Happy Friday, everyone!
Today is actually my 27th Birthday! Truthfully, I’m really excited about turning twenty-seven because I don’t really feel that old. Sometimes I take a step back and examine my life, and I’m like, “wow! I’m an adult. I have a job and responsibilities. I cook my own meals, buy my own groceries, and pay for my own gas.”
As I reflect on the realization that I’m much closer to thirty than I am twenty now, I laugh when I realize that I still see myself as a “kid” when I talk to people who are ten or fifteen years older than me. It’s as if I can’t flip off the switch that compels me to say “Mr. Larry or Ms. Emmye” to anyone I meet. Maybe it’s due to my proper Southern upbringing.
But I digress. I’m a year older today! In three years, I’ll be THIRTY! In job interviews, a commonly asked question is about where you see yourself in a year, five years, or ten years. When I was about to graduate college and was interviewing for jobs, my answers to those questions were so vague, and I’ve realized that I can actually clearly see where I want to be in a year, in five years, and in ten years. On that note, I decided to share with you FIVE things I hope to accomplish before I turn 28!
- Self-publish my very first book! I have been working on my debut novel for 18+ months now, and when I’m done with these final revisions, I’m going to devote the months of November & December to learning everything I can about self-publishing, formatting my book for publishing, finding a professional editor, and a marketing plan. This is going to be HUGE.
- Travel somewhere new and exciting! Ryan and I love to travel, and daytrips and weekend-long trips are great, but I want us to go somewhere really fun that we’ve never been before. We’ve got a wedding to attend in Baton Rouge in March, so it sounds like we might be heading down to the bayous of NOLA for a vacation!
- Read at least thirty books. Seriously, this isn’t a huge goal because I read a lot, and I read fast. Every time I turn around, so many new books have been released, and I want to read them ALL!!! I also firmly believe that a good writer reads a lot of good work. That’s only 2.5 books a month, and I know I can do that.
- Join a writers group. If I’m being 100% honest, I already know of a writing group in Charleston that I could check out. Why haven’t I? Because I’m nervous. Yes, I have allowed other people to read my work, but they aren’t sitting right in front of me discussing it. This fear of showing my work to other people has held me back from many different things, and I don’t want to let it anymore.
- Work on being more spontaneous. I know it’s crazy to plan to be spontaneous, but I really do need to be free to be more spontaneous. So often, I have a lot of work lined up at the end of each day (housework, cooking, writing, blogging, etc) that if I get an invitation to do something that’s not “on the to-do list”, I usually turn it down. I don’t want that to be the case from now on, but I know it’s going to take me some time to get to that point. That’s why I’ve recently decided to take off Sundays and one weeknight a week.
So that’s it—five things I want to accomplish before I turn 28. I know I can do all of them with a lot of hard work and dedication! So here goes! I’ll report back to you in a year (assuming someone’s reading the blog and I’m still blogging in a year).