It’s 2013! That sounds so futuristic. I guess that whole “The world is going to end in 2012″ thing was so prevalent that now that 2012 is over and we’re all still here, it all seems a bit shiny, even if it’s exactly the same as it was yesterday.
I’m not much of a resolution-maker. I tend to break them and then just feel bad that I didn’t keep them, so I try not to start off on the wrong foot. But there are some things I do want to do in 2013 that I didn’t do quite as well as I hoped in 2012, and here they are:
- Keep up with the blog. I tried, but not as hard as I could have, to post fairly regularly here, and it really did not work out. I also did not intend for the blog to be only bookish things — while I love books and reading and everything to do with literature, I also wanted to post about general life stuff. Things like recipes I’ve tried and enjoyed, or stories about trips or strange things that went on, or just whatever comes to mind that sounds like it could be an interesting blog post! The book stuff is just what comes easily to me, so it tends to be my fallback. I’d like to round the blog out more this year.
- Write! It has been my lifelong dream to be a published author, but I have to admit it has taken a huge effort to find the time to sit down and write in more recent years. Before I went to graduate school, I was writing all the time. I’d stay up late and write and go to work groggy and exhausted the next day! But then I went to grad school… and it just stopped. I’ve been out of school a year now, and the wedding is all planned and done, so I should have an abundance of time starting this year, and I’m really going to make a point of setting time aside to sit down and write, and really treat it like the job I want it to be, and not just a hobby.
- Read more. I’ve been good about it this past year, but even still, I often come home and just turn into a couch potato and do nothing. It is time for that to change. And in tandem with this, as well as point #1, I’d like to be better about reviewing everything I read. I probably reviewed one of every ten books I read this year, which is just silly.
- Stop biting my damn nails. I was doing so well! So, so well! And then something happened, and back I slid, back into a habit I thought I’d kicked a year or two ago. Curses. Back to square one.
So maybe it looks like I’m making resolutions. It’s a good time of year to be setting “wipe the slate clean and start over” plans, or “from this point forward, things are changing.” The thought behind these things are good ones, it’s just that tendency to backslide right into the old habits and routines that is the problem. Here’s to a 2013 where perseverance trumps backsliding.