TTT: Bookish New Year’s Resolutions

Top Ten Tuesday’s are a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which anyone who participates creates a Top Ten list of books based on a weekly prompt they provide (the list for advance topics can be found by clicking the link above).  

This is my first time participating in Top Ten Tuesdays after reading plenty of everyone else’s posts throughout 2015.  I thought bookish resolutions would be the perfect place to jump in since it’s January which means it’s a great time for new beginnings and fresh starts!  I’m not necessarily going to be creating a post for the topic every single Tuesday but I’ll definitely be joining in on the topics I find most interesting.

TTT 2016 Bookish Resolutions

1) Reading goals

In 2015 I set my Goodreads reading goal at 100 books and I ended up surpassing my goal by 8 books which I’m very proud of considering that I had some slow months in the latter half of the year.  I’ve decided to set the same 100 book goal for myself this year because I have a lot going on (ie. wedding planning) and since I was satisfied at the end of 2015, I’ll be happy if I reach or surpass the same goal in 2016!  I also want to complete all of the 2016 Reading Challenges I signed up for!

2 Reviewing goals

I did a fantastic job of reviewing the majority of books I read in 2015 and I want to continue on that path in 2016.  There were a few reviews that I wish I would’ve written a little closer to when I had finished reading (just because procrastinating bothers me, not because I feel like it effected the content of the review in any way).

3 Book Buying Goals

Unlike most people, my book buying goal doesn’t necessarily have to do with buying less books or spending less money on books because a big goal for me in 2016 is to build an even better Book Collection.  I really want to invest in collectible editions of some of my favorites (I’m particularly eying some Folio Society editions).  I also want to make a huge effort to read my new release books right away instead of letting them sit on my shelf until they end up in a video like this.

4 Book Photography Goals

I mentioned in my End of the Year Survey that I’ve gotten really critical of my photos to the point where I don’t post as much as I want to because I feel like the reality of my photos don’t live up to the ~expectations~ I hold myself to (it’s RLY hard to get good photos when you leave for work before the sun rises and come home after it sets).  I want to make an effort to take a bunch of photos on weekends that I can edit and post throughout the week.  My goal is to to post at least one Bookstagram Photo a day (Monday – Friday) for all of 2016.  Ambitious, I know!

5 BookTube Goals

I’m really proud of how consistently I was able to post videos on my BookTube channel in 2015.  February will be my one year mark and there’s a good chance I will hit 100 videos by that time! (Thanks in huge part to Andrew’s incredible editing skills).  In 2016 I want to keep doing what I’ve been doing because it’s my favorite non-work-thing-that-I-treat-like-a-work-thing that I do.

6 Read-a-thon Goals

I want to actively participate in at least 3 read-a-thons this year.  I’m currently working on the TBR Takedown 3.0 event which runs through the 10th and I’m definitely planning on participating in BookTube-A-Thon again because that was one of my favorites.  I’m also considering RYBSAT.  I’ve always wished I could do Deweys 24 Hour Read-A-Thon but I’m an old lady so there’s no way I could stay up for 24 hours reading.  There have been numerous times where I’ve tried to read before bed and woke up to my book falling on my face.

7 Book Blogging Community Goals

2015 was the year that I discovered what a huge community of book bloggers there are, thanks in large part to Alexa of Alexa Loves Books who hosted the Book Bloggers Love-A-Thon.  I met the majority of book bloggers I interact with regularly during that event and I couldn’t be more thankful!  I want to participate in so many more events like this in 2016 (like the OTSP Secret Sister Project, TBTB Secret Santa which is how I met Michelle of Pink Polka Dot Books and I’ll definitely be doing the Love-A-Thon again).  I’m really looking forward to making even more online friends that may someday turn into IRL friends.   I also want to attend more bookish events since there are SO many in NYC.  I feel like I have no excuse for not going to them all! And lastly, I want to make an effort to comment more on the sites that I follow and read every single day.  There are probably a ton of people who don’t even know that I keep up with all of their post because of my lack of comments but I swear I’m there and I’m listening!

8 Book Unhaul Goals

I really need to do a major book unhaul and purge my current collection of books I’m never going to re-read, books I thought were okay but I don’t have shelf space for, books I really dislike but I’ve kept so I can hold them up for negative questions in BookTube tag videos and just some old ones that I’ve lost interest in.  I just need to make sure I can find a good place to donate my babies and to know that they’ll be loved once I let them go!

