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This Week’s Topic:
Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 — bookish, blogging or otherwise!
Preface: In the past, I’ve set concrete/measurable goals for myself, like read 3-5 contemporary fiction books or write 1,000 words per day. But I’m not feeling concrete today. I’m feeling more like I have a vision for what I want 2015 to look like, and below are the parts of that vision.
- Guard my Time- Time is precious and limited. I want to use my time for the things most important to me. I want to use my time to write, to read, and to relax with those I love. Success will depend on being conscious of what is sucking time away as well as prioritizing what I spend time on.
- Be Kind- I want to be someone who spreads kind words. Someone who does kind deeds. And someone who thinks kind thoughts. The world needs more kindness.
- Be Supportive- I want to show support for the people around me. We don’t have to be in competition with each other. We don’t have to compare our lives to other’s lives. Let’s be happy for each person’s successes and build people up through their struggles. That’s the world I want to live in.
- Unplug at 9pm- I want to get off social media and get away from shining screens every night by 9pm. I need time to wind down at the end of the day. I want to establish better sleep patterns. Sleep is so important to both health and mood (article about sleep from Washington Post).
- Dedicate time to read EVERY DAY- Even if it’s just the twenty minutes before bed, I can make sure I have time to read every day. I’m a happier person when I’m reading, and I want to be a happy person.
- Read Diverse Books- I teach in diverse schools, and I recognize the need for diverse books. I want to support publishers and authors who are putting diverse books out there for readers. And I want to have more diverse books to recommend to my students. (http://weneeddiversebooks.org/)
- Type up Book Reviews within 3 Days of Finishing Reading- I struggle to compose a thoughtful review unless I do so before starting a new book. There is that perfect period after finishing a book where you are spinning it around in your head, where the characters still feel real, where you’ve gotten over initial feelings and are becoming objective. Did I like this? What would I change? What did the author do well? What can they improve? Once this time period passes or I start a new book, I feel like my reviews become lackluster and far less thoughtful.
- Write- I’m happier when I’m doing it. It helps to turn off the TV in the evenings and disconnect from social media. But ultimately, I have to make time and make my writing time a ritual.
- Cook Food- I’m doing better and better at using my microwave less and my oven more. I plan menus. I have a growing supply of spices and ingredients in my cabinet. I feel overall healthier after making my own food.
- Squats, Lunges, Leg Lifts- Because reading and writing both involve sitting on my butt. So I need a strong butt.
What are your goals for 2015? Please share!