5 Fandom Friday: 5 Ways I’m Taking Chances in 2016


One of the best ways to try and make a new year great is to set off on new adventures. Take risks, chase passions, and push yourself. This year I most certainly am going to be pushing myself and taking chances. I can’t wait to see what adventures 2016 has in store for me. Here are 5 ways I’m taking chances this year:

Become Better At Networking and Small Talk


Making new friends and creating new connections in the business world is essential, and I suck at it. I know of ways to make it easier for myself, but I ultimately need to just branch out and meet new people. I’m going to really work on that, both online and IRL, this year.

Work On My French and Travel To Europe To Use It!


I took French in high school and college, and was conversational. Of course, after years of neglecting the language, I’ve lost a ton. So I’m working really hard to regain as much of the language as I can, and I’ve got a planned trip overseas this year to use (and hopefully grow) my newly-regained language skills!

Experiment With Podcasting and Youtube


I know. I’ve been talking about this a lot, but I’ve got some ideas that I’m going to flesh out this year. By 2017, I’ll either have decided to put podcasting/youtubing to bed for good, or I’ll officially be a part of those worlds.

Starting My Own Business

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I’m officially working on starting up my freelance writing and editing business. It’s still 100% part-time, but I’m really looking forward to building something legitimate. Who knows what it might grow into as the years go on!

Experiment With Writing a Book

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Ugh, this is so cliche. You see, I work in publishing, and one of the first questions I always get when people find out what my day job is (next to some variation of can you publish my book or can you edit my book) is “Do you want to write a book?” For years my answer has been a big, fat NO. But some interesting things have happened, and I have an idea that I’ve been tossing around, so I want to spend this year working on the book, just to see if it becomes something I want to try to publish. Worse case scenario, I spend a year playing around, imagining and creating characters and a world that I love. There are worse fates…

How are you taking chances this year? Let me know in the comments and, as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today! Plus, be sure to follow me on Instagram as there’s another #5FFPhoto challenge happening this month (courtesy of the awesome Kristen and Megan). 


12 thoughts on “5 Fandom Friday: 5 Ways I’m Taking Chances in 2016

    1. I know it. I figure I’ll use this year to read up on it, make a call, and then I can try to launch it in 2017 if I decide to move forward. Definitely a lot of work, and I don’t want to rush it if I do decide to podcast.

  1. A podcast sounds fun! You’ve got some great goals you’ve set for yourself. Sure you will do them all. I’ve had a go setting up a you tube channel, just to post PS4 game stuff, so might do more of that this year. Also perhaps have a go at writing a comic book script, that’s something I’d like to try.

  2. Great list! I feel much the same about YouTube…it’s something I’ve considered for my art since 2014, and I feel like I need to just decide to do it or not. I feel like YouTube is already so saturated and then I wonder if it’s something I should put so much effort into….I keep going back and forth, blargh! Here’s hoping we both figure it out!

  3. I really want to start a Youtube channel this year. . .I just have to get some sort of camera first. I’ve been wanting to start one for years so I need to finally give it a try!

  4. I used to get super frustrated when I told people I was a writer and they’d ask what my novel was about. These days I’m very comfortable describing myself as a non-fiction writer, or when pressed, journalist, but I’m starting to feel the pull of creative writing again. Hopefully I can channel that into the game I’m hoping to make.

    Also, would you like someone to practice your French with? I’m more of less fluent, but I’d love more opportunities to speak it on a regular basis. Maybe we could be Skype language buddies?

  5. Sounds like we have a lot of similar goals this year. I want to try my hand at YouTube/Twitch this year – which is something that I wouldn’t normally want to do. And I’m working on some crafty designs to put out there + hoping to open my own online shop this year (if I can save up enough to start a legal business).

    Good luck on a DARING year!

  6. Good luck with this list!! All of these seem super attainable and just by reading your blog I know you’re crazy dedicated, so none of these should be a problem. My friend and I are toying around with podcasting, and I have a friend who does it hardcore and he seems to love it – he’s a talker. 😉

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