Jan 2010 — I knew I was getting married and so my focus was on my relationship with Sam. Mission accomplished because Atticus was born in October. (LOL)
Jan 2011– Reading. I had ambitious book goals and met most of them.
Jan 2012 — Health. I start exercising and losing weight…. at least until I got pregnant with Persy Jane.
Jan 2013 — Patience. I wanted to focus on adjusting to life with three kids and learn to live within the moment and with patience. I think I was pretty successful.
Jan 2014 — WORDS. That’s my theme. I don’t just want to read them, I want to write as well. Letters, postcards, blog posts, journal entries, poems, novels, all of it. I want to read them and I want to write them. I adore my family, but my internal life is very rich. I have to satisfy the part of me that craves creativity, thought, quiet, and solitude or I’m not at my best.
Without further ado, I present to you my 12 goals to make this year my year of WORDS.
1. Read at least 50 books. This is my GoodReads goal for the year and I hope I make it.
2. Write 52 letters / postcards. This doesn’t include thank you notes or Christmas cards. The Estella Society’s Start 2014 Write initiative will help get me motivated.
3. Learn to love audiobooks! Listening at work with help me focus and drown out cubicle noise. Perhaps I will try for five audiobooks this year?
4. Spend less time on my smart phone. Put the phone away from 6pm – 11pm everyday. I need to read books, not Buzzfeed posts!
5. Complete 12 reading challenges or events.
6. Journal three times a week. It can be a long entry or pasting in something special or copying a quote. I just need to crack that sucker open three times a week.
7. Use my book journal to write a brief review / record of my reading. I want to keep track of everything I complete, even if I don’t write a full blog post.
8. Read 52 short stories or essays this year. Most of this reading will be done on Sundays, which I’ve set aside as a day to read shorter things while the kids nap.
9. Collect all of the Penguin Thread books
10. Set aside the 15th of the month as a reading progress / analysis day. This will be a chance for me to see how I’m doing on this list of goals, assess my challenges and events participation, complete the Classics club meme, and realistically adjust my reading plans if needed.
11. Participate in National Novel Writing Month. This Scares Me. I’ve always wanted to write, but I’m such a perfectionist.
12. Keep my study free from clutter, my books nicely on the shelf, and truly seek to carve out a place for me to work on my goals. You know, a room of one’s own and all that.
There we are; 12 Word-loving, book-worshiping, fierce-scribbling goals. I’m printing this out and placing it in my study to remind me and keep me focused!