Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Resolutions We Have for 2016.” They can be bookish or other resolutions, so I’ve decided to list a mixture of goals for the year.
1. Complete My Personal Reading Challenges
I’ve already written about my reading challenges for 2016. I am resolving to complete these two challenges I’ve set for myself.
2. Read More ARCs
Since I just started blogging in May, I haven’t read many ARCs. I’d like to change that in 2016. I’ve requested many January-March titles on NetGalley already. I’m planning to continue requesting title there throughout the year, so that I can get my name and blog out there for publishers.
3. Participate in Reading Together Book Club
As I announced a few weeks ago, I will be co-hosting one of the topics for the Reading Together Family Exploration Book Club hosted by Quirky Bookworm and The Deliberate Reader. My goal is to also participate in all of the other topics. At a minimum I plan to read the picture books with Christopher for each topic and post one Kid Lit review per topic. I will also read the middle grade and YA books on my own if I can fit them into my reading schedule.
4. Use a Little Free Library
Since learning about Little Free Libraries a couple of years ago, I’ve been wanting to use one. I just haven’t gotten around to it. I want to leave a book when I take a book, so I’ve been waiting until I had a book to get rid of. When I’m ready to get rid of one of my re-read challenge books or another book, I want to use a Little Free Library. I’d like to find several in my area and visit them multiple times to see how often they’re being used (whether the inventory changes over subsequent visits). I could write a fun post about that. Have you used a Little Free Library? Do you have one in your yard?
5. Carve Out Regular Time to Write
I mentioned when I gave up my Fiction Friday series that I’m struggling to find writing time. Blogging has been hard as well. Today I woke up 15 minutes early to write this post. I need to work out regular writing time in my weekly schedule. I often feel like I’m not giving my reviews and other posts adequate time. I know I could write better with more time.
6. Attend BEA
I know a lot of people are upset that BEA will be in Chicago this year, but I am beyond excited. I live only 90 minutes from Chicago, so I am planning on attending in May. If it was in NYC again, I definitely couldn’t afford to go. Who else is attending?
7. Learn SEO
SEO is something that would be helpful for my blog and in my work career. I resolve to take a class or read a book or even just all of the SEO articles I’ve emailed to myself. I’d like to use my blog to learn things that could help me in my career as well – SEO will be the first topic, but web design and analytics would be also helpful. Those can be my stretch goals!
8. Get in Shape
We’ve belonged to a gym now for almost a year, but I’m still hardly using it. I am not even concerned so much about losing weight. I just want to get into shape. 10+ years of a desk job and general aging is decreasing my musculature. I worry what will happen long term if I don’t start building back my muscle tone ASAP. I tried an elliptical at the gym last night, and I liked it. It was both easier and harder than running. I’m also going to be taking kick boxing again on Saturday. I’m excited to start exercising again. I hope I can make that enthusiasm last.
9. Be a More Fun Mom
In the last year I feel like I’ve played with Christopher less and less. Perhaps because I’m always reading! But also because I really just don’t like playing on his level. We’re started family game nights to try to do more as a family, but this year I want to work at doing more with him.
10. Travel to One New Place
We travel a lot, but it’s almost always to visit family. This year I’d like to travel to one place we’ve never been. It can incorporate seeing family if they travel there as well, but I just want to go somewhere new. My parents bought us a Southwest Airlines gift card for Christmas, so that should help make this goal a reality. Maybe I’ll finally get to go on a real vacation!
What are your goals for the new year?