Things I Want To Try in 2013 — MAY UPDATE

In January I first initiated the challenge to try some new things this year. It’s essentially a to-do list but in my own kooky way — doing away with the whole annual goals and new years resolutions deal. This is something more organic. It’s been a wild few months and already my life has undergone some amazing transitions. Interested in hearing more? Read on. Otherwise why else did you click on the link you silly goose! Go check out Harlem Shake on YouTube or something…

These are things I have accomplished:

Get my full driver’s licence.
A progression from this year after getting my Restricted. I’ve done the Defensive Driving course and I need to wait until the end of February until I can take the next step. According to my instructor I need to practice identifying hazards and say what I’m doing to prevent accidents (for the test), as well as smoother gear changes, using my mirrors more often, and slowing down on corners.

After all those years of procrastination I finally got my full driver’s licence! I pretty much aced the test according to the instructor, but he was a bit niggly on a part where I slowed down for a temporary road works sign and prematurely sped up by 5k just as I passed it. But I passed and I feel good. But that doesn’t mean I can slack off now. Lives are on the line yo!

 

These are things I’m making headway on:

Go overseas by myself.
I’m an independent person. Well, at least that’s what I like to think. I’ve been overseas twice and I travelled with a group each time. Next year I am going it alone. Melbourne is far from a far flung African nation, but it’s a start! So that’s something to get me out of my comfort zone, and hopefully help me make a better effort when it comes to meeting new people.

It’s coming closer now. The PAX facebook page is buzzing with activity. Ron Gilbert is headlining. Indie games have been chosen for the floor. Panels are being announced. I just hope I don’t wet myself when I finally get there!

Run from Upper Hutt to Silverstream.

I’ve been getting into running over the last few months with a buddy, and although I said I was against goals, for this one I wanted something tactile to work towards. It’s about 6.2km so not entirely out of the range of possibility. That doesn’t it mean we can slack off though.

I’ve been in a bit of a downward spiral with running now. I’ve probably run about twice in the last month. The cold weather hasn’t been too kind, and my morning routine took a hit. But hockey is keeping me plenty active, running up and down the field as Left or Right Wing. I just wish I was in better shape for it!

Edit my novel.
So procrastination strikes again. I finally write a bloody novel and it sits untouched with its pants around its ankles waiting to be cleaned up. This may involve setting a daily routine, or perhaps even a 50k edit in a month challenge? I need something to get my ass motivated.

I’m slowly but surely making headway. Writing has also taken a hit (along with running funnily enough), but the 30 day wriitng challenge is helping me churn some words out, even if it isn’t as new novel. Sadly that means I have less time for actual editing. In an ideal world I would be accomplishing both!

Read more books.

I have a Kindle. I have a library card. I have spare time. There is no excuse. I am a writer and to improve my craft I need to read more books. It’s frankly quite embarrassing the number of books I read this year (I can count them on one or two hands). I need to put away the TV and the videogames *gasp* and get into the medium I love so much, but never spare a second for.

I read Hugh Howey’s Wool on my Kindle, err.. Kindle app. I’m reading John Green’s The Fault of Our Stars. Just purchased The Great Gatsby to prepare for the upcoming movie. Needless to say I’m getting back into reading in a good way! My TV watching has taken a hit, but it’s really for the best.

 

These are things I still want to try:

Actually go ‘clubbing’.
24 and still sitting at home on a Saturday night. I know I’ll probably hate it. The crowds, the smells, the sore feet, the awkward social situations. But I can’t let anything go unchecked. You only have one life after all.

Host events/parties/catch-ups.
Although it might seem like I’m an introverted loner I really do love hanging out with friends and I enjoy group activities. So it’s ‘bout time I take charge and set up some of my own for a change, and not just the once-a-year birthday party.

Initiate contact with friends and family.
I’m usually the one that waits, the one that hates to take initiative. I know this, and I need to do better. I need to make more phone calls, see how people are doing, and arrange catch-ups. It’s unfair for me to put all the work on everyone else.

Practise public speaking.

What do they say about facing up to your fears? I’m not sure either, but it does seem like the right thing to do. Plus, it can only help reduce my shyness in the long run. And I would really like to be able to stand up in front of a group and say more than a few clumsy strung-together words.

Record and upload my own podcast.
I attempted something this year; a podcast about stories in all forms of media. But it was horrid. Until I feel comfortable in front of a microphone (and can reduce my um’s and ah’s and sniffs), I won’t release anything publicly but it is my aim!

 

Get rid of excess crap.
So last year I had a goal to scan in my old school stuff and other mementos. And I started, but quickly gave up as I saw the mountain that lay before me. I managed to sell off a bunch of DVDs and games and other things which has helped, but there’s still a long way to go. The hardest thing is going to be my U2 collection…

Re-learn.
So I knew my weak subjects at school and they’re still weak today. I want to change that. With resources like Khan Academy there’s no excuse. I want to learn geography, well, mostly countries and major cities and where they’re located on the world map. I want to learn maths so I can do basic equations, fractions, and percentages in my head.

Mini goals.
These are small things that I can do anytime. I just need the motivation!

– Visit SPCA Wellington.

– HUHA Upper Hutt.

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