1. Keep My Need-To-Review Shelf In The Single Digits. Last year I got to the point where my books that need to have reviews written shelf went up to over 40. That was insane and way too much pressure and stress for me. And you know, I am not going to be that person who makes “time management” a goal because that’s way too vague. What this means is that I am going to be on top of writing my reviews NO MORE PROCRASTINATING.
2. Cull 100 Books From My Collection. Note: This is totally cheating, because I include ARCs. What’s different though is that I am going to be culling ARCs I haven’t read and have little interest in. I have always kept those books on my pile in the hope that someday I will want to read them. This usually never ever holds true, so it’s time to exit those books from the house and put them on my check out from the library someday-maybe list.
3. Cut Down To One Cup Of Coffee Per Day. I have actually been doing this since the day after Christmas (when I got my electric tea kettle). I am trying to switch out the three cups of coffee for one cup of coffee and one cup of tea. I feel like this will be good for me because it’ll lower my sugar intake — I like my coffee white LOL and I never add milk or sugar to tea, just hot water and the bag or the leaves.
4. Lose One Inch From My Upper Arms. Here’s where I get real and honest with you. One thing I have always, always been self conscious about is my arm fat and I know people are like psh girl shut up you aren’t fat. I KNOW THAT. Seriously, I do. But that being said, I still hate the way I look in pictures and how my arms aren’t slender and I want them to be. Also, I would like to have a stronger upper body. So, this means more of the blogilates arm videos.
5. Respond To Comments On My Reviews. Okay, so this is a resolution from last year, but I failed miserably at commenting in 2013. Like, I just stopped replying to comments in July and then stopped reading blogs via a reader in August and well became a very poor participant in the book blogging community. In my defense, I started a job with an internet filter and actual tasks to do during the day, so when I got home I would just be too wiped out to even look at the computer. I think my new routine will include replying to comments in the morning or after work.
6. Eat Breakfast At Least 4 Days A Week. I never ever eat breakfast. Usually I get into work and am all grouchy by lunch time. You guys, I usually am up 2 hours before I have to leave the house. What the hell am I doing in those 2 hours? NOT EATING BREAKFAST THAT IS WHAT. Usually, I am browsing facebook and twitter. I need to stop doing that and start eating some goddamn food or here is a novel though, eat some food AS I BROWSE. Whoa, multitasking.
7. Read The Books That I Am Excited About, Instead Of Delaying My Gratification. If you look through my 2013 books read, you will see that while I had a lot of five and four star reads, I also had a TON of three star reads. I also read a lot of books because their publication date was coming up. I ended up never getting to certain books that I was SOOOOO excited about and well, I am done with that. When an exciting book comes in the mail, I want to read that book within a few weeks rather than waiting until months after it’s publication date. Like, with Cress, I am going to read that book soon because I am so excited for it, instead of waiting until like March to read it.
8. Wake Up Every Day With An Empty Sink. Basically this one means that Tony and I need to stop leaving our dishes in the sink for the next day. It is gross and annoying to have to maneuver around a full sink in order to get our morning coffees. Time to do some goddamn dishes, y’all.
9. Learn To Cook 12 New Recipes. 2013 was actually a pretty good year for cooking, I got a Crockpot and learned how to use it. I learned to make pulled pork and chili and chicken parmesan. In 2014, I want to add more to my diet than the staples of frozen pizza and spaghetti, thus it’s time to learn a new recipe per month.
10. Eat At Least One Serving Of Fruits Or Vegetables Per Day. I know so many of you are looking at me with disappointment right now. Honestly though, my diet looks like this: coffee, carbs, meat, and cheese. I just don’t eat fruits or vegetables like I should and well, I kind of wonder if I would feel healthier and more energetic if I actually made an effort to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet.
11. Obtain At Least 2,000 Likes For Good Books And Good Wine on Facebook. Well, our goal last year was 1,000 and we ended up gaining 502 likes (198 to get to 1000 and then 304 after that). I think that I need to make our Facebook page more interesting and share more dynamic things — like videos and pretty pictures and such. So, yeah, we just need an additional 696 likes. That’s doable for someone whose been at this for almost 5 years, right?
12. Speaking of being at this for over 4 years, I resolve to NOT forget my blogoversary. Last year, I did nothing to mark my 4 years of blogging. This year is going to be 5 years! OMG 5 years! I really need to make an effort to be less lazy and more proactive.
13. Earn At Least $1,000 from Good Books And Good Wine. I know a lot of you will think this is a gauche sort of goal — but let me reason with you. I look at this job as a part time job. I currently do not make enough money in my full time job. My job stresses me out enough as it is, I do not want to get a part time job doing something that I hate. So, I want to earn part time money from doing something that I love. You know, I like being transparent with you all and well, this is me at my most transparent. I have a goal to earn money from my blog so I don’t have to work part time at a gas station or a restaurant or doing child care (pretty much the ONLY options around here outside of the 9-5 timeframe that I currently work).
14. Read A Wider Variety Of Books. I think quite a few bloggers have this resolution. While I did read some non-fiction, some romance, and some adult books in 2013, the overwhelming majority was young adult. I am fine with young adult books, but I get burned out on them and I think that variety truly is the spice of life. I guess my goal is to read at least one non-YA book per month. Do you have any good recommendations for me?
15. Exercise For At Least 15 Minutes EVERY DAY Unless I Am Sick Or Out On Calls For Work All Day And Night. I feel like this is really doable, and I mean, while it sounds like an insignificant amount of time, I truly believe that it will make some difference, considering that most days I work out for zero minutes. I am thinking this will also be the year when I do all 30 Days In A Row of the 30 Day Shred. However, I am noting that sometimes I am on call and being on call means getting called out for the whole day and some of the night. Hence why I am giving myself an out.
16. Make Progress In My Go To Graduate School Long Term Goal. Last year my goal was to take the GRE and apply for grad school. I accomplished about 2/3 of this goal. I took the GRE and I completed the application most of the way. All I have left to do is get a letter of recommendation. When I go into work tomorrow, I am going to try to get there a little early and email my person to do the letter. I think it’s important to write down long term goals — and my long term goal is to be a Youth Services Librarian. I know how to program. I am current in books. I can handle crisis. I’ve worked with all sorts of socioeconomic classes. I need to learn about collection development and information access. This is something that I think I would be really, really good at and actually passionate about. Also, I want to leave the on-call life behind. Call me crazy, but I think it will be so much less stressful to not get called out at 2 am and 4 am anymore.