Facts of Life,  Work-In-Progress

Goals! Let’s Talk About Goals!

πŸ˜€ Hi. It’s me. Back in the hot seat exposing my ill-begotten dreams of 2020. It was going to be super productive and amazing, and I would not only get my creative life back on track, I would conquer ALL the other goals as well.

Obviously, none such things happened.

First. Things change. Change is my achilles heel.
Second. 2020 was crazy and busy and weird and exhausting and kind of good but also a mess.
Third.Β I had 10 freaking goals for 2020. That’s too many. Let’s talk about them.

First, the goals I met.Β 

One: Read 53 Books
I did this. I read 59. It was a good year for reading. ^_^

Two: Meet Tier Two of My Car Goal.Β 
Tier One was to save enough money for some kind of car. Tier Two was to save enough to buy a similar car to what my current car was when I bought it almost 9 years ago. (And it was 4 years old when I bought it, but it’s a Honda, so like…it’s fine.)

Three: Study Spanish/French
I switched to French after I wasn’t enjoying the Spanish. I did do this most of the year, and I’m still working on it a little bit now, so done and done.

Four: Take 5 Masterclasses
Yep. I completed 11.
3 writing, 1 interior design, 2 cooking, 1 fashion design, 1 acting, 1 singing, 1 songwriting, 1 poetry, and I quit the chess and screenwriting classes.

Next, the honorable mention.

Five: Work On Hobbies
Note to Krystal: Be More Specific! Technically, I did do some painting, some drawing, some singing, and some songwriting this year, but I haven’t done anything with enough consistency to actually call this goal done, but I did work on my hobbies, so I can half call this under the technicality rules.

Lastly, the goals I didn’t meet.Β 

Six: Write & Edit One Book
We all know by now why I didn’t do this. I’m not writing any books for the foreseeable future. And this was my “taking it easy” writing goal, too. Past Krystal is funny.

Seven: Build A Regular Yoga Habit
I did start off the year doing a vinyasa flow yoga, but it wasn’t doing much for me. That fell off pretty quickly, and after many many months, I decided to try the kundalini yoga style I loved so much back some years ago and things more like it, and so far it’s working a lot better for me. Vinyasa, in my opinion, is more about flexibility. Kundalini is more about balance. It vibes better with me. But since I spent most of the year not doing yoga, it’s a no go for this goal.

Eight: Buy Less Books (26 Max)
Nope. Stopped caring about this goal halfway through the year. I was trying to force myself to do something I didn’t really want to do, so, yeah.

Nine: Stick to Budget
Basically code for “save money.” And technically, I did save money, which makes this goal redundant and not met under the duplication rules.

Ten: Query Two Books
I know it’s not like me to not talk about stuff, but I obviously made this decision back in 2019. I was trying to figure out what I wanted, and it turns out what I wanted was to quit. I did get one book queried, but I couldn’t settle on the second book to query, and I didn’t want to talk about it because my head was a mess, and now, of course, it doesn’t matter as my novel writing self has left the building.

Now. Looking forward to 2021 with a more humble mindset. Ha. I have only 5 goals for the year, and I think that’s plenty. I can always change them or add to them if I feel the need, but let’s not start off with an overwhelm platter. ^_^

One: Read 53 Books
Staying with the same goal. It’s helping me prioritize reading without it being stressful.

Two: Finish Car Fund
Tier Three is to save enough for the car I want. I don’t know if it’ll be enough, but I’m only willing to spend so much on a freaking car, so we’ll see what I can get.

Three: Write A Musical
This is broken down into smaller monthly steps with a goal to have the plot finalized by March.

Four: Learn Aria
One “Queen of the Night” from The Magic Flute Opera. If it’s not done by March 31st though, I quit. It’s in German, and I don’t think I’ll enjoy trying to belt this out any longer than that.

Five: Build Regular Yoga Habit
With an actual plan in place this time for how this is going to happen, along with what I mean by “regular.”

Okie dokie. That’s everything. πŸ™‚

Happy New Year, Everyone!! Hoping for 2021 to be…let’s just say, the best we can make it.



  • Kristy A.

    Not the easiest year for a lot of goals but not a bad year everything considered. I reached five of seven goals. We did good. πŸ™‚

    I’m happy that you have a creative project to work on! Maybe the other writing will come back, but I’m so happy you’re not worrying about it and that you’re finally taking a real break from it. It’s the only thing that helped me when I burned myself out years ago. I turned to poetry and singing for an outlet. Speaking of. Tip for learning that aria: focus on the vowel sounds. That’s all you really need anyway. πŸ˜‰

    Best wishes for next year and Happy New Year to you! πŸ₯³

    • Krystal Jane

      Happy New Year! πŸŽ‰
      I’m starting to think I should have picked a Carmen song for the aria, but I think focusing on the vowel sounds will help. Fingers crossed.

      Yes, real breaks are nice. ^_^

  • Tonja Drecker

    Sounds like you did great on the goal end. Not all goals are meant to be met, anyway. I’d like to get a book done and queried this next year. Maybe, two. I have some renovation goals: kitchen counter, mud room, at least one bathroom. On other fronts, there are several things, which I already know are in for bigger changes…I’m just not sure exactly how those changes will run. So, it will be ‘go with the flow’ and all other ends. Happy New Year!!!!

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