9 Goodreads Goals

My number one Goodreads goal (besides the year challenge I previously mentioned) is to keep extremely organized shelves so my end of the year posts will be easier to complete.  I remember last year seeing the billion shelves many book bloggers have and thinking yikes! that seems like a nightmare to keep up with.  Then I did all of these end of the year posts and I kept thinking, WHY DIDN’T I CREATE MORE GOODREADS SHELVES?!

10 Bookish Organization Goals

Since 2016 started I’ve been using Hazel of Stay Bookish’s Book Blog Planner and I’m pretty obsessed with it! The design is just beautiful and it’s really helped me stay organized so far.  I may have even outlined some things I want to do in December of 2016 because that’s how far ahead it’s inspiring me to plan.  I also want to make sure that I always carry TWO notebooks (one for blog ideas and one for BookTube ideas) with me at all times.  The amount of times I’ve had a great idea and forgotten it due to not writing it down is unacceptable.  Lastly, I’m going to continue keeping an iPhone list of books read by month in addition to Goodreads updates because I’ve been doing this since 2012 so it’s really just pure habit at this point.

BONUS

READ ALL OF THESE BOOKS

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5 Simple Mid-Year Resolutions

A few months ago I began wondering if people would be more likely to stick to their New Year’s Resolutions if New Years took place during a month with warmer weather.  While I haven’t completely fallen off track (I’ve really been doing fantastically when it comes to my 2015 reading goals!), I have let some of the big ones fall by the wayside.  For instance, while I am creating more in a sense (you may have seen some of my recent BookTube videos), I do feel like I have periods where I’m slacking on blogging and since writing has always been my passion I want to make more of an effort to create and share more original content.  As much as I LOVE doing 5 Fandom Friday and Waiting on Wednesday, I hate feeling obligated to do them or that my blog is just an outlet to produce content for the sake of producing content.  I’ve written some recent posts that I’m really proud of – particularly on relationships, and I want to write more posts along those lines.  It can be scary to get really personal on the internet, but I always find that my most heartfelt posts, whether positive or negative, garner the best responses and remind me of the reason I started doing all this in the first place.  So here are some of Spring resolutions!

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1) Blogging: Write an in-depth post at least once every 1-2 weeks.  I’ve seen so many book bloggers and vloggers create TBR jars and while I love the look of them, I never made one for myself because I’m usually very specific about what I want to read next.  That’s why I decided to create a TBB (To Be Blogged) jar!  My jar is full of post ideas, topics, and memories that will take more thought and help me get back into the swing of things.  I also created a TBA (To Be Art) jar for Andrew so we can plan to have some creative nights together<3

Resolution: Be more thoughtful about posting what I want to, get more personal when writing posts and utilize my TBB jar!

2) Healthy Living: I’m going back to the days where I would start every morning with a glass of lemon water.  I’ve done it sporadically this year, but I want to incorporate it into my routine once again.  I’ve been hydrating better these days but now I always end up feeling dizzy if I don’t drink enough water by the evening.  I think if I start my day with a tall glass of water I’ll be more likely to remember throughout the day.  I also have to give myself credit because I have a standing desk at work and I have been utilizing it to no end.  I stand for the majority of my day every day and I walk in place and even do knee raises since no one can see me!  I think I might look like the crazy exercising woman from The IT Crowd but I’m totally okay with that!  I also walk roughly 2 miles after work every single day which has made me feel so much better about myself.  I feel like I was becoming a blob during the winter and I just generally feel more energized and good about myself since I’ve been able to start walking again.  Anyone who loves dessert as passionately as I do, really needs to get as much exercise as possible.

Resolution: Drink more water and incorporate more physical activity into my daily routine.

3) Planning for the ~Future~:  I’ve had lots of life things happening lately and after living with the worst roommate of all time, I somehow ended up with yet another one.  When your living situation is more stressful than your 9-5 job, you know there’s an issue.  I’m just not happy at my apartment and that’s why I need to make a change.  It was a really tough decision, but I’m going to be moving back home where I’ll be able to save the max amount of money until Andrew and I get married and we find a house together<3

Resolution: Save as much money as possible and be happy with my living situation.
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4) Reading:  I’ve been doing so well with my reading goals for this year and I’m also happy with the number of book reviews I’ve been writing!  It’s always been really therapeutic for me to write about my book feelings so I can reference them in the future and I love seeing everyone’s responses and comments!  I’m also LOVING BookTube.  I don’t even care how many people actually watch my videos because I have SO MUCH FUN filming them.  It’s so wonderful to be able to love something so much.  It might be because it’s still “new” in a sense and I don’t feel any obligations.  I just post what I want, when I want and it’s totally freeing and awesome!  So my reading goal is basically just to keep on truckin’.

