So we are six weeks into 2020, but I am still trying to figure out what my main goals for the year are. I am trying to have at least one for what I believe to be the important parts of my life. As soon as I share them, you guys can help hold me accountable. But, here are the couple I have so far:
My reading goal for the year is 50 books. That’s a little less than a book a week, and I think I can pull it off. Heck, I have 12 done already which will be good if I get into a reading slump later in the year.
Health goals are going to be non-scale based. I think that is part of the reason why I have such a hard time with it- numbers get into my head. I want to complete a 5k by the end of the year and move from power walking to jogging on the treads at my Orange Theory class. I just started jogging on the all outs without inclines, and man, that makes me super winded. Cardio is not my thing, y’all.
I want to finish writing my NaNoWriMo 2019 novel before NaNoWriMo 2020 starts. My plot decided to not follow my outline so I have been stuck with how to get things going again.
Make the most out of my annual passes. I am paying for Universal and SeaWorld, and I don’t want that money to be wasted. I don’t see it happening because I just love theme parks and roller coasters, but my life isn’t 24/7 Disney (it basically is, but we keep getting blocked out thanks to Star Wars).
Career wise I don’t have any specific goals yet. Last year was huge for my job, so I feel like this year will be honing my knowledge on skills I need for industry accounting. The change from public was a welcome one, but a lot of my every day smarts are not used here as they were tax related. It’s a different brain and I am enjoying it very much.
I plan on keeping you updated on these goals and more as they come up. I also plan on bragging about all the fun theme park stuff I get up to, so if you have any questions about Orlando theme parks, let me know and I will do my best to answer!
Good bye 2019! This past year was definitely my renaissance (which happened to be my word of the year. I chose well). So much happened!
Got my CPA license
Got the job offer from Disney
Left public accounting
Moved to Orlando
Bought a house
Went on an Alaskan cruise
Surpassed my reading goal
Basically made playing in theme parks my new hobby
Started going to OrangeTheory Fitness
Survived our first travelling Christmas with very few casualties (only 5 presents left in Orlando. I had a 10 minute freak out about it but what are you going to do when you are 8 hours away?)
I can’t wait to see what 2020 brings. I am not going to go into all of my current goals and projects in this post as this is just a “Oh crap, I haven’t updated in months” thing, but I promise to post my 2019 reading list the hope for the future soon.
I will get better about posting on a schedule, I promise!
National Novel Writing Month is here! 20 days. 50,000 words. Roughly 1,667 words a day. Time to ration the discount Halloween candy to get through the challenge.
My project this year is Golden Soul. I am also using the software Schrivener for the first time. So far I really like it. Go start your project by going to NaNoWriMo.org and announcing your novel! Then add me as a buddy: DestinyDalma.
Well, I have writing to get to. Good luck to all the novelists out there!
One of my main characters’ name means empty light and I think that is the coolest.
While filling out a character sheet on Scrivener:
Right now the story is going to be set in Victorian era with a steampunk feel, but I may make it set in the future just so my MC has to have a music off in Hell with Elton John (I love Elton. It’s just a thing in my story that all musicians and script writers are in hell. ESPECIALLY the anyone who creates a musical. My devil is super into theatre.)
Just over a week before NaNoWriMo starts! If you are also taking the challenge, add me as a buddy: Destinydalma.
Hello everyone! My Goodreads goal for 2019 is 40 books. I am a little behind schedule- moving states and new jobs can do that I guess- but here are the books I have read so far. They are listed in the order that I read them- not by how much I like them.
Red Queen by Victoria Avegard
Empire of Storms by SarahJ Maas
Legendary by Stephanie Garber
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas
Catwoman by Sarah J Maas
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
The Fork, The Witch, and The Worm by Christopher Paolini
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas
Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Phasma by Delilah S Dawson
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Rebel Born by Amy A Bartol
Before the Broken Star by Emily R King
Eldest by Christopher Paolini
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
The Wrath of Darth Maul by Ryder Windham
Into the Hourglass by Emily R King
Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Fledgling by Nicole Conway
Avian by Nicole Conway
Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Song of Achilles is by far my favorite book of the ones listed. The story was amazing, and it was a great retelling of the Trojan War. Granted, I am obsessed with all things mythology and ancient Greek, but I believe that anyone not obsessed would still enjoy the story.
