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2019 Goal Wrap Up and New Goals For 2020

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I love setting goals and looking back on them at the end of the year. Whenever I set goals I keep them small, or if they’re bigger ones I break them down into manageable chunks. The last thing you need is to set goals that overwhelm you and you don’t end up achieving them. In today’s post, I’m going to be looking back at my 2019 goals to see if I achieved them, and also set some new ones for 2020.


2019 Goal Update.

My Ambitious Goals For 2019 (Writing, Books and More)

This didn’t exactly go to plan. I started off well but it went downhill pretty fast. I did give a rating to every book I read so that’s at least something. I will be trying this one again because I really do want to make the effort.

My Ambitious Goals For 2019 (Writing, Books and More)

Again, I didn’t achieve this. Due to personal reasons, I took a very long break from blogging. I’m still planning on going self-hosted, I’m just not sure when.

My Ambitious Goals For 2019 (Writing, Books and More)

I achieved this! I am currently at 52 and I’ll definitely be adding more to that total before the year is out.

My Ambitious Goals For 2019 (Writing, Books and More)

I have been trying so hard to engage with more writers on Twitter and I think I’ve done pretty well overall. I’m a massive introvert and I have anxiety so it’s really hard for me to engage consistently. Sometimes I can’t face even opening my notifications, however, overall, I think I’ve done okay with this one.

My Ambitious Goals For 2019 (Writing, Books and More)

I achieved this! I haven’t started editing yet as I want to let it sit for a while before I go back to it. I made the mistake of not outlining it very well (pantsing doesn’t work well for me), so I need to have a long think about what direction I want the story to go in.

My Ambitious Goals For 2019 (Writing, Books and More)

I’ve actually nearly finished this draft which I’m so proud of. I’m hoping to get it done by the end of the year. Fingers crossed!

My Ambitious Goals For 2019 (Writing, Books and More)

I’ll admit, I did not write one short story this year, in fact, I didn’t even try. For some reason, short stories intimidate me. I’m so used to writing longer novels so I find them challenging. Hopefully, in the new year, I can get past that and get writing some.

My Ambitious Goals For 2019 (Writing, Books and More)

Nope, didn’t achieve this one either, unless you count the Goodreads challenge which I did achieve.


Overall, there are many goals I didn’t achieve. However, the most important one was to finish the first draft of The Mariah Kingdom (this is actually the first draft I’ve ever completed). And to also have nearly completed Project Enigma too is a huge achievement for me. I spent so long letting my perfectionism and fear of failure stop me from finishing projects, so to have gotten past that in my writing is massive for me.


2020 goals.

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  • Read 60 books.
  • Start editing Project Enigma.
  • Begin the first draft of The Brentbrook Girls (YA Mystery Thriller).
  • Put together my first poetry collection.
  • Submit more poems to literacy journals/magazines etc.
  • Blog consistently.
  • Review every book I read.

What are your goals for 2020?

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My Ambitious Goals For 2019 (Writing, Books and More)

Hey guys and welcome to Blogmas day 28. So as 2019 is just around the corner, I decided that I wanted to set some goals for the new year. I have so much I want to achieve in 2019, some rather big whilst others are small. You’ll have to watch this space to see if I stick to them and I’ll be reviewing the goals later on throughout the year..


This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and I decided that 2019 was the perfect time to start doing so. By a review I mean anything from a longer review or even just a couple of sentences. I think it will also come in handy with any series books I’ll read and need a refresher when the next book is released.


I’m excited but also terrified of this prospect. Taking my blog to the next level was something I was always planning on doing, I just wanted to make sure it was something I was fully invested in. After having my blog consistently for a year I’ve decided that 2019 is the year to take the plunge. I’m not entirely sure when this will happen exactly, but I know it will be sometime in 2019.


I would love to read more than this goal – but I wanted to keep the goal manageable. 2018 wasn’t the best reading year for me – in between a huge move and starting 2 university modules, I haven’t always had the concentration or time to read the books I want to. Hopefully 2019 will be a better reading year and I’ll get to read more than my goal.


I love reading other people’s posts. It’s great to read about other peoples experiences and thoughts on different topics. In 2019, I want to start commenting more and interacting. I think it’s so important to build others bloggers up – just like they do with you.


