This year has started well mentally, probably because I’m in denial of all the things that would make my lose my mind if I focused on them. Although I have been preparing for exams, I’ve been allowing myself to concentrate more on what I want outside/alongside of my studies.
I’m going to compile a few of the things I hope to achieve over the coming year.
1. Get a desk
I’ve been a student pretty much my entire life, and this is my fourth year in university. I’m a writer, and Virginia Woolf was right that a woman needs a room of her own if she is to write, but what if that room is devoid of a desk?
The woman can still write, but she’ll be frustrated that she can’t write it on her own desk. Well, now is the time to change that! I have spent the past few days tidying my bedroom to make enough room to accommodate a desk. And the good news is…there is space!
I’ve convinced myself that although I can’t afford the £50 the desk will cost me, it’ll come out of my student loan, and the desk will help with my studies massively. So it’s a sound investment. I’ve picked out the one I want, now all I need to do is finish making space, buy the thing and then…assemble it.
Wish me luck!
2. Pass my exams
I’ve been living and breathing media law this past month, and I’m still not done revising everything! I’m trying my best to keep up with shorthand, and I’ve even made a ‘shorthand poster’ which displays all the most important word groups and jotter words.
There’s one module I’ve done a grand total of NOTHING for. But I’m sure I’m not alone on that one. But I’ve been here before, and I know that when the pressure is on, I can work hard and make sure I get what needs doing done. It’s been harder with journalism because of the nature of producing articles/features relevant to the time of the deadline, but it’s a challenge I happily accept!
If I can do as well on this course as I did on my last course, then that’s good enough for me.
Wish me even more luck!
3. Write a book
The last book I wrote was one I did for myself, and a few people have bought it, but not loads! I’ve made just under £10 from it, and I get around £2 for each sale. My main aim is simply to write books that I’m proud of, that I can look at and be happy that I created something. But I’d also like to write something people will want to read and want to buy.
I’ve already planned what my book will be, which you can read about at the bottom of my ‘current writing projects’ page. I’ll be promoting this one a lot more, and will be moving publishing platforms to a more cost-effective one!
Hopefully the book will be ready by the second half of this year, after my journalism course ends.
It will be called Skeleton with a Heart, with the subtitle ‘500 thoughts from an anxious mind’. I’ll post updates on its progress as the year goes on.
4. Read 80 books
Every year I do the Goodreads Reading Challenge, and this year I’ve set my goal for 80. I don’t know how realistic an aim it is, but if there’s anything I’m good at it is reading books. A lot of books. If you want to follow what I’m reading you can check out my bookstagram, and if you want to read all my book reviews, then check out my book blog.
I’m currently reading two books at the same time, one fiction, one non-fiction…so we’re off to a good start!
5. Read the Harry Potter series
For the past two Christmasses I’ve said I’d read Harry Potter. Because yes, I’ve never read it. Harry Potter first came to my attention via the films, so I got into those before even wanting to attempt the books. At that age, I wasn’t a big reader. I preferred reading comics, and books with plenty of illustrations. And non-fiction books with pictures.
I loved the films, and they were on TV this Christmas but I refused to watch them. I’m distancing myself from it, so that I can be re-introduced to it, and experience the books for the first time. When I finish my uni course, and it gets close to Christmas…I will be reading Harry Potter.
Five goals/hopes seems an achievable amount, and more may develop as the year passes. What are your main hopes for this year? Or choose a priority and let me know in the comments.