Monday, December 31, 2012

Resolutions and Good Reads...

It's that time again when you're supposed to look back and evaluate your progress on last year's New Year resolutions. I didn't make any resolutions last year. I don't remember why I didn't, except that at the time I was a bit overwhelmed with the change in my position at work. Making my to-do list longer wasn't exactly a priority.  Still, there's something to be said for writing down your goals. I didn't accomplish as much creatively last year as I would have liked. Maybe if I had written down my goals I would have been more diligent about the pursuit.

And so...
2013 New Year's Resolutions
  1. Keep a healthy balance in life - work is work, home is home, family comes first. 
  2. Eating right and daily exercise needs to become a bigger priority.
  3. Take time to be creative daily - writing, quilting, singing, drawing.
  4. Read at least two novels each month.
  5. Write at least one blog post per month.
***Addendum... I was just reminded by my friend and critique partner that I forgot a goal:
     6.  Have an extended lunch with my friend and critique partner at least once a month.

As is the tradition of the final blogpost of the year, here is my 2012 Good Reads List:
  • DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT, Laini Taylor
  • THE GOLDEN COMPASS, Philip Pullman
  • SUPERNATURALLY, Kiersten White
  • FLIGHT, Alyssa Rose Ivy
  • HUSH, HUSH, Becca Fitzpatrick
  • THE CRIMSON CROWN, Cinda Williams Chima
  • BLEAKER, Aimee Walker
  • THIRD GRADE ANGELS, Jerry Spinelli
  • A MOUSE CALLED WOLF, Dick King-Smith
  • DEAD END IN NORVELT, Jack Gantos
  • BITTERBLUE, Kristin Cashore
  • CITY OF LOST SOULS, Cassandra Clare
  • THE CAROUSEL GHOST, Andrea Pellecshi
  • THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE, by Jeff Hirsch
  • EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • THE SCORPIO RACES, Maggie Stiefvater
  • DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, Laini Taylor
  • THE BOY PROJECT, Kami Kinard
  • THE GOOSE GIRL, Shannon Hale
  • LEGEND, Marie Lu
  • CINDER, Marissa Meyer
  • FIRE, Kristin Cashore

  Happy New Year! May 2013 be a year of blessings and successes!

4 comments:

Mirka Breen said...

I find that writing down New Year's goals/resolutions hasn’t work well for me, but you are braver. I wish you success in every one of these good goals.
Happy 2013, Nora!

Nora MacFarlane said...

Happy New Year, Mirka!

Rena and Denny said...

Good luck with your resolutions and Happy New Year, Nora!

Nora MacFarlane said...

Thanks, Rena! Happy New Year to you and yours!