I’m not one to set New Year’s resolutions/goals at all, so this post was interesting (to say the least) to put together. 😜
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Reread my favorites. Quick frankly, when I get into a reading slump, I try to push through so I can pick up another book, hoping it’ll get me out of my slump. I think, this year, I’ll try a different route by rereading my favorites. I’m more keen on this idea since the third book in the An Ember in the Ashes series releases in June.
Don’t worry about the numbers. Truthfully, I never thought I would be one to do this. But the lingering question in the back of my mind is always, “What are they doing so right and I’m apparently doing so wrong?” No way! I have to stop thinking like that or else I’d never get anything done! I want to write and create content I enjoy and am proud of, but I’m not going to get there by copying what others are doing!
Branch out my reading list. I pride(d) myself on my blog and Instagram handle by using the word “myriad,” meaning I would read a wide genre of books. Yes, we all have our favorites and yes, I do mainly read YA. But I feel as if I’m missing out on so much by sticking to one genre. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that, but as a personal goal, I will try to read outside of my usual YA fantasy.
Stop holding onto books I only “like.” This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while now, actually. I live in a 2-bedroom apartment and currently have 3.5 bookshelves which are overflowing with books, read and unread. The bad thing is that I buy into the ‘hype’ of books, listening to others’ opinion, assuming that I’ll like it, and then go ahead and buy it. And yes, I also buy books that intrigue me, but they eventually sit on my shelves for months–years!–without me picking it up. I don’t want to collect books I only like, but rather, books I love.
Read at your own pace. This is not me pressuring myself to read. Or you, for that matter. Sometimes it’s easy for us to become overwhelmed, especially if we’re involved in social media, when we see what others are reading. Read 1 book this month? Great! Read 5 books this month? Awesome! Read 10 book? Nice! I’m the type of person who compares myself quite easily to others, so I have to remind myself constantly that I’m reading at a pace that is enjoyable for me.
I’m going to shift now to my writing goals, which yes, are still book related, lol!
So if you follow me on Twitter or even my blog for a long time, you’ll know (or maybe you don’t–whatever, it’s okay) I’m writing a book. I started this project a few years ago and within the past year or so really started to write, edit, and revise it heavily. I think it’s actually close to becoming a finished manuscript.
It hasn’t come without its crippling doubt, fear, and worry that someone won’t love it as much as I do, or they won’t comprehend the heart of the story. But I’m not even remotely close to giving up on it. I don’t know if any of my work will ever be published, but it’s never too early or late to hope and dream, right?
Query for an agent. Yes! Sometimes it’s scary to write out those words. But over the past few months, I’ve compiled a list of agents I’d like to query. This, also, doesn’t come without its fears, but I’m confident I’ll find someone who can nurture my stories and grow with me as a writer. Whether that’s with the current project I’m working on or with another project, I have faith I’ll find a connection with someone.
Finish my YA #ownvoices contemporary book. This book is giving me a headache, haha. I wrote 50k for NaNoWriMo in 2016, but I’ve restarted it 3 times already! But I actually think I’m finally getting deep into the story. I say #ownvoices a bit loosely. I’m half-Korean and while I will advocate the heck out of books by Korean authors or with Korean characters, I have come across very few with half-Korean characters so being able to relate or see myself in the book is limited.
Another shift onto more personal goals, not really bookish.
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Whether in terms of blogging, promoting your social media accounts, or in real life, I’ve realized that I am the only one who holds myself back from getting what I want. I am an introvert and generally a shy person, so it’s always been difficult to make myself the main focus. If I want to promote the hell out the things I’ve worked hard on, there’s no shame in that!
Stop saying “sorry.” Okay, this isn’t as rude as it sounds, I swear. I’ve actually noticed myself doing this more at work and in my personal life than online, haha. If someone asks me to do something and I don’t get it done mere minutes after they ask me, I say sorry! Or even if I’m disturbing someone by knocking on their door, I say sorry. Of course there are times to legitimately say “sorry” but in my own life, I’ve seen it as a way for me to turn in on myself and become submissive. I don’t want that any longer!
Don’t be ashamed to take mental health or self-care days. Man, are these so important! If I am not mentally healthy, all parts of my day and weeks are crummy. I feel like I can’t focus on my work professionally, and I sure as heck can’t focus on reading, writing, or doing things I enjoy. If someone doesn’t understand your need for days like these, it’s their loss.
Wow, I can’t believe I made it to 10! I’m going to have to save this post for later and come back to it when I’m feeling down. I hope y’all didn’t mind the shifts from bookish to writing to personal. Those are three different aspects of my life, so I want to find a way to balance them. I hope this works out!
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