The End is Near: 2014 Accomplishments and 2015 Goals!

December 31, 2014 discussion, miscellaneous, psa 9

It’s five pm and some idiots are attempting to start a firework outside, so you know it’s New Year’s Eve. I already did my End of the Year Book Survey, but – inspired by this video – I’d like to take the opportunity and reflect back on 2014 and set some goals for 2015.


…moved out of the student dorms and into a new apartment, where I feel more comfortable.

…went backpacking in Colombia for four weeks.

…attented an improv theater seminar and performed in front of people.

…went to Amsterdam.

…started this blog.

…learned more about myself and to accept who I am.

…went to the Frankfurt Book Fair.

…read a lot more than last year.

…made some new friends.

These are just the things I can actually remember, and overall I’m fine with how the year went. But enough reflecting! I have this weird thing about setting goals. Basically I never really do it because I worry about not meeting them. But SO WHAT – if I don’t set them I’ll never meet them, right?


…want to do well in university.

…want to work or intern during the lecture-free times.

…want to do something that’s out of my comfort zone.

…want to keep blogging consistenly.

…want to meet new people, make new friends and stay in touch with the old ones.

…want to continue to grow personally.

…want to participate in NaNoWriMo and win.

…want to make youtube videos.

Alright, I think that’s it. The last one is probably the scariest, and I need a decent camera first, but it’s been at the back of my mind for a while now. NaNoWriMo is also pretty intimidating because I’ve always wanted to write a book and I’ve never come close to finishing one, but I feel like I can do it under the right circumstances (I’m starting early with the pep talks to myself).

What are your accomplishments? And goals? Let me know below. :)

9 Responses to “The End is Near: 2014 Accomplishments and 2015 Goals!”

  1. Karolina @ Bookshelf Reflections

    Frankfurter Buchmesse? I would love to go, but all the videos I have seen of it seem so formal! I mean, I did work for Publishers C.H.Beck, but how would I fit in there? I would be way to intimidated to go. Though one of my favourite authors, Lynn Raven, seems to be frequenting this place when she is in Germany. Bummer that I live in Munich! :/
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    • Vlora


      Oh cool, I didn’t know you live in Munich! I think you could actually get there pretty easily by bus? To be honest though, I probably wouldn’t go again without a good reason. We never really had a chance to talk to any publishers since it’s a trading fair and everyone was involved in Business Talks and Important Stuff. There also weren’t a lot of authors I’m interested in (or a lot of signings in general, far as I could tell). You can’t buy any books until the last day, which is like being in a candy store where you can’t eat anything. :D I’m sure it’s a cool event when you’re working in the business, but as an “outsider” it’s not the most exciting thing I’ve ever done. If you do ever decide to go, make sure to get the free press ticket; your blog would definitely qualify. :)
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      • Karolina @ Bookshelf Reflections

        Oh, I’m not too keen on bus trips through Germany. And the bus old take forever! So unless it’s an all-expenses-covered kind of affair, I don’t think my poor college student self can afford a trip and stay in the city, now that I quit my job to focus on school in the last few semesters.
        It is the biggest book fair world wide, so I can imagine it being pretty formal and busy. It’s a bummer that there isn’t a panel for bloggers (as far as I can tell). I did check out their press section. They don’t mention much, other than how to submit an application of credentials, but I don’t think my little blog would make the cut. ;) I know this sounds pretty cheap, but do bloggers get a free entry pass on every day?
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        • Vlora


          Yeah, I guess it would take you about six hours, wouldn’t it? I went from Tübingen and it took us about 4-5 hours to get there. We went back the same day, so we wouldn’t have to pay for staying the night (also poor students :D).

          Dude, if MY tiny blog qualified (and that was a couple of months ago), I’m pretty sure yours will! Here are their guidelines to get a press ticket – they only look at 1) whether you’re the blog creator 2) if it’s book related and 3) whether you’ve posted anything in the same year, which I think is pretty fair. Yes, if I recall correctly the ticket is valid for all days you’d regularly get in (so the last four). A blogger panel would be awesome! Or even just a meet up kind of thing. Maybe they’ll add something like that over the next years. :)
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  2. verena

    my goals are to get the bachelor done (finally! hooray!!) and to find a good new apprenticeship or a job. and to relax more.

    oh and I would loooove to see you making vids! I would like to do that, too!!

    • Vlora


      I’m all in favor of your goals! Especially the relaxation. :D Good luck!

      I think I’ll actually do it! I’m still trying to figure out how to get a decent camera without having to spend my monthly budget on it, but once that’s sorted I’m game. Oh yes, you should totally do it too! We could figure out how to edit and stuff together. :D
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  3. verena

    yay, cool! we should talk about that again!

    oh there are great digital cameras (samsung wb500) that are able to film in HD!

    • Vlora


      I actually recorded something with Bianca yesterday, and it seems my iPhone camera is fairly decent, so I think I’m going to use that for a while and then upgrade to an actual camera if everything works out. As for editing, I haven’t quite figured everything out yet. Let me know how things go for you! If you ever need someone to hold a camera you know where to find me. :)
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  4. verena

    great! :))

    I still have to plan the whole stuff and wait a while, because too many projects aren’t that good!

    good luck!! ♥

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