Wishes, Dreams & All My 2018 Plans

Wishes, Dreams & All My 2018 Plans

The New Year is almost here! Am I panicking? No, your panicking. Actually, we’re all panicking. Because 2018 is JUST AROUND the CORNER! Agh!

And you know what that means, right??? One has to make goals. I actually really dread making goals.

Because what if I change my mind? What if my goals are really lame? Or just impossible to do? AGH!

Ok, calm down. It’s going to be ok. *breathe*

But since goals are so nerve-wracking, I make plans. Because plans are flexible. I can do a 2018 planning session.

  • Run 218 miles

Even writing that seems super daring. But it’s actually not?
Because if I divide that by 50, I just need to run 4 miles a week.

4 miles a week.

I can do that. At least, in theory.

  • Drink MORE water!

This is my goal every year??? But I actually need to get behind this.

I haven’t drunk any soda since Thanksgiving. If I can do that, I can drink more water.

On the other note, we’ll see how long I can go skipping soda. Just keep making iced tea & I’ll be alright. 

  • Start a bullet journal

I’ve journaled so long, & have a blog on top of that. And then all my fiction writing & papers for school. I couldn’t imagine starting something else?

BUT I’ve been inspired to keep up with my mental health better with a bullet journal. Help declutter my brain and keep my life more focused.

I’ve also seen some really cool bullet journal ideas? So, we’ll see if this works.

  • BUDGET my Money

Is it possible to save money? It really seems impossible.
But I must do this! Really, I need to save money.
And hopefully, bullet journaling will help.

  • Read 75 – 100 Books.

My Book List breakdown

  • 12 Non-fiction history books. (At least 1 a month. Any recommendations?)
  • 12 Owlcrate books
  • 12 Classics (I’m going to really buckle down on Charles Dickens)
  • 12 New-to-me Authors

Here’s just a few of new-to-me authors I’d like to read in 2018. Also, I’m probably going to publish some post about all the authors I keep meaning to read.*

  • Marissa Meyer, yes, I’ve never even started the Lunar Chronicles 
  • John Green
  • V E Schwab
  • Maggie Stiefvater (I’ve heard so much about the Raven Boys!)
  • Marie Lu
  • Jay Kristoff
  • Amie Kaufman
  • Becky Albertalli

*And I keep saying what I’m going to post. Spoiling all my surprises. 

  • Finish the 1st draft of The Little Mermaid Retelling.

I’m just over 15,000 words on this project!

But I don’t have a title? And I normally do? So that’s really weird. And though I don’t have a title yet, this story is so fun! Mermaids, and Leprechauns & Fae – gorgeous Irish myths that are super exciting!

  • Finish the 2nd draft of The Stolen/The Unraveling

As you cane see, I’m debating renaming this draft.

My editor suggested The Stolen Prince, but there’s alot more stolen in this story than just the prince. And I thought that title sounded cliche? Though my editor thought The Unraveling sounded cliche. Maybe we’re both cliche? Sshsshsh…don’t tell her I said that. 

I’m a quarter way into editing this draft & it’s getting pretty exciting! Also, does editing ever get easier? No, don’t answer. I know. It’s ALWAYS evil.

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See this gorgeous photo? Thanks to Abby Joy Studios!

  • Publish twice weekly

I’m trying to decide if I should post reviews on Monday? Because I don’t write that many reviews. If I do that, that will be 3 posts a week.

  • Reach 500 subscribers 

Blogging is alot of work. And it’s fun. Reading & replying to comments, following other blogs makes it worth it. Thanks to each and every reader who follows along with all my bookish rambles.

  • Receive a physical ARC 

Though with my record of reviewing ARCs, that may not happen. Also, bloggers are supposed to have 500 subscribers before requesting physical ARCs. So, see above point.

  • Write more book reviews! This is my year guys, I can do this.
  • Go to YALLfest Who else wants to go in 2018?

  • Post on instagram 2 times a day. Super ambitious. Probably not happening all year

Reach 3,000 instagram followers.

I’ve had my bookstagram for just at a year, and my account has grown so much more than I expected. I’d love to reach 3k next year, but I’m also great if that doesn’t happen, you know?

