Thursday, December 27, 2018

Bookish + Blogging Goals for 2019

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I love making goals. I've always been terrible at following them, but I think I've been making a lot of permanent changes recently that allow me to stick to them a little better. (For example, waking up at 6:00 AM to get an earlier start!) I'm still human so no day is perfect, but I'm looking at 2019 full of hope. We're finally done with wedding planning, which was a big reason for my slowdown in reading. And while I'm starting my masters program (part-time) in January and keeping my job at the library, I'll still have a more solid routine than I did this year.

Here are some of my bookish and blogging goals for 2019, which you will (hopefully) be hearing all about throughout the upcoming year.

Read 100 books.
This will include graphic novels and comics, so I think I can swing it. I know I'm being *very* optimistic, but I also want to challenge myself since I didn't set any goals in 2018. In previous years, I wanted to make reading from my shelves a priority—but the problem was feeling too restricted. I had good intentions: read what I own and reduce the number of unread books, but I think that's what made me avoid reading. So for 2019, these 100 books can come from anywhere. I want my focus to be on reading what I want to read in the moment and not forcing myself to read something just to say I've read it.

Go through all the books I own and get rid of the ones I don't plan to read.
I purchased A LOT of books from Book Outlet right after I discovered their irresistible prices a couple of years ago, and I've only really read a handful of them. Since then, my reading tastes have changed and I'm a lot pickier about the books I pick up. I don't want to keep things I'm not going to get to, so I have to be a lot more harsh and realistic in 2019. I know I spent my money on these books, which is why a part of me is still holding on—but it's been done and if I *really* want to read something I've given away, I can always borrow it from the library.

Finish five series.
There are SIXTEEN (yes, you read that correctly) completed series I'm currently in the middle of... so it's time to start cleaning up this mess, lol.

For every book I read, share a photo on Instagram and tweet something to document it.
I almost deleted this because I highly doubt I'll be able to keep it up, but I really want to get better at updating my social media accounts. Plus, I'd really love to look back at my year in December and have a visual representation of what I've read. So I'm considering it to be an investment for my future self.

Publish at least one post on amarisafloria.com each week.
I'm always on and off with this blog because I don't want to be judged for my grammar/writing "skills" (or lack of) but I'm throwing my hands up and saying WHATEVER. It's hard work and it takes me *forever* to write one post, but it serves as a reading journal for me and I know I'm going to appreciate it in the long run.

Fix broken links/images and update formatting on all posts.
I've been working through this at a snail's pace, I don't even remember where I left off ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Check in with these goals every month in a recap post.
This one is a little meta, but I've found that I'm much more on top of my goals when I'm constantly reviewing and checking myself.

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What are your bookish and blogging goals for 2019?

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