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Chiara / January 8, 2016 , Fri / writing

Hello, 2016. I can’t believe you’ve already been here a week.

Last year I subscribed to Happy Mail (from A Beautiful Mess), and I received a gorgeous package filled with stationery cards/postcards/shopping lists/cool shit each month. In December, they sent me a piece of gold paper, with “2016 Goals” written on the back of it.

And I asked myself: what are my 2016 goals? Do I have any? Do I even want to have any? (Goals can be persnickety, to say the least).

The only goals I could think of were the following:

  1. Finish current WIP (which has been thoroughly neglected for many a month now).
  2. Write another novel (because there are far too many ideas floating around my head).
  3. Get an agent (this is not easy. This is hard. And scary).
  4. Work in a bookstore (also hard. No one EVER LEAVES THEIR JOBS AT BOOKSTORES).

And that was it. I mean, two conceivable goals (numbers one and two) out of four isn’t too bad, and to be honest, I want to do those things anyway, without a goal setting thingamajig. The other two are more or less dreams, rather than goals because both of them depend a lot on chance and circumstance.

Wouldn’t it be lovely if all these goals came true (is that what goals do? Come true? I don’t know, but I’m going with it)? I think so. I think so very much.

But I’m also not going to pin my happiness on these goals, because I don’t think happiness should hinge on successes, rather on the small joys like seeing your cat use his cat cave for the first time (which happened mere hours ago), or finding that out of print book you’ve been wanting for ages, or trying on a dress you think won’t suit you and realising it’s the dress you’ve been waiting for your entire life.

Goals are all well and good for motivation, but that’s where I’m leaving them. I’ll try and do all these things. I may succeed in some, I may fail in some others. But they’re more of a reminder of the things I want, and the things I want to do, rather than the things I base my self worth on.

I do hope they come true, though. Because dreams are like that. They ache and want to come true for you.

Do you have any goals for 2016? What are they?


8 Responses to hello, 2016

  1. (This is completely random, but when you talked about your cat using his cat cave for the first time, it made me think of this: we bought our dog a dog bed for Christmas and put it in my room, because he hangs out with me a lot and it made me kind of sad to see him sitting on the floor all the time. DO YOU KNOW WHAT HE DID. He took one look at it, wrinkled his nose, and CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR NEXT TO IT. I swear. The amount of sass.)

    Ahem! With that being said: I do quite adore your approach to goal setting. I’ve been trying to set vaguer goals this year – less specific things and more philosophies to embody. I’d like to make my goals a style of living rather than things I achieve and then never think about again, you know?

    Best of luck with your goals, Chiara. All my love. <3

    • Chiara says:

      HAHA! I love how sassy our pets are. We bought him the cave for Christmas, and all he did was sniff at it. But then we moved it to a different place and he uses it approximately once per day. So not a HUGE hit, but still better than that first day XD

      I’m so glad we feel the same about the goals! I think they’re much better that way. And even though ticking things off lists has a nice feel to it, getting to that point can be stressful.

      All the same to you, dear! <3

  2. Inge says:

    I just finished my six-month subscription to the Happy Mail package. So many fun post cards! I’m going to spam all my friends, muahahaha.

    I hope you get to achieve your goals, and if not, no harm done, your time will come. <3 Hope 2016 is a beautiful year for you regardless.

    • Chiara says:

      How gorgeous is it? I kind of wish I had the money to subscribe again, but alas XD I have SO many little cards and things. I think I am set for life!

      Thank you so much, lovely <3 All the same to you!

  3. Krystianna says:

    Good luck with your goals! I think my main goal this year is to read whatever I feel like reading. :) I love your blog design!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    • Chiara says:

      Thank you so much! Ah, that’s such a good goal. I think we get so bogged down with review copies and guilt about reviewing them on time that we miss out on some of the fun of reading. I hope you stick to it :D And thank you very much ^.^

  4. Romi says:

    Aah, this is so on point. I sometimes feel like I should/could start making “resolutions” at the beginning of new years (and they’re pretty much the same things as new years goals) but I always make myself stop, because I feel the same way about not wanting my happiness to hinge on whether or not I accomplish things. I did write up a couple lists, in years gone by, that spanned five or ten years, of more general goals and achievements, but if I looked back on them now my perspective has changed so much, and I don’t want to do the same things, don’t want to experience those things, so to have them on a goals list makes the whole thing begin to start feeling less relevant. So I tend to keep most of it in my head, because I know what I want to achieve and I believe in myself, but I don’t like setting time goals for them. Because if I don’t get published in three years, I’m not going to think of myself as a failure. I’m going to keep working.
    Your goals are epic, by the way, and no matter when you achieve them, or if you change how you feel about any of them, at any point, I’m cheering you on and in believing in you as strongly as I believe in myself. xx

    • Chiara says:

      <3 109% at everything you said. I don't like to set time constraints on anything, because just because something doesn't happen by X point in time doesn't mean it WON'T happen, and doesn't mean that you didn't TRY to make it happen.

      I believe in you and your goals, as well. No matter what they are <3

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