The wonderful Jenn of (newly named) Old Haunts has inspired me to actually start creating monthly goals. I keep running to-do lists constantly but those are mainly daily tasks and small things to accomplish and when the month is over all I can really do is look back at my calendar and see all the events i’ve attended. I don’t have a way right now of truly keeping track of whether or not I actually did much other than attend all of my obligations.
So with that being said i’d like to straight up copy Jenn and make monthly goals, because having a sense of accomplishment is a good thing.
Read the NovelTea Book Club Book: The Golem and The Jinni is our book this month and i’m only about 60 or so pages in right now. I’ve been reading this book for a few days now so you might be able to see the trouble there. It’s a great book so far but it’s actually the first adult fiction i’ve read in an embarrassingly long time and it has been taking it’s toll on me as i’ve gotten bored easily. I’m also finding the style of writing to be beautiful but forced so that has been playing it’s own part in my dilemma. I know once we get into the thick of the plot i’ll love it but for now i’m slow to start.
Move into our house by Thanksgiving: We close on our house on the 14th! That is one week from today! OH MY GOD! But we still have to make a few repairs/small renovations before we can move in. Mostly little things like painting the master bedroom and tearing up the carpet in there in favor of some laminate wood but i’m already anxious to be in there. I started packing the apartment last weekend only to quickly realize that it was way too soon. So now i’m living in a sea of boxes and Mando and I are both feeling very unsettled. I have this thing where I feel like was too transient and unanchored (not a good thing for me) if I don’t have my home set up. Home is pretty big thing for me and I have to keep telling myself that this place is going to be ours for a very long time so it’s okay if we aren’t moved in in one day like I would love to be. Permanence takes time. BUT I do want to be settled in with all of our belongings over at the new house by the end of the month at least.
Write a novel: Loljkwut? I’m participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time and so far I have 1500 words that I wrote down during an SAT I proctored in October so I don’t think it counts very much. I have an idea for a series of stories I want to tell but I don’t really know how to go about that. On top of that I just finished Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas and that level of amazingness is super intimidating. It’s also inspiring I guess but man oh man she is flawless in her story telling and world building. The intricacies of these stories are mind blowing and I want to do that so bad but I have no clue how. Thankfully NaNoWriMo is just my chance at getting these ideas out of my head and rough drafting like crazy. A part of me is so hesitant to write things down because these ideas are not permanent and that is so scary to do work that might be thrown away but then I remember that i’m a writing teacher and that is literally what I tell students to do every single day. Who cares if it’s not perfect, write it and then write it again. Just get the ideas out. So that’s what i’m doing because if I don’t they’ll never go anywhere.
Catch up on blogs: I have fallen mercilessly behind but mostly i’m going to blame netflix, comedysportz, and books. So hey if at least part of my internet time has been cut because i’m reading I won’t be too sad about it.
Write at least 3 more blog posts: I know that doesn’t seem like much but i’m in a bit of a time crunch this month with both the house and all of my extra curricular obligations so i’ll honestly consider it a miracle if I manage to eek out three more posts! It’s not for a lack of things to say though believe me.
Install a doggie door: As the owner of a dog with tiny bladder syndrome (not an actual syndrome) I dream of nothing more than a doggie door and it will be the happiest day of my life when we move into our new house, install a dog door, and then no longer have to climb stairs every 30 minutes so Fenriz can pee ALL THE TIME.
I think i’ll leave it at that for now. Start small but also incredibly large I guess?
Until next time,