As we finish the holiday season with our sights on the new year, it’s time to set some goals.
Here are a few of my goals for 2014:
Continue to write for national and international magazines. While I did get the opportunity to return to writing for magazines, a lot of the markets I used to write for have either gone out of business, changed ownership, or no longer pay. Ironically, it has been through the search for a cure for my ailing daughter that new writing opportunities have surfaced. I’m starting to become a wellness expert and have been asked by national and international magazines to write articles on medical research, health, and wellness. I hope to continue writing in these industries, bridging the gap between trade publications and the consumer, through articles that educate, enlighten, and inspire.
Find an agent. Although I have queried and queried and queried, I have yet to find an agent willing to work with me on either my fiction or non-fiction books. I have politely declined quite a few opportunities with small and mid-list publishers in the hopes that I can acquire an agent who will represent me better than I’ve been able to represent myself, but that might change in 2014 if an opportunity to work with a mid-list publisher arises that I can negotiate myself. Books don’t work well sitting on the hard drive when there is a world of readers out there who might benefit from them.
Paint. My art has taken a backseat to writing these past two years while I tried to replace my income. Now that I’ve found a comfortable balance between my day job and my freelance work, I am hoping to carve out more time to return to my first love: visual art.
Dance. With the closing of Custom Health and Fitness, I have been working with a running specialist to rehabilitate my knee so I can participate in the company 5ks, 10ks, ½ and full marathons. I would like to find a studio that caters to adult dancers. The place I used to go to has since closed. I deeply miss the discipline of ballet and the freedom I feel when I am leaping across the dance floor. It’s better than a runner’s high.
Work less, play more. This is probably the toughest one to accomplish in 2014. I am a highly ambitious person who is married to an equally ambitious man. We both want way more out of life than life is sometimes willing to give, and neither one of us is able to settle, which translates into long working hours with less time as a family. Hopefully, if we can find a cure for our daughter’s illness, we can travel as a family, even if that travel is tied to work. Keep your fingers crossed!
That’s more than enough to keep me busy in the New Year.
How about you? What are your goals for 2014?