I am looking for a short way to say that I wish and (simultaneously) make efforts / prepare to achieve something, however, so far I have come up only with candidate phrases which express just one of the two meanings:
1) "wish" group: anticipate, look forward to, hope to...
2) "prepare" group: work upon, strive to, pursue...
My last guess was the phrasal verb look towards, which initially seemed to me like an amalgam of look forward and strive to, however, Uncle Google disagrees with this assumption.
Thereby, I'm now left with no more ideas and would like to ask you for any proposals :)
Edit: A scenario, where one would need to use a verb with the above meaning, is for instance when wish to relocate to a new town and need to find a place to settle in:
Hey, Renting Agency, I am from Boston and _______ to move* to New York (however, still haven't done it). Could you offer me a vacant accommodation there?
*If necessary, substitute with the gerund "moving".