We're rapidly approaching the new year 2012 and it's often a time where we reflect on the past year and look forward to the year ahead. This is going to be nothing different.
The last blog post of 2011 was a list of 11 goals I was setting myself to achieve in this year. Now is the time to see how I've done and assess what goals I need to look at for the year ahead 2012.
1. Read 40 books
I completed this. Though my Goodreads ticker only stands at 41, I know I have read at least 3 more that for some reason Goodreads didn't want to acknowledge. I'm not sure what that says about my taste in books!
2. Complete first draft of novel and subsequent edited drafts
This I did! And I'm thrilled with the fact that I did. It was hard work. I've had a lot of other things going on this year and I work full time, but regardless of that I still kept pushing myself, sitting down at my newly acquired office space that used to be a spare room and I wrote and I edited and I kept doing it and novel number one was born.
3. Query agent with completed novel
Believe it or not, I even managed to do this. I'm still in the anxiety riddled stage of waiting to hear back, but I'm pleased with what I achieved.
4. See a musical
Unfortunately this one wasn't completed. My other half lost his job earlier in the year do finances restricted social plans like this.
5. Lose 1.5 stone
Mmm. I can't seriously remember what my starting weight was when I wrote this so I can't say either way. That's not a get out clause. I genuinely don't know. I have lost some weight but I don't think it was in this ball park.
6. Start yoga
Oops. I forgot this one.
7. Submit 12 pieces of writing to competitions
I changed my mind about this one early into this year as I decided I needed to focus on the novel.
8. Write at least 6 blog posts a month.
In the main I managed this, other than September and October when I was in that last push to completing the novel. I'm happy with this one.
9. Be more organised. Set goals. Write things down.
This, I think I managed. There's still room for improvement but I'm getting there.
10. Raise the profile of the blog and have an extra 12 followers by the end of 2011 (one a month. Today it stands at 15)
See, I should have done the bracketed thing with the weight loss goal. Ha! Not really. Who wants to put their weight in black and white for all to see?
Anyway, I think I successfully managed to do this. 195 followers! Bear in mind my last post where I discuss quality over quantity. I do want to improve my jnteractions.
11. Push Doctors until a final diagnosis is agreed for son and I.
Done. We have hyper mobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and I also have Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. Not much to have a song and dance about but the objective was met and we know what we're dealing with.
So with this past year all checked out, what do I intend to focus on for 2012? Lets see.... I'm not sure I can come up with 11, never mind 12, but here goes.
1. Read 50 books and in a variety of genres.
2. Start Pilates and another form of exercise.
Due to my medical diagnosis's I need to exercise more, but I need to be sensible in the choices I make.
3. Write book two.
4. Have a publishing contract for book one.
This is out of my hands in the main though. I will work hard but the choice is ultimately be in someone elses hands.
5. Lose a stone in weight.
It's a constant battle, but a smaller goal is more achievable and I don't want to put things on this list just for the fun of it.
6. Make more quality connections when blogging.
If commenting, to make sure I have something to say rather than a one sentence comment for the sake of it.
7. Keep in touch with the people who are important to me.
We often let this slide in our lives. We become busy and time slips away. I want to make a conscious effort to not do this.
What do you have planned for the coming year?