I know, I know, none of you could possibly care about how I'm doing on my New Year's Resolutions. You probably don't even remember what they are (oh look, here's a friendly link to remind you). Obviously this is all just for my personal benefit, because I always find it useful to give myself some mid-year accountability and motivation to keep up on my goals.
However, I was pretty low-key on the goal setting this year. I anticipated a rough year, so I was trying to be generous with myself and not set the bar too high. At this mid-year reflection point, I actually think I may have set the bar too low. I've already finished nearly every goal I set, so I think I'm going to have set some new goals, because I need something to do for the rest of the year (besides gestate a baby), right?
So here's the update:
5. Apply for Ph. D Programs - Ugh, still not ready to talk about this one. I'm not thinking about this until August anyway, so I'll tell you more about it then.
Right, now, so I suppose that last goal there is a bit of a big one, but I've finished the rest! And obviously applying for grad school won't take up all my time for the rest of the year (at least, I hope it doesn't, because that would drive me crazy!), so I need some new goals. Just a few, because, mind you, I'm still in the thick of awful, miserable, pregnancy sickness.
6. Read 50 Books for Pleasure - Okay, so this isn't a "new" goal so much as it's an adjustment of goal number 3. Honestly, I should've given myself more credit at the beginning of the year, because 24 really was setting the bar too low. But can I read 26 more books this year? Even while pregnant (historically, I read less when I'm pregnant)? I'm pretty optimistic I can do this.
7. Write a Book - I'm thinking about participating in NaNoWriMo again (we'll see how I feel when we get to November), but I actually have an idea for a book! Not a novel, so much, as more kind of a heavily fictionalized memoir. I don't think it will turn into much, but it is an idea that I'm excited about, and I think it will be good writing practice. So I want to get a majority of it drafted out and written this year, before I have three children (!) to take care of.
8. Throw Myself a Birthday Party - I feel a bit silly making this a goal, but I'm worried if I don't make it an official goal, that this idea will sort of fizzle and not come to pass. I haven't had a true, honest-to-goodness birthday party in years. As an introvert, I tend to prefer quieter celebrations, usually just a special date night with my husband. But I'm turning the big 3-0 in September, and I kind of want to go all out for it (and by all out, I mean, just host an actual party). So, it's becoming a goal.
And that's it! I'll be checking back in at the end of the year (and probably in between) for goal updates, so you have that to look forward to. Yay!