2018 Goals: reading, writing, blogging, and life

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Hello everyone!

It must be cliched for me to say this but- WOW, can you guys believe that it is the start of another year!?Β Time always has a way of flying by :’)

2017 was an action-packed year for me, and it looks like 2018 will be just as eventful (if not even more so!) That keeps life interesting, doesn’t it? πŸ™‚

Personally, I do not believe in New Year resolutions per se (ie. miraculous lifestyle changes over night). If we really want to make a significant change in our lives, we can start any day of the year instead of waiting until January 1st. After all, isn’t January 1st just another day?

However, I do believe in setting goals that areΒ challenging, but realistic and attainable.Β  In fact, I LOVE setting goals because it gives me a purpose, and there is that wonderful feeling when I am able to make progress towards my goal – the “I got my #&$% together” feeling πŸ˜‰

Reading

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Goal #1: Read 60 books (4-6 books / month)

In 2017, I read 55 books. Most of these were read in the latter half of the year (June onwards) when I became involved with the book blogging community. Each month, I can read 4-6 books comfortably depending on how much free time I have. Taking the average of that, seems like 60 books a year is a good goal πŸ™‚

Goal #2: Read from diverse genres and authors

In 2017, the following genres were over-represented: YA contemporary (36%), YA sci-fi (11%), Fantasy (11%), and Non-Fiction (11%). On the other hand, I’ve only read 1 Classic novel and 1 Graphic Novel, and… embarrassingly, I haven’t read a single Historical Fiction. Also, I tend to read books from my favourite authors instead of trying new ones. In 2018, I want to challenge myself by reading from diverse genres, such as these books on my TBR:

You guys may recognize these from the Goodreads Choice Awards List of 2017 πŸ˜‰

Goal #3: Actually HAVE a bookshelf

As in, right now, I have lots of physical books but no physical bookshelf. They kind of sit in a pile in my room. It’s kind of embarrassing.

Since I am moving to a new place and buying a whole new set of furniture, I will absolutely invest in a bookshelf πŸ™‚

Writing

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Goal #4: Finish writing Children of the Sun (February – April)

Towards the end of 2017, I’ve been researching and editing this new baby of mine. Then, two week ago, I decided to go ahead and start writing. I plowed through about 4000 words before… well, life happened. January will likely be just as busy for me. However, starting February, I hope to be back into full-on writing mode again. My plan is to get back into the groove of writing on a daily basis, with the plan to finish Children of the Sun by the end of May.

Goal #5: Start and finish Draft 5 of Matt and Olivia (May – August)

You guys may remember Matt and Olivia from my Untitled Manuscript. This project occupied my mind for pretty much all of 2017. Since I finished Draft 4 in November, I haven’t even looked at the manuscript. (It kind of terrifies me…) However, now that I am starting to hear back from beta-readers, I am planning for a 5th draft. Not sure yet whether this will be a major revision or a polish! I hope to start this in May and complete the draft by the end of August.

Goal #6: NANOWRIMO!??! (October – November)

I missed Nanowrimo back in 2017 because of travel and family reasons, however I do love the idea of Nanowrimo, so I am REALLY excited to hop onto the wagon again for 2018! However, I have no idea what to write yet. (October is for planning!)

Blogging

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Goal #7: Get organized

I’ve been blogging 3 times weekly for the past while, which is working for me. I also VERY recently learned to write posts in advance, WHICH IS A LIFESAVER AND I MUST RECOMMEND TO ALL BLOGGERS OUT THERE! For 2018, I also invested in a journal which I will use to brainstorm and organize my blog post ideas. If this works out well, maybe I will do a post about organizing blog posts!?

Goal #8: Review 90% of the books I read

I am good at reading books however I have been TERRIBLE at posting reviews this past year. However, I discovered mini-reviews very recently, which I enjoy writing so much more than full-length reviews.

Goal #9: Write more posts about lifestyle topics

Although I love books and blogging about books, I also have lots of other interests and other ideas bouncing around my head all the time. In 2018, I hope to introduce some of these topics to my blog (such as fashion and DIY.) Of course I will continue to blog about reading and writing!

Life

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Goal #10: Live sustainably

This is something that I’ve been thinking about for the past year or so but only began to implement. Sustainability is a HUGE topic that could easily be a whole blog post on its own. Long story short: I realized that I buy so many things that I don’t even need, and much of it either ends up cluttering up my apartment. The truth is that a lot of clothing and other household goods can’t be disposed of in a manner that is environmentally friendly. Isn’t it better to buy fewer things in the first place?

Unfortunately I am actually the WORST person to be a minimalist. I am a pack rat and I find it hard to let go. However, since I am moving across the country, I’ve taken the opportunity to clean out my closet and my apartment. I am inviting some friends over for my first-ever clothing swap which I am super excited for! After this, I will be more cautious about buying things that I truly need and love.

Other than changing my shopping habits, I will also be taking the public transit more (instead of driving), and learning to compost.

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What is your approach to the New Year? What are your goals for 2018!? Do you write posts in advance? Are you a pack rat or a minimalist (or somewhere in between)?

26 thoughts on “2018 Goals: reading, writing, blogging, and life

  1. willowbyrne says:

    I love all your goals, I hope you achieve them! I’ve started writing posts in advance as something to try out this year, and it seems to be working alright so far! Feels strange not to share my posts right away though.

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Thank you ❀
      That's great to hear that writing posts in advance is working well for you. It is definitely a life-saver for me πŸ™‚
      It DOES feel strange to not publish the post right away. I also feel that I write differently knowing that I will be publishing it later on down the line πŸ™‚
      Wishing you all the best for 2018!

