Sunday, January 22, 2017

Goals for 2016 - Review

I love those Meryl Streep memes showing how ragged and tired people are after 2016. I made my own with a different actor.

Me at the beginning of 2016

Me at the end of 2016



I had some big goals for 2016. If you don't want to click on the link, here they are:

Writing
  1. Finish Stalkers.
  2. Finish a really good personal essay. Get it published.
  3. Get an agent.
  4. Get some new publication clips.
  5. Complete NaNoWriMo 2016.
  6. Have a new novel to pitch at conferences.
  7. Sell/publish another children’s fiction piece.
  8. Sell/publish children’s non-fiction piece.
  9. Attend a new writing conference.
Assessment - To be really fair, I don't think I accomplished any of these! I didn't finish Stalkers or NaNoWriMo. I don't have a new novel yet. I didn't sell any new fiction pieces. I did get a Runner Up Award for a fiction piece, and I was chosen as the 2016 2017 Fellow for Pen Parentis. I am so proud of those achievements. No new conferences and no agent. 


Business
  1. Increase school visits.
  2. Get/keep two steady freelance clients.
Assessment - These didn't happen either, but not for lack of trying. My group marketing project didn't go anywhere to increasing school visits. I'm picking up some steam a little on the clients front. 

Reading
  1. Read all the Newbery award books. 
  2. Read 100 books (again).
Assessment - I didn't read all the Newbery books. That's a lot of books. And I didn't read 100 books, I read 57 I think. Not terrible. If I counted all of the picture books I read to kids, my total would be closer to 100.

Fitness
  1. Run CUCB.
  2. Run Pgh Marathon Relay.
  3. Try some new races.
  4. Run a sub 7:00 mile.
Assessment - I ran the CUCB despite the wind. I ran the relay. I completed the Presque Isle Triathlon that I had failed to do in 2014. And I completed the Glenwood Duathlon, a brand new race for me! That's a win.

Community Service 

  1. Continue to work for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.
  2. Do a gleaning activity for GPCFB.
Assessment - I did some good work for Moms Demand Action. I did not do a gleaning for GPCFB, but I did start cleaning the NHCO pantry with the boys. 

What's on the list for 2017? I'm still working on it.