I wrote my 2013 goals down one morning when I couldn’t get back to sleep, and Elliott and I have been talking about them since then. He helped me make some of them more realistic and then encouraged me to add others, so… we’ll see what’s realistic in the end!
- Love Elliott and Lena and our Baby Boy.
When I asked Elliott what his goals were for 2013, the first thing he said was, “Love you and Lena.” This was humbling to me, as I was going to start with War and Peace. Reality check. Loving my best friend and my dear daughter (and my new son in just a few weeks!) is at the top of my list.
- Finish War and Peace!
I got 1/3 of the way through it this year and then never went back to it. This year I will finish it!
- Read at least 10 of these books.
On another book-related note, I went through lists online of “the books to read before you die” and “the best 100 novels” and came up with this list of ones I haven’t read but have always wanted to. So my goal is to read at least 10 of these books:
- 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
- A Passage to India by E.M. Forester
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
- Confessions by St. Augustine
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
- Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
- Kim by Rudyard Kipling
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
- Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
- Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
- Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
- Sell 50 handmade items either through craft fairs or through my Etsy shop.
- Study Italian
Complete this Italian workbook as well as the two volumes of Pimsleur Italian audio series that we have owned since… oh, since we got here 18 months ago… Both Elliott and I thought that these goals were very manageable and would also seriously improve my Italian.
- Learn more about and practice the manual settings on my camera.
I have got to do this. Where to even begin? Where to set goals? But at least this is a start.
- Launch my blog on a new website.
I hinted at this development in my last post. This time my blog will be self-hosted, which means I will own all my own content and have more control than Blogger allows. Elliott has been encouraging me to do this for awhile and I just need to buckle down and get the website up and running! I am eager to share this with you sometime in the next few weeks. Wish me luck, as setting up and designing a blog is not my forte.
- Publish a piece of writing (fiction or non-fiction) in a non-blog setting.
I have no idea what this will look like yet, so that’s why it’s a very vague goal! But it’s a step in the right direction to improve my writing.
And then I made a separate list of all the things I want/need to do around home before the baby comes! You know, things like…
- Replace the burned-out lightbulbs in bathroom
- Clear out guest room (which is covered in bags of baby clothing and organizational bins)
- Replace the old shower curtain
- Repair my jeans
- Start a recipe binder
- Get the car cleaned
- Wash car seat cover and install the car seat in the car
Get new vacuum cleaner and sell/trash old onesdone!
- Throw out unused/mismatched plastic containers in kitchen to make room for the new ones on their way from Amazon
- Restack linens in the linen closet
- And more… but I won’t bore you!
Some of these things will take me 10 minutes or less but they must be done for my sanity. Since Lena is napping, I have 10 minutes right now. Gonna go work on that list!
What are your goals for 2013? Inspire me!