Resolution: Keep up the great work Kristin! *pats self on back*

5) Staying in Touch:  In the past year or so I’ve gotten bad at staying in touch with people whether it’s online or via text or even in person.  I constantly find myself being busy and even when I see something small that reminds me of a friend I’m likely to think “oh I’ll text them later because I’m busy right now!” and then, I don’t.  I’ve also been tweeting WAY less frequently.  My family would always make fun of me for never being seen without my phone in hand but now, it’s not uncommon for me to go a few days at a time without checking twitter or instagram.  It’s weird.  And then when I do check, sometimes I don’t even feel like I have anything worthwhile to contribute because I’ve been away for so long.  I almost feel like an old person that’s like “what do I do on here?!”  On the one hand I do really love that I’m more present in real life and I’ve been enjoying that more but every time I sign online I do get that ping of sadness and I feel like “omg I’ve been missing out.”

Resolution: Make more of an effort to reach out to people in the moment and get better about checking Twitter!

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2014 In Review & 2015 Resolutions

I am a total dork and I wholeheartedly look forward to creating New Years resolutions every year.  I think it’s partially the obsessive list-maker in me and partially because I think it’s important to spend time reflecting on the past and determining where you want to be in the future.  It’s so important to constantly strive for the things that will make you happiest and I find it easiest to do so when I have a clear list to reference at any point.

 

I previously mentioned in my Thanksgiving recap that 2014 has been quite the transitory year for me.  When older friends that I haven’t spoken to frequently in the past year ask me what’s new, my answer is literally everything that could possibly be new is in fact, new.  I met the love of my life, Andrew <3, who has always been supportive and encouraging of all of my endeavors since our very first date.  The desire to move closer to him was the exact motivator I needed to find a new job.  Funnily enough, I did the whole moving/new job thing kind of backward.  My good friend Taylor happened to need a roommate and I happened to feel ready to move so the stars just sort of aligned.  I viewed the apartment once, said yes within a few hours, started paying rent in May, started my new job at the end of June, and I officially moved in on July 1st.
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I’ve spent roughly half the year adjusting to life in Brooklyn and my new job in New York City and I couldn’t be happier.  I certainly miss MANY aspects of living with my family (full disclosure: Taylor and I have had some major-not-so-fun issues with our third irresponsible and messy roommate), but I guess I’m an adult or whatever so it was time to move into my own place.  Plus, my family is a quick train ride away so I still see them pretty often and I talk to mom on the phone almost every night after work when I’m walking to Andrew’s office.  Professionally, I have never loved a job as much as I love my current position.  I’m working at one of the top law firms in NYC and accepting the position was the best career choice I’ve ever made.  I quickly assimilated and became really good friends with one of my coworkers who shares my love of reading YA, comics, and toy collecting.  We are totally kindred spirits.

 

So overall, 2014 was a really wonderful year.  It’s going to be really challenging to top, but I’m certainly prepared to try!  I’ve already posted my blogging resolutions for 2015 as it was last weeks topic of Megan and I’s 5 Fandom Friday so I won’t go into blogging in this post.  (I’ve also posted the Best of 2014: Top 10 Comics, Best of 2014: Top 10 Books, and Best of 2014: Top 10 TV Shows, Top 7 Movies & Top 5 Broadway/Off Broadway Shows if you’re interested in reading them!)  Here are the rest of my 2015 resolutions broken down by category:
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Personal Goals

1) Create More – There’s a thing I’m starting early in the year that I’m REALLY excited about but unfortunately I’m not allowed to announce it just yet.  It’s going to allow me to be more creative because I’ll be producing and creating my own content and Andrew is involved too which I’m really happy about!  I can’t wait to work with him in a creative aspect.  I’m always spending so much time consuming books/movies/tv that others have created so working on this will allow me to put more out there.

 

2) Reconnect Online – In 2013 I was on a reality tv show called Fangasm.  Before filming, I was internet obsessed and I spent a large portion of my time on Twitter, tumblr, etc.  As soon as filming ended and I was left with the feeling that I hadn’t had any privacy for the months I lived in L.A. and it was not a good one.  I spent 2014 distancing myself from the internet and rebelling from any form of communication that I felt infringed my privacy.  I spent the first month of 2014 (until I met Andrew), going straight home after work every day and reading for hours on end and avoiding the internet.  While I do think that it’s important to be present in real life, there are certain aspects of the internet that I miss and I want to make more of an effort to reconnect, especially with my Twitter friends.

