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It’s been another fun (if a little stressful) year at Readers in Wonderland! We hope your new year is off to a great start! To help us keep our goals in mind, Bec and I are participating in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday-our resolutions for 2016.
❆ Read at least 20 books off my owned TBR shelf
Last year I went through all of my books and either donated or sold the ones I wasn’t completely in love with
even the ones with pretty covers wahhhh and have to admit it felt good to have only unread and favorite books on my shelves. It’s time I start reading some of those unread ones.
❆ Read at least 20 books off my Goodreads TBR
Seriously. Some of them have been on there for four years, I’m going to try and start with those those.
❆ Make time to reread old favorites
Back before I started blogging, I used to make time to read the Harry Potter and Vampire Academy series at least once a year because they are favorites of mine. Now with all the hustle and bustle of reviewing books and blogging, I’ve kind of ignored that tradition. Plus I want to add the Throne of Glass series to that reread list. Actually, all the Maas books.
❆ Step out of my comfort zone
Due to my anxiety, I tend to stick with what’s safe, so I miss out on a lot. During finals week, I was stressing because I had to present a project and I was actually going to just take the hit on the points just so I didn’t have to go up there. Bec texted me and encouraged me to do it. I did it because I didn’t want to disappoint her and because she believed in me. The presentation wasn’t bad at all and I was glad to have done it. Thanks, Bec.
❆ Look at the bright side of things
Apparently this was also one of my resolutions last year
Wow Alise but I don’t think I really accomplished it. My sense of humor is self-deprecating and relies on pessimistic sarcasm so it’s going to be a hard habit to break.
❆ Rattle the stars
This has become my new yearly resolution. It’s a reminder not to let my anxiety hold me back. I can do anything I put my mind to (no matter what my brain says) so why don’t I?!
❆ Get through my first surgeries without killing anything too badly
Fourth year of vet school means we start learning surgery skills this year. That’s terrifying but exciting. My goal is to practice and study and pass.
❆ Conquer the canter
My horse riding goal. The canter has always made me freak out ever since a horse bolted on me when I started riding. A few years ago I thought I was getting better but apparently I’ve gone backwards again. This has not been helped by the fall I had last month. I want to learn to relax and ride the transition calmly over the next year and not let the anxiety play more mind games.
❆ Find a good study-life balance
I study A LOT. Literally 90% of my time is spent studying
or procrastinating on Youtube. While this is good and gets me high grades, it’s also not the best thing for the mind. I barely take any time off to relax properly beyond 10-30 minute study breaks. I need to try and find the balance where I can still study effectively but also have more time off to do the things I enjoy.
❆ Enjoy reading
No, I’m not in a reading slump or anything. I’ve always loved reading and this is just to keep in mind that reading is for fun! Even reading review books is supposed to be for the joy of it. It’s a relaxing hobby and I should keep it that way. I have enough stress in my life without self-imposed pressure from unread books.