December 30: Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015

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I’m only an ad-hoc joiner on Top Ten Tuesday posts hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but as a lister when I see great titles like this weeks one, I have to join in.  I love New Year.  To me it’s a time to take stock, set goals and I always picture an improved Trish in the year ahead.  The reality is not much really changes but I can always try!

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The Bloggy Goals for 2015

  • My main goal for the blog is not to lose sight of why I blog.  I do it because I’m passionate about books and want to indulge that side of my personality.  I want blogging to remain fun, to continue to bring me satisfaction and to be my creative outlet.
  • My favourite posts are discussion posts so I want to incorporate lots more of those in the year ahead.
  • To be a better commenter.  I used to be better but I lagged a lot in the past twelve months, I want to do more for the blogging community as I have gotten so much from it.

The Bookish Goals for 2015

  • To read more fantasy books.  I never really read any prior to blogging but now that I’ve dipped my toe into this genre, I’m hooked.  So I need to catch up on all the fab series I’ve missed out on.
  • To re-read more.  This is my top priority goal.  I just don’t do it enough and I love that special relationship I have with old favourite books.
  • To buy less, request less and read more of books I already have.

The Personal Goals for 2015

  • Lose weight and get fit.  Again!  Sigh!
  • Follow a proper budget
  • Declutter.  I have lots of items put aside in my spare bedroom that I don’t want.  I need to photograph them, advertise them and flog them!  Other items need to be bagged for the charity shop.
  • Travel.  I love holidays and want to save hard and squeeze in two this year.

Bookish Chat :  Are any of these on your bucket list?  What is your top priority goal and if you have tips on how to follow through and actually make them happen, do let me know!

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53 Responses to “December 30: Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015”

  1. Dee @ Dee's Reads

    Those are all great goals. I share many of them! I want to keep blogging fun, and will have to make some changes to do so but I’m excited for the new year! I hope you have a great year, your blog has progress so far this year! Your new look and everything is so great 😀
    I love your idea of reading more fantasy! It’s fab!
    Dee @ Dee’s Reads recently posted…End of the Year Book Survey 2014

    • trish

      I’m kind of loving fantasy these days, Dee. I’m reading The Young Elites right now and I’m glued to it! Keeping blogging fun isn’t always easy as it’s too tempting to take on too much. This year I’m taking part in no challenges (except our Dust off your Classics 🙂 ) as I just want to keep reading as a pleasure and not something I have to do. And I’ll prob set a GR goal but I never care too much about it.
      Good luck with your goals for your blog too! And I’m so curious about your changes!

      • Dee @ Dee's Reads

        Ahh you are?! I actually read a long sample of it (which I never do) but I’m so glad I did bc I immediately ordered it, and it ca,e liked month ago. SO I’m dying to get to it. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts, I actually have quite a few fantasy titles up on my shelf like out and waiting haha.
        Ohh and as far as changes, if u go back I hinted/said it at the end of my long ass survey for end of the year. 😉 I’ll email/DM you actually if I remember, bc Im kind of nervous! 😀
        Dee @ Dee’s Reads recently posted…End of the Year Book Survey 2014

        • trish

          Eeekkk! How did I miss that! OK, that’s a huge change and I know why you would be nervous but if you stay very selective and make sure it’s someone you can work with then it could be fantastic! Don’t be afraid to hold out for the right person as in the long run it will be better all round. Good luck! And it would certainly make life easier 🙂

      • Dee @ Dee's Reads

        Oops forgot to mention that I too am going to refrain from challenges. As much as I love EM, it’s added stress, organization (which I need to put that organization more into my blog posts and my house quite frankly. Lol. Except of course, our dust off challenge. I’m quite pumped for that! I’m going to start Rebecca so,etime in Jan, to ring in the first month of the year. Idk if I’ll finish it but I’m at least gonna start 😉 haha

        • trish

          YAY, glad there is no question of either of us giving up on our Dust Off Your Classics! I think the fact that we have NO rules makes it less of a challenge and just more something I actually want to do! I like freestyle 🙂

    • trish

      I have heard a lot of people rave about Brandon Sanderson but I haven’t tried any of his books yet. They are on my (very lengthy!) to-read list. Maybe in 2015 🙂

    • trish

      Exactly, this is just a hobby not a second job! And if it’s not fun, what’s the point. Happy New Year Amanda 🙂

    • trish

      Thanks Chrissi, I think putting them all out here keeps me accountable. And I’m going to do a monthly update on them too. So I better achieve some of them! 🙂

  2. Wattle

    Travel is such a great goal to have *sigh* I’m planning a trip for a year’s time an I’m just like ‘why is it not December 2015 NOW?!’ the worst part is always coming back, it’s like you never left!

