As much as I wanted to love teaching, I have to admit that it just isn’t the right career for me. I miss working with words and nitpicking over small grammar issues. I miss proofreading galleys with colored pens and using proofreading symbols. I miss having discussions about artwork, redesign, and cover lines. It’s become clear to me that editing is truly the profession in which I belong. I don’t regret trying out teaching, because now I won’t always wonder whether I would enjoy it, but I am glad that I very quickly realized that I already knew where I belong. Now I just have to get back there.
My first and foremost goal going into the New Year, then, is to find a job that I enjoy back in the editing world. I’ve realized that it’s so important to do what you love, because otherwise your dissatisfaction with work begins to spread into other areas of your life as well. I’m trying to have hope that I will find the perfect fit at a company I can respect, and I will do all that I can to work toward achieving that placement. I want to bring in the New Year with a positive and hopeful outlook that I am back on the right path, and that I will succeed.
My remaining resolutions for 2015 sound very similar to the long list that I wrote at the start of 2014, most of which I did a pretty good job keeping up with. Here are my top 10 goals for 2015. How do they compare to your goals? Are there any that we can work toward together?
1. Find a new job in the editing world
2. Be more appreciative of life and practice being a better girlfriend, daughter, sister, friend, etc.
3. Finish writing a novel.
4. Run my first 10k race and my first half marathon.
5. Learn how to speak basic German and practice Hungarian.
6. Read at least 40 books, up from the 32 I read in 2014.
7. Start a new crochet project.
8. Deepen my yoga practice.
9. Learn how to make my own yogurt.
10. Blog regularly!
I want to wish all of my readers and friends a very happy New Year. I hope that you make a similar list of ambitious goals. Even if we don’t achieve every single one, the important part is that we’re aiming to become better individuals and that we’re willing to try.