My life changed quite a bit in 2012.
I remember standing on the deck of my parents' beach house where I was living at the time, staring off into the distance. The only thing I wanted was to get a better job. One where I earned decent money. One where I could move closer to home, closer to my nephew and niece who were still growing inside each of my sisters' bellies. One where I could legitimately start my life as a working man, back on the grid.
A new nephew, a new niece, godfather to both. A new job, a new location. New furniture, some new friends.
113 new blog posts, 200ish new followers. Many new blogging friends.
Lots of other things too.
I can't help but feel that I didn't wish for these things to happen to me, but rather that I knew they were going to happen, and once I actively started knowing that they were going to happen, they started happening.
It sounds a lot like The Secret, I know. I don't really believe that crap.
But maybe I do.
Another example can be seen in that post that I wrote about how I am getting fat. Since I wrote that, I've already lost seven pounds in a month. Just from putting it down on paper, or more usefully, putting it out into the universe. By admitting it, not only to myself, but to the world (or at least a tiny percentage of the world that reads my blog) I made myself accountable.
So here's a bunch of goals for the coming year that I'm going to put on paper so that they happen. Or at least so that I am accountable. I suppose you could call them resolutions.
- Eat a pizza (just so that I can guarantee that I will cross off at least one thing on my list).
- Revamp the blog to give it a better overall look.
- Get stuff published on other, more major, websites.
- Take writing course or join a writing group. Never cheat by using stuff I have already written.
- Take photography course. Take many photos for blog.
- Delve into YouTube.
- Special project #1 (A novel)
- Special project #2 (Can't tell you what this one is, but it has something to do with a podcast I listen to)
- Special project #3 (Can't tell you what this one is either, but it is something that I have already started. It might actually be impossible to complete, but could very well be the most important thing I ever do, writing-wise, and something I am positive that nobody in all of human history has ever done before.)
- Hit 1 million views. This isn't really something I can control. It's just a lofty goal that I think would be fun to try to achieve. I'm currently at 80,000 views in four years, though the first three years were extremely inactive on my part.
- Start actively dating. Get back in shape to do so.
- Get Sadie acquainted with new dogs.
I'm sure that I will tack on a few other goals, especially ones that have to do with real life. Besides dating, my dog, and eating a pizza, my goals for 2013 are very blog-centric. And that isn't accidental.
To those of you that stumbled across my blog this year and have become regular readers and/or friends: thank you so much. You inspire me.
I hope that everyone has a kick-ass 2013. We made it through the Mayan Apocalypse of 2012.
And if we did that, we can do anything.