Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year!

In which I wish you a very Happy New Year, share with you my family's New Year's Day tradition and tell you my three resolutions for 2017. 

First of all, Happy New Year! I hope whatever you were up to last night, you were happy, and safe.  As I'm writing this in advance, I can only say that my PLANS were for a quiet night in with my family and a friend.  I was really hoping to finish the two books I'd previously started earlier in 2016 and never finished, so I'll be happy if I got anywhere near finishing those two books!

I only have the one New Year's Day tradition, really. But I think it's a pretty good one.  N and I like to start the new year fresh. And clean.  And we do that literally by wearing new clothes on January 1st. Something new, anything.  It doesn't have to be an entire outfit, but it usually is.  And we like to give the house a good clean beforehand, so when we wake up just feels nice to have a clean house, the laundry all done.   It feels like a literal clean slate.  To leave all of 2016 in the past and start new in 2017. It makes me happy to do this. And I think starting a new year in a happy way is a great step forward. Start as you mean to go on, right?

Which, I guess leads me to my resolutions for 2017.  In previous years I'd broken my resolutions down into personal goals, reading goals, blogging and booktubing goals.  But I think this year it's probably best to keep things a little simple as most of 2016 was spent in a perpetual reading/blogging/booktubing slump:

1) Find my love of reading again

2) Find my love of blogging again

3) Find my love of booktubing again 

...I guess you could say there's a bit of a theme going on there, yes? I guess I could expand a little more on some of them.  I'd like to continue supporting books and authors that I've previously supported: UKYA, books and authors with elements of mental health, LGBT and POC story lines, or story lines with differing religions, abilities, economic backgrounds. That sort of thing. But I feel like those are both a given at this point?

In terms of my personal life, that's a bit more extensive. Find a job. Continue being creative. Be more mindful. Be kind to myself.

Do you make any resolutions? Do you have any New Years traditions? 

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