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2018 Goals: Update!

At the end of 2017 I wrote a post detailing what my goals would be for the upcoming 2018 year, and said “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” So, did I meet my goals? I have listed what the goals were, with my results in bold afterwards:

1) Search out new career opportunities. I recently graduated with a Masters Degree in Library Science (MLIS) and I spent 2.5 years working towards furthering my education so that I could be an asset to any public library. I need to voice my ambition and work diligently towards obtaining a leadership position. I am still at my position as Teen Librarian at my small rural library. I like my job, the community that the library serves and my hours that are family friendly, but I want managerial opportunities, and quite frankly, more money. I really can’t say too much more about this as my library patrons, co-workers and future employers might look at this blog, but I am ready to grow.

2) Write more! Now that my endless homework is done, I will have more time to devote to it. In conjunction with that goal, I welcome writing guest posts. I already have a The Last Jedi piece in the works for Jeffrey at The Imperial Talker, an environmental piece for Michael’s American Resistance at My Comic Relief and YA book reviews for the 2018 Tournament of Books through the Young Adult Services Forum group I belong to planned. This I did! I wrote about  my disappointment with Luke Skywalker’s arc in The Last Jedi on The Imperial Talker, I debated between graphic novel Motor Crush and sci-fi book Landscape with Invisible Hand for the YASF (Young Adult Services Forum) Tournament of Books, I wrote the Ultimate List of Graphic Novels for Perspective of a Writer, and I wrote a review of graphic novel My Favorite Thing Is Monsters on Reads and Reels. Kathleen and I co-wrote a hilarious four part series, The Great Chris Debate, with Michael from My Comic Relief and Kalie from Just Dread-Full about who was the best cinematic Chris (Chris Pine of course!), with a final rebuttal from The Green Onion Blog and Rob from My Side of the Laundry Room. Finally, a YA book I reviewed  was published in the magazine School Library Journal, with a possibility of more. I enjoy writing and hope to do even more next year! 

3) Hike more! To be honest I’m not one to hit the gym. But I really like hiking and will happily spend hours walking in the woods. It’s great exercise and wonderful for my soul. Not so good- but not horrible. My husband and I hike more than the typical couple, but we fell short of hiking as much as we wanted to and should have. However, my husband and I had a weekend getaway to Starved Rock State Park in the spring to hike and during our family trip this summer to Washington DC, we included a side-trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio, in which our family hiked to some beautiful waterfalls (picture seven in grid below). I aim to improve on this again in 2019! 

4) Take more nature photographs for my Instagram account nancyandnature. I am planning to purchase myself a better camera soon, and hope that I can spend more time outdoors (see above goal) capturing good shots. I had nine pictures selected to be featured on photography sites Only in Illinois, Midwest Snaps and Illinois Shots in 2017 and I aim to have more selected this year.  Due to not hiking as much as I had hoped and a malaise that I developed on taking photos in the second half of the year, this goal was not reached. Although I did have a few pictures featured on Illinois Instagram sites (the first in this grid, plus the fifth) and a family travel blog highlighted a picture I had taken of an Indiana state park. I did end up buying myself a nice Canon camera, and hope to use it more often, although some of my best photos have come from my android phone! 

5) Organize my drawers, closets and basement in my home. I bet my co-workers would appreciate me working on my desk too. But I’m creative, and have lots of art projects and the corresponding supplies in mid-completion. Luckily I have a steady stream of teen volunteers at the library to assist me and the other librarians with various projects. Let’s not speak of my  drawers, closets and basement in my home…

All in all, I missed quite a few of my goals. But 2019 is around the corner and I will continue to grow, learn and strive. Here’s to hoping that everyone’s upcoming year is their best yet!

-Nancy

Not really…but I laughed so hard when I saw this on FB!
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2018 Goals

As I look towards a new year, I recently reflected on my 2017 goals to see if I had met them. For the most part I had, so I look towards creating a new 2018 list for myself, for as author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wisely said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

1) Search out new career opportunities. I recently graduated with a Masters Degree in Library Science (MLIS) and I spent 2.5 years working towards furthering my education so that I could be an asset to any public library. I need to voice my ambition and work diligently towards obtaining a leadership position.

2) Write more! Now that my endless homework is done, I will have more time to devote to it. In conjunction with that goal, I welcome writing guest posts. I already have a The Last Jedi piece in the works for Jeffrey at The Imperial Talker, an environmental piece for Michael’s American Resistance at My Comic Relief and YA book reviews for the 2018 Tournament of Books through the Young Adult Services Forum group I belong to planned.

3) Hike more! To be honest I’m not one to hit the gym. But I really like hiking and will happily spend hours walking in the woods. It’s great exercise and wonderful for my soul.

4) Take more nature photographs for my Instagram account nancyandnature. I am planning to purchase myself a better camera soon, and hope that I can spend more time outdoors (see above goal) capturing good shots. I had nine pictures selected to be featured on photography sites Only in Illinois, Midwest Snaps and Illinois Shots in 2017 and I aim to have more selected this year. I have included one of my favorite pictures I took this year.

