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I enjoyed 2009, especially when it came to blogging projects. It was a great way for me to meet new people to share stories and ideas with; I even had a face-to-face meeting with a WWD reader from another country. Though I had fewer clients, I thoroughly enjoyed working with them all. This was probably a result of my effort last year to learn how to say “no” to prospects who showed signs of being difficult.
Because of these positive experiences from 2009, my goals and plans this year aren’t really about starting new things, they are more about continuing some long-term projects that I started last year.
Productivity and Workspace
I was very productive in 2009, so I hope to continue at the same level this year.Also, like Simon, I have a new office. I’ll be spending January and February fixing it up. Hopefully, the results will be good enough that I can share it with you, WWD readers.
Finances and Job Security
At the beginning of 2009, I had an emergency fund worth 6 months of my family’s living expenses. Because of some financial emergencies, I exited 2009 having only a 4-month fund. In 2010, I hope to get it back up to 6 or 7 months again. A healthy emergency fund is especially important for freelancers like me who don’t have a steady, predictable income.
I also have a few projects in the works. I’m still collaborating with a graphic design team and setting up an illustration business with them. I also plan to redesign my professional blog and my writing web site later in the year to better reflect my services.
Though I love writing for my clients and blogs, there are other hobbies and passions that I like exploring during my downtime. The lessons and insights I gain from these experiences also help me with work, so I always take the time to do them.
In late 2009 I finished my first short story in 5 years and submitted it to an anthology. This was part of my goal to write fiction again. The story ended up being shortlisted. Though this seemed like half a rejection, this has inspired me to write more fiction in 2010.
I’m also an avid language learner. This tends to be fun, especially when I try to communicate with my friendlier clients who speak other languages. This year I hope to pass a Spanish proficiency test and perhaps study another language.
With all the work ahead, I know I’ll be needing some time off. One of my mundane ways to unwind is to read. I also have a recurring goal of reading at least 30 books, which I know I’ll reach this year (as I always do).
I also want to take a 2-week trip this year, since I love traveling and working from the road. Overnight or weekend trips rarely do it for me, but my financial obligations last year prevented me from traveling more.
How about you, what are your hopes and plans for 2010?