One of the best ways to try and make a new year great is to set off on new adventures. Take risks, chase passions, and push yourself. This year I most certainly am going to be pushing myself and taking chances. I can’t wait to see what adventures 2016 has in store for me. Here are 5 ways I’m taking chances this year:
Become Better At Networking and Small Talk
Making new friends and creating new connections in the business world is essential, and I suck at it. I know of ways to make it easier for myself, but I ultimately need to just branch out and meet new people. I’m going to really work on that, both online and IRL, this year.
Work On My French and Travel To Europe To Use It!
I took French in high school and college, and was conversational. Of course, after years of neglecting the language, I’ve lost a ton. So I’m working really hard to regain as much of the language as I can, and I’ve got a planned trip overseas this year to use (and hopefully grow) my newly-regained language skills!
Experiment With Podcasting and Youtube
I know. I’ve been talking about this a lot, but I’ve got some ideas that I’m going to flesh out this year. By 2017, I’ll either have decided to put podcasting/youtubing to bed for good, or I’ll officially be a part of those worlds.
Starting My Own Business
I’m officially working on starting up my freelance writing and editing business. It’s still 100% part-time, but I’m really looking forward to building something legitimate. Who knows what it might grow into as the years go on!
Experiment With Writing a Book
Ugh, this is so cliche. You see, I work in publishing, and one of the first questions I always get when people find out what my day job is (next to some variation of can you publish my book or can you edit my book) is “Do you want to write a book?” For years my answer has been a big, fat NO. But some interesting things have happened, and I have an idea that I’ve been tossing around, so I want to spend this year working on the book, just to see if it becomes something I want to try to publish. Worse case scenario, I spend a year playing around, imagining and creating characters and a world that I love. There are worse fates…
How are you taking chances this year? Let me know in the comments and, as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today! Plus, be sure to follow me on Instagram as there’s another #5FFPhoto challenge happening this month (courtesy of the awesome Kristen and Megan).