Hi lovelies! How are you? If you asked me I’d say I consider my self a planner, but if you ask literally anyone else they’d probably say I’m more… impulsive. The thing is I love planning things, I love setting goals for myself and writing detailed to-do lists. I’m just not as enthusiastic about sticking to plans, completing goals or checking thing off of my to-do lists. So I did some research on successful goat setting, which in hindsight is probably something an actual planner would have done before setting goals. But in this house we… try. Of course the first piece of advice I found was to make sure your goals are specific and easy to measure. Which is so great, cause I didn’t do that at all. But I’m still going to try to hold myself accountable and measure my progress, so let’s see how my goals are going.
CREATE BETTER CONTENT
“…to come up with ideas and work really hard to make this blog everything I want it to be.”
❓ Great goal, Aurora. Very specific and easy to measure. Better than what, exactly? Better than sex? Better than average? Better than revenge? Who knows? I really don’t know how to measure my progress here, but I’m creating content and I’m excited about it, so I think I’m doing okay. Seriously though, I’m more in love with blogging than ever and I have lots of ideas. So things are good!
“I can’t count all the times I’ve wanted to talk someone, but didn’t cause I’m too shy or worried about annoying them…”
✅ Yes! I definitely comment on posts more often and I’m a lot less shy about starting conversations. I love getting to know people better and everyone’s so friendly!
WRITE EVERY DAY
“It doesn’t matter if it’s a blog post, a book review, a list of ideas, a journal entry, a poem, song lyrics or even a love letter.”
✅ Probably! I haven’t really been tracking this, but I feel pretty confident that I’ve written something every day. It might just be a lit of ideas, a couple of lines of a poem and some words in my journal, but it’s something.
READ MY OWN BOOKS
“I’m making this a goal, cause I really, really want to read my backlist this year.”
✅ Kind of! I’ve read 54 books and 21 of those have been from my personal backlist, books I owned pre-2019. Ideally I’d like this number to be closer to 50/50, but at the same time this tells me I’m actually reading the books I’m buying pretty quickly. And that’s also a good thing!
“I read 40 books written by POC authors and 34 books with queer main characters in 2018. So I’d like to read at least as much in 2019.”
✅ I’ve read 12 books written by POC authors and 9 books with queer main characters so far this year (you can see a few of my favorites above), so I think I’m pretty much on track. I haven’t done the math on that, because I don’t want to do the math on that, because I never want to do the math on anything. But I feel confident that I’ll reach this goal.
READ BOOKS ‘NO ONE CARE ABOUT’
“I want to follow my whims and curiosities more with my reading choices… I’ll pick up that Tove Jansson biography, learn more about astrology and read all the memoirs I own about living on boats.”
❌ Nope! I haven’t touched any of the books mentioned and I haven’t read anything else that’s very niche either. I’ve read books with very few Goodreads ratings, but that’s doesn’t feel like the same thing.
READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING
“In 2019 I’m going to work on my attention span and hopefully finish a whole book in one sitting. “
❌ Very predictably: no. I’ve gotten the Bookly app and I’m tracking my reading. Which has actually improved my attention span, but not enough to finish a book in one sitting. I think the longest I’ve read for is 1 hour and 45 minutes and since I read about 80 pages in an hour, it’d have to be a very short book!