Goals for 2015

Posted on: December 29, 2014

At the end of the year, many of us try to determine what we hope to accomplish in the next 12 months. These aren’t “resolutions” but rather goals we want to achieve. I thought I’d share with you some of my own goals for 2015, partially in hopes you’ll help keep me accountable for them and partially because seeing some of these might help you decide what you hope to achieve in 2015. Those of you who subscribe to our free newsletter already heard about several of these goals.

Professional Goals:

Focus on SurvivalWeekly.com
For quite some time now, I’ve been missing out on the “Weekly” part of SurvivalWeekly.com. Updates have been hit and miss, rarely approaching any sort of regularity. The plan for 2015 is to get back on at least a semi-fixed schedule. This includes:

–One new informative post or article every week.
–One review (book, magazine, or product) every week.
–Two videos a month.

Product Development
For quite some time now, I’ve had several ideas running through my head of products I’d like to market. Nothing extravagant or complicated, just a few things that I think would be popular among my readers. This year, I’m looking to get these ideas out of my head and into the real world.

Writing Goals:

While much of this category would seem to fall in line with professional goals, they are different enough to qualify for their own heading, at least as far as I’m concerned.

Prepper Books
I’m currently working with Ulysses Press on the topic of my next book with them. We’ve been toying with a few different ideas, just a matter of narrowing it down. The original plan was to do two books in 2015. We’ll see how it goes.

Untitled Novel
While I’ve started my first novel, work on it has been hit and miss the last several months. I plan to finish the rough draft by June and have it ready for publication by September or so. I’ve been considering self-publishing the novel but we’ll see if any publishers are interested in it first. Don’t ask for more info on this project as I’m keeping all story details hush hush.

Magazine Articles
My goal in 2015 is to sell at least one article to each of my favorite magazines. I’ve already made strong headway on this, having sold material to SURVIVOR’S EDGE, COUNTRYSIDE, and SELF RELIANCE ILLUSTRATED. Still working on pitches for OFFGRID, BACKWOODSMAN, BACK HOME, NEW PIONEER, AMERICAN FRONTIERSMAN, and BACKWOODS HOME.

Personal Goals

Naturally, on top of goals geared toward professional success, I have some personal things I’m hoping to achieve.

I finally went and had a physical exam done about a week ago. I don’t typically visit the doctor unless I absolutely must, so going for a routine exam is a big achievement in and of itself. I have a family history of heart issues so I figure it is high time I start taking care of things. Thankfully, I found I’m in pretty good health, though my “good” cholesterol is a bit low. I’m not setting any goals of losing x amount of weight or anything. Rather, I just want to make sure I stay active and also improve my diet a bit.

I work a lot. Typically, between the day job and all of my writing and related endeavors, I put in around 70 hours a week. I don’t mind the work as I truly enjoy 90% of it. But, I need to slow down a bit and enjoy life, too. My kids aren’t getting any younger and neither am I. To that end, my wife and I have been making plans for things we want to do as a family this year.

So, what are your goals for 2015?

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