2011 Wrap-up...How Did I Do?

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   Well folks, 2012 is right around the corner! It's a cliche to say this, but where did the year go? If I didn't learn anything else during 2011, I learned that time really is precious. I've also learned that I don't have enough of it. There are so many goals I have for the future. I wake up everyday excited to get started on them or continue working towards them. After looking at my goals for 2011 I have realized that I have A LOT of work to do. I'm listing the goals I had for this year and where I stand.



1. Read 75 books.

I'm not even at 20! I am trying to get to 20 by the end of the year. The bright side is that I read about 12 books in 2010. I'm already at 3 more than that. I guess that's progress. Right? Right?

2. Finish editing my NanoWriMo novel and begin querying agents.

Hmmm. Well I edited the first half. Does that count? The truth is that I edited the first half for my MFA thesis and I never stepped away from it. I needed some time away from the  novel because I was getting frustrated with it. I won't be making that mistake again.

3. Blog at least 3 times a week.

Hmmm again. I didn't do that. But I did blog once a week most weeks. I had more posts than I did in 2010. In 2010 I had a huge gap. Months went by without blogging. At least that didn't happen this time.

4. Establish more of a following for Black Fox.

I think we did that! Submissions are up and we have 801 followers on Twitter! Now, if we could just get the print sales up...

5. Create an emergency fund.

I achieved this goal too. It's not as much as I had hoped it would be, but I have a little something for a rainy day. Hopefully, I can continue this.

6. Exercise at least 2-3 times a week.

I didn't quite do this, but this year has been my most consistent ever. Like blogging, I exercised at least once a week most weeks. I didn't let months go by without exercise like I've done in the past.

7. Write everyday even if it's ten words.

This definitely did not happen. I did pump out more short stories and flash fiction, though. And I won National Novel Writing Month. Still, I think I can do better.

8. Make church and God a priority.

I slipped here. All I can say is that I NEED to work on this one.

9. Work on my non-fiction idea.

Didn't happen at all. I think I thought about it once. I'm debating on whether or not I want to work on this next year. I still want to execute the idea but I may not have time next year.

10. Publish something, anything.

I fulfilled this one! I published my flash story "The Truth About Lipstick" in the August issue of The Scarlet Sound.

11. Graduate with my MFA

Completed this one!

12. Accepted to a PhD program

Okay, so I'm not really sure where I am on this one. I won't be applying until next year. So, we shall see.

The year has been filled with highs and lows. I think I will be adding and reforming a lot of these goals for my 2012 list. I'll post my 2012 goals tomorrow. How did you do on your 2011 goals? Did you fulfill any major goals?

6 comments:

Marquita Hockaday said... .

You accomplished A LOT this year! Especially your goal to get published--that's really awesome! And now that we're done with the MFA program, you'll have more time to accomplish some of these other goals.

December 28, 2011 at 9:31 AM
Medeia Sharif said... .

Recently I looked at the list of my 2011 goals and I fell short. I think I'll revisit them and make them more do-able for 2012.

You accomplished plenty in 2011. You did some really great things. Congrats on the MFA and getting published.

December 28, 2011 at 12:42 PM
Karen Strong said... .

I think you did an excellent job on your 2011 list. You should be proud of yourself.

My goal of finishing my revision draft is still on the table but I got 4 days to make it happen! :)

December 28, 2011 at 2:06 PM
Ghenet Myrthil said... .

I think you did well this year! You got an MFA, published a story, AND you wrote another book. That's amazing!

December 28, 2011 at 9:13 PM
Claudia Del Balso said... .

Hi Racquel,
It seems to me that you accomplished some goals. Some is better than nothing ;)
Congratulations on the ones you DID accomplish.
Happy New Year!!!

December 28, 2011 at 9:19 PM
Racquel Henry said... .

Thanks so much everyone! That makes me feel much better! :)
December 29, 2011 at 8:04 AM

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