Hey bookworms, I am back! I know this topic was posted for a week or 2 ago, but I needed to write today, so why not start with this. I don’t know how many I am going to post or if they were be all book related, but I am gonna see what my fingers come up with. These Top Ten Tuesday themes can be found as posted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I am trying not to ramble too much, so let’s get started.
1. Get My Creativity Back
Now this may seem silly as I am writing this now, but it goes further. I want to create characters again, see the words flow out of my fingers, or even hear their voices in my head (yes, I know that can be a sign of other things), but I miss hearing them. I would even settle for writing a fanfiction, more poetry, no, I am not trying to pressure myself, but this was always the person I know I was meant to be. I want to help others find refuge as the same way these creators have helped me find in the past. My best Christmas gift was a subscription to Masterclass, gifted by my Tia. I am literally hanging on Gaiman’s words and I want to create, it’s just hard to know how to anymore. How to create? Question of my life lately, anyone else struggling with that, please let me know I am not on my own.
2. Get a Laptop of My Own
Now this may sound silly as I am writing on one currently, but this is mom’s chrome book, and it’s always different working on my own. The problem with that is the expense, and the guilt that comes with buying something of my own, but I don’t have the same guilt buying something just as expensive for others. My brain makes no sense to me, but I am determined to get past that even if it is buying it on credit and paying it down. The ability to just get on it whenever I want, always having it close buy.
3. Find a Job I Like
Now maybe this isn’t something I can accomplish in 2021 (COVID and having to only work remotely being at risk and living with my mom who is at risk), but I want to get on a path to a day job that makes me feel appreciated, that I feel doesn’t drain me to my core. I know writing is my passion, but can I as rusty as I am turn this into a career, am I ready to bare more to the world, would I be able to find a niche, or do I pursue going back to school to go into a different field? I know I always say age is just a number,but at almost 30 I can’t help but compare myself to my peers seeming to have found their purpose. It just seems to be a circle even if I don’t want the same paths they do. I feel like I am lost, when I used to have such a fire.
4. Read 100-150 Books
I read 147 books last year, and I want to definitely want to try to do better, but I also don’t want to pressure myself more. My current goal is set to, 100 on good reads, and as I am writing this I’ve read 17. I currently have a bit of free time on my hands and will post about that at a later time, right now I don’t feel secure to.
5. Read More Print
Now by no means am I belittling my audiobook reads, as I am currently reading one I am writing this. I adore that I can control the speed to read faster and have my hands free to do other things such as type, cuddle and chase around our new puppy. I feel bad that I have neglected my print books, whether they be E-books or Physical. There is so much on both shelves that I need to tackle, my concussion has long since healed there is no reason, I can’t ease myself back into them. Plus I have so many cute book marks that are begging to be used.
6. Read at least 3 different Genre Types
Now, I like most readers can be like Sheldon Cooper, sticking to genres I know and love, but one thing I am most proud of last year was how many different genres I read: contemporary fiction, historical fiction, memoirs. I want to keep this trend going.
7. Visit Another Country (Whether it Be Fictional or In Person)
Whether it’s in person to Canada again (although unlikely with COVID and committing to a 14 day quarantine is a bit much as much as I love my partner) reading would suffice reading a setting outside of the US. I want to be safe and the vaccine isn’t exactly accessible at this point. Hopefully they will work out the kinks sooner or later, so books are my trains and planes.
8. Get Back Into the Community and Make More Friends
The thing I miss most about this community is the feeling of belonging and having people I can go to. Talking of opinions even if we don’t agree and sharing recommendations. I just dunno how to step back in. Hopefully this year I can figure this out.
9. Practising Self Care and Not Feeling Guilty about it
I have had so many days even this month where I feel guilty for not being able to do much physically because my body is screaming for rest. I want to learn to be gentle with myself, asking for help when I need it, and not pushing people away. Also in this when I am able to get things back in order is getting medical and mental health help, see a dermatologist, a orthapedist, etc. I know it seems simple but it’s getting over my fears and accepting my body for what it is and not fighting it anymore.
10. Write More Reviews
This circles back to my first goal and number 8, but how am I supposed to be strong in my own writing, if I am not brave enough to voice my own opinions. I want to build up my skills again and be proud of sense of voice again. I want to help the authors that I read and part of that is writing reviews. Now I am not committing to a number as of yet, but I would be proud to at least do 2, whether it is book or movie reviews.
Well that’s all for today. If you do want to keep up with what I am currently reading as always you can check my Goodreads and Insta(plus my insta has cute puppy stories!). I hope you all are staying warm, safe, and well. Do your part to help us all stay safe if you can please, because those of us that are at risk are finding it hard to be apart from the ones we love. Did you do this topic? What are your goals? Leave me the links or let me know in the comments below, please. Happy Reading!