Today I am linking up with The Broke and The Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday. It's time to talk about our goals for this year: goals for reading and blogging and general life.
Goals for Reading and Blogging
1. Read at least one classic per month
Like a lot of bloggers, I tend to get caught up with all of the books that are being released. But I know there are a ton of classics that I haven't read yet and I think reading a variety of books from different places and times makes you a better reader (and writer!).
2. Read at least one non-fiction book per month
I don't do a terrible job of this. In 2012, I read 19 non-fiction books, but I want to make sure I'm not just reading fiction. There is so much to learn from non-fiction and I'm game to learn it all!
3. Find a new blogging thing
I've been blogging since the summer of 2011. There are a few things I do regularly now, such as It's Monday, What Are You Reading? and Dewey's Readathon. This year I want to find one new thing to do - a meme or readathon or challenge that will be new for me and this little corner of the bookish universe.
4. More pictures!
I think I would like to do something like this project. It's a great way to make sure I am taking pictures of my kids (and maybe me too) each week during the year.
5. Pay off my library fine.
Yup. Enough said.
Goals for General Life
1. Stay in Touch
Now before you start laughing about signing my yearbook, I have to confess that I'm not great about talking regularly with my friends and family. Some of this has to do with the difficulty of having a conversation with a crying baby and a constantly hungry little boy. The rest, I think, comes from my weird introvert/extrovert balance. I'm perfectly happy to stay at home and read and just be with my family until I am suddenly and very seriously not okay. I think there won't be such a drastic shift if I do a better job of talking to people and spending time with them.
So I'm going to try to do one thing each week - call a friend, have a Skype date, or send an email.
2. Find a new drink
I do pretty well with drinking a lot of water. But most days, I hit mid-afternoon and I'm looking for something that actually has a taste. I will sometimes have soda or juice if it's in the house but I feel like I need a go to drink other than water.
Ok, so it's the time of year where we all go to the gym for a few weeks or dig our Jillian Michaels DVDs out of the closet. I want to be realistic here, realizing that I need the benefits of exercise with the flexibility of a mom with two littles who freelances from home. So I am starting out slow and resolving to exercise for at least 15 minutes at least three times a week. I can always do more, but I know my goal is reachable even with crying babies and crazy fluctuating schedules.
4. Night Time Routine
If I'm being honest, most nights I just crawl into bed with a book and that is that. I know (somewhere in the back of my mind) that I should be washing my face and doing some sort of nightly skin care routine. I'm just not sure what that should be. Any ideas?
What goals are you making for this year?