Three, nearly four, months have passed since I first set my goals for the year. These are the ones remaining…
- Go on a date.
Whatever the type — Classic, Blind, Online, Speed… But I have to try, even if it is the scariest thing on this damn list.
Yep still putting this one off. Love coach applications welcome. Please send your cover letter and CV with a self-addressed stamped envelope.
- Remove all clutter.
I started this last year but my progress dropped off a bit. Well, completely. To embrace living with less stuff, especially when most of it is just clutter, I want to make digital copies of things I can’t bear to part with, and force myself to chuck or donate the rest.
Procrastination my old friend. I’ve barely touched the boxes of stuff. Some sits in my bedroom, some sits on the balcony. And it’s all stuff I’ll probably never need again. But I need to preserve it. I want to preserve it. Just need to find some space, some time, and some motivation.
- Write a novel.
Encouraged by Stephen King’s book On Writing, I’m actually rather excited to spend my time creating a world over many, many, many pages. My first draft will likely take me a good few months, and I will learn first hand whether or not I have what it takes to write full-length fiction.
I’ve just gotten back into short stories so I think I’ll focus on that for now.
- Write a film screenplay.
Towards the end of 2011 I found myself falling into screenwriting. Like the novel, but of course not like the novel at all, it will push my skills to the very limits. And here’s to it being something other than your standard Hollywood fluff.
I may try some more short film screenplays. Baby steps, baby steps.
- Publish a short stories collection.
Hopefully with some more stories too by this stage, I will try my hand, and maybe even a foot, at digital publishing.
It’s been slow but I managed to write one story since the last time. And hopefully there’s many more to come still. I’m thinking of sending in a few to Radio New Zealand.
- Flat with a friend.
Thanks to last year’s goal I’ve moved out of home and I’m now flatting. But it’s a little lonely and I could do with a good friend or two to play Rock Band & Battleship.
No progress here unfortunately.
Finish the Oxfam Trailwalk.
I’ve wanted to do this for years, and seeing as I’m now out of school and have an athletic bunch of friends to boot; this year, it’s time.
So the weekend came and went, and it didn’t turn out quite like we hoped. Three of us had to pull out during the event. Damn knee! Only one of us made it to the finish, but we made sure to stick around to make sure he got there. Regardless of the failure it was a great trip and a great experience. Special thanks to all who supported us and donated.
- Meditate daily.
I’ve toyed with self improvement, zen, minimalism and all sorts. But I just can’t find the time to sit in the quiet, to relax and be one with the world. I want to make this a part of my daily routine, just like my exercise and writing.
The 15 minutes thing isn’t working so I’ve decided to follow Leo Babauta’s 2 minute starter method. I mean who can’t spare 2 minutes? Well, me apparently. I need to pick a trigger to make sure the habit actually kicks in. After shaving perhaps…