It was a very windy route to finally settle on my ONE Word for 2021. I started with thrive, then connect, do, SISU. dare and even WOW.
But as I thought about what this year will be, I knew I needed a word that would force me to get off the sidelines and do more, be more. My birthday is next week and I will then be in my 70th year. That is a bit of a shocker. I don’t feel old ( except in my joints). But I am tired of watching the world go by and not pursuing my passions. I do read a lot but I am not creating or writing much at all.
So LIVE seemed to be what I needed.
These quotes speak to what I hope to achieve this year – living with more intention, more purpose, more creativity, more curiosity.
Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive. Matt Cameron
Stop living on auto-pilot, Start living on purpose.
I created the canvas above to keep me focused during the year ahead.
Last year I joined the 2020 Bookish Resolutions Challenge and set my goals for reading for 2020. I have not seen this challenge posted yet but I do want to be accountable so I am posting my reading and writing goals for the new year. I was not successful in my writing goals but did meet my reading goals. Reading was a necessary comfort last year for sure.
Here are my resolutions:
• Complete 10 reading challenges this year
• Read 350 books over all – (at least 100 to be pbs and mg novels)
• Read at least 50 books that I already own
• Read 50 non-fiction books, including books on writing and creativity
*Read the following series (some to start, some to finish:
-Louise Penny’s Gamache series
-Sue Grafton’s series (T on)
-Series by Holly Black and Leigh Bardugo
• Finish at least one writing project a season
• Write 500 words per day
• Enter a writing competition
• Complete a writing course (online or in person)
Since one of my goals is to take part in 10 challenges, here are the 10 I plan to participate in.
Goodreads Reading Challenge: I plan to read 350 books this year – less than last year, but with less pressure.
Popsugar Reading Challenge. This is my favourite challenge – 50 books for the year.
52 Books in 52 Weeks. Another enjoyable challenge
Beyond the Bookends
While I Was Reading
Monthly Key Word
Emelie Richard’s Reading Challenge
Diversify Your Reading
Modern Mrs. Darcy
There are so many challenges and I usually check these out throughout the year to see if I have read books to meet their categories. For me, the fun is in the search – finding books that can meet criteria from at least two of the challenges.
Check here to see a Master List of Challenges at GirlX0X0 – something for every reading taste.
Here’s wishing everyone a Happy New Year, full of amazing books.