Back in October I finished my outline of my first full length novel and began writing my first draft. I’m making decent headway so I’m pretty sure I’ll have it finished in 2019. It’s a YA fantasy so there’s a lot of intricate detail to make it work, but I’m excited about it and proud of how it’s going so far.


I actually got this idea when I was playing a video game. I became obsessed with how the story progressed and the ideas that just seemed to appear from nowhere. I’m outlining this alongside writing the Mariah Kingdom and will be starting writing it when I’ve finished the Mariah Kingdom.


I’ve wrote some short stories in the past but not many, and that’s something I want to change in 2019. I also want to work on my confidence in my writing ability – so I want to try and enter some writing competitions.


So like every year I’ll be taking part in the Goodreads challenge. However, I’m also going to give the Popsugar reading challenge a go too. I love the idea of searching for a book that fits in with each prompt. The link is here if it’s something you’d like to take a look at.


What are some goals you want to achieve in 2019?

How To Deal With The Anxiety of a New Year

The thought of a new year when you have anxiety can be an overwhelming and terrifying thought. The bone crushing fear of another year full of promise, and the overwhelming expectations can end up in another year full of so much anxiety and failure that it can overwhelm you. The fear of failure is unrational, the fear of not being good enough is unrational and for the most part we know that – but that overwhelming fear is a reality for many of us who suffer with anxiety.

I for one was adamant that 2018 was ‘going to be my year’ – just like all the other years before that. Instead it ending up being another in a long line of bad health and stressful situations. There were amazing things that happened this year – including finally moving into a wheelchair accessible bungalow, starting up my blog and finally starting to write my first draft of my book. I don’t have all the answers neither am I living proof that the following things are guaranteed to work but hopefully the following advice can somehow make 2019 less of a burden for you…


Make goals.

And I don’t mean massive stuff like lose weight or learning to drive or starting a new job. I mean small, actionable goals, things you can easily cross off so you don’t feel like you’re useless and can’t do anything. For example – say you want to learn to drive, you could break that bigger goal down into actionable steps like ‘decide on learning manual or automatic’, ‘research driving instructors’, ‘contact driving instructors’ and so on and so forth until you achieve the big goal.


Surround yourself with positive people.

Unfortunately there are people in life who can become toxic and affect your mental health. Cut ties with the people who make you feel negative and bring you down instead of building you up. As hard as it may be you have to do what is best for you and if that means cutting ties with people who make you feel bad about yourself then it’s what you have to do.


Don’t expect too much from yourself.

There’s no use in pushing and pushing until you explode because that’s not going to get you anywhere. Start small and work your way up. Don’t put pressure on yourself to do things you aren’t ready for and focus on the things you are better able to do at a given moment.


Try to be proud of the little things.

Sometimes it’s easy to become fixated on all the things you can’t do. You forget that it’s the little things that get you through – getting out of bed, taking a shower or cooking a meal. To a lot of people these things may be the easiest thing in the world but for those of us with anxiety they are massive. Be proud of these small accomplishments as well as the bigger ones.


 

Do you have any advice to someone who is feeling anxious about a new year?

What I Achieved in October & November Goals

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Hey guys and welcome to Blogtober day 30. Today I’m going to share what I read this month, and also give a writing update. As always I’ll also be sharing what I aim to achieve in November and the books I plan to read.

October has been such a weird month for me – I don’t know if it’s to do with the colder weather, getting back into university or something else. I feel like it was the 1st of October and now it’s the end of the month. Nevertheless, I still had quite a productive writing and reading month!


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Seed by Lisa Heathfield.

3 star book review

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins.3 star book reviewClick here for my review.

There’s someone in your house by Stephanie Perkins


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So there are 2 main things to update on this month. I feel like I’m starting to find my flow with my writing. The novels I’ve stored up in my brain for all these years are starting to come together on the page.