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  2. Alyssa Marie says:

    The Radium Girls was an amazing book! I can’t stop talking about it or recommending it to everyone I know (even nonreaders)! It sounds like you’ve got a great plan set for 2018. Happy New Year and good luck to you!❀️

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  3. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    Definitely keeps life interesting! 60 is a great goal πŸ™‚ and that’s a great tbr- I hope you enjoy Artemis. I actually don’t currently have a bookshelf right now either, so I can relate. And good luck with your WIP and Nano! Organising posts is great πŸ˜€ I don’t always do it, but I do it a lot more now, cos otherwise things get a bit chaotic. I’m the same about reviews a lot of the time too. And I’d love to read lifestyle posts from you πŸ˜€ Great goals!

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  4. MichaelK says:

    That’s an awesome set of goals and you sound so vibrant and energetic! I wish you to achieve every single one of them!
    And definitely get a bookshelf!
    I used to be a pack rat and I can’t say I am totally over it but I keep trying. Of course when it comes to books you could call us hoarders. Unfortunately I am not a goal person, in the sense that I do not set them down formally but I certainly try to achieve things without taking too much time away from family.

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hello Michael!
      Thank you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Haha yes, a bookshelf is essential. I don’t know how I lived without one!
      Haha it is hard not to hoard books. After all, we paid money for them and we want to keep a record of the books we’ve read, right? I think that since books can be organized very neatly into bookshelves, it doesn’t quite count as hoarding πŸ™‚
      We all have different approaches to goals! I think my fiance doesn’t set formal goals either. Yes family is so important because they make us happy, and that is what life is about, right? πŸ™‚

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  5. When I Reach You says:

    I love all your goals, especially the ones where it’s a continuation from last year. This just shows that our goals are not achieved overnight, but may take years, sometimes even decades to accomplish! By the way, what do you use to edit your photos? They look gorgeous!

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Yes I absolutely agree! I think that goals are often a work-in-progress. Sometimes it is about a lifestyle change rather than reaching a certain target.
      I can’t take credit for these gorgeous photos. They are from Pinterest – I always forget to give credit, however I should! (that is another goal for the new year πŸ™‚ )

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  6. Marie says:

    This is such a great post, Sophie, and I love how you are talking about resolutions and goals for the new year. I agree with you that it’s a bit… well, stupid, to say we will do resolutions on January, 1st, it is after all, just a day like any other. And I’m with you when it comes to set realistic, not – too – pressuring kind of goals πŸ™‚
    We have some of the same goals! I also want to read 60 books this year, try and edit my book and participate in NaNoWriMo again. Let’s hope we can make it πŸ™‚
    I also have a hard time letting go of things, haha, even the most random things are… well, I want to keep everything. It’s so bad, at times, haha. I agree that it’s better to buy fewer things and that’s a great goal to have for this year….I should try this as well. It will be hard if we are talking about books though πŸ˜›

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Thank you Marie ❀
      Yes- realistic goals is the way to go! It does sound like we have similar goals. I think we can both make it if we put our minds to it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
      It is hard to let go of things especially when they mean something to us! There is a shirt that I own which I don’t wear often, however I got it from my mom who wore it when she was my age haha. I don’t think I will ever throw that away :’)
      I agree that it’s so hard not to buy books! I just finished To all the boys I’ve loved before, which makes me want to buy the second book in the series right away. However I will fight the urge and wait to get it from the library :’)

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  7. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Great post Sophie, I definitely can’t believe it’s already 2018 but then again I feel that about every year and I’m pretty sure 2018 will fly by the same way 2017 did! πŸ˜€
    Good luck with all your goals. I’m sure you’ll be able to read 60 books this year, you weren’t far off last year so I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. Also I’m kind of in awe by how fast you plan to write the first draft of Children of the Sun. I’ve given myself from like March to November to write the second draft of my WIP, but you never know I may not need that long (or I may need longer!) I’ll be rooting for you for NaNo as well, I’ll definitely be taking part this year as well.
    Great post, and again good luck with these goals. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Thank you Beth ❀
      Haha we will see! 2018 is off to a busy start for me since I am preparing to move, however hopefully I can keep up with my reading goals.
      It’s hard to predict how long it will take to write a novel, isn’t it? I am guesstimating a few months for my novel, since that’s usually how long a draft takes. However i won’t fuss too much if I don’t finish it by then πŸ™‚ I’d say it’s better to go slower and have a good finished product than the other way around! I hope that writing will go smoothly for the both of us and that we will both finish our stories, however long it takes πŸ™‚ ❀

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  8. Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

    Absolutely magnificent post, Sophie. I hope you’ll be able to read everything you want to read and achieve new milestones in 2018. I love that you mentioned “Live sustainably” as I think its definitely something that a lot of us should think about when we have our own apartments/house. Room space is so crucial and the only thing I’d allow myself to have in abundance are books hahahah And then I imagine that at some point in the future I’ll end up disagreeing with that statement and turn towards ebooks in order to make more room/less clutter! πŸ˜€ Hope you had a fantastic New Year, Sophie and look forward to more interactions with you in 2018. You were definitely a nice new friend to have arrived in my life in 2017! πŸ˜‰

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Thank you Lashaan! It is my dream to have more space and less clutter, however it is so much easier said than done! That being said, I think books may be an exception because they can look organized on a bookshelf. However I wonder if we should be keeping all our books or only the ones that we like/planning to reread πŸ™‚ This year I am planning to borrow more from the library and Overdrive to save money as well.
      Thank you Lashaan! I am glad to have met you as well πŸ™‚

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