Christopher Paolini’s newest book made me wish he would release more about the aftermath of the Inheritance saga. I definitely want more of Angela’s antics, and a little more into her history would be much appreciated as well. I also want to see more of how Murtagh is dealing with his new freedoms and the consequences of his role in the war. I just want more. Mr. Paolini, please.
My other top recommendations would be Spin the Dawn and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. They are two completely different books- one being a “help” book- but they will probably make my top 5 come the end of the year.
Spin the Dawn is a young adult novel, but it does not follow all of the typical tropes you may think of. There is no dystopia, no “chosen one,” but a girl trying to help her family. The book was described online as a Mulan-esque tale, and that is completely true. Elizabeth Lim does a fantastic job at telling a story, and I cannot wait to read the sequel!
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is all about choosing what you actually care about. There are things that are worth using your energy on- you just have to take the time to reflect to decide what they are. Mark Manson utilizes the perfect amount of humor and metaphors to get the message across. It is definitely worth the read, especially for my fellow millennials.
I have about 5 books that I am currently reading/ have in my to be read pile and another few books on hold on Libby. I’m excited to see what stories I get to experience next!
I know it has been way too long, but I should be able to get back on a once a week (at minimum) posting schedule soon. The house is good. The furniture is delivered and set up. Random decor is being put in places. I’m more comfortable at my job. All is good.
The only threat now to being consistent is NaNoWriMo. It starts in like 5 weeks. I’m working on story ideas and rough planning now, but we’ll see if I stick with whatever I choose come November. For those who don’t know- NaNo is a challenge to write 50k words in 30 days. This will be my 9th or 10th year attempting it, and I only succeeded in 2013.
Want to join me? Sign up at NaNoWriMo.org! It’s free. You can add me as a buddy: DestinyDalma is my author name (look I set up my account in 2009 as a sophomore in high school. Everything was DestinyDalma then- see my fanfiction.net account for reference).
I’m keeping this short and sweet as I had no plan for this post and I don’t want to start rambling. Next time will be more structured- I have a lot to catch y’all up on like my Alaskan cruise, health goals, and 2019 reading list!
Okay, so I know that it was been WAY too long since I have written anything, so let’s do a quick life update:
I survived one of the worst tax seasons ever (thank you new tax laws that no one really understands yet).
We went to Disney! It was a blast. I even got to experience Hollywood Studio’s 30th birthday celebration.
We stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter while we were there. 10/10 would definitely stay there again and recommend to everyone. Everything was amazing, especially the food.
I got a new job, so goodbye public accounting.
We are in the process of moving for that new job. In fact, I’m writing this from a hotel room as part of the relocation process.
So, what is my new job you ask?
I am super excited to say that I am a financial analyst working at Team Disney for DCL!! Guys, I work right across the street from Disney Springs. Six years after the end of my Disney College Program, I am back working for the best boss ever. It still feels surreal. This past week was my first on the job, and yes, I totally almost cried at Traditions. I may not be in a role with a lot of guest interaction, but I still get to help make the magic come to life.
Earlier this year I chose the word renaissance to define my goals and path. And, just like Disney in the 90s, I feel like this is my renaissance. I got my CPA and I am back with the company I have dreamed of all of my life. Things are only just beginning. Next steps are becoming a homeowner and getting my health goals back on track (walking around Disney World should help with that one).
Things are happening. Let’s see how far they’ll go.
At the end of the tax season tunnel. While Friday is business return deadline and everyone is stressed, we have just over a month until freedom.
And for me, that freedom means actual weekends and Disney World.
Things have gotten to a slightly more manageable than they were. I’m settling into this senior role with all it’s weird management like responsibilities. It’s getting easier every day, but that does not mean I am less overwhelmed by it all at times.
