As always happens around this time of year, I start thinking about my plans and goals. I stopped making resolutions long ago, as goals seem to stick with me longer. This is especially true if I write them down.
I recently logged in to Facebook again, and I was able to see posts from this time of year for the past nine years. It’s interesting to see that I have been working for basically the same goals this whole time.
I think it’s time to change things up a bit.
It’s not that I haven’t achieved anything, because I have. It’s just that these goals — doing things to help my mental illness, becoming closer to my family, and making more money — seem to be doing fine on their own without my help. I’ve worked on them so long that improvement is on autopilot.
I need to start being a bit more specific with my goals.
My Goals for 2019
I decided on three goals for this year. You’ll find they are oddly specific, but like my wife reminded me: the more specific, the better.
My Writing Will Support Us
2019 is the year I am going to put all my effort into making writing my only job. I have three money sources in mind: Medium, blog articles, and books.
Medium is starting to take off. I’ve been writing full-time since October with the Partner Program. October I made $59.00. November, $89.00. And finally, December, I rocketed up to $193.00! All this time I’ve been working to increase the number of engaged followers I have. As you can guess, I have been spending a whole lot of time, well, engaging. I will continue.
I’ve relied on writing blog articles to make money for some time. They are usually 800 to 1200 words and are very easy to write. Compensation runs anywhere between $50 to $200 per article. I love writing these types of articles because I always learn new things. I don’t treat them like work because I enjoy the process so much — research, outline, write, proof, publish. If you are wondering where to find blogs which pay you to write, look no further than this list of 100.
Writing short books is something new I am going to try in 2019. Basically, you write a 15K to a 25k nonfiction book, get a professionally designed cover, hire a professional editor or proofreader, and then put it on Amazon Kindle. I plan to write one book a month (because the cost of the cover and editor will be significant). I know I can do it, even with my other writing jobs. I’ll let you know how this one goes.
Opening My Santa Business
For a few years, I’ve been contemplating being a Santa here in the Philippines. A friend of mine worked one month and made $10K this year, so I know there is a call for it. But, it’s not all about the money. For as many paid gigs that I do, I will do as many for charity. I want to visit hospitals, schools, and orphanages. There is a huge need here for people to help in this country. As I get older, the need to give back grows stronger.
So I will be growing out my beard even more than it is now. I’ve kept the beard tamed this past year, but I am going to let the beast out of the cage.
I also want to gain a little weight. No, this is not an excuse for me to gorge on fast-food, beer, and chips. I want to do it healthily. More on this later.
I also need to do something I have been putting off for quite some time. I need to learn the language. I am going to start with Hiligaynon (which is the dialect spoken in this area of the Philippines) and move on to Tagalog. I’ve picked up a little of the language being here in seven years, but I want to become fluent. Learning a new language will not be an easy task, but I am excited and motivated, which will make the process much more manageable.
Around the middle of the year, I am going to start building out the social media and getting my name out there. Christmas kicks in starting in September here, so I want to be ready to go by then.
Besides the birth of my newest child this year, this is what I am looking forward to the most. I think I can not only make a little money to support my family, but I can do some good in the community that has adopted me.
Paying Attention to my Health
This year I turned 50 and found out that I am going to be a father again. It’s essential that I pay attention to my health.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not in bad shape. My blood pressure and cholesterol are good. I don’t have diabetes or heart disease, but I want to keep it that way. I haven’t done much exercising at all, and I can feel the aches and pains starting to settle into my bones.
I am going to start walking every day. I used to walk a lot, but with my busy schedule, I let it slide. After walking becomes more comfortable, I will purchase a bike and start riding again. When I lived in Tucson, I used to ride at least 10 miles each day, even in the 100-degree heat (this was when I weighed 360 pounds).
Also, I want to eat better. I know what you’re thinking: didn’t I say I wanted to gain weight for my Santa goal? Well, yes. I still think I should be able to gain a little weight, but do it in a healthy manner. I’ve done excellent cutting back on my sugar intake. I used to drink a lot of soda every day. I don’t anymore.
I think if I eat more foods that are protein-rich and high in good carbohydrates, I can keep my body in good condition.
At least, I hope I can.
I’m still going to keep trying to improve my mental health. That is something I must do to stay alive, but it’s become such a part of my everyday routine, that I don’t think I need to focus on it. I am going to see the doctor regularly and make sure I am doing everything I need to do, even if that includes remaining on medication.
I’ve come too far to go back now.
My family as well will continue to be a focus. I know this year will not be easy, but as long as we are together, everything will be alright. I’ve learned over the past years that the most important thing in life is that my family and I are happy and fulfilled. It makes all the hard work on everything else worthwhile.
I didn’t want to have too many goals. I just wanted a few important ones that I could focus my energy on. I am going to have enough stress this year with the new baby, so I wanted to go easy on myself.
It may not seem like much, but for me, it’s plenty.
What are you working on this year?