Saturday, January 20, 2018

2018 Goals

Hey, guys! Yeah, I know. Two weeks ago I said I was back, but then I didn't post last week. . . I meant to, but things got a little crazy. But I'm here today! :D And with a goals post. ;) 

Apparently, I set some pretty lofty goals for 2017. . . Let's go over those, and you'll know why I say that. *is really bad with intros* :P

~ 2017 Goals ~

// Write the rough draft of 1 book //

I did that! I wrote the rough draft of Strangers. :D Well, I had some parts written before but I had to edit those a little bit. I still consider it a rough draft because it's so bad. I also wrote the first 20k of Roping the Overcomer for Camp NaNo in April. (If you're new to the blog, or just want to know more about those WIP, you can go to My Writings page)

// Edit 2 books //

Yeah, no, that didn't happen. I don't think I did any editing last year except the parts for Strangers. So I can only give myself like a third of a book for this goal. :P

// Read 70 books //

I totally thought this was an achievable goal because I read 63 books in 2016. But I guess not because I only read 48 books in 2017. Although, I don't think that's too bad considering I read next to nothing from June until December. Yeah, that was kind of a weird reading slump. :P

// Beta read 1 book //

Okay, guys, I honestly think I crushed this goal. ;) I beta read three books last year.

Found by Audrey Caylin
Dandelion Dust by Faith Potts
Andora's Folly by Abigayle Claire

And not only that, I'm also alpha reading two other books! :D

R+B by Madison Guy
Quantum Gears by Marrok MacIntyre

At the beginning of 2017, I didn't really know what alpha or beta reading was. But I signed up to read quite a few books, and I've learned a lot. I actually feel like I kinda know what I'm doing now. ;P

// Journal more //

Yeah, no. That didn't happen. I think I journaled less last year than I did in 2016. :P

// Take 2 English classes //

I didn't do this one either. I have sets of Great Courses on writing topics. I started them last year, but haven't made it all the way through yet. But I'm learning a lot!

// Study the Bible more and strengthen my relationship with God //

YES!! I did this, and it was amazing! I feel so much closer to God now than I did before. :) I feel like I passed a huge milestone last year, and it makes me so happy. To be honest, even though I didn't meet many of my goals for last year, I'm glad I met this one. :)

 You may remember that back in September I decided that I was going to make a Bible TBR. Here is the list of books that I shared with you:

And I read all of them! :D Along with those though, I also read 1, 2, 3 John, Colossians, Galatians, Song of Solomon, and 1 Timothy. :)

~ 2018 Goals ~

 // Write the second draft of Strangers //

I'm excited about this. :D Some of you know that I sent out Strangers to my alpha readers this past November. They aren't finished yet, but right now my plan is to work on the second draft in the next two or three months. That may change though, it all depends.

// Write at least 1 rough draft //

I have two novels that I've been working on outlines for, so I know I'll write at least one of them this year, if not both. (I'm trying to create achievable goals here. I've learned my lesson from last year :P)

// Read 50 books //

Okay, hopefully, I have an achievable reading goal for this year. I lowered it last year to 70, thinking that was reasonable. That proved to not be the case, so 50 it is.

// Finish reading the Bible //

I'm going, to be honest with all of you. I haven't read the whole Bible. But I'm really close, so this year I'm going to finish it. :D

// Finish lectures //

Like I said earlier, I started the lectures last year. I have three sets, and I want to finish them all this year. I may also be taking a writing course through an actual college this year too, but I'm not making any promises. :P

// Journal //

Yes, I know, this was kind of a fail last year, but I'm going to try harder this year. And one of the reasons is, I think 2018 is going to be a year that I'll want to look back on. :)

And there are my goals for 2018! :)

I was tagged to do three tags in the past two-ish months so I will be doing those in the next few weeks. Don't worry guys, I haven't forgotten them. I waited forever to get tagged, I'm not going to just not do them. ;P And, just so you know, I will be doing one of them this Wednesday so you can come back to see that.

What about you? What are some of your goals for 2018? :)


  1. These sound like great goals. You totally got this!!

  2. Best of luck with accomplishing your goals for this year!

    My goals are to read the Bible every night since I slacked off last year, get good grades, and be happy. :D

    1. Thank you, Gray! :D

      Those are amazing goals! You've got this! ;)

  3. I definitely fail with the journalling as well, except in the summer time when I'm at camp and the only thing to do with my free time is journal. Also, reading goals are hard because sometimes you read 20 books in a week and then nothing for months and it's bad. XD Good luck on your goals this year!

    1. I'm glad glad you were able to get at least that much journaling done. :) I journaled once, maybe twice, while I was at camp. I didn't have much free time. :P I know, right? The struggle is real! Thank you, Emily! :D

  4. I love all of these goals, Karyssa! Here's to your success in all of them!!

    Can't wait to see your tag!!


    1. Aww, thank you so much, Catherine!! <3

      Thanks! XD

  5. I finished reading the Bible all the way through for the first time last year around Christmas. It was soo cool! Congrats!

    My New Year goals are pretty reachable, but still goals. I wrote about them here:

    1. You did? That's amazing, great job!! :DD

      Yes, achievable goals are good, haha. I hope you reach all your goals! :)

  6. Good goals... Just wondering, how do you even SURVIVE in a reading slump like that?!?! ;)
    I'm making the goal to read through the Bible this year too (I guess having friends doing the same program, and getting a new journaling Bible for Christmas helped with that decision, but I really have decided that I need to read through the Bible before I publish anything. ;)

    1. Thank you, Erica! :D I have no idea. All I know is that I started quite a few books trying to get out of it. :P

      You are? That's great! It's a good goal. ;) Oh, that's a really good idea! Good luck! :D