Over six months of blogging, I’ve edited my about page several times, my blog no longer acting as a personal progress tracker. Back then Albert was my only reader 🙂 during the “resolution posts,” so I’m taking a hint from fellow blogger, Emily, and updating my 26 Before 26. I first heard about this list making tracking process on Emily’s blog, and she recently posted her progress on the infamous 26 this week.
The idea of the list is to write down things you want to accomplish before your next birthday. I originally began this blog as a way to track my progress in writing, which it has helped with, but has also become a wonderful new community to engage with. So here is the list, as it stands so far.
- Write everyday. (This one hasn’t happened yet, but I’m working on it.)
- Read 2 books a month for fun. (I thought I’d only be able to do 1 a month, but I’m pleasantly keeping up with 2.)
- Submit my work for publication. (Huge wake-up call THANK YOU to Nina Badzin for blogging this post on why it’s important to just do it and not be a snob about your publication opportunities. Thanks, Nina!)
- Learn about the craft of writing.
- Learn about social media. (Uh, Kristen Lamb. Best Freshly Pressed post to ever stumble onto. I feel a kinship to her as we both started out with turquoise colored blogs. :))
- Attend a writing conference. (Madison Writers Institute – Wonderful experience)
- Meet with other writers. (Accomplished at the conference, started a writing critique group, and of course engaging with all of you!)
- Record my wacky family memoirs. (You have read the posts about my father, right?)
- Write a fiction book. (It’s my current work in progress.)
- Get my own office. (Remodeling the upstairs is slow moving, my current best place for productivity remains Starbucks.)
- Eat healthier. (I’m well of aware of the bologna incident, and the write like potatoes incident, and the double stuff oreos incident in spite of my mother. It’s about progress, and part of progress comes from being aware.)
- Be more frugal. (Save money, oh please start saving money.)
- Take a real vacation. (2 weeks I’m off to New Orleans!)
- Leave the country. (I have been to Italy and Ireland, but my boyfriend has never left the country, and I LOVE to travel, so we’re hoping to go to Canada in August.)
- Go to the beach. (We actually do have one on the Mississippi, not that I’d dare to touch the water, but even if the sun HATES me, I want to relax at the beach with a good book more than the 2 times I went last year.)
- Go see live theater.
- Attend more events at the public library.
- Be a better partner. (I always think relationships can improve and Joe and I will have been together 5 years the same month as my birthday. We’ve both grown a lot, but the first year of living together is like taking the fast track training to someone’s personality disorder! Now that we’re in year two of “domestic bliss,” I’m hoping we’ll able to balance a bit more.)
- Clean up my room more. Make it my own.
- Take my vitamins daily.
- Keep up with my gratitude journal, 5 things each day.
- Track my progress of learning the social media and publishing world. (I’ve been adding a second list underneath my gratitude journal that focuses on eye opening moments.)
- Spend more time with friends and family.
- Go for a bike ride.
- Get new glasses.
- Practice cooking seafood.
That’s my list. Might seem boring, but it’s me and my goals in 26 things. Most of them are writing focused, but that’s what this year is about. I had a good 2 1/2 years of only random journal entries to show for it. It became very clear, during the holiday season in my retail work environment, that it was time to start up writing again. Nothing has made me happier than the actions I’ve taken towards this goal this year. I feel like myself again. Or getting there anyway. I do feel like the poster child sometimes for “if you don’t use it, you lose it” when it comes to dumb writing mistakes. So when I start to feel that way, I have to remind myself, hey, at least I’m writing again!
What things are on your list this year?