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Some roads end early

No, the title is not meant to be tragic! I’ve just noticed how I strike more and more things on my to-do list, and every goal reached is a journey that ends. The end of a road. Thinking about how it’s only March, I’m actually quite proud of myself, and how that I can keep this up for the rest of the year, as some goals will surely take quite a long time to be completed still. So yeah, this is a post about my goals, and nothing really interesting, haha.

I think I mentioned it in an earlier post, but I finished chapter 3 of my story earlier this month, which was one of the things I wanted to do before the end of the month, so that’s nice. I’ve already started chapter 4, and it’s going along smoothly. It’s one of the good things about taking your sweet time when thinking about what should happen next. Of course I have a rough idea of the whole thing in my head, but I like to improvise, because the bare skeleton of a story is never enough. That goal went from 3 to 4 this month (including chapter 0).

I’m also done saving for my pen display, so I’ll be ordering one as soon as PayPal decides to give me my money. My plan was to wait until April, but since it’s on sale in the Amazon UK shop, I don’t think it’s a good idea to wait too long. I expect to have it before the month is over, and you’ll never see me again, because I’ll be in another world forever… Okay, no, I just want to draw stuff faster than my old touchscreen laptop can manage, and I can’t wait. Goal will be completed when I’ve got the tablet and know it works.

Few days ago, I leveled Dark Knight to 70 in FFXIV, so this goal is 2/3 done now, which is nice. Leveling tanks always takes me forever, but they are all done now. I’ve started leveling Dragoon, and am already at lvl 65, which is really nice. I’m still catching up on some old stuff, but it’s slowly going forward.

Both reviews and recipes are not really moving forward right now, sadly. I do watch Dame x Prince, but it’s on-going, so I can’t just binge watch everything at once. I also have some recipes ready for printing, but the printer is almost out of ink soon, as I’m working hard on my printables. It’s not like I’m behind on either of these goals though, so I’m relaxed.

My sub-goals aren’t that important, as they are just goals I’ve set in case that I need a break from my main goals of this year. I have written a second chapter of my short story though, and of course I’m still reading Dante, which I expect to finish this month.

My brainfarts on the other hand are almost done, hoorray! These goals were for fun, and I will probably add more if I can think of something I’d like to do. I barely just uploaded my first to-do planner design, so that one is done. The smiley set is something that I might not want to do after all, as I can’t seem to find an up to date plugin for WP that supports your own emojis, and I’m not sure if changing the codes is going to work, as I’ve read some bad stuff about it. The floating GIF was already done a while ago, and Crafty February was a success.

Overall, I’m very happy with what I’ve achieved so far, and I hope that I can keep this up for the rest of the year. Then I will surely complete all goals I’ve set my mind to, and maybe even more 🙂

One month into 2018

Time sure flies! 1/12 of the year is already over, and now is the time many people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve decided not to be one of them. As mentioned in an earlier post, my resolutions can be found under The Site & I, and I update them every time I complete something. So what have I completed?

Well, I’ve already watched and reviewed 2 anime series, although Mushishi was maybe a bit of a cheat, as I watched half of it in 2017 already, but whatever. I’ve also started writing on my story again, so there’s a chapter more done there. The family cookbook is also being worked on, though very slowly, but 4 recipes are done. I’ve got some more classes to lvl 70 in FFXIV, which might not be the hardest part, but there’s still a lot to level. I’m also reading The Divine Comedy again, though I find the Heaven part quite unappealing. Once done with it, I will write a little about what I think about the book. My crafty challenge starts tomorrow, so that’s also gonna happen. I hope I can stick to it every day!

I am also getting better at going to bed. Yeah, that’s actually an issue for me… I’ve always just stayed up when my boyfriend went to bed, and then I couldn’t get my arse to follow him until 2 or 3 in the night. Going to bed earlier is nice, but I wish I could get some better sleep. I often end up only sleeping 4 hours because of noise, and then the day becomes a struggle. It’s funny, since we actually moved away from noise… I guess that even small towns have their black sheep.

Oh, and I think I have found a drawing tablet that I want! I spent an entire evening looking around the vast internet to find something that suited my needs, but it was sooo hard. I actually wanted an XP-Pen tablet, but apparently they are known for sending out tablets with broken monitors, and then not giving a fuck about customer service. Their tablets aren’t that much cheaper than Wacom’s Cintiq, which I have read a lot of bad stuff about too, mainly that they are only worth half of the price they ask for, so uhm, no thank you. Then I found a YouTube video about a new Gaomon (no, not the Digimon) tablet, which is freaking wireless! From what I can see, the pros outweigh the cons for that tablet, and I’m seriously thinking about getting one. Actually, I need a new PC more, but it also costs 10 times more, so I better get what I can, no?

