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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 🙂

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? 🙂

Tiny bits on the road

I realized that I was focusing a little bit too much on the stuff I haven’t been able to do or complete in my last post, and want to focus on what I have already done, and what I want to do in this post. Maybe to even out karma? Haha. Anyway, there is one negative thing… My package hasn’t arrived yet! The ball headed beadpins I ordered were all sold out, and it’s taking them some time to get them back. I could always just let them ship the other 44 items, but I really want those pins, so I told them I could wait. Now I’m waiting (im)patiently.

Oh, and some days ago, we had a little visitor in our home; a hedgehog. My boyfriend came home late after taking photos at the huge scout camp 2017, and rolled up in his jacket, he had a hedgehog that he ran into with the car by accident. It looked fine, but we kept it during the night, and planned to call the hedgehogs friends organization the next day, but that would prove to be unnecessary. I stayed up all night to babysit the little fella, and it was surely not injured at all, as it tried escaping the box we had made it a temporary home in, and was overall just pretty darn lively the whole night. We let it sleep during the day, and I kept an eye on it to see if it ate and drank, which it did, so we set it out the same evening, and when my boyfriend checked the next day, it was gone. I love hedgehogs, but darn, they are noisy! So cute though…

Staying up all night with the hedgehog meant playing a lot of FFXIV, and although I was tired as heck, I actually did manage to complete some old quests, and have been leveling both Dark Knight and Black Mage. Yesterday, I got a lot of help from my friend Y’neea, and completed all old trials on extreme. It was nice getting those quests out of my log, and now it’s about time to do the lvl 60 stuff I didn’t get to complete before taking my break. This means buying Stormblood today though, as I don’t want to miss out on important exp. I don’t have all battle classes on lvl 60 yet, but it’s okay, I’ll get around to it. My progress:

Lvl 60: DRK, WHM, AST, MNK, DRG, NIN, BRD, MCH

Lvl 50: PLD, WAR

Other lvl’s: SCH/SMN 55, BLM 57

I also got BTN and MIN to 60, and would really like some exp when gathering, so although not everything is lvl 60, I think it’s fine. Y’neea will help me with the content I need to catch up with, and because I’m new to it, she gets tomes for every run, which she needs. Win/win situation 😀

And then I got myself together and did my surveys. I don’t get money for all of them, as some give points instead, which I can then use to buy stuff with, which I have done in the past with YouGov. I signed up to a Danish service called M3Panel some months ago, and already have a lot of points. Looking at the stuff I could buy with them, I noticed a hammock, and when I showed it to my boyfriend, he got all determined on getting that thing. Now he wants to remove one of the bushes in the garden, and make some sort of pavilion for a hammock. That’s determination alright, though I can’t really get into my head how he wants to do that… Oh well, we’ll see.

Hm, well, to be honest, I seem to have actually completed nothing since my last post, haha! Although I did clean up my computer table in order to make bracelets and stuff when I queue for dungeons, so maybe that will change in the next few days. I also started watching Little Witch Academia on Netflix, since I really liked the movies. The series is full of new information and details, and seems to tell a slightly different story, so I’ll keep watching, and will review it here when done. Oh, and then there was my shop… I’m not one step further with it, and I feel ashamed. I am however, trying to decide what to put up for sale first, as it won’t be everything I have photos of right now. Like my tea cups for example, I won’t put them up for sale until I know how to properly package them for shipping. My goal is to have at least 20 items up by the end of August though, so I will get it done!