 1 Genre You Read The Most From:  Probably romance