Ta-da! A New Year’s resolutions post! Actually, it’s more like a wishlist. Hence the title. I’ll be recapping all the goals I made back in February of 2021 (which is also my second most popular post, which is a little crazy 😅) and making new goals for 2022! The last time I looked at that post was back in the summer, so it’s been a hot minute.
Now we shall see how well I did! I’m scared and excited. Here we go!
1. Reach 50 followers on my blog ✔
When I made this goal, I was at 32 followers. Now, I am at 68! That’s more than double than what I had before! Thank you guys so much for reading all my crazy ramblings every month. It means a lot! ❤❤
2. Complete at least one of my unfinished novels/novellas ❌
Aw, look at how cute and naive I was at the beginning of the year! I actually thought I could finish the rough draft of one of my novels! Cute little Mia. I didn’t really do that much writing last year. My bad.
3. Post some of my writing on my blog ✔
Check and check! I posted more than I thought, and I’m pleased with myself. (If you want to read any of it, you can check it out here.)
4. Get back to writing in my journal ✔
This didn’t really happen until the end of the year, but I have gotten back to regularly writing in my journal. 🥳🥳
1. Read all the books on my TBR list ❌
2. Start taking more book suggestions ✔❓
I mean….kind of? Not really sure.
1. Keep up with my reading journal ❌
Failed right out of the gate, but I got into bullet journaling again!
2. Draw my characters ❌
I made moodboards for four of them, which included headshots, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten.
3. Do more canvas painting ❌
1. Learn ten new songs on the piano ✔
I bought 11, learned 10, and added about a thousand more to my wishlist. I need a new binder to keep my sheet music in, because the keyboard can’t handle my overly stuffed 2-inch binder. It’s a problem.
2. Compose an orchestral piece ✔
I think I actually composed three. I’m very proud of all of them, AND one of them is predominantly a piano piece, which is cool.
3. Write 20 lyrical songs ✔
So, I went and grabbed my current song notebook, thinking that was where my songs from 2021 started, but it turns out they start back in one of my old song notebooks, but I was too lazy to grab that notebook, so I just counted the finished songs in my current notebook, and it came out to exactly 20. I guess I smashed this goal.
I also didn’t count the half-finished songs I have, but if I had, that would have probably pushed the total to 30 XD
4. FINALLY master Canon in D ✔❓
I’ve mostly gotten it down. There are a couple little spots that won’t straighten out, but I think that’s the best I’m going to get 😅
5. Learn guitar ❌
I failed this one hardcore. I’ll just have to stick with ukulele.
1. Not fail school ✔
I haven’t flunked anything yet. Yet.
2. Get a job ❌
I went from two small jobs to none, but I’m hoping to start waitressing or something this year, because, let’s be honest, we all know I need the money XD
3. Become less articulate ✔
Why. . . . why did I put “less articulate”? I think I meant “less inarticulate” or simply “more articulate”.
If that’s what I meant, then I think I did pretty well with this one. I went from being a sarcastic wallflower to actually initiating conversations with people I wanted to be friends with. It was hard at first, but I have to remind myself that anything embarrassing that I do will be forgotten within a few months and those people probably want me to talk to them as much as I want them to talk to me. Once I got that in my head, talking didn’t seem as daunting.
I mean, to be honest, I am still horribly socially anxious, but I do everything in my power to keep from overthinking anything that happens, and just focus on the good things that happened. If someone wants to mistreat me, that’s their business, and there are dozens of better people I can surround myself with.
4. Get my driver’s license ❌
Not yet. Maybe this year.
5. Have better relationships with my friends and family ✔➕❌
I went up on the friend level and down on the family level. Or maybe I just flatlined on the family level. I still talk to them and hang out with them, but besides my oldest sister, I don’t really talk to them all that much.
I hate that I’m becoming the stereotypical, anti-family time teenager.
When it comes to my friends, however, I’ve started making more and asking questions and writing them letters and texting them so I can get to know them on a deeper level. I’ve even made friends with GUYS!!! GUYS!!!!!!! I would have NEVER imagined myself doing that in the past, but somehow it happened. *shrugs*
Well, that recaps all the goals that I set last year for 2021. Now, let’s make some goals for 2022, shall we?
1. Reach 100 Followers on My Blog
I’m so close!! I need to get more diligent about publicizing my blog so I’ll have more traffic. And you guys can help too, by sharing my posts with your friends!
2. Finish Plotting My Five-Book Series
I have plotted two and a half books so far, and I have quite a bit to go. Hopefully this will be the year I finish my plot. I’ve been working on it for almost two years!
3. Rejoin YWW
I left the community back in August to focus on school, and I miss it SO BADLY!! I was hoping to rejoin in January, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to. I miss the community and I definitely want to rejoin to help with my writing.
4. Keep Up With My Penpals
I’m starting to wonder if I may have too many penpals because I keep falling behind in my replies. I have two more letters to get done, then I’ll actually be caught up for the first time in months!
1. Post Two or Three Art Posts This Year
I love sharing my art, and I should have an art post coming out soon! I can’t wait!
2. Keep Up With My Bullet Journal
I’ve been doing pretty good with this so far, and I really hope I can make it through the whole year with my bullet journaling. Who knows, maybe I can even share some of my spreads!
3. Draw My Friends
I think they would appreciate it. Plus, it’s an idea I’ve had for several months.
1. Learn 10 New Song on the Piano
I’m carrying this one over from last year. I need to put a dent in my wishlist somehow!
2. Write 25 New Songs on Piano or Ukulele
Not just verses and choruses, like I’ve been doing, but full songs with verses, a chorus, chords, all the trimmings.
3. Learn a New Instrument
Yeah, okay, we’ll see if I can actually go through with this one. I would love to learn cello, but cellos are a wee bit expensive, so we shall see.
4. Get Voice Lessons
This is something I’ve been wanting for a couple of years now, but we haven’t really found the right teacher. Hopefully I can find someone and have a few lessons.
1. Perform in At Least One Show
Preferably more, but this kind of thing is out of my control. We’ll just see where 2022 takes me!
2. Write a New Play For My Siblings
My sisters have been nagging me about writing them a musical or a play to perform, so I guess I have to write them one. And maybe I can get some pictures of our little “performance” and make a blog post out of it!
3. Learn to Dance
Maybe not like, all the dances, but I am a TERRIBLE dancer, so I need all the practice I can get!
1. Meet an Online Friend IRL
There is actually the possibility of this looming on the horizon and I’m ACTUALLY FREAKING OUT!!!! Expect a blog post about it, if it happens.
2. Experiment With Beauty Products
I’ve been toying with the idea of trying out makeup for a little while, and I also thought it might be fun to dye my hair or something. I don’t know. It’s up to my parents, I guess.
3. Get a Job
I have an idea of where I want to work, so maybe over the summer I can start working there! Hopefully. It depends on if they like me or not 😅
4. Get My Driver’s License
I NEED THE POWER TO GO TO THE STORE AND GET FOOD!!!
I think those are all the goals I want to achieve. I may come back and add more, but these are what I have for now! I’m so excited to start working towards them.
What do y’all think of my goals? What kind of goals are you working toward this year?
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