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This post will be half bookish resolutions, and half real-life resolutions, this this post is about to get slightly personal. Sorry, guys, but I needed this.
1. I want to read books outside of my comfort zone.
I've really got to expand my horizons, so to speak. I want to get into the adult genres more often, as well as horror. If my favorite type of book is dark and gritty, I should be able to handle a little bit of gore, no? I just want to expand as to avoid the possibility of finding myself stuck in a rut.
2. I want to try to connect with publishing houses.
This isn't a resolution, more of a strong desire. I want to work in a publishing house one day, of course I want to make the connections! Such a thing would just ease my mind ten-fold if it actually happens I suppose. It's a goal more than a resolution.
3. I want to meet some of my bookish friends.
For the few I have met, you've played a huge role in my life. So, I want to meet more of you. I want to be able to give you a hug and verbally tell you how essential you have been to my life lately. I don't think many of you know how much you really mean to me.
4. I want to knock down that TBR pile by hoarding less books.
These two sort of go hand-in-hand. I want to read some of the books that are on my shelves that haven't been read. I don't want to find myself spending much money on books because I don't have it at the moment. So, I want to budget more. And by doing this I will visit the library more, utilize edelweiss and netgalley more, and read or re-read the books already on my shelves.
5. I want to interact with my followers more, especially through comments.
I've been really bad at commenting this year because my life hasn't been at one of its greatest points. But, if you've noticed, I've gotten really good at replying to comments on my own blog recently and I'm slowly improving at replying back on the commenter's blogs. It's got a long way to go, but I'll make it happen. Comments are motivation and it's so great to get a comment on a review since you put so much effort into them. I want to make others happy as they can make me happy.
~*~Real Life Resolutions/Goals~*~
This is where it gets personal.
1. I just want to be happy.
This past year was by no means the worst, but it was very far from the best and definitely one of my worst. I looked forward to graduating high school so I could finally get away from the frustrating individuals in my high school. The cliques, the stereotypes, the stupidity--I just couldn't handle it anymore, especially since I was with the same group of people since kindergarten. The summer entering college was the best summer I ever had. I went to BEA, I spent a lot of time with my family and was just happy, and I even flew out to LA for the first time to see Gillian. Then college hit and I am so miserable there. I hate my roommate and the tension in my own room makes it so hard to read and just be happy. It's inescapable. I cried more in the last 3.5 months of 2013 then I did throughout my entire life. I don't want this anymore. I want 2014 to be the end of this. I'm sick of being sad. I think I've earned a little bit of happiness.
2. I want to read more.
I think one of the many contributing factors to me being so unhappy at college is because I only read 18 books in 3.5 months. That's practically nothing for me. I was so miserable in my own living space that I couldn't focus inside it. It hurt to sit in there and read because I was suffocating. And it's hard to read when you're not alone. I want to try to fix this. Reading is my escape and it helps keep me sane. No wonder I was falling apart.
3. I want to forge stronger relationships with my family.
If there's one thing this miserable college experience has taught me, it's that my family will always be there for me no matter what. Seeing me hurt legitimately hurts them. I want to make sure that our relationships only get stronger from here on out. I can't live without them.
4. I want to be more open and less reserved.
This means that not only do I want my blog followers to know more about me, but I want to be more open with my friends. I tend to close myself off when certain topics arise and I think that may be hurting me. I hold everything inside until I burst and explode and the tears come on. I can't do that anymore. I have to learn to be more expressive. I have no problem sharing opinions since their harmless, but feelings...they're an entirely different story.
5. I want to drink less soda and be healthier.
This was my 2012 resolution, and it really helped me lose some weight. I ate really healthy in the beginning of college and maybe drank five sodas in the course of 3.5 months. I even went to the gym in the beginning, but I stopped doing that because it got overridden by athletes and they judge you so hard when you work-out it's not even funny. Me and several other used-to-be-gym-goers stopped going because of that.
~*~Just For Kicks Resolutions/Goals~*~
1. I vow not to be that person that writes 2013 on their papers.
Everyone does this. Well, I am determined not to be that person this year! ;)
2. I want to travel more.
Well, hey, I'm leaving for Israel tomorrow! Look at that! I can check this one off. ;) But, really, I want to get some place new in the U.S. as well.