I cannot believe it is 2018 already! As I get older, it feels like the years go faster and faster. This last year was crazy and I wasn’t able to write on this blog as much as I wanted to. However, I have some fun things planned for this coming year. I will turn 21, graduate college, and who knows what else?
At the beginning of last year, I came up with some goals for myself. I wanted to go over those goals, see what I accomplished, and build off of those goals for this year.
Recap: Last year I made it a goal to read at least 24 books throughout the year. I wanted to try and read 2 books a month (which ended up being 5 books at a time and then nothing for a while). As a student, it’s hard to keep up with reading because of all the school reading I have. However, I actually managed to go above and beyond my goal of 24. This is the goal I am most proud of accomplishing. I have only grown as a reader in this past year and I am excited to grow even more in 2018.
New Challenge: This year I have challenged myself to read 52 books, which is about a book a week. This is more than double my previous goal, but I really want to challenge myself this next year. I also graduate this coming spring, so hopefully I’ll have a little extra time this summer (*she says hopefully*).
Recap: My goal was originally to try and have something written every week. Me and my boyfriend were going to swap writings weekly to motivate each other. I definitely made a point of writing more, and I have a lot that I am proud of. Unfortunately, we didn’t really keep up that goal more than a month or two. There were a few times I picked up writing, but I definitely need to try a little harder this next year.
New Challenge: My new challenge for 2018 is kind of the same as last year. I want to write more. This could mean a lot of different things, but I have a lot of stories in the works which makes me feel more confident. I want to write at least once a day, but it’s more realistic to say I will try and write once a week or even a month. As long as I don’t let the writing stop, I’d be happy with myself.
Recap: Last year I was really hoping to grow this blog more. If anything, I made it worse this last year. I was so busy, I wasn’t able to keep up with the weekly releases and the reviews were far and few in between. I lost the spark I had and felt like my writing was boring. This made it hard for me to find the motivation to write. I would say this is the goal I lacked the most in.
New Challenge: The challenge for this year is to change up my blog into something new and exciting! I am planning on opening up an Etsy shop in the near future (I’ll keep you posted) and have been working on that all break. I also hope to come up with some new and original content for this blog to get more people interested in hearing what I have to say. Overall, I am planning on some big things this year.
Last year, I wasn’t able to accomplish everything I wanted to. I could rattle off excuses about being in school, but what it really comes down to is that I just wasn’t putting these goals as a priority. In 2018, I am putting these bookish goals up there with my academic goals and really going for it.
I challenge you all to do the same for yourselves. Read a crazy amount of books you never thought possible. Read a novel completely out of your genre just to try it out. Write a book! Learn to write poetry. Start a blog. Branch out and try new things. Put these as a priority in your life because they are just as important as things like school or work. If it makes you happy, really put it first. Happy New Year everyone!