Can you believe 2015 is almost over? I can’t.
It’s been a long, and surprisingly quick, year. The first half of the year was good, but then the fall of frustration rolled around. Despite the ups and downs of the year, I did amazingly well on the two resolutions I made for 2015.
1. Continue to set three monthly goals. If a goal is completed, write it down on a slip of paper and put it in the green mason jar.
Up until the fall of frustration (looking at you, Mercury), I was doing fairly well with my monthly goals. And even during the fall, I kept setting goals. Making them, however, was the issue. Some of the goals I was able to make were:
– Drank only one cup a coffee per week (March).
– Bought red lipstick (February).
– Filed 2014 tax return (February).
– No takeout (February).
– Go to yoga 2-3 times per week (June).
– Find a new apartment (July).
Nothing too exciting, mind you, but goals are goals. Hopefully in 2016, I can continue to not only set monthly goals for myself but also accomplish them. With a few days left until January, I better start figuring out what those goals will be.
2. Read and review 50 books.
That happened. Somehow. I was worried at some points, namely when it would take me nearly two weeks to write some of the reviews. It has been years since I’ve been able to read a book for fun, let alone 50 in one year. This was the kickstart I needed to get back into reading again (not that I ever needed much prompting in the first place).
When I tell people I finished my book challenge, the question inevitably is, “What was your favorite book?” Then I hesitate, trying to remember all of the titles, wondering if I should pick my favorite fiction book or maybe one of the memoirs I read. So after some thinking, I decided on my top 5 books that I read, along with a few others.
Favorite 5 Books Read in 2015
- “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan
- “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert
- “Bad Feminist” by Roxane Gay
- “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess
- “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman
Runner-up: “My Salinger Year” by Joanna Rakoff
I’m not sure what book challenge I want to set for myself next year. Perhaps read only book written by female writers? Or perhaps pick a genre for each month? I’ve still got a few days to decide.
So what will my resolutions for 2016 be? To be honest, I’m not quite sure. One will be some sort of book challenge. Perhaps that’s all I really need. Every year that I’ve set multiple, and a lot of times, lofty resolutions, they are either off to a good start only to fail a couple months later or forgotten about until Christmas rolls around again. This is the first year where I’ve faithfully kept up with the two that I’ve set.
Until I get it figured out, I’ll be spending the last week of 2015 traveling to Dublin and London with a friend for my first actual vacation in … I actually don’t know how many years it’s been. Too many, that’s for sure.
So here’s to an adventure to close out 2015 and ring in the New Year!