I wouldn’t really call myself a goal person by any means. I’ve got a “go with it” philosophy on life and I’ve never been unhappy with who I am (except some physical aspects and those don’t really matter anyways). Because of this I think I’ve tricked myself into thinking that goal setting is pointless or akin to admitting you are unhappy with your life. And as silly and misguided as that sounds, I know there are things I could do that would make me even happier, and probably the people around me too. So this year I will endeavor to not only set goals and resolutions around books but my life too. There’s nothing wrong with continued self improvement! So here they are, sorted by personal goals and bookish ones!
- Be a better wife
My husband would probably read this and roll his eyes, but I don’t mean this in a totally mushy way (I’m not overly prone to mushiness, except for with my dogs :D). Instead I could replace wife with “roommate” and sum up for the *most part* what I mean. I don’t mind the way I leave clean laundry down in the basement in its basket, and I know I hate it when my husband does. Maybe this goal is to be less hypocritical. Whatever. What I mean is I suck at expectations. I hate cooking and cleaning 90 percent of the time, and the other 10 percent when I do enjoy it I get all judgy like, why doesn’t husband do this more? Because 10-percent-of-the-time me, it sucks. Remember? If we could afford housekeeping staff, we would. I am not ashamed to say it. I know my strengths and keeping an organized home is not one of them.
- Work on being healthy
I know I said that personal appearance doesn’t matter. But health does. We get a free wellness test each year for some insurance benefits. I was higher in certain areas and that’s just not cool. I’m not talking about weight, but being healthy will keep you alive longer and I am all about living. So this resolution involves exercise and eating better. Exercise feels great afterwards and eating healthy does too. So why don’t I do it? Lack of time/motivation. See number 3!
- Become a productive morning person
I don’t mind waking up in the morning, I just don’t want to do anything. This year I will try to wake up consistently and get moving so that I can write (more on that later), exercise and do easy meal preparation for dinner so that I am less likely to heat up something frozen. I often wonder how people get anything done, and I don’t even have children. My best guess is that these people get up in the morning instead of reading Facebook or twitter on their phones in bed.
- Finish my first draft by May
I am writing a book. I have finished the entire outlining process, made it through five chapters, decided to change the POV and started revising what I started so far. But I’m not doing this at a pace I’d like. I think becoming a productive morning person will help with this – I really just need to sit in front of a computer and write. There are a million other distractions, and if I just set a timer and go for 30-45 minutes without interruptions, I would be a lot closer to finished. My birthday is in May (my co-blogger Ashley and I actually share the same birthday!) and it would be the best gift to myself to have a first draft done. I’d like to print out a couple copies, give it to friends and ask for their gut opinions.
- Blog, blog, blog.
We just started our blog this December and it is already as fun as I imagined. I love to write and I love to talk about books. I don’t have a number goal for posts or followers because I just don’t know yet, it is too soon. But I resolve to keep blogging because it is really enjoyable. From what I can tell so far in my limited experience, there is a great book blogging community and it is fun to participate.
- Read 80 books in 2014
I wasn’t even sure what my number was going to be until the moment I typed it in on Goodreads. I beat my 50 book goal last year by one book and I am feeling like I can do more in 2014. Especially with a blog that keeps me motivated to review.
- Complete some book challenges!
The Story Siren is hosting a debut author challenge – you can read the details here. Basically, I just need to read and review 12 debut authors in 2014. Pretty cool, no? I have mad support for new authors since I would love to be one in the hopefully not-too-distant future.I’m also going to attempt to get up to speed on 5 series as part of the 2014 Series Challenge hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat. There are a couple series out there that I need to start altogether and a few that I love that are ending. Who knows, I might do more than 5 when I think of some of the awesome series-enders coming out in 2014!
- Start a Fourth Friday Flash Fiction series of posts/Do more writing blog posts
I’m sure there is some kind of meme or series out there on other writing blogs around flash fiction, but I would like to start my own this year. We also started the blog with the idea to talk about writing in addition to reviewing books we love and hate. We’ve got great ideas down on paper but haven’t done them just yet. I think the holidays kind of ruined that for us, but I am looking forward to sharing our other ideas and chronicling our book writing process.
Like Anne, I’ve never really been one for making, let alone keeping, new year’s resolutions. However, I think the launch of our new blog has ignited the desire for me to be the best version of myself in 2014 and beyond. I accomplished many things in 2013, but I also did a lot of self-reflecting. I came to the epiphany that I am in a limbo-transitional period in my life. I’m no longer a penniless college student, but I also don’t have a family, yet. To me, 2014 means shedding my skin on my “old life” and beginning the next chapter in my life: adulthood. Bring it on, 2014!
- Be a better listener
While I don’t outright ignore people, sometimes my inner voice takes over while I’m in the middle of a conversation. Then the panick sinks in, OMG, I don’t remember the last 5 minutes of this conversation! Thankfully I haven’t been called out on it too many times, it’s still very embarrassing. I’m also terrible with remembering people’s names when I fist meet them. I think it’s all related. So, if I’m asking you to repeat yourself or if I admit I didn’t hear what you said, please don’t take it personally.
- Be healthy
I’m a huge fan of Jillian Michaels and I know she HATES it when people say and use “be healthy” in terms of goals. So, I’m going to be specific, since goals are all about measurement and success. My goals are more about making a lifestyle change rather than being a certain weight.
- Reduce my cholesterol levels to normal
- Keep my glucose levels normal
- Eat less processed foods
- Hit the gym three times a week
- Boring, but floss every night
- Breathe, stretch, shake, and let things go (worry and stress less)
- Learn to say “no”
I’m very eager to take on new challenges and learn new things (both professionally and personally), but I need to learn when to say “no.” And I need to be okay with saying no. I can’t please everyone all the time, but I’m also not a quitter. Thank you in advance for your understanding if I turn down a project. It’s really not you, it’s me. I get overly stressed out when I take on too much and it’s not me or you.
- Be more organized in my personal life
I work in a very deadline driven environment (in real life), so by trade I’m very organized. My desk is clean and clutter free, and I’m the obsessive coworker that has three different paper calendars. Long story short, I don’t miss much deadline-wise; however, at home I tend to throw things on my dresser where bills and receipts are lost in paper wasteland. It would be so much easier to take care of payments, thank you notes and other miscellaneous personal errands now rather than later.
- Create and adhere to a budget
As I said, I’m no longer a broke college graduate paying off loans, but I’m not exactly rolling in the dough either. I want to have a comfortable retirement and to be able to provide for my children’s future. I downloaded the Mint app almost a year ago, but I haven’t really done much with it. Well, I’m going to go through my finances and create a budget for myself and monitor it through Mint.
- Finish my first draft
Anne and I began this journey because of a confession about our deep dark secret to be full-time writers. We’ve done our due diligence in attending writing workshops and publishing classes, so now we are trying to develop a solid network of fellow writers and insatiable readers. This is a scary endeavor for me, but something I need to accomplish. The end of the year will bring the completion of my first draft!
- The blog!
My co-blogger, Anne, and I are thrilled and blown away by the support we’ve received since starting our blog in December. Thank you! You can be sure we’ll be bringing you more musings and lots of bookish things in 2014. Stay tuned!
- Read 50 books in 2014
This goal I have to give credit to Anne. She successfully reached her goal in 2014 and inspired me to start one as well. I’ve never kept track of how many books I’ve read before, so while 50 seems a little daunting (not all of us have Anne’s superpower), I’m pretty confident I can reach this goal by the end of the year.