How did I do on my 2016 resolutions? What can I improve on in 2017?
I wanted to join a library, and I did! I joined two, in fact! Sadly, I have been working or at uni six-seven days a week all year, and haven’t had much time to actually make it to the library… Probably not a bad thing, given that I am nowhere close to achieving my second resolution: Complete the TBR pile. It is still enormous, and has moved to the top of the list for 2017.
I aimed to schedule more blog posts, be more active on social media, and follow more bloggers. These didn’t eventuate to the extent that I wanted them to. I have been very time-poor and have only generally managed two posts a week – a Stacking the Shelves, and a Weekly Recap. In 2017, I want to get back to reviewing books in detail. I did, however, stick to the goal of using categories and tags on all of my new posts, even if I didn’t go back through the old ones!
I GOT A BOOKSHELF AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL! I want to change things around already though… Is that a common thing when you have pretty shelves?
I didn’t get through many reading challenges, excluding my own Goodreads goal. I would like to try one for 2017 though – does anyone have any suggestions? I wanted to use Goodreads a little bit more, shelving-wise, but didn’t have much luck. I’m not sure if I want to include it as a goal this year – I’ll see how it goes!
As far as reading more full series goes? HA! I laugh in my own face. No such luck there. Maybe with a stronger focus on finishing the TBR this will happen??
Buuuutttt, I did so many wonderful things that weren’t on the list. I made firm friends within the book community, and I got a job which has given me so many opportunities in the book industry.
In 2017, I want to focus on what makes me happy. 2016 was a hard year for me personally, as it was for many. And so, in 2017, I am making the decision to ‘Choose Happy’. This is on the spectacular advice of Ellie, a good friend, who demanded to be quoted as the inspiration. My year of choosing happy includes cutting back on my working hours by quitting one of my jobs, and taking a holiday that involves some kind of bookish fun (maybe to BookCon in America, or to work as a Tumbleweed at Shakespeare and Company in Paris).
I want to un-haul a lot of books to make room for new ones. I want to get a new bookshelf, because my current one is STILL too small for the vast quantity of books I possess. I want to comment on people’s blog posts more often. Though at the same time, I want to spend less time checking social media – has anyone had success setting aside blocks of time in which to use their social accounts instead of grazing throughout the day? (GIVE ME YOUR TIPS!) I would also like to get into the habit of spending fifteen-twenty minutes every day blogging.
I also want to focus more of my reading on Australian authors – until Australia Day (January 26th), I will be exclusively reading books written by Australians.
In my personal life, I want to learn to cook more meals and contribute to the family cooking a lot more. I also want to find the time to squeeze in a personal trainer, and finally sort out the problems I have with my shoulder.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions?