The Year of Ascension
1. go up or climb
2. to rise through the air
Language is a marvelous thing. We can fill a few letters with the breadth of the world and convey such awe-inspiring meaning with a single word.
This year, my word is ascend, to go beyond the limits of habit and expectation, to rise from nothing but my passion and the desire to create a life I can fully and unequivocally love and be proud to call my own.
It all comes down to living each day with value and purpose.
Working through a life audit in October, I realized where I should focus my attentions if I wanted to achieve all the things I have always wanted to do, but never set aside time for. So this year, my writing will take precedence.
- Finishing the first draft of my novel this month.
- Launching a writing patreon this month.
- Revising for a second draft in March.
- Revising for a third draft in May.
- Submitting more work to literary magazines.
- Looking into publication options in July.
- Continuing to blog four times a month.
Then why don’t I simply refer to this year as the Year of Writing? Well, because it is so much more than that. While writing is my passion, I know I need to continue growing creatively and branching out of my comfort zone. In addition to the goals above, I will also be striving to achieve the following:
- Walk 5-7 miles every other day with a backpack.
- Improve my traditional art skills, and move into digital art.
- Improve my French language skills to the point where I am comfortable communicating both through writing and speaking.
- Acquire full-time employment.
- Pay off 1/4 of remaining student loans.
- Refill my travel fund and savings account.
- Read a minimum of 12 books, 6 fiction and 6 non-fiction
Essentially, I am aiming to become far more than what I have been. I am coming to understand that the things I have wanted to accomplish over the years are fully within my grasp. All I have to do is put in the time and the effort, because good intentions will never be enough. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of putting off what I’m most passionate about.
So I guess the question is, what word will you choose?