Wrapping Up the Old & Ringing In the New Year!

In approximately 6 (ish) hours, I will be ringing in the New Year with my hubster and our dogger. And while it would be excellent to be doing so in our new house, I’m still grateful we have a warm place to wrap up 2017 sans brown boxes and packing tape.

On a personal level, it has been a challenging year. My bought’s of depression increased in both frequency and intensity, our apartment changed ownership (but the issues of our mold infested wall & closet space remained), we were involved in two weddings, and then the never ending saga of buying our first house that is still dragging on into 2018. With all of these things, it was extremely challenging me to settle my mind long enough to crack open a book as consistently as I would have liked too.

But instead of this turning into a lamenting post about all the things I wish I had done differently this year, maybe I should take a different approach. Instead of making excuses for my shortcomings, why not just accept them and move on? I am only human. People are not perfect. Strive as they might to be, they will always fall short of perfection. And that’s ok. That’s something I need to continuously tell myself in the midst of a world that is wrought with competition.

 

So peer to peer comparisons aside, I am going to leave you with a few of my proudest bookish/bujo achievements of 2017.

  • After nearly 7 months of inactivity, I rebooted my blog! I am proud of myself for trying again. This whole world of blogging definitely isn’t for the faint of heart, or something that anyone could ever classify as an “easy,” hobby. It is time consuming, and at times frustrating, but I felt I owed it to myself to try again. And so, here I am beginning again at the end of another year 🙂
  • I participated in 2 read-a-thons! For someone who reads at a turtle’s pace most of the time, this was a huge deal for me. Not only did I start both of them, but I also finished! And I’m excited that I will have another one in a week to look forward to!
  • I read 22 books! Sure, last year I read more. But I still can’t believe that I was able to read over 20 books going through everything I did this past year. And some of the books I read were life changing. Some years you have some great reads, and I’m glad that within those 22 books, I encountered some real gems.
  • Going into the second vein of this blog, I started a bullet journal. Well ok, I started two bullet journals. I learned that I can doodle a bit with tutorials, even if I can’t quite draw in a straight line most of the time. I found myself feeling more accomplished and organized as I laid out goals & tasks that needed to be done both in my personal & professional life. I also discovered that it is a very relaxing hobby for me. I can’t wait to get my craft room all set up in the new house, and really get going with it.

My bookish resolutions for next year are currently: to attempt to read 30 books, to continue on with my novel, so it actually resembles something of a novel, & keep up with my bullet journaling.

Saying them all like that makes it seem like I’m just ticking items off a list. And maybe doing the bullet journaling has made me seem more list driven these days. But above all these resolutions, I want to really live and to really enjoy things. Both inside as well as outside the bookish & BuJo realm.

As I sit with the dogger in front of the fire typing this from a snow covered home in Western Pennsylvania, I want to wish everyone out there who might have stumbled upon this post, a very happy, healthy, & hopeful 2018!

I’ll be back later this week to bring you some reviews of the last books I finished & started in 2017! But until then, happy reading! 🙂

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