    Good luck with all of your goals for next year! I hear you on the decluttering. I occasionally consider doing just that, but then I look at all my crap, don’t know where to start, and go read a book 😛
    Wattle recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday #11

    • trish

      I love having holidays booked as the looking forward to them is fab! So now you have 11 months of anticipation and planning ahead of you 🙂 And I’m crap at following through on my goals so this year I’ve decided to do monthly blog updates on them to see if I can shame myself in to achieving them!

    • trish

      I think a lot of bloggers are working on being more selective this year. I think we’ve all felt the side effects of over committing and want more balance.
      And the decluttering is high priority for me. I hate mess and my spare bedroom is a disaster zone!

    • trish

      It sounds so simple but it can be very easy to forget! My best tip for anyone who has just started blogging is to make a note of why you want to blog and refer back to that anytime you get burnout. It works for me as it just reminds me of why I spend so much of my time on this hobby.

    • trish

      I think being active in the blogging community is always a great goal. I love meeting new bloggers and keeping up with old friends. It inspires me and ok yes also breaks my TBR but that’s another story! 🙂

  3. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    Terrific goals, Trish! I wish you luck on all of them. I love that one of your goals is commenting more often or better. I try to comment, but sometimes life gets so busy, I can’t keep up.

    I stuck mainly to bookish and blogging goals on my TTT, but decluttering is high on my list of personal goals as well. There’s so much stuff in my basement, and I don’t need a lot of it. I’ve even got books I need to pass on to another reader (the ones I’m not likely to reread; I never give away old favorites.) When I get home from our Christmas vacation, I want to get started on that.
    Lark @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard recently posted…My Top Ten Bookish Goals/Resolutions for 2015

    • trish

      Commenting is a tough one as it is time consuming but I know how much I love when I get a comment so I want to spread the love around a bit 🙂
      And even the thoughts of decluttering is giving me a headache. But I figure if I do it little and often (like my commenting!) then I’ll get there. I really want to pass on books I didn’t love too, give them a second chance with someone else!

  4. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    You have great goals for the year, Trish! That first one can be trickier than expected, it so easy to lose sight of why we blog and get stressed out.

    I’m going to have to make some book related goals. I don’t really make goals for my normal life because it becomes a sort of pressure to me, so I just stick with being happy, lol.
    Michelle @ In Libris Veritas recently posted…Introducing Indie-Visible 2.0!

    • trish

      I think my book related goals are to have less structure so aren’t really goals just a reminder that reading is fun! I know making goals can add pressure but I’m hoping that mine are loose enough that it won’t that way for me.

    • trish

      Good luck with your getting healthier goal! It’s always a regular feature on my yearly lists but oh well at least it refocuses me every year 🙂

    • trish

      I think all my Fantasy books will be YA ones as that is the way that Fantasy works best for me. The series I’m most looking forward to starting is Throne of Glass so there should be a review on that at some stage! If I follow though on my resolutions 🙂

    • trish

      I like the idea of Fit Readers, I’ll look forward to your posts on your progress. I’m not ready to join in a group as for me personally, it adds pressure and I’m trying to make all my goals low key and just part of my life. I can tend to get obsessed so hopefully this approach will work. Good luck with all your goals Berls, I hope 2015 is a happy one for you 🙂

  5. Leslie Ann

    These all seem like great goals. I love rereading, it’s one of my favorite bookish pleasures.

    What fantasy series have you read and enjoyed so far? I love fantasy, it’s my favorite genre, and I’d be happy to recommend some books. I can’t not suggest you read His Dark Materials, if you haven’t already. I’m a lifelong fantasy fan, and to this day, it’s the best books I’ve ever read, in any genre.
    Leslie Ann recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2014 (Bookish or Otherwise)

    • trish

      I love YA fantasy. The ones I enjoyed most this year were The Bone Season, Grave Mercy and The Raven Boys. I will look in His Dark Materials, thank you so much for the recommendations. I’m always glad to get suggestions as I haven’t read widely in this genre at all.

