Monday, February 24, 2014

Goals: 2014-2015

As a productive person who aims for continuous growth in every area of my life, I find "listing goals" to be important. I've had this running list of hopes in my mind but I decided to write them down on here. List them! Let you guys hold me accountable for them. You will, right?! Now, this list is pretty short in size but it's huge in element. I'm homeschooling both of my children, caring for my family pretty much alone since my husband is in the Air Force and constantly busy, traveling back and forth from Oklahoma to Alaska a lot, and trying to reach these goals while writing. So, hang with me, but these are the things I would absolutely love to make happen in 2014/2015 with my career.

  • Attend my first signing event... and then a few more 
  • Write enough/Sell enough/Earn enough that writing can be considered my lifetime "career" with no threat of having to return to my day job
  • Publish at least four novels per year until I can no longer type
  • Make Amazon Top 100... and every other bestseller's list known to mankind. 
  • Earn enough money to pay my husband's truck off and then buy a stylin' new ride of my own
  • Find a literary agent who understands my goals, dreams and hopes who can actively help me pursue those aforementioned desires. The sky is the limit, but I can't keep jumping and hoping to eventually reach it. I need an airplane. Er, well, a really hardcore, awesome, killer,  literary agent.
  • Have the previously mentioned amazing literary agent hook me up with a traditional publisher who makes me feel like I'm Rose from Titanic where she's on the front of the boat with Jack holding her up as the wind blows through her hair and the ocean roars underneath her. She feels like she's on the top of the world in that moment and that she's capable of rising above the expectations being placed on her. Yeah. That sounds nice...
Side Note: I know, I know... A lot of writers don't particularly want to go the traditional publishing route anymore but for as long as I've been writing, I've dreamed of this amazing Big 5 contract with movie deals and the whole nine yards. Perhaps that's not for me, but I'll never know unless I at least try it. I love self-publishing, so it's certainly no problem if that doesn't ever happen for me, but I don't think I'll ever feel satisfied until I've made it happen. If it doesn't work out as well as I hope for it to, then I can keep self-publishing. No harm done. 

Now, I want to hear your goals. If you're reading this, I'm talking to you! So, tell me... Tell me what makes you happy. I want to know what your "dream" is. If you could choose any career in the whole world with nothing stopping you (money, education, location...) what would it be? Tell me! Then, tell me what you're doing to work toward it this year. Let's hold each other accountable. Let's help each other reach our goals and see results. My dream is to be a successful author. I want a career in writing. The goals listed above are stepping stones to making my dreams a reality and I'm determined to make it happen but I don't want to be the only one. Walk this path with me. Let me know what you're dreaming for and working toward. <3

--Brittany Jo James