Holidays

New Goals Heading into the New Year

Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving, which means it’s almost December, which means Christmas is right around the corner, which means it’s almost a brand new year. Damn.

Even though there’s still a little over a month left of 2014, I’ve found myself reflecting on this past year and how far I’ve come since last year. I’d have to say that the best decision I made this year was signing up for that TV writing course I took over the summer, which led to the TV comedy master’s class I’ve been a part of since September. Thanks to the workshop and the help of my phenomenal instructor and fellow aspiring comedy writers, so far I’ve written an original pilot and a Modern Family spec script. I’m going to write another original pilot heading into 2015.

Speaking of 2015, I’ve also been thinking about my New Year’s resolutions. Last year, my two resolutions were to read and write every day and to have more fun. I still plan on continuing to do each of those things, but as for my resolutions this year, I’ve got two new ones:

1. Get a full time job. This is an absolute must for me. It needs to happen as soon as possible. I’ve been working at my current job since last October. I started as an intern and was promoted in April, but it’s still only a part time position. The fact of the matter is that I’m simply not making enough money what with all of my expenses. I’ve enjoyed this job, but now it’s time for me to move on to something new. I’ve been researching jobs and applying online, and I need to keep that momentum going. I had one phone interview so far, but it turned out that I didn’t have the right experience for that particular job. So, it’s a matter of keeping up an active job search until I can land an interview and find a right fit for me. I’m confident that I’ll find something within the next few months. Just can’t give up. (I say that a lot, but I stand by it. It’s an important thing to remind yourself, about any goal: NEVER GIVE UP!)

2. Try something new. I am a person who prefers a routine. It’s comfortable. It’s easy. It’s less stressful. The problem with it, though, is that once I’ve settled into a routine, it becomes all the more difficult for me to face changes. Graduating college last year was an enormous change that I struggled with for months until I finally got a job. I missed the structure of a daily routine. That being said, now that I’ve had the same routine for a while now, I’ve reached a point where I need to make a push in order to keep growing, keep learning, keep moving. I need to take more risks and step out of my comfort zone, so I’m hoping that I’ll be willing to do that by trying something I’ve never done before. I’ve been thinking about possibly taking an improv class, as it can apparently help with pitching (story and show ideas, that is), which is something I’ll need to learn how to effectively do if I want to make it as a television writer. So, we’ll see. Should the opportunity arise to try something new, I’m going to really push myself to go and do it.

Here’s to new experiences!

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