Why Have One List of Goals When You Can Have a Bunch?
I’m what you’d call a goal-oriented person.
This is unsurprising. I work at a newspaper, in a profession in which I have to hit deadlines—and push others to meet deadline—every day.
I love having things to work toward and being able to look back at the end of some period of time and seeing everything that I’ve accomplished.
I do, of course, have some serious goals relating to my physical and mental health, my day job, my family and friends. But it also helps to have some fun goals, too, to help break up the angst of, say, managing my anxiety properly instead of just suppressing it or endlessly trying to get on a proper sleep schedule (2016 is totally going to be my year for that, guys).
So, here are my fluffy goals for 2016:
Books: I want to kick my reading up a notch. So I’m combining the Goodreads and Book Riot challenges to read 104 books I haven’t read before in 2016, which works out to two per week.
I figure Pancake Sex Book Club means I’ll read 12 books, and the Book Riot challenge means I’ll be reading genres I don’t normally touch—like horror (someone hold me). I love reading, but I don’t often make time for it the way that I’d like to. This will give me the push I need to step away from “Dragon Age: Inquisition” and experience something new. Plus, seeing the meter in the Goodreads challenge slowly fill up as the year goes on is always nice.
Besides, reading more makes me a better writer and editor (hi, I’m a workaholic and always relate things back to work). But more importantly, reading brings me joy; it always has. During some pretty tough times growing up, I could always count on books to provide an escape, a safe haven. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with that part of myself.
Maybe I’ll even go crazy and try some Brené Brown.
Crafting: I want to be more creative.
Producing and hosting a crafting podcast helps with this, as we always talk about whatever we’re working on.
But I have a whole awesome sewing room, and I want to use the hell out of it this year. So, my sewing goal is this: I will sew one item—preferably a garment—each month. They won’t all be super involved; I have a subscription to Seamwork, and I’ve earmarked a few of those patterns.
All this is working up to my big goal: Making this Papercut Patterns bomber jacket. I’ve had the pattern for years and have been too afraid to make it. I will invest in my sewing skills this year, and I will make this jacket.
I also have a few embroidery projects in mind, too, but they are gifts for other people. I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise.
Food: As anyone who followed the travesty that was my Christmas on Twitter knows, I’m a vegan.
— Ness Smugg (@paperbytheton) December 24, 2015
Tonight’s dinner was slightly better: I had cranberry sauce and boiled potatoes. It was bad enough that Tim’s aunt and uncle said something.
— Ness Smugg (@paperbytheton) December 25, 2015
I have amassed a decent collection of vegan cookbooks—and rarely use any of them. No more. This year, I want to try a new recipe at least once per month and find tasty substitutes for my old favorites, like French onion soup and macaroni and cheese. And, just to make it more difficult because why not, I want to find recipes my partner enjoys, too—even if he adds meat to them.
What are your goals for 2016?