2017 Resolutions: Halfway Check-In

This year I forced myself to decide on some resolutions to follow. You know; the kind you make on New Year’s and then forget the next day? Or the other ones you try maybe once and then drop. This year I discovered a third kind; resolutions you actually follow through with. I made a video summarizing my goals on my YouTube channel where I went into detail explaining my goals, and so here is my progress.

#1: NICENESS. I’d say I’ve been doing some more things for other people this year. It was a bit difficult when I had a packed course load for my Spring quarter (20 credit hours. Survived with straight A’s and my 4.0 intact!) to find free time (or rather, free energy) to generally help people, but I did little things to help when I could. One of the things was making snacks for the people around me. I always have time for food, and I’d commonly bake cookies or brownies for my room mates and classmates just to make the day a bit sweeter. Midterms and finals are hectic, and usually everyone around me is buzzing around worrying about their projects and setting aside important things like sleeping, eating, and bathing. I’m not entirely sure how I always wind up with free time to do these things, but I won’t question a working situation too intensely. With some of that free time, I’ve been also considering becoming a peer tutor for the Fall quarter. There’s always room to improve myself as a person –which is why I have this on my resolutions– so I look forward to what I’ll do in the future.

#2: ROAD TRIP. I haven’t officially gotten to this one yet, seeing as I just recently arrived back in the area where I grew up, so I haven’t gone anywhere else yet. I’m still trying to work out the details with potentially going to Centralia, seeing as it’s a doable drive from where one of my homes is. Technically I did a road trip with my best friend Maddie driving down to my mom’s house in Florida for Spring Break, but it wasn’t really for driving and enjoying the road and the stops along the way. It was more so to get back to my mom’s house to show Maddie that town. Another possible road trip, or at least, vacation, is going to the beach with my #homesquad. They’re my closest friends from my years of public school, and the plan is currently to spend the weekend after the fourth of July at my grandparents’ beach house. Whatever I do, I’ll try to make a vlog of it.

#3: FINISH MY CURRENT BOOKS. I started the year with three books that I was seriously writing, and by that, I mean I plan to publish them one day. At the time of posting the video, I managed to already finish one book. I’d been working on it for almost six years, but boy did it feel good to finally finish that draft. It was like an adrenaline rush. I rode that success high for the next two weeks and managed to finish another book I’d been working on for about four years. In that first month, I wrote over 300 pages. In February, I began writing the sequels to both books. (My writing process is a jumbled one; I think I might write a post about it another time.) During that month, I also managed to rack in another hundred or so pages. My third and final book included in this goal, I have barely touched. Like I mentioned earlier, I just got back to my home region, which is where I need to be to write it. I have it all planned out in detail, I just need to sit down and write it. I’d do it as a part of Camp NaNoWriMo, but I’ve already gotten about 80 pages done (22,381 words) and that’s cheating. I’ll make my goal to finish it in July, however, as a part of my own challenge I’ll be making myself. (And of course I’ll be posting that here to share with you all as well!)

#4: POST MORE FREQUENTLY ON SOCIAL MEDIA. This one I’ve still been working on, however, I feel like I’m slowly getting the hang of it. I began updating and going on my Twitter more often. At the very least, I’ve made the effort to post on it. I’ve been in the process of developing my own Facebook page, and that’s been steadily going along. I also created this blog recently. With my YouTube channel, I’ve been thinking of different ideas to do and it’s just a matter of doing them. So far, I’d say I’ve been doing satisfactorily on my progress for this, despite the fact I’ve been posting a bit less to my personal Tumblr blog and my art blog. In my own defense, I haven’t had many opportunities to make much art lately, but I’ll be doing that more now that I have free time.

When I was recently thinking about my goals, I realized that half of what got me to do them was the fact I published them online. Initially, I didn’t think that doing so would push me to follow through with any of them. I’m notorious for going on a kick with something, dropping it to go to something else, and then coming back to it months later. However, this time I somehow unintentionally gave myself social pressure to do the things I wanted to. My anxiety in my subconscious was probably going, “Well, you told people you’re going to do these things. They have the proof right there. Are you gonna do it?” Granted, that video doesn’t have many views nor did I link it anywhere besides my twitter, but I guess it was enough of a push that I needed to work on them.

For some people, announcing their goals might just kill their commitment to doing them. For me, it’s the opposite; it fuels me to meet them, whether it be through both my own anxiety or my own excitement, I think I’ve been making some decent progress with 2017.