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.

Blogging

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.

Reading

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.

Reviewing

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.

Writing

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!

Personal Reflection · Reading

On Reading Old Resolutions

I just read through some of my old posts in which I made resolutions about reading, writing, and blogging.

I think I cringed at least a dozen times. I enjoyed myself though.

So I’m planning to make resolutions at the start of 2017 and read them at the end. I’ll post them on this blog because someone has to keep me accountable.

Before reading my 2017 resolutions, I felt like I didn’t accomplish much this year. I wondered if I even did what I set out wanting to do. Also, I didn’t remember all the details of my resolutions. But now I’m realizing I did follow through with most of my goals. 2016 wasn’t so bad after all.

Thanks for sticking around and supporting my questionable word choices. I hope you’ll continue to.

May 2017 be your best year yet!

Productivity

How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

I want 2016 to be the year you follow through with your goals.

Here’s what I recommend:

Build a routine.

If you sleep around the same time every night, why don’t you write at the same time every day? This won’t always work out, but when it does, you’re golden.

Build a support system.

It’s enough to have just one person believe in you and support you. Never let that person go. Don’t give them a reason to stop believing and supporting you either.

Build in rewards.

Reward yourself well. Reward yourself often. Don’t feel guilty or bad.

Build in possible punishments.

They can be as extreme as you’d like. Just don’t hurt yourself, your sanity, and your bank account too much.

Keep building!

Blogging

Blogging Resolutions

I am quite fond of creating New Year’s Resolutions, but since I am a blogger, I figured this year I’d make some blogging resolutions instead.

First I’d like to start off by sharing my generic goal:

“I want to be a better blogger.”

Next I’ll tell you how I plan to accomplish that.

I promise to comment more often. I am the absolute worst at this, so let’s hope this year I’ll be better. If I do not follow through with my promise, you have every right to yell at me. In fact, I encourage you to do so. Leave a comment or twenty nagging me about my lack of interaction and I’ll step my game up.

I resolve to follow more blogs. As much as I love having followers, I love following other blogs as well. So if I don’t follow your awesome blog already, annoy me until I do. I’m open to following any type of blog as long as you guarantee you’ll post some amazing content, pictures, videos, etc.

I will try to read more posts. Don’t get me wrong, I do this already. But I want to hear more of what you have to say, receive what you have to share, and read what you have to write.

That sums up my three main blogging resolutions. I know I may not follow through perfectly with my promises. Nobody is perfect. Not me, not you, not your mother.

I invite you to create resolutions of your own. They don’t have to be blogging related at all. If you plan on creating a post similar to mine, I’d love to read it.

Have a fantastic start to the new year! I wish you all the best in everything you do. Continue to blog because someone out there is always watching (or in this case, reading)!

Best regards,

Herminia