Goals for 2017: Before I turn 21

It’s a bit late in the year to be setting goals, I am aware, but a lot of these have been ongoing for a while; I’m just making a conscious decision to post about them because I’ve realised I have only 2.5 months left in the year, and I want to make sure they’re productive ones. Further, I turn 21 at the end of the year, and it seems like a good time by when I ought to have completed a number of these things. So, vague though some of them may be, here’s a quick checklist of things I’d like to accomplish by the end of this year.

  1. Figure out what I’m doing with my future. I graduate from college next May, and while I have a few ideas, it’s time to get a more concrete grip on my life. So here’s to a few stressful months of applications
  2. Along the same lines, improve my CV. A friend recently showed me how she had made herself a new one, one that actually represents a 21 year old seeking jobs, as against a list of experiences clumsily thrown together by a teenager.
  3. Meet my best friends again. It has been almost 21 months since I have met 3 of them, 11 since I met the fourth. And that’s a ridiculously long period of time. Luckily, this one has been set in action as I recently booked tickets to go visit them at the end of this month!
  4. Run a 10k. This wasn’t a clear goal for this year, until I did one on a whim, and I’m proud to say that I’ve now signed up for my 3rd 10km run in December. Got to spend the next month getting in shape for it, though!
  5. Get my blog actively up and running. As I hit 100 followers on my blog this week, and am regularly blogging, I feel like I have satisfactorily accomplished this goal!
  6. Play the piano more. When I began teaching 2 children piano last year, it rekindled my love for the instrument, but also made me realise how out of touch I’d become. I have played more this year, but I’d like to add a few more songs to my repertoire, and ideally film some of it if I can get good enough.
  7. Relating to the above 2, I’ve considered making an Instagram account for my blog. I could expand my audience, get more creative with my content, and actually share video content, if I do get the guts to put my singing/playing on a public forum. This one’s still a maybe, though.
  8. Read more books. I worked on this quite consciously earlier in the year, and then promptly reverted to a long few months having barely read. To keep it simple, let’s say I read one more book on my list by December – and finally post the reviews I’ve been working on for months.
  9. Go clubbing, and legally purchase alcohol. I’m not a huge fan of alcohol, and this one can only be achieved in the last 5 days of the year, but let’s just say I certainly have an idea of how I’d like to spend my Christmas holidays.

And that’s it! With only about 75 days to go, this was the most realistic list I could bring myself to write. Also, I’d like to give props to the complete stranger Kimberlee K. who I only know because I follow her blog, and whose list of goals influenced this list in every way.

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