Resolutions for 2016 (which is also a little late…)

Since I didn’t bother to write down my resolutions for 2015, I thought it best to capture my resolutions for 2016 here, immediately, now. Before life catches up with me and I forget.  Plus I said in my previous post that I would do it. (Crap!  Is it January 25th already?)

  1. Blog more.  I am purposely keeping this one quantifiably vague, that way,  it’s truly achievable right?  I know, who am kidding.
  2. Read 11 books.  This one has a good track record, so I’m pretty sure I can do this one.  Hmmm… perhaps I should say 10 books, then when I read 11, it will be over-achieved (and perhaps make me feel better about vague resolution #1).  I actually spotted an interesting Reading Challenge online and I think I might give it a try.  If I succeed, it will mean 12 books. Yeah!
  3. Check off at least one thing from my Bucket List.  I must say, I have actually been doing quite well on this over the last year or two.  In 2014, I took the family to see the icebergs in Newfoundland.  I shared some great pics here and here.  I also visited four US states that were on my list, leaving me with only five US states left to visit.  Perhaps I should be more specific with this resolution and it should be: visit at least one of the remaining 5 states on my list.  But I think I’ll just see how this plays out.  Maybe a resolution should be to blog about what is actually on my Bucket List.
  4. Write a blog post about every book I read in 2016.   Oh… resolution #1 just got a lot less vague.  Hmmm…
  5. Curate a friendship.  We all have friends, but I think most of us who are in our 30’s and (now) 40’s would agree that life catches up with you and it’s harder to stay in touch with friends and even harder to make new friends.  I resolve to connect more with the few close friends I have.  I honestly think about calling particular friends all the time and going for a coffee or a drink or dinner, but my day always seems to get away from me and then I procrastinate too long and then I start thinking it’s too late to call.  It’s a vicious cycle in my head.  I need to stop this cycle and just reach out.  I would also like to try and make a new friend.  I know, it sounds like I’m a kid.  But it’s true, making new friends requires some effort.  I’ll give it a go.  We’re in a new neighbourhood, so I’m hopeful that when the spring comes and everyone emerges from hibernation, it will be a little more promising.  It’s hard to chat up the neighbours in -19c weather.

There are some other ‘resolutions’ on my 2016 list, but I think I will solidly commit the these five and let the others play themselves out.

We’re almost at the end of January, how are you doing on your 2016 resolutions?

Ann

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2015 Round Up (a little late…)

Phew!  So far this year is not off to a good blogging start.  Sharing my 2015 round-up on day five of 2016 – yikes!  Oh well, life goes on.  So how well did you do on your resolutions from 2015?  Unlike 2014, I didn’t write down my resolutions for 2015, and guess what? I didn’t really achieve any of them. So I am definitely writing down my resolutions for 2016.

And since I didn’t write them down, I don’t really know what they are. This is more-or-less what I think in my head were my 2015 resolutions:

Read 20 books

Yes, that was a 2014 resolution too, but I still think it’s a good one to have. I didn’t do too bad this year, but clearly my annual book reading resolution should be 11, because that’s how many books I read again this year. Here’s my 2015 list in no particular order:

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  4. Still Life by Louise Penny
  5. Dead Cold by Louise Penny
  6. House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett
  7. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  8. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  9. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  10. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  11. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
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#4 and #5 are missing from the stack above as they were loaned to me by a friend.

No super stand-outs from the list above for me, but I would recommend #10, #1 and #6. And if you like a good mystery, I really enjoyed #4 & #5, both of which are set in the fictional Quebec town of Three Pines with a unique cast of re-occurring characters.

Blog at lest once a month

Fail. In fact, I think my original resolution was to blog at least 2-3 times a month. Super fail. If I think about it, I believe I even intended to spruce up my blog. Epic fail. I don’t know about others, but finding time to blog is challenging. My day job has me in front of a computer all day so the last thing I want to do when I came home is spend more time in front of a computer. I have kids, a husband, a house, friends, other interests; honestly I don’t know where to find the time. I do enjoy blogging though. I find myself thinking about things in terms of whether they are blog-worthy, but then putting those thoughts on paper (in a computer?) seems to be the difficult part. Perhaps if I only commit to reading five books, I can use that time to blog? LOL. Alas, I have come to terms with the fact that this is my blog and I can choose to blog as much or as a little as I like. This makes me feel better.

Take more walks

I have done this. Perhaps not as consistently as I would like, but I have really tried to get out, clear my head, take in the view and just generally spend some time to myself. I have occasionally had my daughters come along with me and it’s nice to chat and discuss things with them, even if it’s about whether or not people walk their cats.

If only all my walks could be along the beach.
If only all my walks could be along the beach.

Buy a new house

Confession time. Yup, we bought a new house. It’s taken me quite some time (read: years) to convince my husband that we needed a larger home, but he finally got on board and in the summer we finally found the right house in the right neighbourhood. We decided to keep our first home and rent it out. So now we are officially landlords. All of this happened in the span of 2 months – from buying the home, to getting our house ready for renting to moving into our new home – it was a whirlwind. But I’m really glad we did it and I think it’s a great long-term strategy for us. So far things have been smooth, but this blog might be a good spot to share the journey – the ups and downs of being a landlord and owning an investment property. Stay tuned.

And now I will begin writing down my resolutions for 2016 and then writing a post about it so that I can at least  attempt to ‘blog more in 2016.’

Ann