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This week’s theme is ‘Books I Hope Santa Brings/Bookish Wishes’, but I’m straying away from the topic this year to share my 2022 goals with you instead!
I’m stepping into 2022 with the ultimate goal to just be happy – I think that’s something we all deserve in the wake of the panini – but there are a few things I’d like to try and do. Some of these are book-related, but most of them are things I’d like to do outside of reading…
I’m moving this goal over from 2021, as it’s something I haven’t been able to do this year and, to be honest, it was a bit of an ambitious goal when I was in my old job (which didn’t pay very well) until October. I started my current job a couple of days after my 30th birthday, though, and it pays me much better, so I’m hoping to be able to move out of my parents’ house again in the next few months!
Get a tattoo
When it comes to something permanent, I’m very indecisive. I don’t like to do anything unless I 100% want to do it, which is why I’ve never gotten a tattoo before because I’d hate to get one and then regret it. I’ve been thinking about it more and more recently, though, so I’d like to make a decision either way and, if I decide to get one, I’d like to get it booked and done this year! I always thought I’d get a book quote if I got a tattoo, but lately I’ve been thinking of getting a tattoo of the stained glass window from Beauty and the Beast of the Enchantress as the Crone.
Practice on my keyboard regularly
My parents got me a keyboard for Christmas in 2020 because I’ve always been drawn to the keyboard and piano, but with me currently living at my parents’ a lot of my things are in the attic and my keyboard is currently on top of my wardrobe, which means I keep forgetting to get it down and practice on it. I’m hoping that once I move out I’ll be able to get a stand for it and actually have a space for it, but until then I need to make more of an effort to get it down from on top of the wardrobe and use it.
I’ve never played D&D and I’d love to have a go at it, especially now that I have my own set of dice from work. I need to find a group I feel comfortable with and rejoice in how fun it is to play again.
Cosplay as Evie Carnahan
Cosplaying was also a 2021 goal of mine, but I haven’t been to any Cons thanks to the panorama. It’s been years and years since I cosplayed, but it’s a dream of mine to attend a con as Evie from The Mummy, who is a huge heroine of mine – plus I feel like her outfit should be fairly easy to put together!
Fill a notebook
I had so much fun writing more regularly in 2021 – especially in the first half of the year – so while I would love to finish some writing projects I’m not going to make that a goal because my job is busy and, before it’s anything else, writing should be fun. Something I’ve never done is completely fill a notebook, so I’d love to do that next year even if it’s only full of half-finished stories.
Re-read/catch up on The Old Kingdom by Garth Nix
Sabriel and Lirael are two of my most cherished books from my teenage years – those books and those heroines meant so much to me – but I still haven’t read Clariel, Goldenhand and Terciel & Elinor, and it’s been so long that I’d like to re-read the original three books before I move onto them. Unfortunately my copies of Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen, Clariel and Goldenhand are in a box in my parents’ attic with a lot of my other books, so this is another project that may have to wait until I move out…
Read more Australian fantasy
I feel like I’ve mentioned my love for fantasy by Australian authors a few times this year; Garth Nix was such an important author for me growing up and Shelley Parker-Chan’s She Who Became the Sun is one of my favourite 2021 reads. I’d like to read from more Australian fantasy authors in 2022, such as Trudi Canavan, E.J. Beaton, C.S. Pacat, A.G. Slatter and Alison Goodman.
Have a go at HEMA
It wasn’t until a few years ago that I discovered Historical European Martial Arts are a thing. I’ve been thinking about trying it ever since I found out about it but I’ve always been too scared – I’m worried I’ll embarrass myself, and I tend to get very anxious around new groups – so I’d like 2022 to be the year I finally have a go.
Complete Couch to 5k
I hated PE in school and I hated running, but I want to be fitter than I am. I want to get to a stage where if there was an emergency and someone told me to run, I could. I started Couch to 5k earlier this year and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, but I’ve found it much harder to do around work when the sun rises later and sets earlier – especially as I’m surrounded by a lot of badly-lit country lanes that cars tend to come speeding around the corners of. When spring arrives, I’d like to complete this!