Happy New Year Everyone!
Hope everyone had a good holiday and is ready for 2014, because ready or not, it is here. Did you make any New Years Resolutions this year?
I’m not a big “New Years Resolutions” person. I am a big goals person, however. I think that goals can and should be sent throughout the year, whenever you stumble across something in your life that you wish to achieve or change. You don’t have to wait until the beginning of a new week, a new month, or a new year, to set goals for yourself. Though, I concede that ‘beginnings’ are natural turning points in many ways.
“Um… Megra? This post is titled ‘Library Day Friday 2014’ but you are 2 paragraphs in and haven’t mentioned a single book yet…” Yes. I know. I am getting there, I promise. I decided to combine my New Years and my first Library Day post into one this week. I’ll mention books and reading and the direction for Library Days by the end!
Okay, so where was I? Oh, right, goals. Though I don’t typically make big resolutions at New Years, I do have a few goals for 2014 that just happen to have surfaced as the old year faded away. I thought I would share some of those goals with you, my lovely readers, as some of them are related (either directly or indirectly) to this blog. Starting this year I want to write more and I want to read more. (Yes, I know, those are really broad goals. Patience. Does this post look finished to you?).
1. First off, reading. As I have mentioned in the past, I have always been an avid reader. In 2012 I challenged myself to read 100 books. At that time I had no idea whether that was a reasonable goal or not. I didn’t know if it would be easy compared to what I normally read, or a major challenge. That fall I started Grad School and with one thing and another I stopped keeping track of books read. So, this year I’m leaving the number where it is and challenging myself once again to read 100 books this year. <Megra12 note: I will update you periodically on my progress here. If you would like more frequent updates, you can check out my challenge here on goodreads.> As a side goal to reading more, I want to write about and recommend more books. I want to keep a better record of why I like certain books and keep a list of my favourite quotes from those books. So, what does this mean for you? Well, it hopefully means more Book excerpts, mini reviews, What I’m readings, and Book recommendation posts. Unless I change my mind at some point this year, all of these types of posts will be features on Library Day Fridays. If I post any book related posts on other days of the week, I will make sure to link to them on Fridays.
2. Writing. I want to write more this year. I want to make writing a priority in my life and make a habit of writing everyday. Even if it’s only a little bit. Now, this in and of itself, is not a new goal. This is a goal I have had for awhile now and one I started focusing on in September once again. Up to this point I have not succeeded in writing something everyday, but I am getting better. My writing goals for 2014 do not stop at just writing and blogging more. I have specific writing I would like to focus on. You see, for the past couple months I have been entertaining the idea of beginning a novel. To be clear, this isn’t a new thought, as such. I’ve considered it many times in the past. Most times, though, I brush it off and decide I don’t really have any good ideas. Or, I don’t have the necessary skills to write a novel. Or, I’m probably going to give up part way through anyways, so why start… hold on. That last one is a pretty lame excuse. And it sounds an awful lot like fear of failure. For that matter, all of them sound an awful lot like fear of failure. And a fear of failure is no reason to not try.
So this year I am going to start writing a novel. (I’ll tell you what, that is still a scary sentence to write).
3. (What there’s a third goal? You only mentioned two earlier?) Scrapbooking and Smash booking. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I enjoy scrapbooking and smash booking (if you don’t know what this is I’m planning on writing about it soon so stay tuned). This year I would like to be more intentional about taking pictures, documenting life, and creating in this way. I may even start posting some of my craftiness on here. (New series perhaps?)
If you made it to the end of this long post, congratulations! I can’t wait for what this year will bring, and I hope you will continue to join me on my Meanderings.
Happy 2014 and Keep Smiling!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — H. Jackson Brown