What has really helped has been going to the gym before work. That’s right. My husband and I are getting up at 5 and going to the gym most mornings now- except on the one day a week I see my personal trainer. My mood has been a lot better and I don’t have an excuse to not go to the gym.
Also, I rock the wet braid look at work.
This week will be a challenge thanks to deadline PLUS daylight savings time. I’m already sleep deprived so let’s take away an hour on top of long days.
Good luck fellow accountants. Five weeks until the end and we can sleep until extended deadline.
I have none of the talent that will ever let me be in a musical, but that will never stop me from loving Broadway or from putting on one woman shows at home or in my car. So, this is going to be a list of what I believe to be the best Broadway songs for belting. You will probably disagree or have ones to add, so please, let me know your favorites in the comments.
To prevent having a list that is 100 songs long, I have split them into categories based on moods. Please enjoy.
When you need motivation:
“Defying Gravity” Wicked
“Seize the Day” Newsies
“Freak Flag” Shrek the Musical
“Learn to Do It” Anastasia
“So Much Better” Legally Blonde the Musical
When you are really pissed off:
“No Good Deed” Wicked
“Cell Block Tango” Chicago
“I’d Rather be Me” Mean Girls
“Epiphany” Sweeney Todd
When you’re in one of those moods that’s not quite sad, but not not sad either:
“Who I’d Be” Shrek the Musical
“Music of the Night” Phantom of the Opera
“Shadowlands” The Lion King
When you just want to cry:
“I’ll Cover You Reprise” Rent
“Come What May” Moulin Rouge (it’s about to open on Broadway so I’m counting it)
“On My Own” Les Miserables (Really ANY of the songs fit here)
“Winner Takes it All” Mamma Mia
When you want to be sassy and sexy:
“All that Jazz” Chicago
“On the Right Track” Pippin (The ringmaster just oozes sexuality and I love it. At least she does on the New Broadway Cast Recording)
“Bend and Snap” Legally Blonde the Musical
“Harden My Heart” Rock of Ages
“You’re the One that I Want” Grease (Tell me about it, stud)
When you are in love:
“I Can Hear the Bells” Hairspray
“All I ask of You” Phantom of the Opera
“As Long As You’re Mine” Wicked
“I Could Have Danced All Night” My Fair Lady
When you want to sing something that doesn’t fit in the other categories (or you REALLY cannot rap but still try):
“Gay or European” Legally Blonde the Musical
“Trouble” The Music Man
“A Little Priest” Sweeney Todd
The entire Hamilton album
“One Day More” Les Miserables (Bonus points if you attempt all 20 parts like I do)
Hello everyone! I know I haven’t said much at all this year (I’m not counting my birthday announcement. That was like five words), but it’s officially half-way through tax season. I figured it was past time to check in.
This season is kicking my butt. The new tax laws are tough to figure out, and a lot of things have changed. My work load is probably the same as last year, but the added responsibilities I have as a senior accountant have my stress levels really high. I feel over anxious about everything- especially the little things that I can’t control. I’m exhausted. Let me put it this way: Shrek the Musical made me cry when Shrek bursts from the outhouse in the opening song. I cried because of Shrek.
But, I had a fantastic birthday. My family and husband surprised me by taking me to Agatha’s dinner theater in downtown Atlanta. The 2019 winter show is Hamilton based, and it was fantastic. Best part was they threw in some Schoolhouse Rock. I could not have asked for a better celebration.
Oh, that jacket I’m wearing? That was a gift from my brother. He MADE that. It is gorgeous and I am so sad the weather has not been nice enough to wear it. Here’s the back:
IT’S A BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JACKET. Y’all, my brother is super talented. He’s made himself a music themed leather jacket, and I think he’s making Mom a Marvel one. Dude has all the creativity I wish I had. I’m jealous.
Anyway, we are three weeks from business tax deadline and then the big tax deadline is only a month after that. I can see the Disney glow at the end of the tunnel (I get to book fastpasses Wednesday. The homesickness is real). It’s only going to get busier and crazier from here, so I would not be surprised if the next time I post is April 16th. I’ll try not to wait that long.
How’s your 2019 going? Any other accountants feel the crunch yet?