Ah, 2016. Two-oh-one-six. Two thousand and sixteen.
Let’s be honest, it’s going to take a while to stop saying 2015, and “yeah earlier this year I did this” or “what should we do next year” when next year is here and I’m still trying to process that.
2016 is going to be a big year, I know it will be. I’m going to be moving into my own place, studying my second year at university, and turning 21, just to name a few events. Obviously, there’s going to be a hell of a lot more things to come, and I’m both excited and nervous to see what 2016 will bring.
Now, I don’t have many resolutions for the year because I’m trying not to set goals or anything so I don’t add more stress to what will most likely be a pretty stressful year already. But in saying this, I do have a few goals/resolutions that I will try and stick to and achieve, though if I don’t I’m not going to kick myself about it. I talked briefly about what my plans were for 2016 in my 2015 wrap-up post, but I wanted to go into more details about them.
- My first resolution or goal for the year is to focus less on reading, which includes not setting myself a reading challenge. Last year, I manage to just reach my goal of 50 books, but gosh it was a struggle. I spent pretty much all of my free time reading, which meant less time for socialising, writing, and just sitting around watching television shows or movies. So I was basically reading whenever I could, which meant even if I wasn’t really in the mood to read I still pushed myself to read so I would reach my goal. Not only did it leave me with little time to do anything else, but it just stressed me out. If I was behind on my reading, I’d be stressed. When it got to December and I still had to read like, 7 books to reach my goal, god I was so close to giving up. However, I did reach it (even though Goodreads says I didn’t because bind-ups) and I’m super happy with myself. That all being said, for 2016 I plan on reading whenever I feel like reading and not forcing myself to read. I don’t want to put pressure on myself to read because it takes the joy out of it and turns it into work rather than a hobby. So 2016 I’m going to read whatever I want to read, whether it’s 10 books, 20 books, or 50 books, I’ll be happy with whatever amount I end up reading.
- Focus on my writing. 2016 will be (hopefully) dedicated to my writing. As I am starting my writing major this year, I’m going to be doing a tonne of writing for university but I’m hoping that I can focus on my personal writing as well. I want to finish editing my story, The Timekeeper and start working on my fantasy series again. This might be slightly ambitious, but ideally, I want to edit at least one chapter of The Timekeeper a fortnight. This probably won’t happen, but if I want the editing done by the end of the year, this is what I need to aim for!
- Be more active within the online book community. This ranges from Bookstagram to Twitter to blogging, and when I say be more active, I don’t just mean post more. I want to make more friends and get to know others who share the same passion for books that I do. I love meeting and befriending others who I can fangirl about William Herondale and Noah Shaw to, especially when most of my friends in real life don’t read. I met some great girls through Bookstagram last year, who I still talk to today and I love them all. (Even though this isn’t the online community, I’d really also love to meet book lovers in real life as well, because obviously that would be heaps of fun also!)
- As for my blog, I want to be more active and post different things, not just book-related. I’m still pretty new at blogging, so I’m hoping I’ll get the hang of it this year and find my rhythm.
So there you have it! My resolutions for the year of 2016! What are your resolutions for 2016? Bookish or just in general?
I look forward to a year full of great books, and great times (was that cheesy….?)!