Friday, December 27, 2013

5 year plan -no. 19- read at least 100 books total

This is one of those goals that should not be hard at all for me but probably will. Reading 100 books (of my choice by the way) in the next 5 years sounds reasonable. When I was a little younger I would devour books like candy until the rest of my life got in the way. Now for whatever reason I have a hard time concentrating when I read or carving out the time to do it in the first place, even though I really do enjoy it!

Shortly after I made my goal list I came across this post at the blog Freda's Voice. It's a post encouraging others to participate in a 100 books year challenge.

So I've decided to go for it and do my best to read 100 books in the year 2014. I'm going to link over to the post as a participant and I encourage others to do the same. I think it will be good for me as reading is not only good for my intellectual mind but my soul as well.
This post will be my link back to keep track of the books I have read/am reading. Wish me luck!

Books Read:
1.) Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin

2, 3, 4.) The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
I've been wanting to read these books forever. I love the first two movies so I knew I'd like the books even more. Loved, loved, loved them except.....very disappointed with the ending to the 3rd book. Without giving a total spoiler alert I will just say the "happy ending" was not nearly as happy as it should have been. You could have done anything with this book Suzanne, why did you have to end it in such a 'real-life' way. I was horribly depressed the whole next day after finishing it.

5, 6, 7, 8.) Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.
I was actually not super impressed by the movies but after reading the books and really liking them I watched the movies again and this time enjoyed them a lot more. I don't care at all that it seems to be uncool now to like these books, I really enjoyed them. By the way Suzanne, Stephenie knows how to end a book correctly, with a super happy, better than reality ending. I'm personally looking to books as an escape, and they don't provide much escape if the ending isn't as described above.

9.) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
10.) Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist
11.) Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Witson
12.) The House by Danielle Steel
13.) Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron

+6 books that will remain nameless due to the fact they were basically smut so I'm a little embarrassed. :)

Jan 2015 update:
So that is 19 books total for the year. That is nowhere near the 100 I aimed for BUT it is 19 more than I had read in 2013 so I am proud of myself! In 2015 I'll try again and hopefully get closer than 2014. I have greatly enjoyed getting back to reading and am excited to read even more in the next year!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

5 year plan

So, my health coach (yes, I'm occasionally seeing a health coach) suggested I do a re-start with my goals by doing a 5 year plan of sorts. Specifically she asked me to write down a description or list of where and what I'd like to be in 5 years. It made me think a lot about how the last few years are a blur and how I don't want the next few years to be a blur as well. I made a specific list of goals I'd like to have completed in the next 5 years to give myself some focus.

Here's my list (in no particular order):
  1. Reach my UGW
  2. Start running
  3. Run a 5k
  4. Exercise/gym regularly (3x week minimum)
  5. Achieve a 90% vegan diet (consistent)
  6. Start yoga (again)
  7. Master basic yoga moves
  8. See P!nk live in concert
  9. Get tickets for Blue Man Group (for Joe)
  10. *personal* -relating to relationship with Joe
  11. Take a real vacation with Joe
  12. Go to Silver Dollar City with Mom
  13. Build and maintain an emergency savings fund
  14. Be actively paying on all debts
  15. Start and catch up with Zoe’s scrapbook
  16. Watch AFI’s 100 films/100 years list
  17. Read The Power of Now until I understand it
  18. Read list of “great books” I will compile
  19. Read at least 100 books total
  20. Get a tattoo
  21. Get pink highlights or allover pink hair at salon
  22. Learn to meditate
  23. Practice meditation at least 3x week
  24. Learn to use sewing machine
  25. Get through my Photoshop Elements instruction book
  26. Learn to crochet
  27. Crochet full size blanket
  28. Blog at least 2x week
  29. Reach 500 blog followers
  30. Learn how to take awesome photos
  31. Quit my diet coke habit
  32. Journal at least 3x week
  33. Set up and use a planner daily
  34. Achieve and maintain recovery from my ED
  35. Make and follow a basic meal plan
  36. Try at least 50 new recipes
  37. Put together my own ‘cookbook’ of fave recipes
  38. Achieve and maintain a clean and uncluttered home
  39. Make/do 50 pinterest projects and blog on them
  40.  Have an awesome 40th birthday party