Thursday, 7 January 2016

My New Year Resolutions!

I set myself some reading resolutions for 2015 that were a tad optimistic. For me 2015 was a fantastic reading year; I read 55 books in 2014, and 97 in 2015. I know it's quality over quantity, but I was really proud of myself for almost reaching 100 books, and the majority of them I enjoyed. I developed a taste for graphic novels and non-fiction, and I'm really excited for the reading I'm going to do in 2016.

I've already talked about some of my reading/bookish resolutions for this week's Top Ten Tuesday post, but I thought I'd talk about a few of my other resolutions this year!

  1. To make more use of Instagram when it comes to promoting my blog. This is something I've already started doing, and I'm having a lot of fun with it!
  2. To use my 2016 diary. Every year someone buys me a diary for Christmas - usually a very pretty one, too - but I always forget to use it. This year I have one which my Nanna bought me for Christmas, and I'm determined to keep it updated, keep it in my bag and use it. I know a lot of people store information on their phones, and it's something I sometimes do too, but I think having a diary in my bag that I can scribble in will help me a lot!
  3. To do some kind of craft or bake something. I love to read and write and I love to watch great films and shows, but I want to try my hand at something else arty, too. I have no artistic talent whatsoever (even my stickmen come out wrong) but I still want to do something, particularly if I'm having a lazy, rainy Sunday.
  4. To write as much as I can. As I've said before, 2015 was a brilliant reading year but not a particularly good writing year; in 2016 I'd like to write as much as I can as often as I can, instead of worrying about whether or not I'm good enough. There are plenty of competitions and anthologies to send work to, so I want to make sure I do just that!
  5. To pass my driving test. I started taking driving lessons again in 2o15, something I'm very proud of myself for considering driving used to terrify me, and I was hoping to pass my test, but it was something I didn't get around to. Hopefully soon I'll have my license!
  6. To move out. I'm very lucky. Some people leave uni and aren't able to move back home with their parents. I'm lucky enough to still have a room in my parents' house, and to be able to stay there rent-free. This year I'm hoping to find a permanant job back in England; I currently live in Wales, where my parents moved while I was at uni due to my dad's job, and while Wales is lovely it's never quite felt like home to me. I'd like to find myself a permanant full-time job, in either writing or editing, and set myself up in a little flat. It's time to be a grownup!
Have you made any resolutions this year? Tell me about them!


  1. Being a grownup is overrated :P

  2. Also, happy new year, Jess!

  3. Good luck with your resolutions! Moving out is always a stressful thing but independence is wonderful, so I hope you manage to get that little flat, it sounds perfect when you say it like that. :)
    "More Instagram" is one of my resolutions for 2016, too, I don't use it as much as I want to and I post all sorts of things so I don't have many followers.

    1. Thank you! I think moving out will be a little daunting, but it's something I feel ready for. :) Good luck with your resolutions, too!