Looking Ahead to The Rest of 2019

Hello again all!

We’re about a month and a half into the new year, 2019. Sorry I couldn’t post last month, we were so busy in the Student Activities office here planning all kinds of events for our students who were around for the winter semester. But anyway, I’m excited to see what this year has in store.

So far, I’ve been doing a lot of drawing and sketchbooking (which is a huge part of my brainstorming process, I will devote an entire post into that eventually) as well as trying to beat my writer’s block and work on my middle grade novel, one sentence at a time. I’m also taking an online class this spring about the young girl’s coming-of-age novel, the Bildungsroman- a German literary term basically translated into a novel of formation and education. We have to read about fourteen books, among them Little Women, Daddy Long Legs, Harriet the Spy, and more modern depictions of the girl’s novel of education like Fangirl and Brown Girl Dreaming. As you can imagine, it’s a fair amount of reading and conversing with my online classmates, plus we have to write a long essay and give a presentation closer to the end. But I love challenges and I find I perform better when I have a few things going on, so no complaints from me!

As for other goals for the year, I’m encouraging myself to be more bold and step outside my comfort zone. I’m a naturally shy, reserved, Type B person who loves living by herself. It’s a breath of fresh air for someone who has always lived with others to have her own place, I can stay up late and blast my music and sleep in the cold without worrying about disturbing anyone. But I’m attempting to branch out a little more and maybe do stuff I would normally say no to. We’ll see how this goes, check back in on me to make sure I’m okay.

I also hope to travel a little more this year. Again, we’ll see how far I get because I am in graduate school and I do work here, so it will be difficult to find time around my commitments. But I feel like writing and sharing my goals holds me accountable, so I hope to garner something out of 2019 that I might not have had in 2018 or in years past. I’m ready to jump into the rest of this great start to the year, and I will keep sharing content with you all as I move forward.