Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Time to Focus and Complete: My January Goals

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I can't believe it ... I'm posting something on a Saturday.

I planned to share my January personal challenge goals yesterday, but near the end of my yoga class I got a migraine from hell ... So that didn't happen.  (I honestly don't even know how I managed to finish the class since I was completely dizzy and nauseous.  It was horrible.)  If you've never had a migraine, you're lucky.  I get them fairly often, but last night's was particularly nasty.  As soon as we got home from the gym, I took a couple of pills and laid in the dark on the living room floor with a pillow and blanket and slept for about 5 hours.  Thankfully my headache was gone when I woke up, but I wasn't really in the mood to update my blog at 1:00 a.m. so I just ate a bowl of cereal (I didn't eat dinner), got ready for bed, and then read until 3:30 a.m.

Today, though, I'm ready to talk about my goals for January.  As I mentioned on Thursday, the theme this month is "complete."  As I also mentioned, I sometimes find it difficult to follow through on personal projects.  I'm hoping this month's challenge is the kick in the ass I need to actually complete a few things!

My January 2015 Goals:

1.  In my New Year's resolutions post, I talked about my desire to read 50 books this year.  So far I've finished one book and am more than halfway through a second, so I'm definitely on track.  (Though it's only day 10 of the new year, so there's still time for me to get behind.)  I decided that it might be beneficial to make a list of books to focus on each month, and I think this has actually helped me so far.  I don't have to think about which book to read next for an entire month, and somehow that keeps me motivated to keep going.  My first goal, then, is to finish all 4 books on my January "to read" list.

Here is a lovely picture of my January books.  I really wanted to stack them in the order I'd be reading them, but size order just made more sense.  I've already finished The End of Everything, and I'm currently working on The Dinner.  The other books are actually rereads, so those should go pretty quickly.

2.  To go along with my first goal, I'd like to write a review for each book I read and feature it on this blog.  I'm already behind on this, but that's okay ... I'm sure I can catch up.  I know some of the bloggers I follow will occasionally have book related link-ups, so I'll probably try to participate in at least one of those as well.  (Maybe this is actually a separate goal, but I'd probably be linking my review posts so it seemed to belong here.)  I'll also probably be posting these reviews on Goodreads (I joined right before the new year).  If anyone reading this uses Goodreads, please feel free to send me a friend request (if that's what it's called on that site) ... I signed up using my blog email:

3.  I'd like to work on organizing my blog Pinterest account.  I still haven't done anything with it, and I'd really like to get it going.  My plan is to pin some images from my blog, but I'll also be using it to save other recipes, inspiration, etc.

4.  Finally, I want to rewrite my "About Me" page.  I'm actually a little worried that I won't be able to finish this by the end of the month despite the fact that it's the least time consuming goal on this list.  It's something that really needs to be done, though, so hopefully I can finally figure out what I want to say.

I realize that a lot of my January goals are basically repetitions of some of my New Year's resolutions, but if I actually want to be able to proudly say, "I achieved all of my goals for 2015!" at the end of this year, I need to start early.  And, luckily for me, several of those resolutions fit perfectly with this month's theme!

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