Can you believe another year has passed? I certainly can’t. It’s flown by. I hope you guys had a beautiful year. A lot of crazy stuff happened in the real world. And the blogging world! There were certainly a lot of ups and downs with the blog in 2014. Definitely some really big downs that we won’t dwell over but, well, Alise and I came very close to kicking the bucket and giving up a few months ago. We were also very close to completely changing the blog’s name and other things but the end of the 2014 blogging year was amazing so we decided against that! And we can’t wait to keep this good streak going into 2015.
What’s happening with Readers in Wonderland in 2015?
If all goes to plan, MORE reviews, MORE discussions, and MORE features! There’s a couple of new posts we want to introduce. Such as…
Ha, nah I won’t tell you. It can be a surprise. Don’t you love surprises?!
Something I can tell you is that we’ve got a new coblogger!
Everybody meet your new friend, Rachel!
Rachel is a high school student in New York (state). She enjoys reading, diving, and pretending she can passably do all artistic mediums,* (but she probably should not be so quick to say this, as many questionable things could possibly be considered artistic) though she is certainly much better at some than others. She notices from the above that she likes parenthesis.
We’re really excited to have Rachel on board. She’s been chatting with us on Skype for the last few months. Readers in Wonderland is her first blogging experience so let’s show her how awesome the blogging community can be! I hope you like her future reviews and posts!
Our 2015 Resolutions
A New Year’s post wouldn’t be complete without some resolutions.
– Be Healthy
I’m pretty happy with my weight but I have like 0% muscle mass and definitely wish to change that. I had a lot of problems with my health last year and my sedentary lifestyle and love of salty food wasn’t helping. Here’s to a better diet and more exercise!
– Use Time Productively
I’m terrible at waiting until the last minute to meet deadlines. I’m hoping I’ll have a job soon and as a college student I really need to learn to use my time better and designate some of it to certain tasks that need to get done.
– Have a Better Outlook on Life
Stop being so cynical and pessimistic! I always think and focus on the negative side of things and I know I tend to bring others down because of this. I’m going to try and look on the bright side-got any tips?
– Become more involved in the book blogging community.
This is something I’ve always struggled with because I’m super duper shy and really awkward around people, even on the internet. 2015 is the year I will make an effort to fangirl and converse on social media with you all, as well as leave comments. (I read so many posts, but rarely comment. I’m terrible)
– No buying books.
Well at least minimal buying. I need to put all my money into adult things because I’m renting a house this year! I also have to cut down my tbr because it’s getting ridiculous and make better use of my library.
– Rattle the stars!
(high five if you recognise the reference)Anxiety has stopped me from doing so many things and I hate it. After almost being kicked in the head by a horse last week, I have been faced with my own mortality and am determined not to let anxiety stop me so often this year!
– Finish two novels
I calculated that if I set aside an hour every day to write, I could finish the novel I am working on in four months, so accomplishing this goal would require me to stop procrastinating on my school work (a little bit at least) in order to have that time. I think honestly, this is probably the most realistic of my goals.
– Compete three new dives next season
I would really like to learn and compete the back 1 ½, reverse 1 ½ and front double. These dives are the dives that are sort of the standard dives for an advanced high school diver to compete, and I really want to be able to hit that milestone this year. I think that I did not work hard enough last season on core conditioning, which caused me to be unable to perfect some of my existing dives, so I also want to work harder at that.
– Get more sleep
This goal kind of ties in to both the previous goals. I am totally going to kill myself on the diving board if I do not get at least seven hours of sleep each night. I have already hit the board (not badly, but it was scary) on multiple occasions because I did not get enough sleep the night before a meet, and as I progress to harder dives I will only get easier to hit the board. The way I can get more sleep is the same way I can find more time to work on my writing– by procrastinating less on schoolwork.