Sophia’s 2014 Resolutions

 

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Sometimes I make resolutions, sometimes I don’t. Since I’m a list keeper you’d think it would be a no-brainer for me but like many people maybe I’m just not cool with not meeting my goals so I don’t make them. Sometimes I just become overwhelmed by my list because I tend to make grand resolutions. So this year, I decided to make a list of goals for 2014 and then re-check and reevaluate my goals every three months. See how efficient I am? Here is my list of goals for 2014 – first quarter:

Bookish Resolutions

Read more books – This year was not an easy year for me and as a result, my reading suffered. I don’t necessarily think the number of books I read matters but this year was a fail for me because I really missed my time with books. In 2014 (first quarter) I resolve to set aside time each day for reading. This goes along with my first resolution because reading makes me happy and that’s good stuff.

Record my favorite quotes better – Every year I want to do a favorite quotes post because quotes from my favorite books excite me! But I get lost in my Kindle notes file and I never get it done. Part of the problem is I actually forget to highlight the quotes I like. I highlight a few for a review or for a recommendation post, but a lot of good quotes slip by me. Another problem is if I read a print book I’ll mark the page with the quote I like but I never record it anywhere. So I’m going to take greater care in saving my favorite quotes.

Review books I buy – I buy a lot of books. And I actually read some of them. But I find that I rarely review the ones I buy because time is short and I give priority to books that have been submitted for review. In 2014 I’m going to try to review more books I plunked down my cold hard cash for.

Once a month blog maintenance – There is always something that needs tending to here at Fiction Vixen. Probably not stuff you’d ever really notice here on the front end, but a blog this size requires a little sprucing up and regular maintenance. The longer I let it go, the harder it is to catch up. So I’m going to commit to once a month maintenance.

Personal Resolutions

Lose weight and better health, Good things - I’m not going to set specific goal here, I’m going to leave this one a little open. If by March I have lost any weight at all, I’m calling myself a success. Then I’ll set another goal. I will make sure that I do something good for me every day. Whether it’s exercise, healthy eating or taking a nap when I really need one. Good things, every day.

Home organization – I’m an organized person by nature and my home is organized. But I want that super-ridiculous kind organization you see on Pinterest. You know where there are bright colors and everything is beautiful and you have to sit down for a moment to catch your breath because it’s just so awesome? I’m being realistic here and I know I probably won’t achieve Pinterest-worthy organization. But I want to head in that direction. Because it’s fun! (see resolution #1 – good things)

It’s the little things really – This year I’ve learned that it’s sometimes a small gesture or a kind comment, or just a smile from someone that really made a big difference in my day. In the new year, I am going to commit to making sure I reach out in some way, every day. To a friend, a neighbor, or to someone I’ve never met. I’m very shy and it is not in my nature to make eye contact with a stranger. But this year, I will. I meant it! Strangers will have my smile and like it! :)

I have a few other things in my head but I’m going to stop here. In March I’ll take a look at my list, see where I stand and then keep going. We’ll see where 2014 takes me and where I take 2014.

What are your goals for 2014?

Comments

  1. says

    My number one resolution is to start my day positive. I feel like I spent the latter part of the year constantly on edge and in a bad mood for one reason or another. I’ve decided 2014 is going to be awesome. IT IS! I can feel it!

  2. Mandi says

    I want to organize quotes and scenes better too. I need a spreadsheet or something.

    I also may categorize books more specifically on Goodreads.

    Let’s get this new year started!

  3. says

    I really like the idea of making sure that, each day, I do something to make someone feel good. We often don’t realize how much that small gesture means to the other person, but it can brighten a miserable day immensely. Thank you, Sophia!

  4. says

    Those are some great goals and I love how you’re going to check in on them in 3 months. Maybe I should do that. I post my resolutions today. My big one is giving up chocolate. (How many times have you heard me say that before?) I’m ready to say goodbye to the addiction so I can lose some weight. Hopefully I stay strong. I want to also interact more in the book blogging community so I’m going to comment more. (See? This is me commenting!) I’m going to set aside some time each week to go through the links in my Pocket and interact a bit.

    Happy New Year!

  5. says

    I’m thinking I need to grade tougher on books. Come December I want to look back and easily pick out my 5 star reviews and be able to say these were my favorites.

    I have no life resolutions. I suck at keeping those.

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