I’m feeling a little overzealous today, and I want to send out a blog post into the world. A few days ago, I read a post by Kendel, the author of the blog Little Misadventures (who happens to be a wonderful blogger), and it inspired me to respond to the same prompt – and I did!

The prompt looks forward into the New Year, and helps put into perspective the dominating goals for 2016. So, without further ado..

1. What would I like the overarching theme for 2016 to be?

My theme for 2016 is “Healthy is Happy.”

I want to be healthy. I want to be strong and smart. I want to be as handsome as I can be. I want to be the best version of me, and that’s a road taken through maintaining a proper diet and a consistent workout regimen.

Working out both the body and the mind will achieve good health. The only way to exercise both my mental muscles and my physical muscles is through practice. In order to be healthy, I’ll just need to stay consistent and disciplined. I will need to quit wasting time watching television and stop hanging out with people (I love my friends, but they’re not always the best people to be around when I want to be productive).

2. What do you want to see, discover, and/or explore?

I want to discover the world of freelancing. I want to know what it’s like to become a writer in the real world. I want magazines to publish my work, and have my articles read widely by thousands of people. I want to discover the world through words, the same way great readers and writers do.

3. Who do you want to spend more time with in 2016?

I want to spend more time with writers in 2016. I want to spend more time talking to other people interested in literature and writing. I want to engulf myself in my interest, and that means getting out of my comfort zone and into the streets, the forums, and the areas where writers and readers congregate. I want to spend the most of my time with inspiring people.

4. What skills do you want to learn, improve, or master?

I want to hone my skills as a reader and focus my time on the craft of writing. I want to master writing. Writing is an art, and a craft that must be practiced in order to be used properly. To achieve improvements to my reading and writing skills, I must commit to writing prompts and start doing my metaphorical homework.

I also want to be a blogger, and not just any blogger, a good blogger. I want people to come to me for questions, and look to my blog for answer. I want to help other struggling human beings the best way I know how, through my writing. I want to convey messages that inspire my readership.

5. Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?

I want to become friendly. Earlier today, I met with a Persian woman who spoke about the world as a place where there is an abundance of beauty if you look for it. She spoke about some people that view the world negatively, pushing people away and being spiteful – I am one of those people. I live spitefully, and that needs to stop. I need to be genuinely caring for the human race, and that’s earned through compassion. Being genuinely compassionate about the human race will lead to caring for people.

6. What do you want your everyday life to be like?

Every morning, I want to wake up and meditate over a cup of tea. I want to clear my mind of all the negative thoughts looming over my head and set my mind right. I want to be free to read and write everyday. Every other day, I’d love to play basketball, go running, swimming, or anything that involved physical activity. I want to stay strong, and live happy. Everyday, I want to be happy.

7. Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?

In 2015 I was smoking cigarettes quite frequently. I smoked everyday. I never reached a pack-a-day, but I got to the point where I felt tired everyday. That is the first habit I want to get rid of in 2016. I am 8 days strong, hoping to kick the habit finally.

8. What do you want to achieve career-wise?

I want to publish my first article as a freelance writer in the real world. I want to breakthrough the freelance-writing scene; then finally be able to call myself a freelance writer. I want to eventually develop my freelancing business to include many different clients, through many different publications. I want to become a freelancing entrepreneur. I want to connect writers with publishers, and get the right information into the right places so people can easily find what they are looking for. But first things first, I want to publish my first article as a freelancer.

9. How do you want to remember the year 2016 when you look back on it 10/20/50 years from now?

I want to look back on 2016 and think of it as the “Year of the Writer.” I want to look back at 2016 and think, “that was the year I broke through as a writer, and legitimately, finally, called myself a writer.”

10. Which is your number one goal for 2016?

Despite talking about writing throughout this writing prompt, my number one goal for 2016 goes back to the initial question in the series, which is related to the theme of health.

To be mentally and physically healthy is a blessing. Not everyone can say they are clear from all physical ailments, and many people put themselves into that predicament, myself included, but so long as I have the opportunity of life I should not waste it – I will not waste it. Carpe Diem, seize the day, and that day in the life of the universe is my life, seize life.

  • What are your goals for 2016? Be sure to tag me so we can share inspiration

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