Yes, this is late. It is more than a week into February. But January was a crazy month, and to be honest I needed that time to figure out what I wanted from this year. Below are my New Year’s resolutions, related to work, writing, and my personal life.
- I want to publish a short story this year. I have only ever published nonfiction – which I’m proud of – but I want to break into fiction. I have a rough draft of a story I’m really proud of, so I just need to edit it and then I can start sending it out. And with some luck, a magazine will be willing to take a chance on it.
- I also want to publish two more creative nonfiction pieces. Last October my first piece was accepted for submission. It should be up in a month or so. I have a lot of ideas for other pieces, so I think it’s more realistic for this to be an area where I might be able to get two pieces published.
- I want to hit 50,000 words in my novel. For context, I’m at about 15,000 words right now, so it’s not exactly a small feat. But I have hope.
- Get a new job. Update: I did this. I recently accepted an offer. I have about two more weeks at my current job, and then I will be embarking on a very new work journey.
- Apply to grad school. In a perfect world, I would have gone straight from undergrad to grad school. Unfortunately, the capitalist hellscape we live in prohibited that. I recently found a Master’s program I’m in love with, and is more affordable than most, so I’m hoping to save up enough to apply for their January 2021 term.
- Go to Italy. I minored in Italian, and due to graduating early I stayed on campus while all my friends from the program studied abroad in Italy. Ever since I graduated, I’ve been scheming to go. I know I’ll achieve this goal, because a trip to Rome and Sienna is booked and paid for. This April, I will be spending a week in Italy, and I can’t wait.
- Run 100 miles. I’m out of shape, but I’ve been going to the gym a lot more, and running a few miles at a time. I can’t run very fast, or for very lung – I certainly don’t have any marathons in my future. But I think 100 miles is more than attainable and will keep me motivated to go to the gym a few times a week.
- Renegotiate my relationship with food. I have a complicated relationship with food, and past (and probably present) of disordered eating. I want to work hard this year on my own and in therapy to address this and make some progress.
- Read 200 books. This was my Goodreads goal last year, and I hit it with some time to spare, so I feel good about doing it again this year.
- Continue fostering my relationship with my boyfriend. He is an important part of my life, and being in a healthy relationship in general was a big part of my personal growth in 2019. I want to continue to prioritize that relationship in 2020.
What are you goals and resolutions for 2020? Do you like making New Year’s resolutions? Let me know!