Personal Reflection

New Year’s Resolutions For 2018

It’s that time of the year again where I make a few resolutions and try not to break them all within two weeks.


I still want to blog as often as possible. Of course, some days are easier than others. But I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. I want to write more posts, but I’ll try to read more as well. Pinky promise.


I set my 2018 Goodreads challenge to 38 books. I’m hoping to read every day. That being said, quality trumps quantity. I plan on expanding my narrow horizons. I’d like to dabble in other genres I don’t typically reach for. I might even read a nonfiction book or two.


I’ve only been reviewing books for several months. My plan is to keep going. In a perfect world, I’d catch up and publish reviews soon after finishing the book. A reader can dream.


Every year, I strive to get someone to publish something. I may have some exciting news to share in the spring of 2018. I couldn’t be more excited. I’m going to submit to contests and competitions every chance I get. Even though I’m focusing on scholarships this year, I still have stories I want to share with the world.

To be honest, before writing this post, I felt a bit down and discouraged. But listing my goals has reinvigorated me.

I can’t predict the future, but by this time next year, I like to think I can look back at some accomplishments.

As always, I’m grateful and thankful beyond words. Here’s to making and keeping your resolutions. I’m all for online accountability. Have an awesome 2018!

Creative Writing · Personal Reflection

Your Year | A Poem

Embracing loved ones

Around gold and red

Like leaves of autumn

Surrounding us as we gather

To ring in

And sweep out

Anew, afresh

Fortune for all

Prosperity for everyone

Smiles abound

Clean mouths for once

Dragons dance

Envelopes scatter

Distributed into hands 

It’s the year of you

The year of yours

Happy Chinese New Year! Wishing you happiness and prosperity in 2017.

Blogging · Reading · Writing

This Is Your Year—Happy Chinese New Year

This is your year. It’s going to be your year.

If you’ve felt like you haven’t been following your new year resolutions or if you’ve given up on them, consider this another chance to start over.

Start new, start again, start fresh.

Start that book. Start that novel. Start that blog.

I hope you churn out words and conquer new worlds.

Keep doing you. Keep being great.

And continue to create.

Never stop reading, writing, and blogging. You aren’t reading, writing, or blogging? Start.

I can’t get enough of wishing you all the best, all the time.

Happy Chinese New Year. (Even if you don’t celebrate. Even if you aren’t Chinese. Even if you couldn’t care less.)

Make it awesome.

May you bask in happiness and prosperity!

Blogging · Personal Reflection

End Of The Year Review And Thank You

Happy New Year’s Eve. Happy New Year. I don’t know when you’re reading this. But have a happy day regardless!

Thank you all for another amazing year. I’m grateful for every single one of you.

This blog didn’t do so poorly if I do say so myself. I got to review an awesome book, share interesting infographics courtesy of Grammarly, and confess something that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

I even wrote articles for Student Life Network as well as SUM.

I truly admire the work you’ve done and continue to do. You inspire me.

May 2016 be more awesome than 2015, 2014, all the previous years combined. You deserve it!

There are plenty more words to be written and stories to be shared in the new year. So happy writing, reading, and blogging.

I hope you’re happy and healthy and whatever else you want to be.

Stay great.

Personal Reflection

Last Day Of 2014—New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year’s Eve! If it’s already January 1st where you are, then I wish you a Happy New Year!

Fair warning: I will be making some changes to this blog several hours from now. In terms of content, I will still be blogging about blogging and posting many writing and reading related posts.

I hope 2014 has been good to you and your blog. May 2015 be even better.

Of course, I owe a huge thank you to everyone who has stuck by me this year. Your support is very much appreciated. I will forever be in your debt.

If you currently follow aspiringwriter22, you might as well continue to. Sometimes I say funny things. Emphasis on sometimes.

Right now I have the greatest urge to post a picture of me, but I won’t because I don’t want to scar you for life.

LOL (lots of love—not laugh out loud),


Personal Reflection

Happy Chinese New Year! Happy Friday! Happy Birthday!

Happy Chinese New Year!

To those who don’t celebrate, happy Friday!

You know what I just realized? Today is January 31st. The last day in January. Happy last day of January everyone!

Hope everyone is having a terrific day. Have an incredible weekend. Wishing you all a wonderful end of January and a new start in February.

Also, a quick shout-out to one of my best friends in the entire universe! Thank you so much for being there day after day. You’re the best! Happy birthday girl!

Apologies for the excessive exclamation marks. I am just overly excited.

Thanks a bunch to all of you for making the start of 2014 so fantastic.

I look forward to the next 11 months with the best fans ever.



Creative Writing

New Year Poem Dedicated To Writers (With Rhyme)

Let this be the year you finally say

You are a writer in your own special way

To early mornings and late nights

To endless discussions and trivial fights


May you finish what is unfinished

May you publish what is unpublished

Focus on the things that matter

Remember nothing arrives on a sliver platter


Rise above the little things

Don’t kill all your darlings

Let 2014 be the best year it can possibly be

Contiune to write and be free

Creative Writing · Personal Reflection

Happy New Year Poem (For 2014 With Rhyme)

Here’s to the new year

May 2014 bring lots of good cheer

Wishing you succeed in what you set out to do

May you find success and happiness too


You’ve worked so hard and come so far

So reach for the sky and wish upon a star

Never lose that fire in your heart

Never let anyone tear your dreams apart


Don’t let life pass you by

Don’t let go before saying goodbye

Nothing’s ever built to last

Not this year or the past


I hope you will cherish the last day of 2013 and I wish everyone a wonderful new year!