25 Goals: First Quarter Update + “Rock Your 2017 Goals” Workbook

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Three months since I set my 25 goals. How crazy is that? I’ve managed to cross off 7 of the 25 goals, and I’ve made a sizable dent in a few of the others. I’m starting to feel like the ones I have left are pretty difficult. But then again, what kind of goal would it be if it didn’t push me out of my comfort zone?

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Travel - 25 Goals for My 25th Year

1. Become a regular at a local cafe or lunch spot in Marburg, Germany.

At Paprika, I found this awesome spinach, cheese, gnocchi combo. At Zur Sonne, they had amazing schnitzel. And I tried cappuccinos at every cafe I came across. Yum!

2. Be serenaded on the canals in Venice, Italy.

… I may have serenaded myself while riding down the canals in Venice, but that totally counts because I was riding the Vaporetti on a canal in Venice! You can check out the ups and downs of our Venice experience here.

3. Visit the Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

Check and double check! You can read all about it here.

4. Munch on a pretzel or kebab in Munich, Germany.

The pretzel was a bit stale, but Munich was lovely. We visited castles and experienced the madness of Oktoberfest. See it for yourself, here.

5. Check out my aunt and uncle’s flat in London.

I did, and it was gorgeous! I seriously want their couch… and the view that comes with it 😉

Writing - 25 Goals for My 25th Year

6. Edit and polish Storm Warning (Book 3 of Herrera Strong series).

Yaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy!!!!!! I was so happy to finish 😀 I’m now sending it out to agents. Fingers crossed!

7. Write Treacherous Waters (Book 1 of Herrera Strong series). ????? Schnitzel (Book 2 of the International Adventures Series).  

I’m working hard on the outline. I’m hoping to finish the outline this week… hopefully! I want to have the first chapters done by the end of this month. Where have the first 12 days of this month gone?

8. Outline Heat List (Book 2 of Herrera Strong series) or Book 3 of the International Adventure series.

9. Complete publishing process and launch Sketchy Tacos (Book 1 of the International Adventures series) on February 7, 2017.

It’s getting so close! I’m so excited!!!!! I just got a sneak peek at the cover, and I can’t wait to share it with you. Keep an eye out, I’ll releasing it as soon as I get the final copy!

Spiritual & Giving Back - 25 Goals for My 25th Year

10. Set aside 10 minutes at the beginning of each day in the Bible and prayer (complete after 4 weeks).

11. Set aside special time to pray for friends and family once a week (complete after 4 weeks).

12. Write 12 letters to our World Vision kids.

I’ve written two letters so far, so I’m just a bit behind, but I hope to make it up soon!

13. Complete 4 blankets for Covered in Love (partnered with Safe Families for Children).

I’m getting close to finishing my first one!

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Online Presence - 25 Goals for My 25th Year

14. Post to social media 3+ times a week (complete after 3 months).

I was surprisingly horrible about this while I was in Europe, which is a shame because I had so much more to share there! But I am very much a live in the moment instead of capturing it kind of person, so I guess I’m not that surprised. I am now on a three week role, and I will be sharing pics from Europe along with other pics in the coming months.

15. Institute a “Lunch with Friends” or “Breakfast with Friends” in which I respond on social media during my breakfast or lunch hour (complete after 6 weeks).

16. Blog (at least) once a week (complete after 3 consistent months).

I’ve been consistently blogging for eight weeks straight! Whoo hoo! I tried three times a week for a little while, but that was way too much for me to keep up with along with writing and editing books. So I’m now at twice a week–alternating weeks between writing and adventure posts and a weekly Adventures & Victories post.


Personal - 25 Goals for My 25th Year

17. Rid myself of 100 things to cut down clutter.

I’m up to 23 things! I’ve done the 100 things twice before my birthday, so it’s getting really hard to cut anything else… but it’s good for me.

18. Do 1 death-defying act.

My first weekend in Europe, I went on the bike wheel of death (okay, so I don’t actually remember what it’s called). You can see the video here!  And I also went go-carting. It was awesome! But I was pretty bad, and got hit twice a race–note that I didn’t hit them, they hit me.

19. Attend 4 plays/concerts/musicals, etc.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Ragtime

20. Workout for 150 minutes a week (complete after 12 weeks).

… Not even close.

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Education - 25 Goals for My 25th Year

21. Complete 4 online courses.

I’ve started but not yet finished:

Instant Bestseller by Tim Grahl

The Easy Way to Write Short Stories that Sell by Rob Parnell (via Udemy)

List Surge by Melissa Griffin

To find out what I’ve learned by taking online courses click here, or signup to read the full reviews.

22. Test out 10 different podcast stations.

23. Learn conversational/necessity phrases in German to get by on the streets.

Okay, so I wasn’t super conversational in German, but I did figure out enough to order my lunch and ask for sugar to go along with my cappuccino, so I’m counting this as a victory!

24. Read (or listen to) 100 fiction books.

No One to Trust by Lynette Eason, Nowhere to Turn by Lynette Eason, No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, The Meanest Doll in the World by Ann M. Martin, Replay by Sharon Creech, The Summer of Cotton Candy by Dannie Viguie, Taming Rafe by Susan May Warren, Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Heir by Kiera Cass, Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman, The Counterfeit Agent by Alex Berenson, Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade, Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, The Innocent by David Baldacci, The Hit by David Baldacci, The 500 by Matthew Quirk, The Directive by Matthew Quirk, Hunted by Karen Robards, Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley, A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade, So Over My Head by Jenny B. Jones, Witch and Wizard by James Patterson, Afloat by Erin Healy, Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor, Witness to a Trial by John Grisham (1/2), Promise Me by Harlan Coben, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, True Valor by Dee Henderson, Left Behind by Tim LaHaye, Coma Girl by Stephanie Bond (1/2), The Protector by Dee Henderson, This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti, Gathering Shadows by Nancy Mehl, Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, Belles by Jen Calonita, Summer State of Mind by Jen Calonita, London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning, Death by Bikini by Linda Gerber, Winter White by Jen Calonita, The Grass is Always Greener by Jen Calonita, Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins, Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins, Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins, The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West, The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

49 books read… Okay, so I went a bit crazy. Because really, who reads 49 books in 3 months?! But I was traveling and living in hotels, so I didn’t have to spend time cooking and cleaning… and the internet absolutely sucks in Germany and I couldn’t stream Netflix in most places.

25. Read 15 non-fiction books.

Step by Step Pitches and Proposals by Chip Macgregor, Nine Day Novel by Steve Windsor, Your First 1000 Copies by Tim Grahl, US Army Survival Manual by the U.S. Army, 279 Days to Overnight Success/A Brief Guide to World Domination by Chris Guillebeau, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell, How Can I Find a Literary Agent? by Chip MacGregor, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis,

9 non-fiction books so far!

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When do you set goals for yourself? How often do you set them? What are some goals you want to reach in 2017? Don’t forget to check out my Rock Your 2017 Goals Workbook !

Love, Meg D. Gonzalez



25 Goals First Quarter Update + Rock Your 2017 Goals Workbook

By | 2016-12-13T15:59:13+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Books, Education, Goals, My Journey, Travel|14 Comments

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  1. Laura December 20, 2016 at 7:16 am - Reply

    This is awesome! I like the idea of setting yearly goals, and also of logging them in a workbook (which I totally need to do!)

    I successfully completed my main 2016 goals (yay!) so now on to 2017… I think probably some reading goals, a few blogger courses, some professional development, some organizing of my personal space (see: throwing stuff out) and making more effort to spend time with my Grandparents!

    Oh, and take myself out to dinner sometimes.


  2. Crystal // Dreams, etc. December 14, 2016 at 1:26 am - Reply

    I really love all your goals and how you’ve broken them down. So cool! It looks like you’re doing pretty well with them too! Good luck as you continue working on them. 🙂 And congrats on the approaching publishing date of your book! That’s so exciting.

  3. Greta December 14, 2016 at 1:12 am - Reply

    I need to start thinking about my 2017 goals! I love yours and good luck with finishing them!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  4. Taylor Mobley December 13, 2016 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    AWESOME job on the goals! I need to write my list this month!!

  5. Chris December 13, 2016 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    This makes me want to make a list for 2017! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Mihaela Echols December 13, 2016 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    I like how you are checking them off your list as you go for readers to see you actually are working toward your goals.

  7. Luna C. Lupus December 13, 2016 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Amazing goals and it sounds like you’ve done a really great job at them!!!! 🙂

  8. Kara Knight December 13, 2016 at 11:41 am - Reply

    I love all your goals! I always tell myself, I need to start setting goals and sticking to them! Maybe in 2017 I’ll do better!

  9. Lori Wildenberg December 13, 2016 at 10:58 am - Reply

    WOW! I want to do your list! Way to go!

  10. Eimile December 13, 2016 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Great job!

  11. Laura Starner December 13, 2016 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Love this! Wishing you the best in 2017.

  12. Tawni December 13, 2016 at 9:02 am - Reply

    You have done such a great job on your goals! And German is a notoriously difficult language to learn, so yes, count ordering lunch and coffee as a victory. I’ve lived in a German-speaking culture for 5 years and haven’t even come close to mastering the language. (Eeeek!)

    • Megan Gonzalez December 13, 2016 at 9:23 am - Reply

      Thank you Tawni! And that’s so cool! Where do you live that’s a German-speaking culture? That sounds really interesting!

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