In many ways, 2014 has been the best year of my life and the absolute worst year of my life. On one hand, I moved to Texas where I am having a great time participating in a film, television, and new media internship which has provided me so many opportunities I had never dreamed of, such as writing and producing an episode of Acquire the Fire with Ron Luce that was shown on over ten networks around the world, and co-write a drama that will be shown on dozens of stages across North America at Acquire the Fire. On the other hand, my family back in Michigan was forced to leave our home due to black mold, one of my sisters is still sick (which was made even worse by the black mold), my first dog ever passed away. Not to mention that the internship isn’t exactly the easiest of things– I have experienced failure and frustration throughout my time here. However, these hardships serve one purpose, and that is to make me even stronger and to trust in God.

Now that 2014 is almost at an end, it is time to look forward to 2015. (Can you believe it? Where does the time go?) This coming year is going to be a interesting year. It’s going to be exciting, but it is going to be daunting. I will be graduating from my internship in December, and then it is time to go out and make a living like any other… adult. *gulps* Anyway, down below, you can read about my goals for 2015. They range from things to do in my internship, career, and even new things on the site! Here we go…

1) Marketing. This covers a lot of my goals for the year. In my last year of my internship, I want to be one of the main people in the Social Media track. I want to be the person that people will go to for new and refreshing ideas how to market the internship and connect with other creatives across the world. I also have a potential writing gig on a website run by a fantastic guy who has inspired me to pursue my goals as a creative individual and putting myself out into the world. Last but not least, I will be looking for a job in this social media marketing department for when I finish my internship.

2) The Website. I plan on writing a lot more posts about marketing, writing, and the like. For a while, I have been wanting to make the site much more than just a place for book reviews, and I believe 2015 is the year to do it. Another goal this year is to do a weekly or bi-weekly podcast for writers and entrepreneurs. I am extremely excited about this, and will be putting this into motion sometime during the spring.

3) The Novel. My work is progress, Heavenly Lights, is going well at the moment. I am happy with where I am with it, and will continue to be writing as much as I can. My goal is to have the first draft finished by the end of March at the earliest. I have a schedule of what I want to accomplish and when to accomplish it that will be a huge help in keeping me on track and getting it out to readers sooner than later while also being the best it can be.

4) Reading. There are two sides to this: Reading more and reading new things. To be honest, I did not read much in 2014. At all. According to my Goodreads account, I read ten books in the past twelve months. This is not okay. Of course, it is probably because of the big changes that have happened this year and being busy with other things, but still… Not okay. I am going to read more next year. Secondly, I am going to read different things than normal. For me, this means less fiction and more non-fiction. I will definitely be reading novels regularly, of course, but I am stepping into the world of self-help books. Just saying those words makes me want to gag, but I have been able to find some books out there that I think will be a huge asset to me as I go about the goals I shared with you above. The first two books in this area are as follows: The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer and Hipster Business Models by Priceonomics.

And there you have it, my beloved readers! That is what I am looking forward to in 2015! How about you? What big ambitions do you have for the new year? Share below!

2 thoughts on “A New Year, New Ambitions

  1. These are all seriously awesome goals, Evan.

    Learning marketing and all that comes with it before your book comes out will be a HUGE boon to you, sales, and exposure, so you’re right on target with that.

    When you said, “I’ve experienced a lot of failures and frustrations this year,” I felt secretly happy for you. It’s sucky, but that’s what makes us learn and grow. I read an awesome article from Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, and he said the reason it’s so successful is because it continues to fail. He says he fails billions of dollars worth, but that it’s okay, because they learn and grow from.

    I’m REALLY excited to see what you bring this next year!

  2. Thanks, Katie!

    I am starting to read a lot of books about marketing and making connections with people. Right now, I am reading “The Art of Asking” by Amanda Palmer. She had a self-employed job as a eight-food bride street performer, which required her to make herself vulnerable and wordlessly ask for help. It’s a fantastic book!

    And sometimes I wish that the frustrations and failures weren’t so helpful! Ha!

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