Sunday, January 1, 2012

Looking Ahead...

I'm eighteen now. No biggie--- nothing new. But the knowledge that I'm an adult entering a new year makes me look back at how productive I've been before now and how productive I want to be in the future.

I was an ambitious teen. I AM an ambitious teen, you know. By thirteen I'd written my first "book," fifteen, I was already looking into the publishing world, sixteen I finished my third manuscript, seventeen I was crazier than ever...

But now I'm eighteen. And 2011? It was a good year. But good can be surpassed. Good can be upgraded. I'm looking for great in my life. The Lord knows my needs, but it's okay to sometimes tell him what I want. And this is it:

For School...
As usual, I just want to get through it. Look. I LOVE to learn. I WANT to get my degree in English Literature and a second one in Classic Lit. But school is not where I want to be forever. Some people say they wish they could go back, but if things were in my favor, my deepest wish is that I could have a life where I learned via experience. The things I want to do--- the things that are on my heart (see the "For Myself" section below)--- don't require a degree! They require action. Taking a chance. They require... gumption, Baby. But because I'm a practical person, I know school is a must so Heavenly Father, just help me get through it.

For My Family...
My big goal is to make an effort to get along with the fambam and to visit them on a regular. I am very close to my sisters but I honestly want to start calling my dad more, and things of that nature. And I wish them every happiness. Seriously. Every happiness, Mom, Dad, Freda, Ziza, Fred... Kia, my love, and Christian, Chris, Derrick, and Ellie, too. I wish you every happiness, even though it may not seem like I do on my grumpy days.

For My Blogs...
My Ticket Home and My Ticket Elsewhere are going to get makeovers some time soon. Elsewhere, though, is the priority and I can't wait to tell you why. I realize that the online world is a world in which I am very loved and very welcome. So I am determined to return the love, and to do a better job of keeping in touch with you guys.

For Myself...
I want to learn a new language. And yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm learning Ancient Greek (which is pretty freaking awesome, just in case you wanted to know), but I gave up on Spanish and I gave up on Hebrew... I want to learn a language that is still spoken, yeah-huh.

I also want to write and edit two books this year. That's doable. So doable.

I want to get out of Cali at least once. There are going to be opportunities--- book conventions, author signings, concerts--- I just want to buck up the courage and go. Which probably means I should start thinking about getting my license. Or, at least, a job so I can pay for airfare.

What are some of your resolutions? I'd love to hear them!

Hearts and hugs,

Commenting on Comments:
Sonal: Thanks, Dear! Happy New Year to you as well, and of course I can't wait to see what you bring to the blogosphere in 2012. :)

Maya: Thanks a million! Mini Z and Z are both doing well. Happy New Year, Love, and take care.

Prerna: You're a Whovian?!?! My love for you has just spanned across oceans. I LOVED the Christmas special. I cried... At least fifteen times. Happy New Year!

Zabrinah: Thanks so much! Take care, and happy new year!


  1. Oh I have an AWESOME language which is tres parfait for you to learn. FRENCH!! It's amazing, beautiful, and y'know, they say it's the most romantic language in the world (probably tied with Italian.) N'est pas? It's the only Language I've learned in school, and love to the bottom of my heart. But French isn't for everyone. Some people are more into Espagnol so it just depends on what you want to learn. C'est une decision pour toi XD
    Awesome New Years Resolutions by the way! =D And I think I might have to copy part of your family one too. My siblings would probably feel better if I didn't shoot them the evil eye (Yes I do it, and it's actually a talent of mine. My sis says I look like the Ice Queen in Narnia when I do.) everytime they come into my room XD
    Gosh, I feel horrible that you read my very "bleh" blog post. I'm really sorry about my bratfest, and in the future I'll keep that wonderful quote in mind ( Do you mind if I paste it onto the side bar of my blog? =))
    Hope you have the best New Year possible!! And Best Wishes to Z and Mini as well!
    xox, lots of love, Maya♥

  2. I loved reading this post! I'm certain with a lot of determination (which I know you have, Des!) you will accomplish everything on your list. 2012 is going to be a great year for you, I can tell.

    Love always
    Sonal xo