I think we can all agree that 2020 was a bust. There were definitely hard times, whether you were one of the unfortunate ones who lost their jobs or had to continue working through the pandemic because you were a necessity. Whether you got sick or knew those who did. Whether you lost loved ones or had to comfort those who had. Whether you stayed at home the entire year or you were one of the braved ones to venture out with your mask and hand sanitizer at the ready. No matter who you are, it was a crappy year. So here’s hoping 2021 is better! Now, there are so many things that are out of our control right now, so how about we focus on some things that are with a good old fashioned New Year’s Resolution list! I love these, even though I don’t always accomplish everything on my list, often I do and it feels really good to look back and say “yeah, I did almost all of those things and more!” So, here goes; my New Year’s 2021 Resolution List.
1. Publish 3+ books
2. Grow my Instagram Following to 10K.
I gained a good 1k just in the last month alone, meeting so many new bookish friends that I think it might be possible! Help make it possible and give me a follow today.
3. Grow My Mailing List to 5K.
An author’s mailing list is so important. It’s how we can deeply connect with our readers and also give them lots of goodies like sneak peeks and giveaways. Show me some love and sign up for my mailing list today. You’ll get a free book in return!
4. Take Violin Lessons
My husband and daughter got me the cutest little purple violin for my birthday last year and I have yet to learn how to play it. Now’s the time! I’m signing up for lessons.
5. Start Riding Horses Again
I have not ridden a horse in over a year, almost two! Life has gotten in the way of this love of mine, which is okay. I had a lot of work, school, family, and of course the ever lovely Covid to occupy me. But enough’s enough. My daughter keeps asking me to go riding, which she never has before because she’s only six, but we are going to start taking lessons together again. Yay! Time to break out the old riding journal again! If you’re a rider you should check it out. You can keep track of your horse’s health, your lessons, your rides, your competitions, and more.
6. Use my Hungarian Mounted Archer Bow, Just Once!
I’ve had it for a few years now and have yet to shoot it once. I got it when I was in my Merida phase after seeing Brave a hundred times and thought it would be fun to try out. Only problem is I live in a subdivision and I’ve been forbidden to release any arrows into my backyard. There is a park down the road I’ve seen people target practicing at before. I just have to find the time to go there.
7. Read At Least 25 Books
I read 20 new books in 2020 and now it’s time to kick it up a notch. My goal is to read at least 25, and I’m off to a good start. I’m currently reading The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden and it’s literally the best book I’ve read in a long time! I highly recommend it if you like historic fiction, folklore, and a little bit of fantasy. It’s YA appropriate, but it doesn’t feel juvenile at all while reading. I also plan to read The Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike, and the rest of the books following the Bear and the Nightingale as well. I even plan to start my first Sarah J Maas book (I know, I know, late to the party as usual), so if you have any suggestions on which one to read first let me know in the comments. Goodreads and Bookbub are the review sites I use if you want to follow along and get some good recommendations throughout the year.
8. Eat Healthy & Exercise More
Ah, the classic New Years resolution! This one is always on the list, but this year I’m going to stick to it! (hahaha! I mean, I’ll try at least.)
What are your goals and resolutions for 2021? Comment below! I hope you all have a very safe and healthy and fun and happy New Year!