2016 is over halfway through and I can’t believe it. Does every year go by this fast, or is it just me?
Back in November, for my 24th birthday, I wrote a post about 24 goals before I turn 25. Some of those are pretty ambitious, while others I knocked out with ease. I’ve made a pretty decent dent in my goals and I’m proud of myself for what I’ve accomplished so far. But I’ve got much more coming and six more months to make it all happen.
In the meantime, I figured it’s time for a goals update. I’ve been up to a lot in the last six months, after all.
Which of my 24-by-25 goals can I cross off? What’s still to come?
So far, I can cross off…
Write every day. Yup, staying pretty consistent with this. Whether it’s on my blog, at work, a new essay or short story, or writing in a journal, I’m doing really well with this.
Make progress on a novel or essay collection. Okay, so I have about three things started. I just have to pick one and commit. But it’s a start!
Learn to make jam. Strawberry, strawberry orange, strawberry peach, and strawberry blueberry! Y’all think I like strawberries? Jam makes a great gift, too!
Take a step forward in my career. You know those things you tell yourself you’ll never do, and then you do it anyway? I found something I love doing outside of my day job, and it might be something I enjoy way more than I thought I would. And that’s a pretty cool feeling.
Try 3 new foods. Traditional Japanese ramen, falafel, and chicken & waffles. All delicious. Want to know a great way to try new foods? Take a food tour.
Maintain a healthful diet and lifestyle. I may not exercise or eat healthfully every single day (who does?), but I’ve done well staying consistent with my habits. And consistency is half the battle!
Take a Pure Barre class. I’ve taken many more than just one! Now that it’s summer, I’m spending more time outside, but I loved Pure Barre (and other barre classes) in the winter and early spring when it was still too cold to be outside.
Submit an essay to a magazine/website/some kind of publication. The life of a writer…
Play violin in church again. What better time to play in church again than at Christmas? I loved playing a couple of my favorite Christmas hymns at my church in Chattanooga before the holidays. I’ve played a few more times since then!
Meet other bloggers in my city. Bloggers, small biz owners, all kinds of awesome people.
Attend a concert of a band/artist I’ve never seen. Riverbend Music Festival counts, right? I saw lots of artists I’ve never seen in those eight days: Thomas Rhett, ZZ Ward, Blackberry Smoke and more.
And now… What’s next?
Make homemade pasta. One day, I will do this. Maybe ravioli.
Get published (again). I’m still working on getting published, but my blog got an awesome press hit back in January!
Bake a cake, completely from scratch. Channeling my inner Pioneer Woman here.
Make it through another whole series on Netflix. I just started The IT Crowd, so maybe that’ll be my next show. I tried How I Met Your Mother and I only made it through season 4. Just couldn’t do it.
Stick to an editorial calendar for the blog. I’m up and down with this. I’ll do well for a month, and then fall off, then get back on track… there’s definitely room for growth here.
Go hang-gliding and/or zip-lining. Before the summer is over, I will do one of these things.
Try a new outdoor activity. I love stand-up paddle boarding, but I’m not so huge on kayaking. For a while I said I wanted to try rock climbing, and there’s a huge climbing community in Chattanooga.
Travel to a city and country I’ve never been to before. Yeah, definitely still working on this one.
Be able to play one of my old favorite songs on violin again. Working on it! I’m close to being able to play a couple of my old favorites.
Host a dinner party. Do I need an occasion, other than “I just want to”?
I’ve accomplished a lot in the last six months, but I know there’s much more ahead and I’ve got plenty more goals to cross off my list before I turn 25. It’ll be a great time.
What goals do you have for the next six months?