Welp, I think it’s time we discussed the elephant in the room, aka my resolution from last year. The one that I didn’t completely keep.
2013 was a good year for me. It had some downs, but most of it was up. I did a little yoga, but not consistently; I finished some WIPs, but not that afghan; I didn’t learn to use the Serger, but I did make some fun things on the sewing machine.
I made a strong start on my resolution, but between the busyness of summer and the craft projects of fall, I only made it a little more than halfway to my goal. I read 31 new (to me) books this past year, and I am good with that. I also reread about 30 old favorites. According to maths and rounding, that’s 60% of my goal. Since that is more new-to-me books than I have read in a year for the past few years, I consider it a semi-success.
Until I sat down to write this today, I thought I had figured out what I would do for this coming year. I was going to give up (again) on resolutions, purge my to-be-read shelves, and just post book reviews for books occasionally. Now that I am actually sitting here, though, my plans have changed.
I am still going to purge my TBR shelves. Going through this reading challenge provided motivation to read new books, but there are books on my TBR shelf that I can no longer remember why I wanted to read. There are also books that I want to read, someday, but I couldn’t motivate myself to read them this past year. One day in the next 2 weeks, I’ll be going through my shelves and removing books that I don’t think I’m going to read in the next two years.
I’ve got some softer goals for 2014:
- I intend to do more training with our smart, manipulative, driven Sugar beast. We both enjoy it, and I’d like her to have better manners.
- I have several baby blankets to make this year. I also have gotten some really fun yarns and threads that I haven’t used. My goal for crochet is to work through some of my stash, try some of those projects that I’ve been pinning, and finish some WIPs. I may even start an Etsy.
My resolution for this coming year is to read at least 32 new-to-me books. I’ve also decided not to beat myself up over buying and reading new books ahead of older ones. I think that will help keep me motivated.
If you made a resolution for last year, I hope that you kept (or not) it to your satisfaction. Either way, I hope your New Year is happy and productive.