I’m not the most enthusiastic about New Year’s Resolutions, but seeing other bloggers’ posts has really motivated me. I’m making some pretty realistic ones here, and I’m going to try to remember to make an update post in June to hold myself accountable towards these goals!!
1. Finish 90 books in 2015: Eeep, I’m so excited about this! For the past three years, I’ve set my goal for 75 books and I have always met that goal and exceed by 1 or 2 books. However, in 2014, I read 84 books, and I really want to amp it up this year! I know I’ll be able to do it because I’LL BE DONE WITH HIGH SCHOOL. That means less homework and a completely free summer!
2. Branch out of YA: I’m actually doing quite well with this overall–I read a few adult books this year! As I’m transitioning into my adult years (omg, I’m no longer a teen!!), I definitely want to try books that my peers are reading (like CLASSICS). Especially classics!! I’ve read practically zero.
3. Read at least 1 book I own every month: I just looked at all of the books I read in 2014, and 62% of the books I read were review books, and only 12% were books I owned. The rest were all books I borrowed from the library. I may have a tiny bookshelf with not a lot of books on it, but I have a HUGE Kindle Library. I buy pretty frequently too, because books are so cheap!! I really need to start reading books that I own.
4. Request only 3 review books per month: This ties into Goal #3, but obviously, I read so many review books because I request so many!! You guys, Edelweiss Harper dumps are the DEATH of me. I practically download all of them, I HAVE NO SELF CONTROL. I have set new standards from now on: I will read EVERY synopsis of every galley they put up, and from there, I will MAXIMUM allow myself to download 3 titles. That means I can only request 3 total titles from Edelweiss/Netgalley per month. This might be my most difficult goal.
5. Continue listening to audiobooks: I recently started listening to audiobooks again, and I remember why I love them so much! I don’t have Audible which makes it kinda hard, but I DO have an online library I use. Since I’ll be starting college this year (eep!), I’ll be walking from building to building, which I think is the PERFECT time to listen to audiobooks.
1. Keep up posting 3 times every 10 days: On average, I post about 10 times a month, and I’d definitely like to keep that up. I think it’s reasonable and that way I can put up really thoughtful posts.
2. Participate in memes: Somewhere along the road, I stopped participating in Waiting on Wednesday and Top Ten Tuesday! I’d really like to bring that back. It’s a great way to connect with new readers every week.
3. Comment on at least 5 blogs every week: I lost my commenting game this past 2014 year, and I miss it so much. I love fangirling!! I’ve mostly just been scrolling and reading other bloggers’ posts on my Bloglovin’ app when I blow-dry my hair. No time to comment! I’M GONNA MAKE TIME THIS YEAR. Maybe like 4-5pm on Friday nights.
4. Schedule posts at least 2 weeks in advance: I used to be SO GOOD about scheduling posts! I had a Google Calendar for it and everything. I’m not sure what happened. Probably school. (it’s always school). I feel so much more organized and satisfied with my posts when they’re scheduled!!
5. Start Booktube??: I REALLY WANT THIS TO HAPPEN. Maybe in college. Maybe.
1. Eat healthier/exercise more: If you know me, you know that I love Hot Cheetos. I tweet about Hot Cheetos constantly. I’m pretty addicted actually. THEY ARE SO BAD FOR YOU. I’ve noticed that I’ve gained weight (I pretty much never weigh myself on the scale because I’m not obsessed with my weight. I physically noticed myself getting a tiny bit chubbier). Not only is it unappealing to be out of shape, but I’ve personally felt sluggish more often and less motivated to do things. I HATE IT. I’m banning myself from them this year (of course, it doesn’t help that my twin sister is ALSO addicted.) Along those lines, I want to exercise MORE. I dance 8 hours a week, but that doesn’t feel like enough. I’d like to try running more! My twin is a cross-country runner so maybe she can help.
2. Sleep: As you all know, I’m a senior in high school at the moment so I don’t really get much sleep, but you don’t understand. When I have a four-day weekend (or winter break, for example), I DON’T SLEEP. I go to sleep at 2am or 3am and wake up at 12pm the next day. WHY? Why not take advantage of having no homework and catch up on sleep? Going to sleep at 3am and waking up 12pm doesn’t really count–I notice I have a raging headache whenever I go to bed too late, especially if I was watching TV or on the computer before that. I’m confident that in college I’ll go to bed earlier from what my older sister has told me!
3. Be happy where I end up going to college: This seems kind of obvious, but I want to be happy wherever I’m going to college come fall 2015! I’m still waiting for my admission decisions from 6 other schools, but I don’t want to be sad if I don’t get accepted into one. As I like to remember from a famous someone, “Every rejection is a re-direction.”
4. Put a smile on someone’s face everyday: I’m a positive person, I really am. That’s where I’m different from my twin: I smile a lot more than she does. Not because she’s sad, or because I’m happy ALL THE TIME, but I just… enjoy life. I’d like to radiate that to others, too.
5. Get more organized: I’m a pretty organized person, but I recently read Grace’s post about Blogging and Organization, and I LOVED IT. I even went out and got a prettier looking planner that would motivate me to write in it, finish my tasks, and cross them off. And while I used to only write down school homework assignments, I’m planning on scheduling everything everyday.
It’s pink & gold = MY FAVORITE COLORS EVER
There you have it! My reading, blogging, and personal resolutions for 2015. What are yours?