  • The first MAJOR thing that happened this month is that on the 3rd October I officially started writing my first draft of my first full length novel (nicknamed Project MK). As it stands I am currently at just over 11,000 words so I’ve taken a big chunk out of the word count already.
  • The second thing to update on is that I have began outlining a new post apocalyptic novel (nicknamed Project Enigma). I am so unbelievably excited about this one. It’s going to take a lot of planning and researching to make it work (and also to avoid those common cliches!) I like to have the next book ready to go so there isn’t any gap in between writing. This works better for me because I find if I have a break I lose my flow and inspiration.


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  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.
  • These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch.


  • Reach 20,000 words of Project MK.
  • Finish character development of Project Enigma.
  • Prepare for Blogmas.

What have you read this month? What are you planning on reading in November?

5 Goals I Want To Achieve By The End Of The Year

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Welcome to Blogtober day 7. Today I’m going to be talking about the goals I want to achieve by the end of the year. A couple of these are big ones, whilst some are relativity small. I only started setting goals a couple of months ago so I’m still getting into the swing of it. Here they are..


1. Make a good start of my first draft.

I actually started writing my first draft last week. By the end of the year I want to be deep into the writing process and get as many scenes done as I can. I’m excited – this is a book I’ve been working on for so many years and one I’m putting my heart, soul and passion into.


2. Reach 400 followers on WordPress.

After blogging on and off for many years I’ve finally found my groove. One of the mistakes I’ve always made is confining myself to one niche. Mainly because everyone says you need a niche to be successful, but has never sat well with me. I have experiences and passion in more than one topic and confining myself to one only made me give up. I want my blog to reflect my life and everything that comes with it. If that means I’m not as successful as I would be with a niche, then so be it. I have to go with my heart.


3. Decorate my living room.

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In April of this year me and my best friend moved into an accessible bungalow. After living in unsuitable housing for years it felt like a dream come true to be offered somewhere as spacious and adapted as this property is. The living room is huge and it’s going to be a big project, but we really hope to have it done by Christmas!


4. Complete my Goodreads challenge.

I am ridiculously behind on my goal – this year I want to read 60 books. It all started off so well – and then as I do every year, I fell into the dreaded reading slump. This literally happens to me every single year and it’s so annoying. As it stands I am 11 books behind schedule (ah!). I have never failed a challenge yet and for some weird reason this goal is really important to me.

You can add me on Goodreads here.


5. Set up my 2019 bullet journal.

Next year I want a bullet journal dedicated to 2019. I always dip into planning half way through the year but I want to change that. It’s also especially important because I’ve now started writing my book and I’m back blogging – so I need to be organised.


What do you want to achieve by the end of year?

My September Wrap Up and October Goals

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Welcome to Blogtober day 5 and today I’m going to be wrapping up September and talking about the things I’d like to achieve in the coming month. September was a month of craziness but I still managed to get some productive writing and reading done!


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Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini.

I really wanted to like this. It started off promising and just went downhill from there. I got 3/4 of the way through but I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. I was so bored and I didn’t connect with any of the characters.

Rain by Virginia Bergin.

I LOVED this book! The whole concept of the rain being contaminated and that getting even a drop on your skin can kill you was fascinating and something I’ve never seen before. It was adventurous, fast paced and at times – fun. I loved the characters, especially Ruby.

Storm by Virginia Bergin.

I enjoyed this as much as the first one – if not more. The story continued well from the first book and the new characters were just as interesting as in the first. I got through this quite quickly and I’m kinda sad it’s the end of the series.


Did I achieve my September goals?

  • Get back into blogging (achieved)

In August I made a big mistake with trying to take on too much. Learning from my mistakes I decided to take September a little slower. It definitely worked and one of the things I’ve learnt is I need to plan ahead!

  • Read 2 books (achieved)
  • Reach 320 followers on WordPress (achieved)
  • Reach 1200 followers on twitter (not achieved)

Twitter is a great place to promote your blog and gain new viewers. However, for me, it seems to take a lot of energy and time I don’t always have. So this month I took a break and wasn’t posting a lot so I didn’t reach my follower count this month.

  • Learn more about Pinterest (achieved)

My goals for October.

  • Begin decorating the living room

I really want to get my living room done for Christmas – which means I need to get a move on. It’s a huge project because there’s going to be a hand drawn mural!

  • Read 3 books.
  • Complete Blogtober (without melting into a puddle).
  • Start my first draft!

So I finished my outline for my novel and it’s now time to write the first draft! I’m equal parts terrified and excited and I can’t wait to get started.


What did you finish reading in September? Did you achieve all you wanted to?

July Wrap Up & My Ambitious Aims for August

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So July was the first month in a long time that I set goals and made the commitment to review them at the end of the month. Here is how I did –

  • Read 4 books – not achieved.

I read 3 books this month. Caraval gave me a book hangover because I loved it so much so Legendary has taken me longer than normal.

  • Post 5 book reviews – achieved.
  • Post 3- 4 times a week on my blog – not achieved.

It was my own fault I didn’t achieve this. I’ve been so disorganised this month but I’ve made the commitment to my bullet journal (again) so my posts are better planned this month.

  • Finish character development history for my current work in progress – achieved.
  • Outline a short story – not achieved.

This is something I’ve been trying to achieve for so long. I think I get carried away with my novel that this seems to take a backseat.

  • Write 3 chapters of fanfiction – not achieved.

This was also put on the back burner because I want to start my first draft as soon as possible. I don’t mind so much because the main focus is my novel.


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I had such an amazing month with books. All 3 I read were 5 stars and that literally never happens to me! I’m not a huge contemporary fan but this book has my heart. My review will be coming soon!

I’m officially obsessed with this series. I’m one of these people who has a track record of hating hyped books so I was nervous about going into this. I didn’t need to be because I absolutely loved it. If you’d like to see what I thought about it you can check out my review here.

I didn’t think any book could beat Caraval but this was an amazing sequel. I’m so bummed I have to wait until next year to read the final book, it’s going to be a long wait! Review coming soon.


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Here is the lowdown on the posts I’ve published this month –


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This month I was determined I was going to finish my major character development for my novel and I did it! I’m so happy its finally done. It’s taken me so long – in the midst of moving house and my body misbehaving, its been a slow process. I also managed to finish my minor character planning which was a bonus.

I’ve started my world building and I’m loving it so far. There’s so much to get through but its exciting seeing the world I’ve imagined in my head for so long becoming real on the paper.


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  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
  • All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher.
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. 

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  • Read 4 books.
  • Post 3-4 times a week on my blog.
  • Finish basic world building for my current work in progress.

That’s it for my July Wrap Up and my goals for August. I tried to keep my goals simple this month as I’m feeling rather run down and I want to make sure my goals are realistic.

How many books did you read this month? And did you achieve everything you wanted?


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What I Read in June & My Hopes for July

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

This was a re-read for me. I read it back when the movie came out but never finished the rest of the series. I chose to start the series from the first book.

• My Real Name is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih.

This was one I got from Netgalley. I’ve been wanting to enjoy more historical fiction so when I read this description I decided to give it a go. I loved it – a lot more than I thought I would. It was thought provoking, emotional and had excellent character development. My review will be coming soon.

This was one of my most anticipated reads this year and I really enjoyed it. The plot was unique and the characters were super. My review will be coming soon.


I’ve almost been blogging for a month and I’m so happy to be back. I took a long break because of things going on in my personal life and I missed it so much. I made the decision to start again with an entirely new blog because I felt my old one didn’t fit my personality and what I wanted to achieve. Here is a round up of the posts I published in my first month back;


• This month I wanted to focus on getting organised in my writing life, so I can be better prepared to start the first draft of my current novel. I managed to achieve that which is fantastic because I’m the worlds worst at being organised.

• Another one of my writing goals this month was to write more fanfiction. I’ll admit I’m obsessed with it and I’m not ashamed to admit I enjoy writing it. I also find that it’s helping to improve my writing skills and keep my creative juices flowing. I managed to get out 2 chapters of my current work in progress so I’m happy with that.



  • Read 4 books.
  • Post 5 book reviews.
  • Post 2-3 blog posts a week (hopefully more!)
  • Finish character development of my current work in progress.
  • Outline a short story.
  • Write 3 chapters of my current FanFiction work in progress.

That’s it for my June Wrap up and July TBR/Goals.

How many books did you read this month? Is there anything else you’d like to see me wrap up at the end of each month?


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