  6. Angie @Angela's Anxious Life

    I really need to write up some discussion posts. I haven’t sat down and thought of any lately. I love when they just come to me in the middle of the night. I just decluttered a room in my house!! I bought new bookcases and just went through the library closet and shelves. It felt good actually. Goodbye old things!
    Angie @Angela’s Anxious Life recently posted…Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015

    • trish

      I’m like that Angie, I can’t plan discussion posts. They just come when they come. If I try to force it, then it shows and doesn’t work. So instead I just make the most of the inspiration when it hits!
      Decluttering feels great. I often think that the thinking about it is the worst part.

  7. Asti

    Love your list! And if I were doing them, many of mine would be similar. I definitely want to work on being a better blogger – both doing discussions again and commenting on other blogs. I think at a certain point it’s just so hard to keep up with everything that something has to give, and for me commenting has been one of those gives. I can’t imagine my life is going to be any less crazy this upcoming year, but I’m hoping I can be a little better at this, even if I’m still not where I was in the beginning.

    I hope you have an amazing 2015 Trish! 🙂
    Asti recently posted…Bookish Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

    • trish

      You are already a great blogger Asti and I don’t think you need to work on it! Just be you, that’s what keeps people returning to your blog over and over.
      Commenting can be some time consuming and I’m trying for little and often this year. I will never do all I want to be and I have learnt to live with that.
      Happy 2015 🙂

  8. Jenna @ Rather Be Reading YA

    I am terrible at coming up with discussion post topics but I want to try to do more of them. I do have a couple of ideas that I’ve started. I just need to finish those posts.

    Fantasy is so popular in YA and I really want to like it, but I haven’t yet found much that appeals to me. I love fantasy TV and movies though! I’ll keep searching.
    Jenna @ Rather Be Reading YA recently posted…Picks of the Month: December 2014

    • trish

      I think with discussion posts I can’t plan them, I just have to do them when inspiration hits. And they come when I don’t think about it. At least you have some started, that’s more than I have right now!
      Happy 2015 Jenna 🙂

    • trish

      I know, believe me I know. But I also know I feel great when I do exercise and eat properly. So I’m trying to make both a priority again this year.

  9. Greg

    I like your goals. I enjoy fantasy but I didn’t read much of it this year, hoping to get back into some good ones in 2015. And I like discussion posts too- but then I don’t do very many. Good luck with your goals- and have a great New Year!
    Greg recently posted…Favorite Books of the Year

    • trish

      Thanks Greg. When you like lots of genres, it’s hard to fit them all in. Hope we both read some great fantasy books this year 🙂

  10. Cait @ Paper Fury

    These are fabulous goals!! I’m still working on my list. XD I know I want to read more fantasy too! I do love it but I usually just squish past it and get something delightfully easy and paranormal. heh. SO MORE EPIC FANTASY! I also want to read everything I own. Which probably will be seriously hard because shiny new books are so tempting. 0.0
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!
    Cait @ Paper Fury recently posted…Wherein Rooms by Lauren Oliver Completely Surprises Me

    • trish

      That’s it exactly! Fantasy isn’t an easy read as you have so much to take in and remember. But once you get past that, I love it. Fingers crossed that we have some epic fantasy ahead of us both in 2015!
      And damn those shiny new books that dazzle us and call us 🙂

    • trish

      Exactly, maintaining those relationships takes time and so does making new ones. But it’s so worth it as I love having all the bookish people in my life!

  11. Lola

    Great goals! I think keeping sight on the fact that blogging is supposed to be fun is very important. I want to read more fantasy again this year as well. It used to be my favourite genre, but I love a lot of other genres as well now, so I haven’t read as much fantasy as I want to. I already started the year with an urban fantasy book, so that’s a nice start 🙂
    Lola recently posted…Lola’s Ramblings: Happy New Year!

    • trish

      That happened me with thrillers in 2013. They are one of my fav genres but once I started blogging, I came across so many new YA books that I wanted to read that I forgot all about thrillers. But i came back to them in 2014, remembered how much I adore them and got really excited about them again. I hope that happens you this year with fantasy. Looks like you are off to a great start!

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