I always think twice about putting my resolutions out there, because I never really know if I’ll be able to do them. Case in point, my 25 for 2013, a lot of which I wasn’t able to tick off—such as saving up for my 2015 Eurotrip.
But then, I realized that wasn’t the right mindset to have. It’s just another way of limiting myself, and really, that negates the whole point of making resolutions.
So here they are. My goals for 2015. No Eurotrip aside, this is my year.
I’m claiming it.
1. Establish myself as a writer.
Whether I become employed or carry on being a full-time freelancer, I’ve got to build my cred, and that means having an accessible portfolio, giving away business cards, and networking.
2. Take my blogging seriously.
I’ve started by finally shelling out money for a custom domain (hello, Wander Write Now!) and a premium theme. I need to keep it up by updating it regularly—i.e., at least twice a week—and putting out interesting, curated content.
3. Share the book love.
I’d planned on creating my own book blog, but my friend Liana had the brilliant idea of joining forces. Together with Anne, we’ve started Will Read For Feels, which officially launches in February. I’m so excited about this!
4. Set my novel free.
No more excuses. It’s past time that my stories be read by people other than myself and my critique partners. This is the year that I will not only finish a book, but revise it, edit the crap out of it, and send it out to agents and publisher too.
5. Explore more of the Philippines.
I’ve long fallen in love with Europe and other parts of the world. Sadly, I’ve yet to really fall in love with my own country. This 2015, I’ll get to know more about my 7,107 wonderful islands—and, by extension, myself. If you need a reason to visit the Philippines, check out this video.
6. Travel solo.
Traveling solo is something I believe everyone has to experience at least once in their lives, and there’s no better time to do so than now. It’ll be scary and nerve-racking, but I know that it’ll help me grow all the more.
7. Learn how to ride a bike.
I know. Shame on me. If I’m going to go travel the world, I’ll need to know how to get around on two wheels too.
8. Give myself the thrill of adventure.
Hiking up a mountain, participating in a fun run, ATV-riding—these are just a few of the many things I’ve yet to experience.
9. Grow my savings.
Because I can’t live on words and dreams alone.
10. Be healthy.
Aside from exercising regularly and eating right, I need to get my GERD/stomach issues sorted out, and that means overcoming my fear of doctors and needles.
11. Develop my baking skills.
Baking is just another way I can pad my savings account, but to do so, I’ve got to be diligent and put my own spin on tried and tested recipes.
12. Embrace my creative side.
I may have traded in interior design for writing, but that doesn’t mean I’ve got to let my creative juices run dry. Calligraphy, photography, photoshop are some skills I want to work on—and maybe some product design, too.
13. Expand my circle and point of view.
Introvert though I am, I need to spread my wings and do that S-thing—socialize. Because there’s so much more I can learn from other people, and because strangers are only strangers if I let them stay that way.
14. Unleash my inner siren.
Really, that’s just a fancy way of saying “DATE.” This one’s recycled from my 25 for 2013, and I will not rest until I cross this off the list. And yes, I’ve officially been challenged to do so—by my own family, too!
15. Take risks.
Because life happens when I step out of my comfort zone.