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Evan feels like he should be dead. He has survivor’s guilt from a terrible accident over a decade ago. He dwells in the past, thinking of all the things he would take back if only he could. But then he meets Angela.
Angela is dying. Her life consists of managing her congestive heart failure symptoms and preparing for death. But then she meets Evan, a locksmith who can open anything except his heart. They get to know each other, and Angela begins to believe there is time to live before she dies.
Lazlo wants to kill someone. He can’t think of any way to get back at death for taking his wife from him. But then he reconnects with Angela, the dying girl across the street from him, and he has to decide if he will fight off the shadows in his life, or let them consume him, with violent consequences.
As the year runs down, the three of them must come to grips with death in their own ways and struggle to continue living in the moments that have been given to them.
Think about it.
Without further ado…
2017 has been a good year for me. It really has. I think a lot of that is due to the fact that I actually started setting goals with tangible steps to achieve them. I still have a long way to go, but I’m determined to keep setting goals and growing into the best version of myself.
Here, in no particular order, is my first draft of my 2018 goals.
- Learn hand-lettering – This is something I know I’m totally capable of doing and absolutely love. I just need to get on Pinterest and invest the time.
- Go on 3 dates? – I have no idea if this will happen. It will depend on whether or not I meet anyone I actually want to go on a date with. We’ll see.
- MOVE OUT! – This is just about my biggest priority. I’m determined to be in my own space as soon as possible. January sounds nice. Trying (failing) to be patient.
- Publish 3 books – Being Daniel will come out as early as possible in 2018. I’ll aim to get Where Your Story Ends out by early summer. I’m not sure yet what I’ll have for you after that, but I’m going to stretch myself and try to get another book out in the fall or winter. Exciting stuff coming!
- Actually try to learn Spanish – I’ll be perfectly honest – the movie Coco is the driving inspiration behind this goal. I’ve tried twice now and haven’t stuck to it, but I really want to expand my brain and my vocabulary.
- Travel 2 new places, anywhere. – I always grow when I travel. I have a sister out in Arizona I want to visit and a friend is talking about road tripping to Florida, so we shall see.
- NaNoWriMo – Doing NaNo this year has absolutely convinced me this should be a priority next year.
- Cut down on stuff – I have a lot of ‘what if I need that someday?’ junk filling up my room. I want to have only the stuff I need so I have less I need to haul around with me wherever life takes me.
- Create a nice summer wardrobe – I hate summer clothes. This year I’d like to invest in clothes that I actually like and don’t make me squirm.
- Exercise somehow – To be fair, I gave this a solid try this summer. I wasn’t even remotely consistent but I was much more active than I have been in the past. Currently, my plan is to get myself a jump rope and at least do cardio.
- Save $3000! – I really want to build up a respectable savings account. Every time I’ve saved up, it’s been to pay for something huge (trip to Italy, another trip to Italy, laptop, car…) and I want to finally have money put away and invested in my future.
- Pay off loan woot woot! – I currently have less than $600 to go on my loan and I can’t wait until that is GONE.
- Road trip with friends? – I have a friend who I really want to introduce to Lake Superior in Wisconsin and I also want to go back to the Grotto of Redemption in West Bend, Iowa. We’ll see.
- BLOG CONSISTENTLY – No explanation needed.
I’ll be looking at this, adding to/editing it throughout this month, and hopefully, I’ll go into 2018 with an awesome list of goals and a clear plan to meet each of them.
Got any goals for 2018? Think setting goals is dumb? Let me know!