I feel like in the last six months, and especially in the last two to three weeks, I have popped out of some kind of opaque chrysalis that I didn’t know I was living in into a new life, a new me. I have a new outlook on life, a greater feeling of maturity (I’ve always been a little emotionally behind others my age), and an energizing feeling of direction and purpose.
I know with crystal clarity what kind of life I want to live and am taking steps in all aspects to get what I want.
I feel like there is no limit on what I can do. That’s why I chose the phrase “infinite possibilities,” as my Word of the Year for 2021. I am optimistic that this year will bring me endless possibilities for success, growth, money, and all good things. And I plan to take advantage of every one of them.
To that end, I’ve established both author and personal goals for 2021. I’m fine with sharing both here because I am the same person whether you are talking to me as an author or a regular person and I aim to be authentic in all I do.
- Get a contract for Minor bio. (Okay, that’s more in my agent’s hands than mine.)
- Finish Colonial/Revolutionary War histfic by end of July.
- Finish WWII histfic by end of July.
- Write female inventor histfic by end of 2021.
- Start on modern retelling of a classic (I’ll be working on ideas for this while I am writing the other books) by the end of the year.
- Write poetry again. (I did this as a child and teenager, but I’ve lacked the confidence as an adult.)
- Attend the Biographer’s International and Historical Novel Society virtual conferences.
- Hopefully the Ethics in Arthurian Legend book a I wrote a chapter for will be published. (That is out of my hands.)
- Do what I can to get Madame Presidentess and Daughter of Destiny optioned.
- Lose 40-50 lbs by June 1.
- Walk outside when the weather is nice. Swim if the pools open again.
- Dance, barre, basic cardio, weight lifting indoors.
- Eat a mostly pescatarian/Mediterranean diet.
- Stop eating delivery.
- Pay off debt.
- Focus on paying off credit card.
- Every time I have the urge to buy something, put that amount of money in my savings account and use it to pay on credit card that month.
- Continue to pay off loans.
- Continue working with the League of Women voters to fund a permanent suffrage memorial of some kind in St. Louis.
- Learn to read French.
- Teach myself to sew.
- There’s another one that I’m not ready to talk about yet, but I will if it ends up working out.
I realize this is an ambitious list, but I always set high goals for myself. That is the way I am happiest. I plan to achieve them all but if I don’t, that is fine too.
What are your 2021 goals?