2016 Resolutions

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I’ve never been great at keeping resolutions. For example, I did not meet any of my 2015 Resolutions – Reading one hard-cover a month (I did read more physical books, but not one a month), reading one book I discovered on another blog a month (I stopped keeping track of where I saw books I added to my TBR by February), read Harry Potter (never even tried and decided I probably won’t ever read it), Revise my rating system (never attempted), re-read and review old favorites (I re-read a lot, but didn’t review any), use more gifs and graphics (except for the gif tags, I only used a couple). BUT, 2016 is a brand new year with lots of possibilities and disappointments waiting, so I might as well set a few goals I can lament about next year.

Bookish and Blogging Resolutions

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1) Read 75 books.

Since my first Good Reads Challenge in 2013 I have surpassed my goal. Each year I increased my goal, but have read less overall books. Because of another of my other resolutions I’ve decided there will be a number of DNFs, so I wanted a smaller goal for new books.

2) Request less ARCs.

I DNF-ed a couple of ARCs last month and I just really hate doing that. But I’ve also reached the point in my reading life where I’m not going to force myself to finish something I’m hating. I also am such a mood reader that I may be super interested in a title when I request it, but don’t care about it anymore by the time it’s actually available. I plan on only requesting ARCs for books I’m already waiting on/dying to read and not just ones that might be interesting.

3) Read My Books.

I have several books I won from Giveaways last year that I haven’t even opened, as well as a number that I bought when they were on sale that have been just been collecting dust. In addition, I download free Nook Books All. The. Time. I want to try to get these read this year instead of getting more library books or ARCs or even buying new ones. I have a feeling that a lot of the free Nook Books are smutty romances that I don’t generally appreciate, so I’m anticipating there will be a lot more DNFs in my future.

4) Quality over Quantity for Posting.

I know a lot of bloggers set goals for a more consistent blogging schedule, but I’m kind of going in the opposite direction this year. I don’t want to post things, just to post things. I also can not promise how many reviews I’ll have any given week or month. I want to do less memes and tags and only do them when I really want to and not just because I haven’t posted something in a few days. I’ll stick with my Funny Fridays because I always find funny things on Pinterest and I’ve been told by some people that they like it, but I’m going to cut way back on the Top Ten Tuesdays.

5) Try to Care Less.

I admit, I get very caught up in stats. I get jealous when people get ARCs I was denied, when they’re given pretty, sparkly ARCs/swag from publishers, when they announce they have more followers than me and have only been doing it for a couple months, when they’re in long Twitter conversations with multiple parties, when they’re making money on their blogs, when a post I really loved writing doesn’t get any likes or comments…you get the picture. This year I do not want to try and make my blog bigger or better. I want it to be something I do because I enjoy it and if I happen to be the only one who ever reads it, I want to be ok with that.

Personal Resolutions

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6) Use my Elliptical on a regular basis.

I can probably count on one hand the number of times I used my elliptical last year. Several years ago I lost a lot of weight by counting calories with My Fitness Pal and working out on my elliptical. I was up to 45 minutes 6 days a week. Then things happened and I stopped exercising and tracking calories and gained all of the weight (and then some!) back. I want to work my way back up to what I used to do on it.

7) Do not order pizza Order less pizza

I don’t cook, I live alone, I often let my anxiety get the better of me when it comes to going to a crowded grocery store after work, so I order A LOT of pizza. Which is a problem in itself, but I also can’t order just pizza. I usually get wings or a dessert, too. I want to eat healthier this year and save some money, so I want to limit ordering pizza to maybe once a month. I wanted to try ordering no pizza, but really, that’s just setting me up to fail.

8) Update my Resume/LinkedIn and keep my options open.

I hate being that person who only stays a couple years at a job, I know it looks like crap to employers, but I really can’t see myself staying where I am long term. My job has changed a lot in the past year and if rumors are to be believed, it’s going to be changing even more drastically in the coming year. I’m also a little afraid of being laid off again (I’m back with the same agency that laid me off four years ago. I was in a different position that they mostly got rid of and now it’s sounding like they may be getting rid of some of this position eventually, too). I don’t think I’ll be actively job seeking right now, but I want to be ready if something comes up.

9) Write More.

I crashed and burned at NaNoWriMo this year, but it did make me want to finish a draft I started the previous NaNo. I also wouldn’t mind taking the parts of the NaNo draft I gave up on this year and using it for something else.

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10) Find a Church.

It’s been way longer than I’m comfortable admitting that I went to church on a regular basis. I’ve really struggled with my faith in the last few years and this year I don’t want to just get healthier physically, but spiritually. I’m exciting to start an online Bible Study I found and I want to eventually find a new church to join. At the very least, I do have a couple of standing invitations to join some people on a Sunday.

So there are my 2016 Resolutions. Hopefully I can keep a least a couple of them! Do you make resolutions? What are some of yours?