2013 was certainly a year of “growth” for me. The other day, I looked back at some of the first articles I ever wrote for Matador, and compared them to recent ones. It’s funny how over time you can just sort of “fall into” place, when the place feels right… http://katkatravels.com/?p=1946
Develop website/branding. This is the easy part, really. I have the website, I just need to finish learning how to update content/fix things on my own. My host master (Tom) is a bit territorial and won’t let me have complete control over the site but once I sit down with him and talk about exactly what I need the site will be officially launched and I’ll REALLY be in business. Look out for that post, coming soon.
Network even more. I’ve developed a wonderful rapport with Matador Network, and it’s been awesome to earn some pocket cash for my travel publications. I am interested in exploring other entities as well, given that in September I will be income-less and freelance writing will play a large role in supporting myself. Need a copy writer/editor/contributor for your site? I’ve got excellent turn-around service and I take direction well!
Work on e-book. It’s stupid easy to self-publish these days and I just have to do it. Albeit, it will be easier once I have an office in my new home to sit down and finish editing my first book about my experience with Hurricane Sandy.
Don’t let others get me down. This is more of a personal goal than a writing-related one, but I think it is still important to note. Actually, writing has gotten me through some very tough times when people try and criticize my life. It’s not only an outlet emotionally, but it is something I am proud of and a great motivator. It’s like “Oh, you think the choices I’ve made for my life are not as cool as yours? That’s too bad, I’m get royalties from a book containing some ridiculous content I wrote.” Then I just write some more awesome stuff. Really actually, keep putting me down – it spurs my creativity like no other.
Write every day. I mostly do this, but there are times when I forget, or write stupid things. I want to write something meaningful every day. NaNoWriMo was such an inspiration for me and I want to follow through with that philosophy on the daily.
Do you have any creative/literary goals for 2013? Let’s work together to achieve them!
Become a Townie. Tom and I are moving to a new town in a few days. I am familiar with the area mostly, but just because it is a place I’ve been a million times before doesn’t mean there’s nothing left to discover. It will be fun getting to know my new neighborhood and find its hidden gems, much like I do for any new city I encounter.
Indulge in Staycations. One of the things I look forward to the most is beach camping out at Montauk’s Hither Hills Park in May. Montauk is about a three-hour drive but it’s a totally different world out east. I’m hoping that since Tom and I live a little closer to Suffolk County that we can enjoy some untapped areas of Long Island, including beachside hotels with awesome rates during the off-season.
Get to know the Weekend Getaway. My measly 11 days paid vacation will be spent inside an ESL classroom as I observe 60 hours in preparation to receive my teaching certification. While that is rewarding in and of itself, it still means I have to be cautious about the time I take off. But there are plenty of places in the US where I can spend the weekend and feel relaxed, entertained and rejuvenated. We have friends in Wisconsin who are having a baby soon and the two-hour flight to Milwaukee offers a great chance for me to explore a state I’ve never been to in the company of good friends.
TBEX ’13. It will be my first time attending this conference, and I am very excited. I’ve been working on my website and networking my butt off, it’s going to be so much fun to meet my favorite Travel Bloggers in person and attend some great seminars. Plus I’ve never been to Toronto before, I am super excited about this trip!
Last-minute “field” trip. I start student teaching in September, so I am hoping to squeeze in one last “hurrah!” trip before the year is over. Maybe it’s not a very fiscally responsible decision, but I am hoping to score a last minute deal – that way I can see where my finances stand, as well as what’s available and how much time I really can afford to use (cruise to Bermuda? All-inclusive Jamaican resort? Iceland paid for through sponsors? We will see…).
What are your travel goals/resolutions? What’s your master plan for achieving them?