A few days ago my lovely friend Alice tagged me in the ‘This Time Next Year’ tag, which, according to her, is based off of a TV show where “people share the changes they’d like to make within the next three hundred and sixty-five days and then, through the magic of television, we get to fast forward and see how they did.” I had never heard of this before, but I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share my 2017 resolutions with you, both bookish and not-so-bookish.
Not care about the number of books I read
I’ve already talked about this in my ‘Why I Want To Read Less‘ post, but I want to stop caring so much about the number of books I read. I don’t want to rush my reading just because I’m 2 books behind on my goal, or because I think that only having 4 books in my wrap-up will look bad. No, I just want to read, and I want to enjoy it.
Read more diverse books
I think this will be the easiest of all of my goals, but I want at least 60% of the books I read to be diverse. I’d love for it to be more, but I still have quite some non-diverse books on my physical TBR that I still have to read. I also want to be able to cross of a lot of the squares from the #DiversityBingo2017 challenge.
Be better at blogging
I started blogging a year ago (my anniversary is in 20 days!!) and I’m still not the best at blogging. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a lot better at it now then when I started, but there are still quite some changes I’d like to make. I want to stick to a loose schedule, where I post something at least every other day, and I want to start writing a review for a book the moment I finish it. Okay, within a week. I just want to stop procrastinating with writing reviews, because I currently still have to review books I’ve read a month ago. I need to change that.
Much like Alice, I want to pick up running again. I used to go running every other day and I adored it, until I got an injury. I tried to pick it up again a couple of times, but truthfully, I’ve been way too lazy. I think running would be the perfect way for me to move more, spend more time outside, become more confident in my body and to be healthier in general.
Until 3 months ago, I wrote in my diary at least once a week. It was mostly therapy homework, but I also really enjoyed it. It gave me a chance to reflect and to get my thoughts in order. I stopped doing it because, again, I got too lazy. School started again, and I was writing so much for my homework that I stopped doing it for pleasure. But I really want to start again. Actually, I promise you guys that I will write in my diary today. So, there, I said it.
This ‘writing more’ thing isn’t just about my diary, though. I want to write more blog posts (especially reviews), I want to start writing poetry again, maybe even outline a novel, and I want to reply to my lovely pen pals sooner, because they currently have to wait about a month for my reply, and that just isn’t good.
Take more pictures
I recently looked through old family pictures, and I loved it. It really felt like I was transported back to that time in my life, and I could remember exactly what I was feeling when that picture was taken. Sadly, I’ve hardly been taking pictures anymore. When I was looking through my pictures of 2016, I saw that I basically only had pictures from my holiday and that was it. I desperately want to change this, so I will have something to look back on later, so I decided to start a new Instagram account (a private one, sorry) where I post a picture every single day. It’ll be a bit like a picture diary. And I’m incredibly excited about it.
So, those are most of my goals for 2017! Of course I have a lot more, like passing my exams and kicking anxiety’s butt, but I didn’t want this post to be too long.
Let’s chat! Do you have any goals for 2017? Let me know!