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!

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My 2017 Resolutions

I’m still not used to writing 2017. How long will I continue to write 2016 by mistake? Probably until 2018.

But even though my mind might think it’s 2016, the new year is upon us. And that means new resolutions, which I may or may not fulfill.

Without further rambling, here are my resolutions for 2017:


  • Read every day
  • Peruse non-fiction
  • Finish 35 books


  • Write every day
  • Transcribe handwritten stories written in 2016
  • Enter 17 writing contests/competitions


  • Blog for myself
  • Comment on blog posts
  • Make more blog graphics

In trying to come up with my resolutions, I realized I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do this year. But now I have a better idea.

Also, it’s difficult to put the thoughts in my head into words sometimes. Most of the time.

Let me know your resolutions down below!

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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!


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!

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General Resolutions 2016

Are you tired of these resolutions posts yet? This may or may not be the last one you’ll get from me in 2016.

Without further ado…

  • Stand more
  • Sleep more
  • Stretch more

On a more serious note…

  • Dance more

Okay I’ll be serious now…

  • Be kinder
  • Learn a new skill
  • Travel outside of Toronto

Make full use of those extra 24 hours.

Don’t take no for an answer. Don’t settle for less.

You can do this. Show 2016 who’s boss!


Writing Resolutions 2016

Let’s hope I don’t make the same human error I did last year with my writing resolutions.

It’s going to be a great writing year. 2016 is a leap year, so we have 24 extra hours for all things writing. That makes my heart happy.

To ensure I actually get some writing done, I have three major goals I want to achieve.

  • I’ll continue to journal every day. Unfortunately, I struggle to fall asleep but journaling right before going to bed has helped tremendously.
  • I will submit one story, poem, etc., to a contest every month. I might even start posting the competitions so everyone can keep me accountable. And also so you’ll know what I know. I’m generous like that.
  • I hope to finish every project I start this year. I’m totally not sweating over this one.

Making resolutions is slowly becoming an annual tradition. In typical Herminia fashion, I keep trying to outdo my past self.

From one writer to the next, don’t forget the world is worse off without your stories!


Reading Resolutions 2016

Of all the resolutions I made last year, I stuck with my reading resolutions the most. And while I’m proud of my 2015 reading journey, I’m hoping to feel even prouder in 2016.

  • In an ideal world, I’d read an entire book in a day, but I’ll settle for 15 pages a day. Even on my busiest, craziest days. I have too many of those.
  • For my Goodreads reading challenge, I put down 32 books. I don’t understand people who refuse to read a single book for 365 days. I also can’t wrap my ahead around the fact that some individuals read 500 books in one year. There are three types of readers.
  • I want to touch non-fiction books and actually open them. What a difficult resolution! I’m so hard on myself.

Also, Rachel, Kristen, and I are keeping track of how much we spend on books. You should too if you want to cry on December 31st, 2016.

Happy reading!

Don’t cry too many tears over fictional characters this year.


Blogging Resolutions 2016

I made three blogging resolutions for 2015. I figured I’d do the same for 2016.

This year is going to be the year for my blog. I feel it in my bones. I wish the same for you.

Above all else I will work my hardest to create the best content I possibly can.

Maybe my blogging resolutions will inspire you to make your own. If that isn’t the case, stick around for my reading and writing resolutions.

  • I’m aiming to publish 350 posts this year.
  • I want to write 10 articles for other blogs or sites.
  • I hope to enjoy every moment and learn from every experience.

Have you thought about your blogging resolutions yet?

Happy new year! All the best for you and your blog.