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I cannot describe how jazzed I am for 2016! Every year I pick a word for the upcoming year. 2014 was mindful, 2015 was balance, and, after much thought, I’ve decided to make 2016 FUN. In my strange, twisted mind 2016 is a year of freedom and no responsibility. Of course with grad school, internships, work, paying the bills, etc. that’s not exactly true, but, for the first time in years at the beginning of the year I know exactly what I am going to spend 2016 doing and I don’t have to worry about where I’ll end up or how I’ll get there. At the beginning of 2012 I was considering starting to take classes for grad school; in 2013 I was planning on quitting my job and moving back home with my parents to work at an undetermined part-time job while taking pre-requites; in 2014 I was expecting to start grad school in the fall; and in 2015 I was hoping I would start grad school in the fall. But for 2016, baring a major disaster, I know exactly where I will be. (Ok, I still don’t know where my summer internship will be (our program director can send us anywhere) and my part-time job might change, but those are minor things.)
And for anyone still making their resolutions I really liked this article.
Much like last year before getting to this year’s goals I want to briefly talk about last year’s.
– Read More out of My Genre: I don’t know if this is exactly true, but I would call my genre “YA” and I read a lot outside of YA, including non-fiction and audiobooks, so I’m racking this one as a win.
– Say Yes More: Honestly I said yes so much I felt like a loser with nothing else to do. But that’s ok, because I did lots of things and had lots of fun! Especially in a new city where I knew no one.
– Stop Using Stitchfix: I shook off the evil chains of Stitchfix! They never sent me anything like what I requested and I thought their stuff was overpriced crap. Never again.
– Keep Working Towards Getting Where I Want to Be: I mean, I’m in grad school so check!
– Workout Smarter: Through working full-time, working full-time and taking classes, moving half-way across the country, and starting grad school I have consistently worked out 4-5 times a week. Plus, for the first time in years I had no injuries or even niggling pains here and there.
– Eat More Veggies: I’m going to say this is a win even though “more veggies” have been about 95% spinach from smoothies.
– Comment More on Blogs: It’s just hard. But there’s no good reason that it’s hard and it’s something I appreciate so much on my blog that there’s no reason why I shouldn’t be doing it for other people.
– Get Ahead in Reviews: I barely wrote reviews in 2015 so there was no way to be ahead. But, in my defense, I read a lot at the end of 2015 and have reviews lined up through the beginning of 2016 so I kind of did it towards the end of the year.
– Keep Up with Goodreads: This literally could not be easier, but I don’t do it and then I spend hours trying to figure out what I read so I can match it up with Goodreads.
– Be a Louder Evangelist: Honestly, this is a combination of two things. One, not blogging much. And two, not really reading anything I absolutely loved.
1. Make a list of books I want to read each month: I did this for my Christmas/Winter break and it’s worked out really well. I tend to run into issues when I finish a book and don’t know what to read next. While I might not 100% stick to the list it will be nice to have a guide.
2. Comment More on Blogs: As I said above, no excuse, it means a lot to me when people comment and I want to do the same for other people.
3. Get Ahead in Reviews: If I want to keep blogging this is something that needs to be done. I’m off to a great start so hopefully I will keep it going.
4. Keep Up with Goodreads: It’s so easy, it’s opening an app, searching, and clicking a few times.
5. Read smarter: This plays into the list idea, too. When I finish a book and don’t know what to read next I kind of tend to read crap. I don’t know why that’s my default, but it is and reading crap is a waste of my time.
6. Invite People to do Things: Last year I wanted to say yes more, this year I want to be the one asking other people to say yes. I don’t know if it’s insecurity, but often I wait for other people to invite me to do something or suggest something and I would like to be the one doing the inviting some of the time.
7. Do More Yoga: Being at my parents’ house and practicing yoga regularly makes me realize how much I miss it. I did a month of yoga when I first moved to Minneapolis, but my month-long deal at the studio ran out and I couldn’t afford to keep going. How Sweet Eats mentioned Yoga With Adriene last week and I’m going to start trying to incorporate some online yoga into my life.
8. Live a Life Alined with My Positive Personal Narrative: This is a big and unspecific resolution (the worst kind), but oh well. I’m pretty sure I’ve linked to this great blog post about personal narratives before. I love the idea of a personal narrative because it gives you a kind of guide by how you want to live your life and (hopefully) allows you to positively envision that life. To do this I have to do some work to figure out my personal narrative, but I think it will be worth it.
9. Be Fiscally Responsible: Oh, money. Considering I’m not working full-time and won’t be working full-time for another year and a half I spent way too much money this semester. A lot of that was to move and buy things for my new place, but still, I spent a lot of money on food and other stupid stuff. And, if I want to make it through grad school without a completely crushing amount of debt, I need to spend smarter.
10. Date More: I hate dating, not when you’re going out with someone you know and like, but first dates or first couple of dates. I hate small talk and getting to know someone. I just want to skip all of that. And it’s hard in a city where I know no one. But I do want to be in a relationship and have a partner and all of that good stuff.
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