by Andrea Renee Cox
Can you believe it’s 2017 already?
It’s a bit hard to imagine, but it is that time of year again. Time to crack open a new calendar. To eat black-eyed peas (if you’re into that; they aren’t to my liking and I don’t buy into the superstition of the tradition). And to make new year’s resolutions.
I stopped making resolutions probably fifteen years ago. I never saw them through. Most of the years, I barely made it two weeks. Of course, I was a teenager at the time and hadn’t yet developed good follow-through skills.
Rather than making resolutions, I set goals. These are different to me, because they aren’t necessarily for the entire year. They can be, sure. However, more often than not, they are for one or two months. Once I accomplish those goals or reach the designated time without finishing what I set out to do, I relook at what my goals were. I analyze where I am in life and if there are any changes I need to make. Those changes can involve my habits, spiritual life, emotional health, how I spend my leisure time, or any number of other things. Once I consider everything, I make adjustments to my plan and set new goals.
In addition to lifestyle goals, I also make reading goals. I began doing reading challenges through a group in Goodreads last year, and I enjoyed them so much that I’m jumping right in there again this year. There are a wide variety of challenges out there, and they’re incredibly fun to participate in. A new one for this particular group this year is the Disney challenge. There are twelve different categories to read books for, including “The Little Mermaid” and “Tarzan.” The former is a book where a character is a “fish out of water,” or in a situation far outside their comfort zone. The latter is a man verses nature tale. It’s going to be interesting to see which books end up fitting each category. This is a challenge a person can’t really plan ahead for, because book blurbs don’t always tell enough to know if the content of the story will match up well with a particular category. I’m really looking forward to this Disney challenge, and I hope it becomes a favorite for not only me, but many of the other participants.
Another set of goals I’ll be setting are writing goals. I tried this in December, but that turned out to be a super-busy month for me. Christmas plans, tutoring, copyediting, and attending a few basketball and hockey games (not to mention being under the weather for the last week or so) kept me quite occupied, and therefore, I was unable to meet my writing goals for one of my favorite months of the year. So I’m setting a smaller goal for January, which promises to be another busy few weeks for me. I’m excited to get back to work on my epic novel, so hopefully I’ll be able to meet or even surpass my current goal.
This year will certainly fly by quicker than I’d like, but at least I’ll be making progress along the way by continuing to set goals throughout the months.
What about you?
Do you do new year’s resolutions?
Or do you set goals instead?
What reading goals are you setting this year?
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