Thursday, January 29, 2015

Life of a Blogger - Goals and Dreams

Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted by Novel Heartbeat. This feature is designed to let readers and other bloggers get to know us on a more personal level by discussing non-bookish topics. This week's topic is...

Goals and dreams!

I'll start with scholastic goals. By the time May 2017 rolls around, I'd like to have at least a 3.8 GPA to graduate Summa Cum Laude. Also graduating is a goal. More presently, I'd like to balance my school work with all my other time commitments.

In terms of long term goals and dreams, I'd like to work as a costume designer in film. Obviously this is something that will take time and a lot of work to accomplish, but eventually I hope to get there.

Other goals? Sleeping, being healthy, staying on top of my blog commitments. Other than that, I kind of just like to face challenges and make goals as I go.

Goals and dreams are a difficult concept for me because they're about as clear as mud most of the time, yet they define who I am.

I would like to be a novelist and poet. I realize of course that these are self-fulfilling actions. Writing novels makes you a novelist, writing poetry makes you a poet. But you know what I mean. I want to have conversations with the world. I am knee-deep in writing poetry in preparation for some slams I have in Boston, Yale, and Virginia and I'm so excited I really can't believe I've gotten this far, even though it's mostly been luck of the draw. Even so, I want to push myself to any limits I can find and I'm very thankful for the people I've met along the way. As for novels . . . I've had a hard time the past few years but enough support from the few friends I have and the self-determination to keep me writing prose, even if it's not much.

I plan to be one day not have to take the goddamn train. Commuting sucks ducks.

A recently acquired goal that came along with my major declaration (Global Liberal Studies, concentration in Politics, Rights, and Development) is trying to help mend the disturbing policies and mindsets we treat immigrants, whether they've arrived legally or not, within the U.S. For instance, the Post-9/11 arena was especially difficult for muslims (culturally and religiously), even the ones who've been here several generations. And we all know the extreme vitriol presented against those south of the Mexican-American border. As an immigrant myself it's something I've never thought I'd have much power to do anything about but now I aspire to find that voice and help people that deal with this struggle.

Someday, I would like my own library. It can be small, it can be half a room. But I would like a library. I've wanted one the moment I started reading. You could come borrow books if you wanted but my late fees include capital punishment so don' be late.

I have quite a few aspirations – some stretch life goals, some doable career goals, some tiny personal goals. My dreams are a mix of things that make up a big part of my personality.

One of my big dreams is to be a writer, which sounds really vague, but I figured I’d make this one big blurb of types of writing goals, which I have a few different kinds of. First of all, ever since I was little, I’ve always thought that I wanted to write books. This is a goal I know many people share with me, especially in the blogging community (and in the Journalism/English major community) but is something I still hold close to me. Sometimes I waver in my confidence, but then I remember I have a lot of support – I have this one friend and whenever I make (usually insulting or sarcastic) comments she always tells me that she can’t wait for the day I write a novel, and compared me to her favorite author which is a really big deal and I appreciate a lot and always think about whenever I feel frustrated. Another spoke in my wheel of writing goals is the poetry one. I really want to work on writing more poetry and honing my skills, or even reading it at more events because I really enjoy it and want to incorporate it into my life more. The last writing goal I’m going to talk about is more career/college oriented. My major is Journalism and Professional Writing. It has writing right there in the title. I’m still trying to figure out where I want to go down the road so my goals are a little murky and they keep changing, but I know I enjoy writing articles where I have freedom to research as opposed to breaking news stories so there’s a direction for my type of journalism. I’d love to go into something high-profile, which could be a stretch, but no one gets anywhere playing it safe, right?

I know that got a little long (I feel like everything I write always gets a little too long, I’m sorry) but I still want to mention some of my not-writing goals. Like Amrutha, I really want to travel. I currently really want to visit Malaysia and Amsterdam specifically (and before you ask, it isn’t because of The Fault in Our Stars) but honestly, I just want to roam the world and soak in all of it.

I plan to, when I have my own house or apartment or whatever residence I’m in, have a cardboard cutout in every room, just to give it some character. I’ve got one of Loki right now, but since only one room in my house belongs to me, (and one room in my residence hall) I have to wait before I expand.

And last but not least, I just want to take this year to let go of toxic relationships, eat lots of good food, and move forward with life changes that are all about what's best for myself. 

Hey y'all! Talking about goals and dreams -- I'm fairly ambitious (as everyone at WLABB is, but I'll try and keep it fairly concise for the sake of this post). So I want to be a lawyer, preferably something non-profit/international affairs related, or maybe something related to the actual writing of policy. I feel like those things really allow the justice system to work for the people and its just something I really want to be apart of. Outside of that, I want to do other fun things like write a novel and get featured on Humans of New York and give a Ted Talk. A lot of these are just bucket list items because there are just SO many dreams I have of random stuff non-professional related. This continues to traveling (I want to see every continent and go to space and just experience so many different cultures). Realistically I want to do service projects and maybe road-trip across the country or backpack through Europe. There are just so many things I want to experience and take part in and I feel as though I just don't have enough time to accomplish all of that. Outside of professional/novelty goals, I also just have the regular old goals of being better at managing my time, taking better care of my skin/body, saying every nice thing I think about someone to them, and generally reminding people I love that I really appreciate their presence in my life.

All of these goals are things I really aspire to achieve and honestly try to work at the best I can. I can't wait to hear about your goals!

What are some of your goals and dreams?
Let us know in the comments!

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