To Do List For 2016

I don’t want to call these resolutions because I hate that word and no one ever follows them anyway, but rather these are the things to cross off my list this year.

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Turn 24

Blog once a week

Start the book that I’ve been wanting to write for three years

Go to London and Ireland

Buy nicer jeans

Figure out how to get paid to travel

Read 50 (new!) books

Minimize my wardrobe

Move to France

Get a massage

Finish translating Anna Gavalda’s collection of short stories

Figure out…things because life is too complicated to try and tackle

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2015 Goals // January

At the beginning of the year, like most people, I set myself goals to complete throughout the year. Most people call these things “resolutions,” but I opted out of that word, since I don’t like it too much, and hoped that using “goals” would actually make me try to achieve them. As January has already come and gone, it is only necessary to see how I am getting along. My goals were to read 50 new books and watch 50 new films this year, and so far, I have done well in one and not so well in the other.

Movies

1. Boyhood (liked it two weeks later)

2. Amazing Spider Man 2 (shite)

3. Kinky Boots (I want to see the musical desperately)

4. The Theory of Everything (sobbed my heart out)

5. Birdman (my head is still exploding from how amazing this film is)

6. Women Aren’t Funny (Bonnie McFarlanen is an absolute babe)

7. Gone Girl (controversial statement, but I loved it)

8. The Judge (half an hour too long)

9. Skeleton Twins (ehhh)

10. Sense and Sensibility (I had it on as background noise and got sucked in)

11. Chef (pretty cute)

12. Whiplash (I’ve never been so anxious in a film)

13. Not Another Happy Ending (soooo cheesy, in a good way)

Books

1. Northanger Abbey

2. Sense and Sensibility

3. Princesse de Cleves

Can you tell which one I’ve been more focused on? School is currently in session until May (and I finally graduate!), so until then, it’s basically going to be school related books. Not that I’m not enjoying Jane Austen, she’s magnificent. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to actually read one of her novels.

If you set goals and/or resolutions for yourself, how are you getting along?

Another Year Rolls In

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As 2014 closes and a new year begins, I sit completely alone in my house with a book and a nice head cold. I’m typing this on my phone since my laptop is upstairs and, like always, I’m far too lazy to walk up the steps to grab it. 2014 was an interesting year. I felt lost through most of it. I was taken away from a city that I loved and felt like I belonged to and reintroduced to a city that I’ve lived my whole life. I learned that things will work out if you think they will through hard work and determination. No one is going to hand you anything, you have to work for it. I made many new friends and new connections. I learned how to make a schedule that I’ll actually stick by so I won’t leave something to the last minute. I was introduced to a new way of writing and reflections on the world around me. I learned how to walk in heels. This past year I have slowly realized who I am as a person and the steps to take to become the woman (gasp!) I want to be. I have a plan. I have goals. I have lists for the new year and as cheesy and sentimental all of this shit is, it’s nice to look back at what I’ve achieved during these last 12 months.

My goals (not resolutions) for 2015 are to watch 50 new movies, read 50 new books, start eating better, use French more frequently, become more involved in the blogging community, and not let the anxiety take over.

Happy 2015! Let’s make this a great year.