Because by the end of this 12 months, I’ll have traveled not just around the world, but also through time, space, and history.
“How?” is now the big question.
One simple word is the answer:
Books are magic bound by thread written only in letters you know how to read. But books are mind benders, time travelers, and life changers.
I may not be able to physically travel the world in 12 months, but my imagination will.
Here’s a big THANK YOU to the authors who made the following 2017 reading list possible.
- Uninvited by Lisa Terkeurst
- The Chemist by Stefani Meyer
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me? by Mindy Kaling
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hasseini
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
- Night by Elie Weisel
- And a few others will be added to this list I’m sure
What’s on your 2017 reading list?
This is perhaps my favorite quote of all time, but especially at this time of year. New Years Day. You’ve heard all the cliche quotes. Today is the first day in a 365 day book. Write your story well. This is your year. Out with the old in with the new.
But will you really make a change?
For most people, the answer is probably not. You’ll try. You set New Years resolutions. You want to lose weight, save money, and be nicer. But how can you ever attain these lofty expectations?
Here are just a few ideas to help you as you’re setting and keeping New Years resolutions.
- Be realistic. Don’t choose goals that you know you can’t attain. Make sure it’s something that is actually possible.
- Be specific. Don’t say “lose weight.” Don’t even say “lose 10 pounds.” Make practical steps of how to achieve that. Go to the gym 3 times a week. Choose (and do) a new workout plan. Change your diet (Hint: make a lifestyle change, not just a fad diet).
- Be consistent. Review your resolutions often. Change them if you need to, but keep at it. Realize you’re going to fail in some things, and that’s okay! Get back up and get going when you fall.
So with that said, that’s what I try to keep in mind when I set new goals. I’m kind of obsessed with goal setting so you’ll have to bear with all of the lists you’ll find on the blog. You can check out my 101 in 1001 here. It’s the latest list before the one you’ll see below.
I hope my New Years resolutions inspire you to go out and conquer your own!
- Learn something new every day.
- Save $1000.
- Do a no spend month.
- Take a free online class.
- Listen to 5 podcasts on new topics.
- Blog/write more (1 post a week).
- Read one book a month (reading list to come).
- Organize my closet.
- Get rid of clothes I don’t wear.
- No soda for the year
- Take a chance on love if the opportunity arises.
- Be kind (kindness challenge also to come).
- Take a picture a day.
- Learn a new language on a free app (Check out Duolingo).
- Brush teeth for two minutes a day.
- Keep up my workout routine.
- Take a mini road trip.