Wednesday, December 27, 2017

#AMonthofFaves: Goals for 2018 (Mostly Non-Reading)

Challenges {The Year End Updates on Reading Challenges, Personal Goals, Resolutions} #AMonthofFaves – how did you do? Are you going to do more challenges next year?
I struggled with this prompt yesterday (obviously, since I didn't post), but I'm coming back around after some thought. I didn't do any specific reading challenges in 2017 because reading itself was the challenge.  Likewise, I plan to go into 2018 free-range reading, so I'm short on snappy reading goals to close out and/or commit to for 2018. Other than...you know...read. Something. Whatever I feel like reading.

Last night I was without book after finishing a couple of them earlier in the week, so I sat and thought about what really sounded good. I ended up purchasing a digital copy of Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Tr*mp's America, edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding. One and a half essays in, it's going to be a tough read, but it's free-range and it's working. Also, it brings me to my next goal. A life one.

Stay politically engaged. This is the long game. I feel like I've taken some solid steps in volunteering for some state and local campaigns I care about. It feels hands-on rather than ranting into the void. I still do plenty of that, mind you, but this is helpful grunt work. It's data entry and text message polling. It's canvassing and talking and donating. It's growing a thicker skin and developing a cooler head for conversation.

Journal more. I plan, I organize, I am engaged with the things I need to do on a daily, monthly, or yearly basis, but that can be a little cold and short-winded. I purchased a bullet journal with the intent of really focusing on the JOURNAL part of the name. It's rare that I keep track of what I'm into or write thoughts that don't get posted somewhere. I need more quiet moments of reflection that are just for me, and I hope this is the vehicle for those. It's also a creative outlet, so yay for that.

Support and engage creators. We are all creators. As bloggers or YouTubers, colorers, doodlers, or gamers. I've started to really get invested in a wide range of creative outlets and with various platforms where creators do their creating, and I want this type of engagement and support to grow in 2018.

If you posted about your goals, don't forget to link up, and as always, take a few minutes to visit my super fantastic partners: Tanya Patrice, Kim, and Tamara!

8 comments:

  1. I'm so proud of your political activism. So many people complain and then sit back and do nothing.

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    1. Thank you, Kathy! I can't help myself. It's gotta be done. :)

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  2. You (and a friend of mine) have inspired me to get involved with doing postcards. She participates in Postcards to Voters, and that's something I want to do as well.

    My paper journal is a tremendous help to me. As someone who has blogged publicly for a long time, it was a shift to write just for myself, but it's a great tool. I think doing morning pages (at any time of the day) was the kick in the pants I really needed for that.

    I love this. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. I had NEVER heard of Postcards to Voters! I looked it up, and that's the coolest thing. If I can work it into my new quarter schedule I'll definitely join them myself. I think it's one of those situations where I can stick some postcards in my work bag and take care of writing in my off moments.

      I'm so glad you're into the paper journal groove. I jumped into it full force here at the end of the year, and I hope it sticks!

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  3. I am ver boring on this subject. I just want to keep reading and blogging as I enter year 8. I'm impressed that you growing and changing it up. Happy New Year.

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    1. Good luck to you! I hope your reading and blogging mojo are good to you in the new year. :D

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  4. I have not done any volunteering for political campaigns and haven't been very politically involved since I finished helping to organize the science march. I recently heard about Postcards to Voters myself though and that sounds like something I'd enjoy doing, so I may try that in the new year.

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  5. The working with different platforms helps to optimize a large number of new ideas. This approach will allow developing your creative potential in the right direction.

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