2021 Goals

I won’t be reflecting on the year that was 2020, too much happened, instead I am looking ahead to what I can do, and learn to accept what I cannot control. This is going to be difficult to overcome, not that I am a control freak, I just like to know how to handle situations. I am quite an independent 21st Century woman (like many women today), make lots of decisions—personally and professionally. I guess accepting what I cannot control is a mentality I need to adjust, for my own piece of mind and for family members.

For 2021, I have split my personal and professional goals, though they do impact each other as you will see.

Personal Goals

  1. Home and work balance
    • I haven’t been doing this at all. Between my teaching job and writing, I haven’t spent enough time relaxing, going out for fun, spending time with family and friends. As of this year, work takes a back seat, more time at home with family and friends and writing.
  2. Fitness
    • I’ve let this slide in past number of years. Work has impacted on a lot of my free time. The aim is to walk every day for at least 30 mins.
  3. Photography
    • I bought myself a decent camera and tripod a few years ago with the intention of taking photos. As you guessed, that hasn’t happened. Once a fortnight, I’ll go out and take photos. I’ll post them here if I like what I’ve taken 😉
  4. Food and wine
    • I have a fairly good food plan but due to recent circumstances food, alcohol and exercise are a priority. We are going to review our consumption of alcohol ☹, not that we drank a lot but reducing the intake will be healthier. Being of Italian descent, we have been brought up on the Mediterranean diet before it became a trend, so we may need to tweak what we’re eating. As to exercise, mandatory. See point 2.

Professional Goals

  1. Teaching is a by-product where I need to earn money to pay for everyday expenses and to keep up with my writing costs. I will stay at work on days where it is mandated, otherwise I will leave at the end of the school day so I can attend to the above personal goals.
  2. Writing
    • Other than family and close friends, this is my main priority. I need to reboot my writing career; finish the books I’ve started and complete editing.
    • The other part I must address is to learn how to market my books and find a strategy that works! The last part is elusive I must say.

While there are only six goals, they are achievable. I just need to stick to them and follow through, which is not easy when unexpected events occur. I plan to let you know how I am going with my goals by posting my progress, that way you can berate me when I slack off!

Another strategy I will employ is reading the Serenity Prayer every morning. I’m not a religious person but I do like the words in this prayer and have posted it here, though I am sure many of you know it or have heard of it. (You are welcome to print out the prayer)

Thank you for your continued support and as always, I look forward to your comments and will respond.

Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, burnt out but not done… yet.

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  1. rosarymcquestion


    A goal that you can actually see, as the one you have outlined above, is massively more powerful than a goal you write down on a checklist.

    I believe you have that vision and will achieve your 2021 goals. I rely heavily on my faith and the Serenity prayer is a well-chosen one, especially in the tumultuous times we are currently living in.

    Take care. Stay safe my friend.

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    • cav12

      Ciao Bella,

      Thank you! I needed to change the way I address my goals and be more accountable to myself. I can’t remember who said change begins within and that is what I must do.

      I hope you are much better and staying safe in this weird new world we’re in, my dear friend.


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