Goals for 2020

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!

My Broadway Hits

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
  • “Monster” Frozen
  • “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)
  • “Gaston” Beauty and the Beast

It’s Go Time

It’s November first, which means I have 29 days until my last CPA exam AND NaNoWriMo has started.

Because of said final exam, I am not expecting to hit the 50,000 word mark this year. I will be happy if I manage to write anything at all. If you want to join me, sign up at nanowrimo.org and add DestinyDalma as a writing buddy.

I’m going to double down on my study habits this month as much as possible. That means I will be studying while the turkey is frying in 3 weeks. I want to be done with this exam, especially before all the new tax laws become testable. To everyone thinking about taking the exam- take REG now. It’s only going to get harder next year.

I’m still going to try to post two times a week to keep y’all updated on what’s going on. They may be short posts, but I promise I won’t forget about you.

Let’s Get Nerdy

I am twenty-five years old. I have a professional career in an office. I love dressing up. My cosplay skills are very amateur, but I take every opportunity I can to costume it up. I mean, I attempted a business casual Obi Wan on May 4th, and I had Leia buns when episode 7 was released. I also wore my Slytherin robes to work one day (I don’t remember why, so don’t ask), and I bought a dress because it reminded me of Cinderella:FB_IMG_1532809899171.jpg

Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I am the one one in my firm who wears something to work (I do keep it as business casual as possible). The past couple years have produced my Cruella De Vil and Beetlejuice get ups, but I have so much more planned in my head.

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Business casual costume

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Business casual costume

I have gone to Dragon*Con twice- once was a one day last minute thing and the other was the full weekend. I attempted to sew my Belle cosplay, but I underestimated the amount of time it would take and I was working full time and planning my wedding. Still, I managed to have four outfits:

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Dragon*Con Jedi Aurora

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My attempt at sewing Belle’s blue dress

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Maybel and Waddles from Gravity Falls

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Glinda the Good Witch

As of now I do not have any plans to go to another con (I really need to get that exam passed), but is is about time to start planning this year’s Halloween costume. I have a few ideas- a couple of which follow my villains theme of the past couple Halloweens- but it’s a matter of execution without breaking the budget.

I just got caught up on Doctor Who. Missy is the greatest. She’s practically a demented Mary Poppins- a costume I could mostly put together with things in my closet. I’m pretty sure no one at work would know the difference, though, so while fun, Missy may be too obscure.

Marie from the Aristocats would be easy. White dress, pink bows, maybe some cat ears. It would probably be REALLY cute and I could wear it again the next time I go to Disney World as a DisneyBound outfit. I just have none of the pieces in my wardrobe already, and that could be an issue.

Currently, my third and final idea is genderbent Gaston. I have already done a genderbend with my Beetlejuice from last year, and Gaston is just great. The outfit would be another DisneyBound option- just need a red shirt, black pants, boots and that big buckle belt he has. With the right shirt/ maybe dress I could even do black leggings. The yellow collar and gloves would be tricky if I wanted to be super detailed, but everything else would work.

Does anyone else have any ideas? Who do you like to cosplay as? Let me know in the comments!