I used to be one of those people that did see the point of setting resolutions for the new year because you can make those changes any time you want if you really want to but last year I set one goal: start journaling. It was successful and it was very helpful. It also started a new hobby that I truly enjoy.
In this post, I want to talk about some goals I have for 2021. Some will be related to reading and some will be just personal and I want to share them here as a way to keep myself accountable.
Most people talk about their Goodreads goals and have different ways of approaching them. In the past, I just set my goal slightly higher than what I read the year before but I read 125 books in 2020 and I’m just not totally sure what 2021 is going to bring so I’m not setting my goal anywhere near what I actually read last year. I am just aiming for 52 (1 book per week) this year and will up my goal when/if I start getting close.
I also want to continue to read more of the books that I already own. I did a pretty good job of this in 2020 so there aren’t any real changes I need to make here. I just need to keep doing what I’m doing in order to get my owned TBR down and unhaul the books I don’t want on my shelves.
I also want to continue to read more diversely. I definitely started to be more aware of what I was picking up last year since it was my first year back to reading for fun in about two years but I want to set a more concrete goal this year. I’d like at least half of my books read to be by authors of color. A lot of my physical TBR is white. I bought most of my books from thrift stores and yard sales in my local neighborhood and they were just white. While I do have a goal to get through my owned TBR, I will supplement this with library books and most of the other books I buy in 2021.
Speaking of buying books, I want to be a lot more selective and strict with what I do buy. I will continue getting my book subscription boxes but outside of that, I really just want to buy books that I need to continue a series I already own/am reading. I will utilize my library for other books I’m interested in as much as possible and if I love them and want them on my shelves, I will add them to my wishlist and maybe treat myself to some around my birthday late in the year.
My first personal goal is to continue journaling every day and utilize my planner. I talked about this on my Instagram last week but both of these hobbies really help me manage my anxiety. I make lists of things to accomplish almost every day and it really keeps me on track. I just want to make sure I stay on top of this habit because last year I definitely got out of it for a while and I definitely noticed it.
Another personal goal is to take better care of my body. This includes getting more exercise. I want to go on more walks and when I can’t do that, I want to do light workouts at home. I sleep better and feel better when I’m active in some capacity. I also want to eat more regularly. When my entire world got turned upside down in 2020, my eating schedule got destroyed. I’ve been bad about skipping meals and not eating regularly so I want to be more conscious of that and try a little harder. None of this is about losing weight because I don’t care about that much but I do want to take care of myself in these specific ways because it makes me feel better.
My final personal goal is to learn to embroider. I used to do it a little bit but stopped because I got into crochet but I love the look of embroidery and have some ideas of things I want to create. By the end of the year, I want to have executed at least two of my ideas. I’ve already started learning and made this piece in one night from a kit and while I stabbed myself about a million times, I’m pleased with how it turned out for the most part.
What are some of your goals for this year (reading or personal)? Come chat with me!!