That was January for me. Lazy on some parts, while effective on others. I think it was a good month overall, and hope that February will be even better! I’ve also started using the auto-post function more by the way, so hopefully I can post a little more frequent than last year.

New Year’s Resolutions

I never have any. I wish I did, because I have tons of stuff that I want to improve about myself, or with what I do, but… Hm, I don’t know. Maybe it’s always the fear of failing, and thinking I’m a bad person for not reaching a goal. Or maybe it’s because I can never really come up with anything solid, because I don’t need to lose weight, am not smoking, don’t drink, and don’t want to give up my fast food that I occasionally eat. I’m listing those, because they are some of the most common goals for the new year. So why write about it?

Well, I’ve decided that I really want to do something about my habits of starting a project, and then either work sooo slooow that it feels like it’s just standing still, stop working on it for several months, or quit it altogether because other things start occupying my mind while taking a break. I realized that when I started thinking about how I’d love to make wooden frames for my boyfriend’s photos, and whoop! I was already looking on the net to find a place where I could eventually buy scrap wood. But seriously, I suck at working with wood, and I already have a bucket full of driftwood that I don’t use (but eventually, maybe in 2020, I will). My brain is already stuffed with work that I never get done, and yet I had the enthusiasm to want to make this new project a reality. And I still do… Fuck my brain…

My boyfriend says he’s happy that I have so many things that I want to do, because it helps me stay busy while being early retired. I understand his point, because a lot of people who retire early become bored and depressive if they have no hobby. But what if you have all the time in the world, and still too much to do? Too many hobbies? Hm, probably. Do I want to stop any of them? Hell no! I want to keep playing FFXIV! I want to keep making jewelry! I want to keep drawing (those 3 times a year it happens)! And I want to keep writing my light novel! Okay, looking at those 4 things, they seem doable. I want to stick with those 4 things as my main projects. Is FFXIV even a project…? Meh, I guess it is, to me at least.

Looking back over the past few months, what have I done with those 4 projects? Well, I do play FFXIV a whole lot, because it’s fun to be back in the game again after 1½ years, and it’s a wonderful stress relief (although my post about being a tank states otherwise). I do feel a decline in enthusiasm now though, as I mainly do daily and weekly stuff, and feel quite content when having that done. Also, I still create jewelry, but it’s also still a major blow not having a return address to open the shop with. It’s not keeping me from doing what I love though! And drawing… Well, I’m looking around for a good drawing tablet, one with an in-build monitor, because my old laptop is getting really slow and painful to work with. So yeah, I’d really like to draw some more, but need to save up for the equipment I want first. Lastly, there’s the light novel. In all honesty, I’ve not worked on it since I finished chapter 2, but I am thinking about it every day, and still come up with ideas for it, so it’s a work in progress, but in my head right now. I also started working on another novel for fun, because…

…I want to scrap some other projects! Yeah, that other light novel I’ve started is my RPG world I’ll never get to do anyway. It’s nice to escape my main story, and to work on something that’s not so big. It was a relief when I finished chapter 1 of the new story, and it gave me some fresh energy. Also, I’m not going to continue doing adoptables on DA, at least not right now. So I’ve moved my designs to Redbubble instead, where they are available as merchandise like stickers, phone cases, t-shirts, pillows, notebooks and whatnot! I will most likely also add them to my Society6 account, but it was quite exhausting getting them all ready for Redbubble, so I’ll skip that for now, sorry. (EDIT: Okay, added the ones that I could. Since the sizes are rather small, Society6 doesn’t allow prints on many items though.)

On top of scrapping projects, I also want to worry less about some other things, so I’m deleting my goals like reading all Sherlock Holmes books again, drawing all my light novel characters, and stuff like that from my to-do list. Yeah, I actually update it now and then, and didn’t just make it for fun! So my New Year’s resolutions for 2018 will be on that list, which I will continue to update. I will also add some sub-goals for when I don’t want to work on my main projects. It’s good to have small goals too, to boost your self-confidence while working towards the big ones 🙂

And while writing this, I actually just remembered, that I did have a resolution for this year! It was to waste less food, because I felt bad about how much food went into the trash. It’s been a good goal, and I do think our household is wasting a lot less food now than last year. Not saying we threw out tons of food before that, but we’ve gotten better at using leftovers, and planning ahead when cooking. We very rarely throw anything away now, and I’m proud of that!

The new to-do list can be found here already. Fingers crossed that I can keep it up!

Do you have any goals for the new year? 🙂