 

3) Save More Money – Another thing Andrew has done for me (whether he realizes it or not), is to help me feel excited about saving money and planning for the future.  Meeting someone that I want to spend the rest of my life with has really put into perspective how important it is to save so we can achieve the future I see for us.

 

4) Travel – In 2012 I overcame my fear of flying which led to me being an impulsive jet-setter who went to just about every convention I could manage (which I admit is much easier to do when you’re living with your parents).  Last year, being as transitory as it was, I didn’t have any time for travel between moving expenses and starting a new job/not having acquired time off yet.  I would really love to budget in at least one vacation in 2015, most likely to a convention in a city I’m itching to visit.

 

5) Live a Healthy Lifestyle – I am one of those people who walks instead of taking subways or cabs whenever I can avoid them and I always take the stairs over the elevator but I feel like it’s not enough.  I’ve come to terms with my sweet tooth and since I know that’s never going to change, I want to make an effort to schedule in a daily exercise routine.  One positive lifestyle change I made in 2014 that I’ve already seen the results of is that I started eating an egg omelet with spinach and peppers every morning.  I’ve never been a breakfast person (in the morning, I’ve always been pro-breakfast foods at every other time of day), but since I became a vegetarian I’ve tended to bruise really easily (I’m talking, press on my arm too hard and a bruise will appear).  Since I’ve consciously made the effort to add protein and iron to my diet every day of the week, I can’t even remember the last time I had a bruise.  It’s such a small change but it’s had such a large impact.
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Reading Goals

1) Read More Books! – 2013 is without a doubt the most impressive reading year of my life thus far.  I read a total of 186 books.  That’s so incredible to me and I had no idea I was going to reach that high until I started calculating at the end of the year.  2014 has been rather busy (see above) and I’m sorry to say that I haven’t even hit 100 books.  Granted, I almost solely read graphic novels in 2013, whereas in 2014 I read SO MUCH YA.  So hopefully, 2015 will be the year of balance where I strike a happy medium and surpass my 100 book goal.

 

2) Re-read Old Favorites – I’ve always loved the idea of re-reading… in theory.  I’ve been thinking a lot about how strange it is that I can watch the same movie almost 100 times with no problem but the same doesn’t apply to books.  Once I pick up a book to re-read I start feeling majorly guilty about the unread books on my shelves and I ultimately end up putting back the thing I’ve already read and diving into a new story instead.  In 2015 I am going to make a conscious effort to re-read my heart out, obviously starting with Harry Potter (some of the only books I’ve already re-read multiple times!).

 

3) Read More of the Books I Already Own – I have a book buying addiction.  It’s pretty serious and I think it’s because I’ve always been used to getting new books all the time as a child.  My dad worked for a major publishing company for the majority of my life and there wasn’t a week that went by where I wasn’t able to browse through catalogs (perhaps this is where my obsessive Amazon habit transformed from), place orders, and jump for joy when my dad came home holding a huge box of new books.  The only difference is that now the books I’m acquiring are not free and while I get SO MUCH joy from holding and owning new titles, I have racked up an impressively large TBR pile.

 

4) Read More Books With 500+ Page Counts – 2014 really was a slower reading year so I am the first to admit that (especially towards the end of the year) I barely even considered picking up novels with over 500 pages.  The best book I read last year is without a doubt The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, which has about 700 pages but I couldn’t even bring myself to start the sequel which has over 1,000 because I knew I would be devoting a good chunk of time to it.

 

5) Write reviews in a timelier manner – I read fairly quickly, but I am the biggest procrastinator when it comes to writing reviews which is strange since I genuinely enjoy writing them.  Maybe it’s because I’m so ready to dive into another story?  I have no idea what the case is, but I do know that if I write my review straight away it’ll be fresh in my head and my thoughts will be easier to sort out.
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Do you prefer making a list of resolutions at the New Year?  What are your biggest goals for 2015?  Let’s keep each other motivated throughout the year!
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5 Fandom Friday: New Years Blogging Resolutions

Hi everyone!  I’m super late on my 5 Fandom Friday post this week due to the holidays.  Since traveling back and forth to my parents, grandparents and Andrew’s parents houses already constituted carrying gifts, Christmas cookies, clothes, etc., the addition of a laptop to that list did not sound appealing to me in the slightest so I decided to give myself a short break and resume blogging when I returned to NYC.  I’m really excited about this weeks topic because my blog was just redesigned by the amazing 801red and ever since my new layout has debuted I’ve been feeling really enthusiastic about posting and sharing more on my personal site.  Here are the things I want to focus on in 2015:

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1) Connect More With Other Bloggers – I’ve made so many new friends and I’ve started reading SO many more blogs since Megan and I debuted 5 Fandom Friday and it’s made me love this ever expanding community to pieces.  I really look forward to seeing what other people post and while I don’t get to comment on everything (especially if I’m reading at work), I want to make more of an effort to email myself a reminder to comment later on posts I really enjoyed so other people know that I appreciate what they’re putting out there.

