Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s theme is “Top Ten Resolutions/Hopes for 2021,” and I’m letting you know right now that I don’t think I can stretch ten things out of my hopes for 2021.
1 – Create my wedding album
This may seem weird to some, but we’re supposed to be finally getting our wedding pictures back this week, and I want to take my time and create a very nice wedding album out of them, since this is going to be the only thing we have to remember our wedding by for decades to come. (Is it bad that the day itself is already a blur in my mind? I hate that I can’t remember everything about it, and it’s been less than two months.)
I know that if I don’t start doing the album right away, I’m probably going to end up ignoring it for years until one day someone asks me where my wedding album is and I realize I never had it done. So if you have any suggestions as to where I can create one online (right now my only thought is Shutterfly, because they did my invitations, thank-you/Christmas cards, and the two engagement photo albums I made and I was really pleased with them), let me know!
2 – Learn to sew
I’ve had a sewing machine for maybe two years at this point (wait, three – I got it Christmas of 2017 I think? Or it could have been 2018. I don’t know what time is any more), and I haven’t done anything more than make an apron with it. I want to learn how to create my own cosplays, but that’s going to take some practice. I’ve got a few project ideas in mind (first thing: a cover for my headboard, which has fake leather on it and the cat loves to scratch it), but I want to get confident with the sewing machine.
I’ve got a lot more time on my hands now that the wedding is over and I’m no longer a slave to hundreds of paper flowers!
3 – Blog more
I’m already starting the year out with a pretty good blogging record (compared to last year, which was pitiful, despite me being at home more so I should have had the time to blog!), and I’ve got First Impression Friday and Book Review posts scheduled out through March! (I only do one of each a week, and right now I’m re-reading Lord of the Rings so that’s four books (counting The Hobbit) that I won’t be able to do a FIF/BR post on, so I had to make sure I was scheduled well in advance.
I also want to get a few of these TTT posts finished and scheduled, and maybe some book tags. I do need to go back and look at what I want to write about my wedding and do a final Wedding Wednesday post (or two, or three, depending on how much information I think I have left), and I want to finally get back into reviewing recipes. We’ve been cooking a lot more lately!
4 – Catch up on my Kindle backlog
I always make sure to get my Kindle First book every month, even though I think I’ve only read like, three of them in the past two years. So I want to go back and make sure that I finish up what I’ve got on my Kindle, and review everything I read and delete the things I don’t like, just so I have some more room. My MIL gave me a Kindle Fire last year and it’s so much easier to read on than my Kindle Keyboard 3 (ancient, I know!), but the battery life doesn’t last long enough for me to want to take it with me on road trips, so I’ll keep the KK3 for trips and use the Fire at home.
5 – Read all unread books on my shelf
Honestly, it’s embarrassing the number of books I have sitting on my physical bookshelf that I’ve had sitting on that bookshelf for years and I haven’t read them. I finally read The Winternight Trilogy this past year, and it’s been on my shelf since Christmas 2018. I’ve got Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom on my bookshelf that’s been sitting there since Christmas of 2017. I’ve got other books I bought when I still worked at the bookstore (I quit in 2016, y’all) that I haven’t read yet, for some reason or another. I want to go through my bookshelf, read everything I haven’t read yet, and then do a small cleanup of those books and donate the ones that I know I’ll never read again. When we moved my husband into my apartment I knew we’d be tight on space, but I didn’t realize how tight on space we’d be! We need another bookshelf, but we don’t have the room for one right now.
6 – Learn how to DNF
I DNF’d one book already this year, and it felt so good to do so. I realized after two chapters that I hated the book and that it was boring/stereotypical/super predictable, but I felt obligated to continue reading it to “give it a chance.” I ended up getting 33% of the way into the book and my feelings hadn’t changed (and had, in fact, gotten lower), so I marked it as DNF and deleted it from my Kindle.
I did not, however, DNF the physical book that I bought a few weeks ago, and instead struggled through all 190ish pages of the thing (because it was so short, I thought I could just power through it) and hated myself at the end of it. I need to learn how to DNF something, even if I just bought it and it’s pretty, so that I can move on with my life and get to reading other things that I DO want to read. I would have thought that being able to put a book down and move on with my life would be simple, but apparently it’s much harder than I thought.
7 – Starting working out again
I did really well in the two months leading up to the wedding – then the wedding/honeymoon/Thanksgiving/Christmas happened and I have literally done nothing since November 13. I’ve got the app, I’ve got the workout clothes, I just don’t have the motivation. It’s SO COLD in the mornings when I get up that getting out of bed seems like such a huge challenge. I don’t like the way I feel right now, and I want to do something about it. I was having so much fun working out in the wedding lead-up, and I want to get in that headspace again.
8 – Start writing again
This is different than “blog more,” because I’ve got a novel half-written (and pieces of a sequel floating about), and it’s what I did for my Master’s Thesis (and I defended it and graduated!), but I literally haven’t touched it since my thesis defense back in October of 2018. It’s just been sitting in my Google Drive, taunting me. I have started a short story about a princess in a tower that I’ve been able to write five pages on so far, and I want to work on that, too. It’s been nice to be able to sit and write. I also sort of miss writing essays, if that makes sense? I liked the researching and the writing, and I’m almost wondering if there are essay prompts online that I could look up and work on with some of the books that I currently have. (Does that make me sound like a nerd?)
9 – Control the clutter
I knew I had a lot of “stuff,” but I didn’t realize how much I had until we had to move my husband into my two bedroom apartment and we realized we didn’t have any more space for anything. We’ve done a lot of culling (donating, selling, trashing) and I think we’ve finally gotten it mostly under control. But my closet is still a mess (I’ve got more hangers coming this week, thankfully), my laundry closet is a disaster, and under the kitchen sink needs to be reorganized so things don’t keep falling out when I open the door.
A big part of controlling clutter is also making sure that you’re not bringing extra clutter into the house. I’m terrible about buying stuff on Amazon (I bought an embarrassing amount of stuff during quarantine, although a lot of that was for the wedding), and a lot of times I’ll buy something just to buy it, or because I don’t want to wait and get it later. I want to buy more books, I want to buy more wall art, I want to buy more dresses – and I don’t think of where I’m going to put it in our already-overstuffed apartment. So this year I’d like to cut down on the buying and work on appreciating what I already have.
10 – Read more non-fiction
I love non-fiction books, but unfortunately I’m very picky in the writing style. I don’t care how interesting a topic is, if the writing is subpar it’s going to be difficult for me to get through the book. Last year I only read 3 non-fiction books, and I want to up that count to at least 15 this year (so roughly 1/4 of my reading goal for the year).
So there you have it – my ten goals/resolutions/hopes/whatever you want to call them for this year! Some are book-related, some are not, and I’m looking forward to seeing what this year’s reading has in store for me.
What are your goals for the year? Do you have any non-fiction suggestions? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.