Ah, 2014. You and I have not started out on a good foot and it's only January 2. Spending yesterday on my couch with the headache from hell was not enjoyable in anyway - and the fact that this headache is still here is not helping. But if that's how you want to play it, I'll play. Besides, I've got too much good going on to act like first day of the new year in any indication of how the rest of my is going. So suck on that.
I don't go too crazy with resolutions because I thin it's important to be your best self at all times of the year, but there's just something about the new years and the "fresh start" that I think really gets people motivated. Some people for good, some people for the first month of the year. And whichever person you are, I think it's kind of neat to have the fresh outlook. So while I try not to put too much stock into resolutions, I have compiled a list of things I want to accomplish and work on in general. For me, these are all realistic goals - things I've slowly been working my way up to anyway. If you're going to make resolutions/set goals, the realistic ones are the best to make. And make them in baby steps, it's much easier to achieve what you're setting out to do when you have steps and mini-goals to reach your end result.
- Complete my reading challenges. You can always check my progress on my review policy page, but these are the challenges I'll be participating in this year.
- Be a more efficient blogger by answering my emails in a more timely manner, commenting on friend's blogs more, writing more discussion posts, and being more social.
- Continue to grow the readership at Bookish
- Read books for fun and not just for review purposes. I always enjoy reading books, but yesterday I read a book that's already been reviewed on the blog so I wasn't noting quotes, making notes of things I wanted to discuss, and the like. I read it just because I wanted to read it. And it was great! That's definitely a perk of having co-bloggers.
- Read the books I am excited about instead of putting them off (for some unknown reason). I've gotten books that I preordered, or won from a contest, that I am super excited to read that I do a little dance when they arrive. And then they sit on my shelf for a few weeks before I finally pick them up. I have no idea why I do this, but if I dance when I get it in the mail, I should definitely just start reading it right away. Current read be damned - unless that was also I book I danced for.
- Work out more (at least 3-4 times a week) and eat healthier. I worked out quite a bit before I started my current job - new hours and all - and I want to get back into it. I loved the way it made me feel and how much energy I had. My only issue is that I have to get up at like 6am and it's really tricky to be motivated that early in the morning. I just need to get my ass out of bed and get moving. I eat pretty healthy already too, but I could probably eat healthier.
- Save money. I started a budget tracker over the summer so I have a pretty good idea of where I spend my money and where I need to cut back. I have a fair amount in my savings account, but I'm still working on building up my account to a place where I'm comfortable. It's a slow process, but I have a plan in action.
- Take pride in my appearance. We all have those days where we just don't care and how we look is how we look. Lately I feel like I've had too many of those days. I always feel just a little bit better amount myself when I go that extra step. I don't feel the need to go all out every day, but taking a little more pride in how I look on the day to day basis will go a long way.
- Truly enjoy the time I spend with Joe, family, and friends. That's not to say that I don't enjoy spending time with them, I do! But with today's technology, I think it's easy to get lost in Facebook, Twitter, or whatnot when you should be more focused on spending time with the ones you love.
- Enjoy planning my wedding and remind myself that I'm merely planning a day. I've already had a few freak out moments regarding this and my mom (bless her!) has reminded my that I'm planning a day, not a life, and I need to relax more. And she's right. So maybe this isn't so much as a "life" goal, but a "few months" goal, but it's still a goal.