  • 1,000 Twitter followers

It’s hard to gain followers on twitter. But I’ve tried hard to ENGAGE with people. I have about 600 people keeping up with my tweets. We’ll see if I can grow that in 2018.

  • Start a Youtube channel

*gasp* This feels so crazy. And maybe it is? But I’d love to talk through book reviews, instead of just blogging? So we’ll see if I can do this.

Also, I learned how to edit videos for my journalism classes. So, I might as well use my editing skills. Right?

Whew… That was lot of thinking. But I think that captures everything I’m aiming for.
I’m pretty excited for 2018. I think this is the first year I’ve ever focused on setting goals and making plans to achieve them. That’s a great sign, right?

lets chat

Isn’t making goals the scariest thing? Let’s just run away from goals together? 

What new hobbies are you hoping to pick up in 2018? Have you ever bullet journaled?

How many books are you trying to read in 2018? Are you writing any books next year?

Are you on youtube or twitter? 

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A Redheaded Texas Gal. I love the woods and thrive where there’s green grass and room to grow. I dream of living in a used book store and wearing period costumes to work everyday. In the meantime, I’m studying Journalism and Political Science, and trying to follow Jesus wherever He leads.

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  • Congratulations on your plans. They all sound great. I’m working on figuring mine out currently. I was especially inspired by your reading one. Now I’m thinking about doing something similar.
    I actually have bullet journaled before and really liked it. It’s nice to have everything in one place, and I love how customizable it is.
    Happy New Year!

    • Elizabeth Hunter

      Happy New Year! I love figuring out what I want to do, though getting it all done can be a challenge.
      I just ordered a bullet journal & I can’t wait to start writing down all my lists & goals.

  • Malanie Loves Fiction

    i would love love love your YouTube vlog bc I love your blog posts! 🙂 & I love your running goals, it does sound really ambition, but not when it’s 4 miles a week; your goals are inspiring me right now 🙂 & I’m excited for you to read Lunar Chronicles. I’m still (will always be) deeply in love with my Cressy <3

    • Elizabeth Hunter

      Ah, thanks so much! I’m not sure how I’m going to start the Youtube channel, but I definitely want to give it a go!
      And I keep hearing about the Lunar Chronicles, so I’m getting excited to read them!

  • Best of luck with reaching your goals in 2018! I run cross country and track at my high school and finding motivation to run in the winter off-season can be difficult, so I admire your drive to run four miles a week! I have bullet journaled, kind of– my journal doubles as my agenda for school, so it contains books, my schoolwork, blog stuff, extracurriculars, & everything in between. I hope you have a wonderful new year!

    claire @ clairefy

    • Elizabeth Hunter

      Oh, running track is so cool! I ran a 5k last October but haven’t really run since I did that. But hoping to change that this semester!
      And I have a school planner, but it gets too crowded. Hoping a bullet journal helps narrow down my life and keep it better organized.
      Happy New Year to you!

  • YES, non-fiction history recommendations!! Here are the best that I’ve read: Seabiscuit, The Boys in the Boat (AKA my second favorite book of all time), Unbroken, and Bomb. They’re all set during World War II. Okay, bulletjournaling. I don’t do those beautiful weekly and monthly spreads that you see on Pinterest (oh my, that would take way too long), but I do my own version of it, where I basically make random lists so I don’t forget stuff. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR GOALS!

    • Elizabeth Hunter

      I’ve read Unbroken but I haven’t picked up Seabiscuit. I really enjoy history books from World War II.
      I think I’m going to try to read Unbelievable by Katy Tur for my non-fiction book this January. I just heard about it and I’m super excited to read it.

      • Annie Xia

        Me too! Did you like Unbroken?
        Unbelievable sounds really interesting. I hope it’s good!

        • I did enjoy Unbroken, it was hard reading, but very worthwhile

        • Elizabeth Hunter

          I did enjoy Unbroken. It was horrible, what happened to the POWs, but very well written.

  • Chauncey Rogers

    Whoa! Those are quite a few goals! They all look like really good ones, though, so I wish you the best of luck in keeping them all up. It’ll be fun to be a beneficiary of your new goals!
    Happy new year!