Suspend charitable contributions
No more volunteering
No more academic involvements outside the requirements of my current job
Do not re-apply to Canada Council
Find a lover
Write a collection of short stories
Write the blog “Eye of an Optimist”
Travel to Canada for 3-4 weeks in the summer
Continue the regular fitness routines
My goals for the next ten years are to strengthen my financial base, acquire long term housing in Canada, resettle in Canada, receive pension benefits from Canada, be in a loving partnership, develop sideline income, become a full-time professional and properly published writer, know another language or two, travel (possibly through volunteering), paint, and maintain good health and fitness.
The five-year goals are getting a writer’s grant for the first time, having steady and challenging work with steady and extended income (including revenue from writing), passing a TOPIK (Korean test), visiting to two new countries, continuing my fitness regime, accumulating $70,000 more in savings, starting to learn a fifth language in three years’ time, finishing and at least three more completed books, concluding my career as a full-time English teacher, and moving out of Korea.
Without any substantial response to my job search in the fall of 2014, I see no need to continue to develop my resume/CV. Therefore, I am quitting all academic involvement outside the demands of my employment. I am also suspending all volunteer work and charitable donations indefinitely for the sake of my personal financial security. I have given enough all my life, despite my low and often erratic income, and my time at those endeavours is done. It is time to leave it to younger people. For the sake of my sanity, I plan to move to better lodgings. Since that may entail paying some amount for housing out of my own pocket, I want to reduce other expenses such as charity giving, volunteer and academic stuff, and travel at least for this year and probably for the next. Because I learned that my residence abroad and possibly some outstanding tax returns disqualified me from being considered as a grant recipient by the Canada Council of the Arts for my writing, there is no point to applying again for any grant to the Canada Council any time soon. However, I shall continue writing. Since I wrote a couple of short stories right after Christmas, I’ll continue making short stories and produce an entire collection. I have also started the “Eye of an Optimist” blog as a way to continue my work on positive thinking and self-improvement. Further to those writing projects, I want to work on my fourth novel, the unnamed, plotless thing that started out as an attempt at sci-fi writing.
How did day one of 2015 go? I have a lover. Yes! I asked a friend to join me at a NYE party, and he came, apparently with an agenda. I thought, "Why the heck not? It's New Year's Eve, he's nice, and I deserve it." He's quite a bit younger but really interesting. Since I had booked a motel room near the place of the party, the stage was set and onto it we stumbled, in the dark. I can cross one item off my list of goals for 2015 already!
Another turn of events was an encounter with a colleague last night at the party who knows someone who could be a candidate as my room mate. There is a large apartment in the offing, at special terms, but I need a room mate to fill the space and offset the costs to me personally. If I have a room mate, I have an apartment. Fingers are crossed.