It must be cliched for me to say this but- WOW, can you guys believe that it is the start of another year!? 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? 🙂
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 are challenging, but realistic and attainable. 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 😉
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 🙂
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 😉
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 🙂
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!)
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!
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.