I don’t believe in resolutions, but I do believe in setting goals. Resolutions seem restricting to me once you set them. Goals, however, are all about the end game, and the road to those goals can be as straight or winding as you want. I try to set six or seven goals every year that challenge me, but are also wholly attainable.
1. Travel to 2 new countries – I’m 98% sure I’m going to do the USMNT trip to St. Vincent in September, but I’d really like to take a non-soccer trip abroad next year. There are so many countries on my Travel Bucket List, but I’m thinking possibly a short Eurotrip to the Continent, perhaps Denmark (Copenhagen) or the Netherlands (Amsterdam). Maybe Sweden (Stockholm)? I’d also like to treat my mom to a trip this year, so maybe she has suggestions as well.
2. Visit a new MLS stadium – I’ve visited a new MLS Stadium each of the past 4 seasons, and I hope to continue in 2016. I’m thinking perhaps a West Coast team, or maybe Orlando (mostly so I can go to Harry Potter World…).
3. Read more non-romance novels – This is on my list every year, and it’s the one thing that keeps from reading solely romance novels. I try to read at least 10 each year, which I usually knock out with my book club. This year, my goal is to knock off all the unread books on my bookshelf, which is 16 books in total. However, I am starting with All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, which won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize, as my selection for book club.
4. Continue expanding my freelance business – I started pet-sitting this year on a freelance basis, and have some ideas for how to expand my freelance business in 2016. I’m not sure which are viable options, and which will be useless, so I’ll need to do some research and testing, but I’m excited for what 2016 holds!
5. Continue to Build this blog – As you can already see, I’ve totally overhauled this blog. I went self-hosted, have started using a new theme I have a lot more control over, created streamlined branded images, along with many other things. I want to continue to build this blog as part of my freelance portfolio, and make it the best it can be.
6. Complete one DIY/Pinterest/IkeaHack per month. I like crafting, and hacking, and making things, but in a 500sqft studio, you only have so much room to work. However, there are tons of projects that can be done in minimal space, and I am hoping to maybe use some of these projects to use as gifts throughout the year. My first two, however, will be small furniture pieces as I give a minor decorating facelift to my apartment.
7. Take a photography class – As I’ve mentioned, I recently bought a new camera, and I’d really like to learn how to use it to it’s full capabilities (aka manual mode).
8. Volunteer – There are so many volunteer opportunities in the DC area, that I don’t even know where to begin. Something animal or Veteran based seem like the most ideal to me.
One or two of these goals are home runs, but I think a majority of these goals are challenging, and all are attainable. Most of them tie in within each other as well (the reading goal excepted), meaning the working toward each goal with help in accomplishing all the other goals. In addition to my goals for The Melissa Year, 2016 is shaping up to be my best year yet!