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2) Take Better Photos – I must’ve been a good girl this year because Santa blew my mind when he brought me the Canon Rebel that I’ve been DYING to own (I even wrote about it on a previous 5 Fandom Friday post!).  I feel like I’ve come such a long way with photographs (I actually cringe when I look at some of the first things I posted on this site), and photography has become an activity that I really enjoy.  It’s almost therapeutic in a sense.  I want to continue improving my skills and I may even look into some courses on my camera so I’m getting the most out of it that I possibly can.

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3) More Bookish Posts – One of the reasons I’ve been more absent from social media in the past few months is because I cannot stop reading!  I’ve been really into as much YA lit as I can get my hands on and I’m really looking forward to sharing more recommendations, book hauls, and just generally bookish posts on this space.  I may even add in a YouTube component for reviewing things since Andrew and I have acquired some fancy lighting equipment and microphone recently.  Here’s the end of the year book survey I recently filled out!

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4) Host More Giveaways – I’ve hosted quite a number of giveaways over on Wear Pink Wednesdays, but I really want to offer more to my readers here and I think one of the best ways to do that is by hosting giveaways.  I’ve worked with companies such as WeLoveFine, QuirkBooks, Sideshow Collectibles, Big Honcho Media, and several comic book publishers in the past and I’m really looking forward to branching out and partnering with more companies in the future!

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5) Utilize Editorial Calendar – I always feel like I can’t post more than one thing per day and I have no idea why I’ve mentally set this restriction for myself.  It’s led to me not getting to post about certain events until much later, or even at all in some cases, and then I feel bad that I’ve already put in the effort for an unpublished post.  I’m going to start utilizing my Flashback Adventures tag much more so I can catch up on some missed events.

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PAST & UPCOMING TOPICS

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December 26th – New Years Blogging Resolutions
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January 2nd – New Years Fandom Resolutions
January 9th – My Favorite Things About Winter
January 16th – Conventions I’ve Been To Or Wish To Attend
January 23rd – Songs That Changed My Life
January 30th – Favorite Fandom Accessories I Own
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New Years Resolutions & Goals for 2013

