2012, my last year of slinging it through my twenties, was a year of many firsts: completed my first movie, advanced my freelance writing career, started the second year of an adult relationship with someone I love and fart in front of, got a pet cat!…which died two weeks later, met David Duchovny…in his boxer shorts! and had my adopted grandfather move into a home for folks with Alzheimer’s which threw off the emotional balance of my family.
Overall it was a pretty wonderful year, one I will look back on when I’m an old, wrinkly woman and think, “2012 was the best year of my life” while silently weeping into a pillow.
I recently came across a list I wrote at 12 years of age of predictions for my adult self. The list included: “Make a movie!”, “meet David Duchovny!”, “write a book!” and “meet Elton John!”. It still boggles my mind that two of those have come true considering at 12 years of age I had mighty delusions of grandeur, but maybe I’ve always had that “dream big!” mentality. In honor of the unrealistic goals I had as a child, for 2013 (and beyond), I’m going to aim for that big, juicy pie in the sky. Life is short, why not?
Goals for 2013:
1.) GET OFF THE COUCH AND PUT DOWN THE TUB OF CREAM CHEESE.
2.) Carried over from my 12 year-old list, write a book. I have no misconceptions that I’m a Sylvia Plath or Joan Didion, but it doesn’t hurt to try, right? Book idea is a humorous guide to surviving your 20s. Personal goal: must write book before Lena Dunham finishes hers.
3.) If the book doesn’t happen, then I’m writing a screenplay, goddammit. I went to college for it after all. Elevator pitch: Swimming with Sharks meets Secretary.
3.) Make another movie. Why the hell not, right? Specifically, I’m going to look further into making a documentary about Warren Zevon. Who cares that I know nothing about making a documentary!
4.) Teach a blogging class or ten. This is actually happening in both January and February and I will keep you a breast with details when they finalize!
5.) Travel an ass load. Not only to expand my horizons, but to get home to see my family more. As 2013 sees me paying off both my car and credit card bills, this will free up some finances. And seeing other parts of Texas no longer counts as “expanding horizons”!
6.) Keep Hipstercrite evolving. Because creative evolution is important.
7.) The obligatory exercise more/stay offline more/meet people in real life more. Otherwise I’m on a quick path to becoming Howard Hughes .
What goals do you have for yourself in 2013?
In addition to the eat less, and exercise more goal that we all have this time of year, I plan to continue my commitment to my entrepreneurial spirit. I would LOVE to write a screenplay, but I think I will leave that one to you and stick to writing about things I actually know about!
Thanks for the great work you are doing here! Happy New Year!
“stay offline more”
I’m gonna try that… really
I’m already trying
I am relatively new to your blog, but in a small way it helped to inspire my own, http://www.theroadlesstraveledblog.com. It may someday help to inspire me to move from Los Angeles (I’m at the four year mark) to pursue my passion for film elsewhere. For now, I am enjoying your humor, I look forward to your film, and if you care to read a (short) script I wrote this year while also dealing with something that “threw off the emotional balance of my family,” (and, oddly entered the second year of a relationship with my soulmate) I would love to share it with you. You just seem like a kindred spirit of sorts. Hope the new year brings us all joy and enlightenment!
my meet more people goal is to meet more artists/writers/poets that will help push me be to be more creative and more productive.
if it weren’t for delusions of grandeur nothing would get made.
OMG I can’t wait to hear about your blogging classes. I need to take it. I love your list and love how smart you were at 12…who knew!
Cheers to 2013!
I like the one about the blogging class – I will be in the front row taking notes! 2013 is going to be awesome 🙂
Good list! I’ll take that blogging class – pls add me to your distribution. comoxbc at aol.com – Mark