Happy New Year, everyone! I hope this year brings you lots of love and light, and everything you wish for. ❤
A few months into 2022, I wrote a post which broadly outlined my goals for the year. It wasn’t because I didn’t want a lot for myself. I did. I wanted so much that I knew I wouldn’t be able to accomplish them if I put so much pressure on myself. Of course, circumstances made sure that I couldn’t complete half of them, but that’s the beauty (or cruelty) of time – more is always going to come, irrespective of whether you’re there or not. So, this year, too, I’m going on the same path because I know that this will lead to the place I want to be at. The difference between present me and the me from 2021 is so stark that I feel whiplash sometimes, as if I lived 2 years across the entirety of 2022.
Yet, all I’m trying to do here is make sure that 2023 will be the year in which things inexorably turn around for me. Some of these goals have trickled down and are upgrades/improvements on goals from previous years, but that’s part of life, I guess. The way I see it, if I have the same goals, then I’m being consistent in some little way. Again, like last year, I won’t categorize them or slot them because I know for sure that they are interconnected.
Here we go:
Get to 5000 subscribers on YouTube. This is perhaps the only numbers goal I have on this list. I’m just so close to 5000 subscribers on my YouTube channel and although this is a goal for the whole year, I’m hoping somehow that I will cross the number before February 18, which is when I celebrate 5 years of creating BookTube videos. I have rough plans for it, maybe even a whole giveaway (international this time, perhaps) to show my gratitude. Keeping my fingers crossed!
Read what I want to read. Doing this over 2022 has made me feel so good, especially because at no point have I felt like I’ve been ‘betraying’ books or reading. As I hoped in my 2022 goals post, I did take it easy, I read whatever I wanted to read, I didn’t read if I wasn’t in the mood and didn’t fret if circumstances didn’t allow me to, and I did other things while at it. I’m now neck deep in learning that new language and it’s filtering down into my daily life somehow where I randomly start speaking in that language, much to my husband’s amusement.
Now, could there have been an ulterior motive behind this? Absolutely not. But the other day, I found a whole section of books in the library in this language and my mind absolutely went nuts trying to keep up with the possibilities. Did I learn the language so that I could read in it too? Not really. But am I excited that I can? Oh, hell yes! And I’m pretty proud of it!
I always say to people that it doesn’t matter how much you read. It only matters that you read. And I’m glad that I took that advice for myself. Look at how it’s opened up new avenues for me! Patience. That’s what’s the key.
Be consistent with blogging. Last year, I made a promise to clean up this blog and continue writing. But I feel like I haven’t been consistent with it. I did Blogtober, which, I’m proud of myself for, but apart from that, I’ve only managed to post intermittently. I hope that in 2023, I will post more consistently, even if it is one post a week, even if it is just a weekly reading or writing update. I really want to bring my blog up because as I said last year, the written word was where I started, and where the written word takes me is where I want to go.
Become fluent in my new language. I can now understand my new language better. My vocabulary is so much better than what it was, but I also know that I have a long, long way to go. Immersion is what I need. I need people to talk to, I need to keep learning even when I’m not learning, and I know that for that, I must do a lot more than what I’ve been doing. It’s difficult for an introvert like me, but I’ll hopefully find the courage to do it. Fingers crossed!
Not fixate on hitting Booktube and Bookstagram milestones. This goes against the first goal in this list. But that one is only for special circumstances, because how many times do you get the chance to cross 5000 subscribers anyway? Apart from that, the whole spectacle that is Booktube and Bookstagram is just so draining. I love both, honest to God, I do. But while the people I’ve met and my subscribers and followers are AMAZING, the platforms themselves don’t give two craps about creators in general. The algorithms are designed to keep creators from getting discovered, which is honestly beyond the point. So, if they don’t give a sh*t, neither am I.
Work on my travelogue. What a shame that I haven’t opened the Word document in which I’m writing this travelogue even once across the entirety of 2022! I obviously want to write this and put it out there, but I’m not sure about it anymore. I need to find a way to make my 2015 visit to the USA, which was the first time I traveled abroad, a good experience for the reader, if not great. It might not be a lot, but I do want to work on it at least.
Work on my pending short stories. Yet another thing that I’ve just let sit in a folder and haven’t opened the documents. Not once! I opened the folder, though, but got spooked at the sight of the documents and hurriedly exited it. I don’t know how I will finish these stories if I’m like this, but any progress is good progress. So, that’s what I will be aiming for.
Become healthier. This is what I wrote for this goal last year: “I don’t just mean exercise. I want to make lasting changes to my habits as well.” And though I have started exercising – baby steps, that is – I haven’t yet been able to apply it to my habits. Part of the reason is that people have expectations, and they sort of pile up if I as much as move an inch forward. I want to do this for myself, not for someone to keep pushing me and suffocating me. But an inch forward is still progress. So maybe I’ll ignore the rest and keep going where I need to go.
Not stress myself out about things I can’t control. Learning to do this is an ongoing process, really, and I don’t think we ever stop throughout our lifetimes. But I’ve been taking small, careful steps and I can say with confidence that the peace of mind that it gives me is wonderful. I’m hoping to implement it better this coming year and find more peace as I go.
Those are my goals, easy and simple, for 2023.
What are your goals? Which of these goals are on your list as well? Do you have any plans for 2023 or are you planning to play it by ear? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you! ❤
Once again, a very Happy New Year 2023!
I’ll see you soon in a new blog post.
Until next time, keep reading, and add melodrama to your life! 😊