The second half of my New Years blog post is the obligatory resolution portion.  It’s always been a tradition of mine to write down a list of goals more so than resolutions for the upcoming year.  A lot of people feel as though resolutions are broken so easily that it’s pointless to waste time creating them but I disagree.  Even if you set goals that are too high or you’re only able to follow your plan for a short time I believe it is better than to have not spent any time trying at all.  Anything you accomplish in the short time you try is still more than if you hadn’t tried at all.  I think I did a pretty good job last year of accomplishing the goals I had set for myself with one major exception.  The one goal that I considered to be the most important and wanted to complete above all was the only goal that I wasn’t able to check off on my list.  But mark my words, it will happen in 2013.  I will have a completed first draft of an original work.  In 2012 I was only able to make the time to write half of a screenplay and 100 pages of an original novel.  Having written both towards the beginning of 2012, I was forced to put my own stories on the back burner as the year progressed.  But not this year.  I’ve outlined the rest of goals below.
Things to Accomplish or Change in 2013
  • Write a Complete First Draft of an Original Novel – A few years back I had been accepted to go back to school for screenwriting but due to a scheduling conflict with work I was unable to attend.  Since then I’ve been spending a lot of time writing for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink, and while I would never in a million years give that up, I am going to make a conscious effort to spend time on more personal works as well.
  • Read More Books – A couple of my friends and I have decided to keep a collaborative spreadsheet of the books we read as a way to motivate ourselves to read more.  It is by no means a competition because reading is an enjoyable pastime, but rather a reminder that if others can find the time to read, so can we.  I had been worried that I didn’t read enough in 2012 until I tallied my list and realized that I had in fact surpassed 100 books/graphic novels.  I may post my list in the upcoming week.
  • Save More Money – As I’m sure everyone in the geek community can relate to, when new things are released whether it be books, movies, toys or whatnot, I can never resist supporting my favorite fandoms with my hard earned salary.  But sadly, I think it’s time for me to become more selective and attempt to be a fiscally responsible adult.
  • Move to NYC or Brooklyn – This is going to be the big motivator to force me into my last goal.  I lived in New York City during college and it was the greatest experience of my life.  Ever since I graduated and moved back home I’ve wanted nothing more than to move back to the place I feel most at home.  I spend a ridiculous amount of money commuting back and forth since I’m there 3-5 times a week every single week and train ticket prices are increasing yet again next year.  Luckily I do have plenty of friends that let me stay with them, but I would really like a little place to call my own.
  • Be Healthier – I am in no way stating that one of my goals is to lose weight because I’m quite happy with my body just the way it is.  I have been a vegetarian for almost 4 years now and in that time I have learned the types of foods I need to eat to get all of the nutrients my body requires.  I’ve read several books about the food industry and it’s a topic that I find fascinating.  Towards the end of 2012 I started eating more sweets than ever and even some unhealthier meals which I am not proud of.  I’ll be getting out all of my cravings today and starting the New Year by reverting back to my usual food choices.  I have always relied on walking around Manhattan (I walk at super speeds) to be sufficient exercise, but I am also considering giving yoga a try.
  • Take Some “Me” Time – This has always been something that I have struggled with.  I am ambitious and enthusiastic and when given the opportunity to do anything I leap at the chance.  I need to learn to not feel guilty about saying no and to remember that it’s important to take some time for myself as well.  It’s this time that will allow me to focus on my novel and on reading more books.  Both of which sound like the ideal way to spend extra time.
Things to Continue Doing in 2013
  • Making New Friends – I think it’s important to have a core group of people you can rely on and who can rely on you.  I very lengthily touched upon the friendships I have cultivated in 2012 in my previous post and I plan on continuing this trend for 2013.  I would definitely classify myself as a people person.  Everyone is the main character in the story of their own life and I find it fascinating to hear all about others experiences.  Fiction is absolutely wonderful but it is romanticized and I think it’s important to stay grounded in the real world instead of living solely in a deluded false reality.  Life is all about connecting with others and sharing in experiences together.
  • Maintaing a Positive Outlook – Yes, I’m an optimist.  No, I’m not planning on changing that, even after the chaotic previous year I had.  I had a conversation with my best friend Melissa (@mechamelissa) this past year that I stand by wholeheartedly.  After some of the experiences I had, I began to wonder if I should be more skeptical of people instead of being my usual trusting self.  But then I quickly realized that I am never going to change who I am and what I consider to be one of my better traits because of other people.  Things happen, not everyone is genuine,  and some people have bad intentions, but I’m going to continue to take everything in stride and never lose faith in my belief that people are generally good.  I am still going to behave in the same manner upon meeting new people and treat them with the same kindness, respect, and trust that I think everyone is entitled to until they may prove otherwise that they are undeserving.
  • Regularly Updating My Social Media Sites – The internet in all of its forms provides endless hours of entertainment.  I love my twitter, I love my tumblr, I love my blog and I love my instagram.  I update each of these on regular basis (twitter being the most up-to-date and linking with all of the aforementioned sites).  This blog was only launched in September but I have already written a number of posts, and I am going to continue to do so, at a more frequent interval throughout 2013.  I do however, tend to neglect my Facebook, Goodreads, GetGlue, and This is My Jam accounts, but I am going to make a strong effort to keep them more up to date as well.
  • Traveling – After a few years of taking a hiatus on vacation travels due to a terrible fear of flying, I overcame my fear and I traveled more in 2012 than I had in the past six years combined. I went to Florida twice, Atlanta, and Baltimore all within a span of 3 months.  It was a lot of fun feeling like a jet setter and now that some of my very best friends are scattered throughout the US between the East and West coasts I plan on continuing my traveling trend.  My top choices for travel destinations in 2013 include LA to visit Jen, Boston to visit Betty, Florida again to visit Kristin, her husband Patrick, and my cousin Rachel, and either Chicago for the Wizard World convention or San Diego (finally) for San Diego Comic Con which always occurs right around my birthday weekend.
And so, I wish all of you my dear friends, family, twitters and tumblr’s a very Happy New Year.  I’d love to hear the resolutions and goals for 2013 that you have set for yourself in addition to your progress and efforts to maintain them throughout the year.  As always, feel free to drop me a line anytime and I look forward to sharing in good fortune with you all for the entirety of 2013 ^_^
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