Do You Have any Crazy Goals?

Well, do you?


I've been thinking about the concept of having seemingly impossible goals in life, and how they can possibly inspire you to give your all everyday. I mean, when you're a kid, you have this idea of what you wanna be when you're a grown up. When you do reach adulthood, things end up going in the way they go, and sometimes you find yourself on a life path that you never thought you'd be on, or would even think was possible.


When I think of celebrities, I wonder what it's like for them to think about where they came from verses where they are now. I can't even imagine being famous like most celebrities, people knowing things about you that you don't even know about you. It's a little bit scary when I think about it too much.


My Way-Too-Ambitious Goals

But back to the topic at hand. I've been thinking about what my crazy, impossible sounding goals would be, and since we're in a new year, people everywhere are writing down their goals for the new year. Or not, since last year threw a wrench into all of our plans. So I thought I'd share what I came up with for my super crazy, way-too-ambitious goals:


Start My Own Convention

My Last Con, Ohayocon, back in January 2020


I love going to conventions. It's one of the biggest things I miss out of everything that was cancelled last year. In January of last year was my last con I showed at, and I remember it being amazing in a lot of different ways. For instance, I was able to snag a table at the last minute, and everyone I met was super nice.


Lately I've gained interest in how conventions on that scale are ran, how many people do you need on hand to plan a big event, and what are the intricacies and complications of the business? Big cons like Ohayocon, Anime Expo, and even events like the Columbus Arts Festival gather millions of people in a single weekend. I'd love to know how it's pulled off. If I were to start my own convention, it would definitely be for my fellow comic artists, illustrators, and game designers. It'd be a showing of art, with artist alley being the main event of the convention. Along with that, I'd love to host multiple panels, talks, and performances. It sounds like a fun year of planning, talking with artists, and having your heart pump faster and faster as the time of the event got closer and closer. Starting my own convention is definitely a super ambitious goal that's so much bigger than me. Hmm, maybe someday?


Multiple "Studio Picnic" Co-working Spaces Across the Mid West


If you haven't heard, I have a business idea in the works called Studio Picnic. It will be a co-working space made for illustrators, animators, and other visual artists in the Columbus OH area that will be chock full of resources and space for professional and aspiring artists to work. My dream right now is to gather the funds, connections, and resources to start this business, hopefully within the next couple years, & open the doors for my fellow artists. Along with a comfy workspace, Studio Picnic will also be home to different types of events, critique groups, classes, and more. Every time I get to talk about my idea I get really excited!


I already have tons of short term and long-term goals for the business, and I have been in contact with a few different people who are willing to let me talk my ideas and help me out. It's reassuring when people like the idea! For 2021, I have many ideas that I would like to form into plans of attack, but what about a crazy goal at the end of the line?


Once Studio Picnic is alive and well, what if there were multiple locations around the Mid West? It would be very exciting to be able to travel to places like Chicago, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, maybe even New York and Boston! It sounds impossible to even consider this now, especially because Studio Picnic is still an idea in the wind, but it's fun to dream sometimes and think about "what could be".


Live in a $500,000 House

Another thing I love doing is getting my hopes up on Zillow.com. I'm pretty sure a lot of people my age like to look at houses that they will never be able to afford in their life, just to imagine and play dream scenarios. It's a shame that it's much harder to buy a house these days, but with a lot of hard work and determination, people are still able to check off "buy a house" on their life achievements. I always talk with my boyfriend about when we're able to buy a house, and what kind of amenities we would have.


Honestly, I would be happy with a small fixer-upper on a decent side of town, as long as I can call it my own. But the ultimate impossible goal would be to live in a house that would actually be worth something. A half a million dollar home would be more than enough to provide me with everything I could want in a home and more. It could be a place of work, as well as a family home, and it'd most likely be a forever home. And hey, maybe if Studio Picnic is a massive success, I could get close to this goal? Am I being too ambitious for my own good?


Write a Best-Selling Novel

When I was 10 years old, I wanted to write a novel. I had created this detailed world that I call "Tetarra" with characters and plot galore. 15 years later, I held on to this idea. Over the years I added and took away tons of details, big and small. During college I managed to write a synopsis of the entire story, but once I let it sit for a couple years, I changed it again!


Now that it's 2021, I've actually started writing this story in a novel form. I haven't gotten far, but it's the journey that I'm most proud of. "Tetarra" has come so far, and my "impossible" goal would be to finish this novel of mine and let it see the light of day. I put quotes around impossible because out of all the goals on this list, I believe this goal might be the most achievable.


Not to toot my own horn about the best-selling part, but just the finishing a novel part, haha.


I love coming up with stories to tell; I have lots in my computer sitting and waiting, and my comic "Jazz" is one of them! But the idea of writing a full fledged novel is both very interesting and daunting to me. Again, I started this first story when I was 10, and it's STILL not done! But I've stuck to it because I believe in it, and want to see it become a successful piece of literature.


It makes you realize how hard it is to write sometimes; usually "writing" is sitting at your desk and contemplating different plot points for hours, talking it out with anyone that will listen, and typing a bunch of interesting pieces late at night, then waking up the next morning and deleting it all. Not to mention trying to edit a giant paragraph of information to make it cohesive and interesting. Also, writing good characters and setting. Plot too?! It's all very hard to get a grip on it.


Writing a best seller is on my list of crazy goals, but it has been a goal for several years. Maybe someday...


2021? Resolutions?? Ha! In Your Dreams!

It seems a little silly these days to make goals and New Year's Resolutions coming out of the craziness of 2020. Looking back on my goals for 2020, I sigh. I could've had the chance to accomplish them if the year was normal. At the same time, I've met different people, created different art, and planned different things that I wouldn't have been able to if it weren't for the current circumstances. Some of these things I did this year have the potential to help me accomplish those 2020 goals. I have to look at it this way so I won't get too sad about the current state of my life.


My sister wrote a great post about not relying on making a huge list of goals this year, and I thought it was a very helpful read, so please go check it out!


Now I open it up to you! Do you have any impossible, unachievable goals in your life? Do you have any New Years Resolutions for 2021, or are you staying away from that tradition? Let me know!


-Allison


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