Welcome to the first of three resolution updates! It ought to be the first of four updates as I originally planned to split the year into quarters, but yet again, my schedule decided otherwise. Curse that and my blogging organisational skills!
So January to April it is.
And as I’ve got two sets of resolutions to get through, we might as well get started.
General day-to-day resolutions
1. Set aside an hour each day for French and/or Spanish
This started off really well. I bought some language books, started listening to the Coffee Break podcasts, and was genuinely getting back into the rhythm of language learning. What happened after that, I’m not entirely sure. I suppose I could blame important family emergencies cropping up across the months, forcing me to forget about it for the time being.
2. No tablets, computers, or technology after 7pm.
The main reason for this is to sort out my sleep. Similarly to the above resolution, I was doing well with it until I realised it wasn’t always feasible. For me, the main reason is that I often need an audiobook to block out the loud ticking of my bedroom clock and help me get off to sleep. Of course, the only way I can access my audiobooks is through my kindle or iPod. However, unless I really need to talk to someone after 7pm, I do often manage to stay away from my computer and tablet. I’m not 100 percent sure if it is helping my sleep at the moment. I think that will be a gradual change.
3. Keep things tidy and organised.
It’s hard to say if I’ve kept to this or not. I don’t think my room is as messy as it usually can be, but I’ve a long way to go until I start constantly clearing things away. My desk is a biggie in terms of that.
4. Write a daily journal entry.
This was one I added later on in January to get me into the habit of writing a little every day and I can definitely say this is going exceedingly well. Some days I write a couple of pages, other days just a few lines but I am writing and I’m liking it. It helps me to sort through the feelings I’ve had that day and get them down on paper so I stop worrying, fretting, and letting them bubble until I resemble an exploding volcano. It has been a very instrumental coping technique recently and I’m grateful for it. Let’s hope I can continue with it throughout the coming months.
5. Phone my paternal grandmother every few weeks.
Urgh, the one I wish I could learn to say no to, especially as it is a resolution I had to add to my initial list. Basically, I don’t have the greatest of relationships with my grandmother, in fact I never have done, but it has slowly gotten worse over the years. From things my mother has divulged to other things my grandmother has done, it’s awkward. And that’s the only word I can think of to explain it all. I am always happier when I don’t have to see or talk to her but my grandmother wants that relationship so I have to give in and do it for her sake. She’s always over the moon whenever I call and as much as it makes me uncomfortable, I can’t deny that I’m ultimately bringing a little bit of happiness and acknowledgement into a day that would usually be spent feeling lonely and isolated. I’m basically stuck between a rock and a hard place.
I suppose once I’ve finished writing this post, I’d better ring.
1. Goodreads Goal of 50 books
So far I’ve read 18 books and I’m 7 books ahead of schedule. This is good because at the moment, I’m taking my reading rather slowly. At the time of writing this I am two weeks into reading Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton and The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris. Usually, I would have read both of these by now but other things have cropped up, making me set aside reading for now. Anyway, I am still on track for 50 books so this shouldn’t be a problem.
2. Read or listen to a couple of books in French and/or Spanish.
So far, I’ve read one! Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry. I have every intention to read another one but when I’m in the mood for it.
3. Read more from already established authors.
I suppose in reading Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier I’ve made a start on this resolution. It’s not one I’m actively thinking about when I pick up a book so I’ve not done as well with this as I hoped.
4. Continue finishing completed series.
This hasn’t happened yet.
5. Goodreads 1st Quarterly Challenge – Must Read Books.
I choose three books to read for this thinking that it would be easy and doable, especially as I only joined the challenge quite late on – North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. The only one I read was Rebecca. I didn’t pick up The Handmaid’s Tale and I DNFed North and South.
As much as I know I failed the challenge, I was amazed at how much I loved Rebecca so I’m not overly bothered.
6. Book buying ban until after YALC.
This is a resolution I added after I bought the tickets to YALC because I thought a book buying ban would help me save the money I need for the train tickets and YALC in general.
I can’t say I’ve completely stuck to the ban but I’ve definitely bought less books, and when I have bought books, they’ve been in an offer or from the second-hand shelves at my local bookshop. I mean apart from the £46 I spent at the Northern YA Lit Fest, I’ve not actually spent a lot in one go, which is great.
So, I think my success with my resolutions is mixed. I’m not doing a bad job at keeping to them but I could do better. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s all fine and dandy making resolutions to better yourself and work on things but when life hits you hard like it continues to do for me, everything gets thrown out of the window and you’ve got to concentrate on just getting through the day.
With that in mind, I’ve got to see what happens within the next few months.
Have you managed to keep up with any of your resolutions?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!