Making Peace with Unmet Goals

Pretty much all personal projects screeched to a halt in November, including this blog and my book. I started a new full-time job. I found out I was pregnant (it’s a girl, due mid-July!), and have been trying to get my life in order since.

To wit, here is how I lived up to my 2012 goals:

  • Writing: Complete a first draft of my YA fantasy. Didn’t happen; only have about 1/3 of a draft finished.
  • Reading: 30 books read. Managed to read 25, so that’s something.

So didn’t really meet either of these. And there wasn’t much bookmaking (or crafting in general) to speak of in 2012, either.

But I’ve made peace with it. I accomplished a small amount, compared to what I’d hoped to, but I still made progress. I have a third of a book written! Over 35,000 words! It’s so much further than I’ve ever been before. And I read 25 books last year, which is probably more than I would’ve read without having set a goal. Besides, I did other awesome things. I found a job that’s fulfilling, that I enjoy going to each day. I am preparing for the start of my family.

For 2013, I’ve decided not to set goals. I will work on things as a feel motivated or inspired, and as I have time. I’m going to take life as it comes. I want to continue to work towards my goals of complete my book and reading more, but I’m not putting numbers or deadlines on it. Good things take time, and sometimes have to take a backseat to better or more important things.

4 thoughts on “Making Peace with Unmet Goals

  1. Good for you not worrying about goals! I looked back at 2012 and was so disappointed in myself, but you live and learn and try to do better the next year. You are going to be such a wonderful mom. I’m excited for you!

    • Goals are targets to aim at. You have 1/3rd a book, which is 1/3 more than I have. You didn’t read 30 books, but you did read 25. Pretty darn good, too. John Lennon sings that life is what happens while we are busy making other plans! Enjoy the journey and what you accomplish–you are a miracle!

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