Cheers to another year living! I've gotta say, I didn't have an awful 2016 and I wasn't hoping for the year to end, but I am also really excited to start anew and have a fresh outlook on my goals and life in general. Being that this is my first "official" blog, I figured what better way to start it than to share my New Year's Resolutions?
1) Finish editing my book
Back in November 2013 I wrote a book for NaNoWriMo and have yet to finish editing it. It's been so long since I've read all the way through it that there are things I can't even remember about it. There's such fun in diving back into it though because I get to relive the surprises and plot twists that I weaved into the story. However, it also makes editing it such a daunting task because I want it to be perfect. My plan for this year is to edit in the morning for at least an hour, six days a week. By the end of the year I hope to start looking up publishing options.
2) Make more videos
Whether it be vlogs, music videos, short films, challenge videos, etc., I want to bring out the camera more. Not only is it great for documenting some of my favorite memories, but it's also a great creative outlet for me. I'd like to put out at least three videos a month and build a solid YouTube channel.
3) Learn Final Cut Pro
Before I switched to being an English major, I wanted to go to school for film. Back in high school I purchased a program called Final Cut Pro that is used for editing videos. No surprise, I have yet to learn how to use it.
4) Practice my French
I took French in both high school and college but I've realized that even a few months off from learning the language, my memory starts to slip. I've always wanted to be bilingual and I refuse to give up just yet. Besides using different apps, watching videos, and using my many french books, I plan on watching at least one French film a month and including French music into my everyday life.
5) Practice the guitar
You can only say you know how to do something for so long before you realize you can't really do it. I used to be a lot better at playing the guitar but I haven't sat down and practiced or tried to improve my skills in years. I've just been stuck in this adolescent phase of guitar playing and my ability to create new content with my own music is severely limited because of this.
6) Read more
I feel like I haven't read an entire book in so long. This past semester was one of the hardest I've ever had and I felt as though there was just no time to really sit down and enjoy a book of my choosing. Of course, there's always time if you make time, and that's why I'm making it a goal to read at least 10 books this year. Compared to past years, this seems like absolutely nothing, but I want to start small so that I don't stress myself out too soon. In addition, I always find it hard to read a book when I feel as though the time could be used to edit my own. Hopefully with my scheduled editing time though, I won't feel so guilty reading for fun.
7) Meal Prep
Being a vegan on the go, I've found myself eating a lot of microwaveable meals. This is also because I'm an awful and lazy cook, but I KNOW that so many microwaveable meals cannot be healthy and I want to expand my diet (within the vegan realm of course). Therefore, I am hoping to do meal preps at least once or twice a week.
8) Stop picking my dang split ends
I'm not sure if anyone is going to understand this one, but when I'm stressed I tend to pick my split ends. I've been doing it for as long as I can remember and it takes up a lot of time and is bad for my poor eyes. I'm struggling not to look at my hair as I write this. I must break the habit.
This is the first year that exercise isn't really my top priority. I know it's important and I do need to start being more active to prepare for hiking the Appalachian Trail in the future, but I think I just have a lot of other things I'm more determined to do. At the very least, I'd like to find a cheap (or free) yoga class so that I can focus on having a healthy mind as well.
I would like to be more involved in animal activism this year. I would also like to do more volunteer work, whether that be cooking meals for the homeless or getting together with others for trash pick-ups.
Just writing this post is something I'm really proud of. I've been wanting to have a blog forever and I'm finally doing it! Check back soon because my goal is to post one entry each week. 🙂
*If anyone has any comments or suggestions please leave them! Have any ideas for where I can volunteer, what French films I should watch, or what kind of vegan meals I should prep? I want to know!
Have a wonderful year lovelies,