Happy New Year everyone!
It’s officially January, the time of year when everyone is briefly super motivated to do all the things they’ve been meaning to do, like get fit and quit smoking/drinking/chewing their nails! Not that I can really say anything: I’m one of the worst people for getting that ‘New Year, new me’ buzz, and then having let it all fall by the wayside by the time February rolls in.
Most years since starting this blog I’ve written a New Year’s resolution post, and I’ll be the first to admit, I haven’t always stuck with them. That’s why in more recent years I’ve tried to set fewer goals, and make them more achievable, and I think that’s worked out better for me.
For example, one of last year’s goals was simply to write more, and I think I’ve definitely achieved that: in 2018 I wrote almost two entire novel manuscripts, and lots of short stories, one of which got an honourable mention in a competition. I also got a new job, which was one of my resolutions, although we should probably just ignore the bit where I said I wanted to be healthier…does it count that I learned how to make homemade soup? That’s healthy, right?
Anyway, I thought that this year I’d do the same thing, and try and keep my list of goals short and sweet, and hopefully achievable! So here are the things I’d like to do/achieve in 2019:
So let’s start out with reading!
The other day I posted a blog post about whether or not your Goodreads Challenge should challenge you, and loads of people responded in the comments with differing opinions, but everyone was agreed that it shouldn’t result in you feeling too much pressure.
A few people also reminded me that you can go in to your Goodreads Challenge and change your target partway through, which I had forgot! Therefore I’ve decided to set my target initially at a number that is moderately challenging for me, and then I’ll adjust it if I find I’m feeling too much pressure, or am reading only short books for fear of falling behind.
In 2018, I beat my target of 60 books by reading 63, so this year I’m going to aim to read 65. And we’ll see how it goes!
On the writing front, my main goal for this year is to take the three completed/almost completed novel manuscripts I have lying around, and try and do something with them!
I basically need to attempt to edit them, and then start getting feedback, and hopefully at some point this year I’ll be ready to query agents, and finally get the ball rolling on this whole, ‘wanting to be an author thing’.
I’d also like to write some more short stories, as I really enjoyed doing that last year, and maybe I’ll do another short story writing Camp NaNoWriMo, because that was fun! I’d also like to start entering even more competitions and trying to get some of my short stories published.
I really dropped the ball with my blog during December, as I had so much going on, including big life changes. So I’d like to get back into posting consistently this year, and above anything, I’d like to get better at replying to comments in a timely manner (I’m literally the worst at that!)!
I’d also really like to get better at blog hopping this year, and discover lots of new blogs.
And finally, on the personal front, I only have a couple of goals this year.
Firstly, rather than saying ‘I want to get fit’, or ‘I want to lose weight’, I’m just going to say that I’d like to learn how to cook better this year. My diet is generally pretty bad, because I eat a lot of takeaway and fast food for convenience, and also because I’m really not a very good cook!
However, now that I’ve moved in with my boyfriend, I’d really like to learn how to cook, particularly how to cook healthier (but still delicious!) food. I did make slightl improvements last year (seriously, my homemade soup is great!), but this year I’d love to experiment with some recipes, and try out some new things.
And my final goal this year is that I definitely want to go on holiday at some point. Last year my boyfriend and I went to the Lake District for a few days, and it was the first holiday I’d been on in over four years. It was such a lovely few days, so I’m determined that this year we’ll go again!
Perhaps this year we’ll maybe even make it abroad? I’ve never actually left the British Isles, but there’s so many places in the world I’d love to go, so hopefully this will be the year I finally get to see some of those places.
So do you make resolutions? How good are you at keeping them? What are your resolutions for 2019?