Onward To 2020

Category: #personal Tags: #newyear #resolutions #goals #writing

Last week I closed out 2019 with a bit of reflection. Now is the time to look ahead to 2020 and identify goals for the 366 days (Don't forget about Leap Year) that await.

Lose 20 pounds in 2020

As I've already stated on this blog, I lost 15 pounds in the second half of 2019. That's a good primer for losing 20 extra pounds in 2020. I don't expect to do anything drastic. I just need to keep on keeping on, and with a long enough timeline, I should be able to reach my goal.

This is the only of my goals that might be worthy of its own hashtag: #20for2020

Weekly posts on Flirting With Nihilism

I have been working on making writing a consistent habit, and I started publishing blog posts on a weekly basis with some small hiccups here and there. I would like to ride that momentum into solidifying a regular schedule for my original write.as blog.

## Monthly posts on Truth & Hyperbole

Here is where I announce the launch of my flash fiction blog, Truth & Hyperbole. I hope that my fiction will be more refined than my posts on Flirting With Nihilism, and so I would like to take some extra time between posts for edits and revisions.

In 2019 my writing goals revolved around practice and frequency, and I’m keeping that theme going in 2020.

I have since killed this blog and decided to consolidate my personal essays and fiction into Flirting With Nihilism. I will separate my posts via the tags blog and fiction.

Prep for a novel

I’ve had an idea for a novel floating around in my head for a few years, but I’ve had difficulty writing it because I still haven’t answered questions about fundamental aspects of my story such as character details, the location(s), and specific events. I’m not too great at improvising as I go in my writing, so I would like to take 2020 to outline my project. It would be great if I were able to start writing my novel in 2020, but at worst I would like to be ready to go by January 1, 2021.

Use fewer commas in my writing

I have a problem with commas in that I use them too often. I'm confident in my usage and feel that said usage is correct, but using too many commas bogs writing down. Even if I do reach my goal of reducing unnecessary commas, I'll always be Team Oxford Comma. Because sometimes commas are necessary.

Use a custom domain for my email

I'm cheating on this one since I've already transitioned my email to a custom domain, which is one of the best digital investments a person can make as Steven Ovadia mentioned on his blog Linux Rig. An unclaimed domain can be had for about $10 (recurring on an annual basis so long as you keep the domain) and can be used with email hosts both free and paid. If you decide to change email providers and leave certain digital ecosystems, there's no need to notify anyone because your contacts can continue reaching you at the same email address. You switch providers, but no one has reason to know or care. It's a great setup.

Lately I've been struggling with what to do with my unwanted books. I buy many of my books at sales hosted by the local chapter of the Friends of the Library, so it feels pointless to donate the same books to the library only to have them back in rotation at another sale.

Recently I stumbled upon a reddit post in which someone recommended donating books to prisoners. After a little Google-fu, I found a local group dedicated to getting books into the hands of prisoners.

Over the last couple of years I've been looking for ways to be more generous, so giving unwanted books to prisoners makes for a double win.

Keep a list of books read

I more or less started doing this in the 3rd quarter of 2019 when I started bullet journaling. I keep a couple of lists—one for fiction and one for non-fiction—for books I would like to read and then I mark them off the list whenever I've completed them. But I would like to have a list only of books I've read, rather than a list of the books on my wishlist that have been read. This may be a good opportunity to utilize my goodreads account.

Play more disc golf

All work, no play... Sometimes you just gotta let loose and let the discs fly. Disc golf is cheaper than regular golf but a player can become as obsessive over his throw as he can his swing. However, disc golf does not make for great small talk at the water cooler. There are no solutions, only trade-offs.

Getting back into a routine

The holiday season is great if you’re lucky enough to work in a career that affords time off. You will never hear me complain about extra vacation or holiday time, but the holiday season makes maintaining routines and habits difficult. I’m looking forward to the return to normalcy but once I’m back in a routine it won't be long before I'm complaining that I would like some extra time off again.

The new year is upon us

I don’t take resolutions too seriously. I don’t expect my life to suddenly and dramatically change on January 1st of any year, but the changing of the year is a good time to think about some of the things you wish you did differently. We should feel free to make positive changes on any date, so I’m sure my goals will shift throughout 2020.

And so...

Onward to 2020.