It’s the end of the year… a new year lies before us. For some 2016 has been a terrible year, for others it’s been the best one ever. We can all make a fresh start in 2017… how are you going to do that?
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If you’ve been reading for a while you will know I don’t do resolutions. I said it last year and the year before, and I am sure will say it again next year. What I like to do instead is to look forward, and think about my hopes for 2017. The things I am dreaming about for the coming year.
In preparing for writing this post I decided to look back at the posts from previous year to see what things I had been hoping for. The one from the beginning of 2015 made me laugh, I have changed so much since I wrote that post. The things I want are so different in some respects, and so much the same in others. 2016’s hopes was nice because some of them have really happened, I am living some of those dreams. Some of them I have still to realise, and that’s okay. It’s good to have hopes to aim for.
In 2017 I would really like to get my shit together money wise, and actually be able to afford to get my own place, it doesn’t need to be big I just want something that is mine. However, to do this I first need to clear all my credit cards, and pay off the financing on my laptop. It is doable but maybe not this year but that doesn’t mean I can’t spend 2017 working towards that goal.
I’d like to continue to build my HornyGeekGirl website, and brand. I saw my numbers increase over the last year, and I like that to continue. I think the best way to do this is to make sure I keep fresh content up. So I’d like to increase my total number of posts over the year. Another part of this is managing to read (and comment on) more posts by other people. I used to use Newsify on my iPad for reading blogs but it relied on Google Reader and since that’s gone I have struggled to find a good replacement, so my reading has been patchy. I tend to read posts on my phone, when they pop up on my Twitter feed, and due to a quirk with WordPress I can’t comment or like them (my phone won’t let me log into my WP account for some unknown reason).
I am already living part of my dream, I am writing for a living, and making money from it but I want to expand this. I need to be pitching more, and trying to break into writing for more websites, publications, etc. At the moment it is few and far between, and I’d like to be able to make it a more regular thing.
Speaking of writing; my passion was always fiction but over the last few years it has fallen by the wayside, as I got busy writing articles for paying jobs. The only fiction I’ve done has been little scenes of flash fiction for Masturbation Monday with the odd one expanded into a short story for publication. I need to be writing more fiction, and getting things together for publication. I have lots of ideas for short story collections, and novellas I just need to start working on them.
Another writing one is finishing my Masters, I need to do this so that I can start researching properly for a PhD. Obviously I want to keep studying because I love learning…….and am a crazy person. But also finishing my Masters will mean if things get a bit desperate money wise, I can pick up substitute teaching without too much trouble. Which would really help with the other goal of wanting my own place to live.
This is a big new start for me, and I have the lovely Mel of Voluptasse to thank for it. We were talking about education (she’s doing a Masters too) and our future plans, and she made a suggestion to help me. One of the things I talked about being interested in doing in the future is sex education for adults (and teens). She suggested I get in touch with Brook because they are always looking for volunteers to help deliver their sex education workshops. So that is now on my list for this year. It will be a big step for me because speaking in front of a group is pretty terrifying to this anxiety girl.
This last one is a more general hope/dream but it ties in with my earlier one of writing more. I have been talking about starting a third blog for over a year, and I think it is time to really make the push and do it. The key to making a living from writing seems to be having fingers in as many pies as possible. So I need to get sorted and get started on my food and travel blog. Okay, to start with it won’t have loads of travel because I can’t currently afford to travel much same goes for restaurant reviews and eating out but that doesn’t mean I can’t talk about places I have been before, or share recipes. I am excited about this I love food and travel, and really want to translate that passion into my work.
And my last one I want to read more. In 2016 I read 52 new books, that number doesn’t include books I re-read, and I re-read quite a lot. I know I read the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series more than once. And I re-read Wild, the Banned & Banished series, the Hunger Games trilogy, the Divergent trilogy, 1st 3 books in the Swallows and Amazons series, a number of my Point Horror books, and some other books from my childhood. I re-read a lot of books because I find them comforting. The books I love are like a warm cosy blanket, that makes me feel happy and safe. I’ve set my 2017 goal at 60 books, and again that is new books only. I shared a photo on my book and film review blog of my to-read pile……which is so big it is actually 3 piles. I hope to have reduced those piles significantly by the end of the year.