Did anyone else have high hopes last January for their goals for 2020? I sure did. In March, I thought there was no way I was going to be able to do them. But I actually didn’t do too badly.
Some goals were not possible or rational for me to try to accomplish this year, so I crossed them out, but I accomplished some different goals that I didn’t have the foresight in January to write down. I did have to change my tune about some things, especially financially and professionally. But I still feel pretty good about how I did, and I feel like having goals to accomplish during a time I felt like I wasn’t accomplishing much was really helpful.
But now onto next year. Here are my goals for 2021:
These goals this year are seemingly very simple and a little silly. I think it is important for some years to be like that, but I also think these goals are more heavily weighted than they appear.
Get a Record Player and Six Records
Buying a record player would have been really easy a year ago, but it’s not as available to me right now. Getting to the place where I am spending that kind of extra money will take some work, of course. But more importantly, because we are displaced right now, I am not wanting to acquire too much extra stuff.
I am not going to buy a record player until I am either comfortably back in my apartment and set to stay there a while, or I made a decision to stay somewhere else a while. I will have to be in a certain place to listen to a whole album with no headphones.
Also, I am not interested in buying a new record player if there is a used one, so that will also take some patience. I chose 6 records because I felt like that was enough to feel like it is worth it to have a record player for. I’m looking forward to it.
Finish Children’s Book
Kbel and I are in the middle of illustrating 2 children’s books. I want to finish one of them, or start and complete a new one. My hopes for this are as soon as we finish one, completing another one will be much smoother. Then we can start thinking about taking the steps to get published.
Develop Follow Your Own Rules Journal
This is just an idea I have that I think has legs. I haven’t developed it a lot, so I am not sure if I will be able to produce them in a year, but at least I will get the plans ready.
Read 10 books translated from different languages
I am only able to read in English. Even if I was able to read in another language, I wouldn’t have the social conditioning that might be required to fully understand the language of the prose. However, I can rely on people who are brave enough to tackle translating novels into English.
I have started keeping my authors varied, and in my chosen category of books to read (young adult) I have noticed there have been more unique viewpoints being showcased. But I tend to read mostly books by people who speak English and live in the United States.
I am not sure how often young adult books are translated into English from other languages, but my goal is to learn more about what it is like to be a teenager in other countries. I have come to realize I don’t want to travel much. I have happily also come to realize that I can learn even more about how people think and live through means other than travel.
If you have any suggestions on relatively modern Young Adult Novels translated from different languages into English, please share.
Edit One Room Schoolhouse
The trick to this one is I haven’t finished the first draft yet. So in order to edit it, I will have to do that, first. Sneaky, right? One of my goals for 2020 was to finish a first draft, and I did that, but I never really edited. That one might need a complete rewrite, but that’s okay. The upshot of this goal is to bring me closer than I have ever been to being a published author.
Wish Me Luck
There’s a little peak into my goals for the year. Some years I need many goals to keep me on track. I don’t have too much going on right now, so it’s much harder to get led astray, so these five goals seem perfect. This year, in my current mental state, I can’t take on anything too daunting