I started writing this blog a long time ago. If you’re reading it, the 2010s are over because I have scheduled it to be posted on 31st December 2019 at 9am and most of you are probably going to read it after that date. This post is about all the things I thought I’d achieve during this decade.
1st January 2010
Children: Firstly, I want to have three children. The names I choose are Luke, Jason and Adam for boys. I choose Sasha, Summer and Scarlett for girls.
Money: I want to be earning over £20,000 per year by the end of the decade, or before it hopefully.
Travel: By December 2019, I’ll have visited Hawaii. It was on my wish list for things to do in my twenties and as I write this, I’m 29 and a half. It’s doubtful that I’ll have got there in the next seven months.
Writing: I want to get my novel, The HunE-trap, published. I just know that if I get it out there it will do really well. I’m going to take a copy to every doubter and prove to them that I can do this. I can be a writer.
Career: It would be really great to be a Law Society registered paralegal by the end of the decade. If I haven’t even achieved that then what exactly am I doing with my life? I might even try for the law degree.
Cars: Finally, that lilac convertible VW Beetle, with the cream leather interior, MP3 player and alloy wheels has to be in my life. I’ve been working toward it for so long! It’s probably going to be the first thing I tick off this list.
December 2019 Update
Children: Yeah, there’s only one child. A little boy named Luke. I fell pregnant around six months after writing that list. There won’t be any more children since my husband had the snip just after Luke was born. Post-natal depression kinda killed my broody vibes. I love my son and being pregnant was amazing, but it was the year after he was born I wasn’t too keen on.
Money: Oh, how I would love to be earning £20,000 per year. I’m on Carer’s Allowance and my writing income is crap. I’m currently building my online business and hoping it takes off in 2020. My goal at the start of this year was to earn more than £1,000. It just shows how my expectations have changed.
Travel: I still haven’t been to Hawaii. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I wouldn’t go to Hawaii. How would it be any fun if I can’t take my dog? I’d just go to Devon for a fortnight rather than a week.
Writing: The novel did get published. I went down the indie route, which is something I didn’t even know existed ten years ago. The name changed to The Tangled Web and it got to number 1 in the Amazon Free chart in 2012, which sounds like it was a win, but it was far from it. I went on to write a series of novellas about a cat detective from 2013 onward – Leger McInnes – who is still going strong. After my son, Leger is probably the thing I’m most proud of having done in my life. That cat changed my life. By the time my books were published and climbing the charts, I had forgotten all about my doubters and didn’t smugly hand deliver those paperback copies. I was too busy enjoying my success to worry about what anyone else thought.
Career: The ambition to be a Law Society registered paralegal made me laugh. Not a lot, and not joyfully. I’ll never work as a paralegal again because it made me miserable and that goal was being chased for all the wrong reasons. As for the law degree… nope! Not going to happen. I started working toward a BA in Arts & Humanities but I’m not even sure where I’ll go with that. I have deferred for at least a year. Who knows if I will ever go back. I had a part-time job in the UK’s third-largest building society this summer. I left at the end of August and made a victimisation complaint to HR. I’ve seen my replacement and I don’t know much about her except that she looks young and naive – exactly the kind of person they can push around. Very different to me.
Car: Ah, the lilac VW Beetle is still just a dream. Didn’t Volkswagen stop making Beetles this decade? I’m currently driving a
yellow Fiat Panda jellybean on wheels. If I had the money, I’d buy an electric car like the Renault Zoe or the Smart ForFour. Sadly, these cars are just dreams too and as things stand, I don’t have a hope in hell of ever owning them.
So, what’s next…?
Isn’t it strange how a decade can change you, in every way? I’ve been in my 30s for most of the 2010s. My 30s have been the most difficult, painful and disappointing decade of my life so far, but mixed in with all that, there’s been some extreme highs (complete strangers buying and enjoying my books), brilliant new people (Luke <3) and surprising twists that I could never have predicted. Who would have thought I’d end up writing cat sleuth novellas and studying Arts & Humanities? Certainly not the woman who wrote this list of goals back in January 2010!
The only thing that remains the same at the end of this decade is that I’m still here, at this desk, writing blogs.
Happy new year, readers. And happy new decade.
Love Sharon (aka Lacey Dearie, who did not exist 10 years ago) x
PS: Here’s my list of what I want to achieve in the 2020s!
Family: I’d like to see Luke getting a job or going on to further education. I’d also like to see him do something with the talent he has for performance. Alex is going to graduate in 2022 and I’d like to see him go on to be an archaeologist, just like he has dreamed of. I hope Rum is still with us.
Money: I’d like to be debt free, mortgage free and have savings. Ok, if I’m going to shoot for the moon, lets aim to be a six-figure earner at some point this decade. Why not? It’s not outwith the realms of possibility.
Travel: I have my sights set on another trip to Cyprus, a Baltic cruise with my family and a trip to Gibraltar to see the solar eclipse in a few years time. I’d also love to go back to Morocco. My 40th birthday in Devon? Or maybe a trip to London in July to see the e-prix? Either of those would be awesome too.
Writing: I’d love to be writing for television by the end of this decade. Maybe for Warner Brothers? But that’s just a pipe dream. I’m not free to travel for a job like that or commit every second of my life like they would need. I’m maybe a little more modest with my writing dreams now. I’ve learned that my niche is short stories and if I could sell a couple of those a year, that would be success in my eyes. Although sadly, Leger will have to die some time and that is probably happening in this decade. He’s getting on a bit…
Career: I hope I never go back to a 9 to 5 job, but if I do, I hope it’s writing related. I would love to still be writing for a living in one way or another, or maybe own my own publishing company? Just a thought…
Car: I would love to own a fully electric vehicle this decade. Or anything that doesn’t look like a jelly bean and run like a bag of nails.