Here I am again, looking down the barrel of another year.
Ugh, that sounds way more depressing than I meant it to come out but, howevermuch I avoid it, a New Year it is and, hence, a time for me to reflect on goals both reading/blogging and personal.
On the book front, I challenged myself to read 120 books in the 2013 Goodreads Challenge. I figure 120 is a good compromise between the 110 I used as my goal last year and the 191 I actually ended up reading. That's the easy-to-set-up goal.
The harder-to-set-up goal is currently going by the moniker "Read the Books I Meant to Read Challenge". Inspired by Carrie's challenge to read one book per month she's meant to read (and others are reading with her) I am going to do something similar. I live in a house with a re-donk-ulous number of books and I haven't read a good chunk of them. Oh, I mean to, of course, since I purchased them, but I just haven't got around to reading them yet. So the "Read the Books I Meant to Read Challenge" will consist of a list of books I've been meaning to read "for some time" (this is flexible) with the plan to read and finish at least one of them per month. I haven't sussed out the stack of books/shelf of books/entire bookcase filled with unread books as yet but when I do I'll set up a separate challenge/project post for it.
On the personal front, I really need to get myself in shape, physically, mentally, and financially. My goals for the year are (unfortunately, they're really vague, and since I learned in my self-improvement crazy-train reading, vague goals are hard to fulfill so they still need work):
1. Drink more water.
2. Get more sleep.
3. Move more.
4. Improve my money management (step 1: finish getting everything into Quicken)
6. Take a vacation.
7. Be brave.
8. Cook for myself (I have discovered that my kitchen is cleaner when I'm actually cooking in it, random).
I should write those down and leave reminders in multiple places. Really.
The first step: I'm drinking coffee and staring at an empty water bottle. I should fill the water bottle.