5) Organize my drawers, closets and basement in my home. I bet my co-workers would appreciate me working on my desk too. But I’m creative, and have lots of art projects and the corresponding supplies in mid-completion.Luckily I have a steady stream of teen volunteers at the library to assist me and the other librarians with various projects.

Some of these goals are repeats or very similar to last years, but they are ongoing and one year is not enough to complete them (if ever). Wish me luck on my goals and planning, so in one year they have been achieved instead of being wishes that never came to fruition.

-Nancy

 

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2017 Goals: Update!

In early January I used a Top 5 Wednesday writing prompt to share my 2017 goals. While some relate to the blog, others were for my personal life. Let’s see show I did! My updates will be in bold.

1) I need to get my sh*t together on posting! I’m always typing away on the day the post is due, I never have any in queue like Kathleen does! Usually I worked ahead of time on my alternating Wednesday posts, but my Friday posts were another matter. Friday is my day off, so I would block some time out in the morning to get it done, but often my Fridays fill up with a dozen other commitments, so I wouldn’t have the time I thought I would after all. But…my grad classes are ending, so I truly will have more time soon. 

2) Write more guest posts! I reviewed two books, Ink and Bone vs The Alex Crow, for the 2016 Tournament of Books through my Young Adult Services Forum committee that I belong to and reviewed Eleanor & Park for The Green Onion in November (2016). Plus, I have one half written for Just Dread-full, for I enjoy the challenge on writing on other subjects than just graphic novels and geek life. I managed this! I finished my post for Kalie’s blog, Just Dread-full about My First Fright, reviewed YA books Ghosts vs The Star Touched Queen for the 2017 Tournament of Books, shared my feelings about the movie Logan on Michael’s My Comic Relief site and schooled Rob on My Side of the Laundry Room on awesome 80’s toys for girls

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3) Hike more! My husband and I completed the 52 Hike Challenge last summer, and after a year of consistent hiking we fell out of the habit. Some of it can be attributed to raising three fabulous kids, work and grad school, but….  Cliff & I did hike more consistently. Not every week as we had during our challenge, but an improvement. As stated above, I will have more time since I will be done with school!! 

4) I like to take pictures of the outdoors, so I’d like to build my Instagram account with my nature pictures. I can take more pictures, IF I hike more! If you care to take a look at the less geeky part of my life, my account is nancyandnature. Success! I enjoy taking pictures and was followed by some nature and tourism sites, and had several pictures picked through out the year to be featured on the sites Only in Illinois, Midwest Snaps and Illinois Shots.

5) Live life with less regrets. I have a habit of looking backwards and second guessing myself. I must remember- no amount of anxiety can change the future, no amount of regret can change the past. Ugh- I will always struggle with this. But I am making progress! When I had a paid writing gig fall through, I was initially crushed. But I picked up the pieces and moved on with little second guessing. It wasn’t the right situation, and there will be future opportunities for me. So look, I am improving on this trait! 🙂

All in all, I met most of my goals, and feel proud of myself. I’m thrilled that I am graduating from Dominican University this month, and am hoping that brings some new career opportunities my way. In a few weeks, I hope to share my 2018 goals, so be on the lookout for those!

-Nancy

Top 5 Wednesday: 2017 Goals

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme from Goodreads, created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey and now moderated by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. This week’s topic is: 2017 Goals.  These do not need to be reading goals specifically, they can be any goals you want to talk about, such as reading goals, blog/channel/instagram goals, personal goals…anything!

  1. I need to get my sh*t together on posting! I’m always typing away on the day the post is due, I never have any in queue like Kathleen does! In fact, I had another post planned, but could not get it done in time, thus this quick post is going up in it’s place. (Look for a snarky post on the Star Wars Holiday Special tv show in the future).
  2.  Write more guest posts! I reviewed two books (Ink and Bone vs The Alex Crow) for the 2016 Tournament of Books through my Young Adult Services Forum committee that I belong to and another for The Green Onion in November. Plus I have one half written for Just Dread-full (see goal 1 for why it’s not done! ), for I enjoy the challenge on writing on other subjects than just graphic novels and geek life.
  3. Hike more! My husband and I completed the 52 Hike Challenge last summer, and after a year of consistent hiking we fell out of the habit. Some of it can be attributed to raising three fabulous kids, work and grad school, but….
  4. I like to take pictures of the outdoors, so I’d like to build my Instagram account with my nature pictures. I can take more pictures, IF I hike more! If you care to take a look at the less geeky part of my life, my account is nancyandnature.
  5. Live life with less regrets. I have a habit of looking backwards and second guessing myself. I must remember- no amount of anxiety can change the future, no amount of regret can change the past.

Will I be successful in my 2017 goals? I sure as hell hope so! I’ll have to plan a post for late in the year to see if I met them! I hope everyone has a happy 2017, and that it proves to be your best yet. ♥

-Nancy

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