Goals for the Next Five Years

Today is my 30th birthday. As I reflect on where I’ve been and where I want to go, I decided to come up with a list of goals that I want to accomplish over the course of the next five years. I initially wanted to do something clever like “35 before 35”, but I couldn’t think of 35 goals that were substantial or meaningful enough to warrant inclusion in a five-year plan. That said, I believe the goals that I have laid out will still keep my plenty busy. While updates on my writing goals will be the most frequent, I will also occasionally write posts about the other goals as I hit milestones. I hope that writing about them will help me stay motivated and accountable.

Writing Goals:
Read 150 Books
Finish and publish one novel each year
Read an average of one book per month on writing itself
Write one short story each month
Get a short story published in a literary publication or magazine
Be able to write full-time
Participate and win NaNoWriMo each year

Fitness Goals:
Achieve body weight of 180 pounds
Run 4 miles in 30 minutes
Bench press equivalent of body weight 20 reps
Pull up equivalent of body weight 20 reps
Squat self + equivalent of body weight 20 reps

Political Goals:
Write letters to the editor once a month on issues I care about
Contact Representation once a week on issues I care about
Run for public office or help a friend do so

Become reasonably proficient in a second language (probably Spanish)
Learn to cook one new recipe a month