However, as I see myself branching more into reading and reviewing and doing more writing as a librarian, I think it would be good to set some personal goals here and watch how I handle them through the year.
I read a lot of books. I have been a bit lax on keeping track on my reading. I am on LibraryThing and now GoodReads, plus have friends in both places to encourage me to keep better track, especially as I review for NetGalley and my own blog. There are a lot of wonderful books out there to read! I hope to narrow my focus in review reads to my own areas of interest: fantasy, young adult, cooking, gardening, self-sufficiency and homesteading.
Goals for 2011:
- Read 100 books: I am not thinking this will actually be that difficult. I have always been a "speed-reader" and reading for fun is one of my favourite things to do. I will be tracking the books I read on GoodReads (if you want to friend me and keep me in line) However, combined with my next goal, I will have to make sure that I keep a good focus on the books too.
- Review at least 2x a month: This would give me around 25 reviews this year, which I hope to actually beat this goal hard into the ground. I would like to review half of the books I read this year, but since this is a new feature for this blog, I don't want to dissuade myself by setting the bar too high.
- Try Audiobooks: I have not been a fan of audiobooks. I listen to music a lot in the car, and many have told me this is a great way to read books when time is limited. I tried an audiobook - once, when I was eighteen - and didn't like it. However, like high heels, artichokes, and eBooks, I can give audiobooks another go and may find I will like them the second time around.
I did give up on heels again though.
Oh, my knitting has suffered some. I live too far from WEBS to be a part of their Expert Knitter classes at this point, nor do I really have the time and funds to invest. I did get some projects finished, albeit usually at least a month late. Other things I ended up losing in my varied stash places, which I am sure will turn up again at some point. I do love my yarn though, so I have goals here too.
Goals for 2011:
- Finish Four Projects: I have one thing on the needles right now. I am not going to promise anything big to anyone this year either. I will knit, I will make things. Some will be gifted, because that is my favourite part of this work. Sharing it with others.
- Sort my Stash: I have a couple (only a couple? I must be ill...) bins in the back corner of my living room filled with yarn that probably I have not seen in years. Now that I have a spare room I am thinking of making at least one part of it "Craft Central" for the house. There is already a small work table up there, and lots of room for storing.
- Get It All on Ravelry: I love Ravelry. So much information and inspiration is there! I have not been as on top of my account as I should have been, and with all the yarn and UFOs floating around my house, this will be a good way to work two issues in one fell swoop.
A woman's ink is never done. Well, this woman's ink is not, that is for sure. Not yet. It has been two years since my last tattoo. While I do have plans for a larger piece on my right shoulder sometime down the line, I think that the idea I have right now is smaller and much easier to fund right now.
Goal for 2011:
- Get Tattoo: Simple and to the point!
So much could fall under this part of my blog. This past year has brought me new gardens, a beekeeping course, a woman's retreat in August, a personal revelation and life-change, and so much more. Some of this I leave in the hands of the Universe, however some obvious things come to light for this year.
Goals for 2011:
- Grow My Garden: I didn't have as great a harvest last year, so I do plan to have my raised beds tested through the extension office. They will do a general soil analysis and let me know if there is anything I really need to amend before the spring planting begins.
- Preserve More: I went out of my comfort zone and made tomato sauce and ketchup this summer. Not complete successes, however the ketchup is already gone, along with the applesauce. I now am the proud owner of a pressure canner and a larger chest freezer, so I expect that more will end up in my basement this fall.
- Take Space: The retreat I went to in Maine last August was everything I had hoped for and more. This year I have the privilege of going back as a co-facilitator to the group, and help lead some of the wonderful workshops.
Lots of things to do, but still just moments in my Life.