Posted in The Ponderings of Life

Onward and Upward

It’s that time of year again.

As 2017 comes to a close, I’m looking back on my New Year’s resolutions and patting myself on the back for the ones I reached…and crossing my fingers to do better next year with the ones I didn’t reach.

Here are my 2017 New Year’s resolutions I posted a year ago:

  1. Read 40 books.
  2. Finish writing one book (probably Endeavoring).
  3. Edit Bridget Returns.
  4. Edit and self-publish The Whistler Daughters.
  5. Year after year, I want to become more like Christ–as Colossians 3:12-17 says so perfectly.

How did I do?

1. Read 40 books: Alas, this goal has eluded me yet again. With starting college classes this year and working on the Snow White retelling, I only finished reading 16 books. That said, five of those few books were a part of the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins and I cannot wait to write a review on them soon!

2. Finish writing one book (probably Endeavoring): I did not finish writing Endeavoring, but I did finish writing The War Within, for the short story contest and I feel that that counts for something! 🙂

3. Edit Bridget Returns: While I did not finish editing Bridget Returns, I certainly started. Last I checked, I had gotten through about 2/3 of editing this novel and I have cut out almost 20,000 words, which has made it so much better already.

4. Edit and self-publish The Whistler Daughters: This goal I did not reach even in part. While I had sort of started editing in the spring, I ended up focusing mostly on editing Bridget Returns and after deciding to enter the short story contest, decided to put off self-publishing anything for another year.

5. Year after year, I want to become more like Christ–as Colossians 3:12-17 says so perfectly: This is a goal that I will have for the rest of my life and one that I will constantly be working towards. I know that as long as I’m alive on this earth, I will unfortunately continue to sin as I have not left my sinful body yet. But one day Jesus will return and we will be given new bodies freed from sin. What a day that will be! Until then, I must continue to grow more in Him.

Another goal I had that I had not written down was to finish my 8 Lumerit courses as part of my bundle that I bought in January of this year. I reached this goal two weeks ago and I couldn’t feel happier with all my hard work as a student this year. It’s the little things. 🙂

As for new goals for 2018, they will look very similar to last year’s:

  1. Read 30 books. Obviously reading 40 books in a year is not an easy goal to obtain while pursuing a college degree. But in 2015 and 2016, I read 30 books and I believe I can do it again next year!
  2. Edit The Whistler Daughters and send it to a literary agency.
  3. If nothing much happens with The Whistler Daughters, edit and self-publish Bridget Returns.

I also have some more regular goals like budgeting better, saving for plane tickets and exercising more. All in all, I feel energized and ready to tackle 2018 and hopefully finish a little smarter, a little kinder and a lot more excited about God’s opportunities and blessings! I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year. 🙂

 

P.S. This is my 50th post on For a Thousand Words!! Hooray!

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