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Year-End Resolutions Update and Next Year’s Resolutions

If you recall from a previous post entitled “Welcome 2014,” I made three resolutions for this year. I resolved to publish this blog every week, to read 80 books by the end of the year, and to create a piece of art or a craft project each month. To keep me honest to these resolutions, I tried posting my progress each month on this blog. That didn’t last too long, though.

This year has been a roller coaster. I had surgery on my foot, had a miscarriage, quite a few family members has surgery, and two family members passed away. Amidst all these events, I let my resolutions die. I have not continued to make art or be crafty each month. I find my creativity is more suited to writing, though this will not stop me from creating on canvas in the future. I also did not publish to this blog every week. Some weeks took so much out of me that I had nothing left to give to the written word. Some weeks I had so much to say about what was happening that I let myself become too overwhelmed to write. I have published over 76 posts on this blog, though, and as it’s only been around for a little over a year, I say I made my 52-post quota at least.

Here are a few pictures of the art projects I have completed since last posting my progress on my resolutions:

Paintings made for our superhero-themed nursery.

Paintings made for our superhero-themed nursery.

My first attempt at painting Day of the Dead skulls.

My first attempt at painting Day of the Dead skulls.

Despite these disappointing resolution fails, I did manage to keep my resolution to read 80 books or more. I just barely squeaked by with 81 books, and although these include some children’s books, many young adult books, and quite a few graphic novels, I am proud of this achievement. Here are the books I read this year:

  1. Allen, Sarah Addison. Lost Lake.
  2. Anderson, Laurie Halse. Prom.
  3. Andrews, Mary Kay. Spring Fever.
  4. Andrews, Mary Kay. Summer Rental.
  5. Andreyko, Marc. Fairest: Of Mice and Men (4).*
  6. Bauby, Jean-Dominique. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
  7. Beukes, Lauren. Fairest Vol. 2: Hidden Kingdom.*
  8. Black, Holly. The Coldest Girl in Cold Town.
  9. Bray, Libba. A Great and Terrible Beauty.
  10. Brin, David. The Life Eaters.*
  11. Butcher, Jim. Skin Game.
  12. Chapman, Gary. The 5 Love Languages.
  13. Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  14. Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Glass Elevator.
  15. Dahl, Roald. James and the Giant Peach.
  16. Dahl, Roald. Matilda.
  17. Dahl, Roald. The Witches.
  18. DeConnick, Kelly Sue. Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster, More (1).*
  19. Dessen, Sarah. Just Listen.
  20. Dessen, Sarah. Keeping the Moon.
  21. Dessen, Sarah. The Truth About Forever.
  22. Dessen, Sarah. Someone Like You.
  23. Dessen, Sarah. That Summer.
  24. Dessen, Sarah. Dreamland.
  25. Dessen, Sarah. Along for the Ride.
  26. Dessen, Sarah. The Moon and More.
  27. Dessen, Sarah. This Lullaby.
  28. Dessen, Sarah. What Happened to Goodbye.
  29. Dessen, Sarah. Lock and Key.
  30. Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol.
  31. Dickens, Charles. Hard Times.
  32. Elwes, Cary. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride.
  33. Forman, Gayle. If I Stay.
  34. Gaiman, Neil. The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes.*
  35. Goldman, William. The Princess Bride.
  36. Green, John. Paper Towns.
  37. Greer, Judy. I Don’t Know What You Know Me From.
  38. Grossman, Lev. The Magicians. (I only read half of this book as I found the main character annoying and the plot was not worth further reading. Because I read over 200 pages of it, however, I did decide to include it on this list. Never push yourself to read a book you don’t enjoy; this could ruin your love of reading.)
  39. Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
  40. Hammond, Diane. Hannah’s Dream.
  41. Hammond, Diane. Friday’s Harbor.
  42. Hart, Miranda. Is It Just Me?
  43. Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God.
  44. Khoury, Jessica. Vitro.
  45. Kirkman, Robert. The Walking Dead, Vol. 18: What Comes After.*
  46. Kirkman, Robert. The Walking Dead, Vol. 19: March to War.*
  47. Kirkman, Robert. The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War Part One *
  48. Kirkman, Robert. The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War Part Two.*
  49. Kirkman, Robert. The Walking Dead, Vol. 22: A New Beginning.*
  50. Lewis, C. S. The Magician’s Nephew.
  51. Lewis, C. S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
  52. Lewis, C. S. The Horse and His Boy.
  53. Lewis, C. S. Prince Caspian.
  54. Lewis, C. S. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
  55. Lewis, C. S. The Silver Chair.
  56. Lewis, C. S. The Last Battle.
  57. Meyer, Marissa. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles).
  58. Meyer, Marissa. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles).
  59. Meyer, Marissa. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles).
  60. Moran, Caitlin. How to Be a Woman.
  61. O’Neal, Barbara. The All You Can Dream Buffet.
  62. O’Neal, Barbara. How to Bake a Perfect Life.
  63. O’Neal, Barbara. The Lost Recipe of Happiness.
  64. O’Neal, Barbara. The Secret of Everything.
  65. Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia.
  66. Pearce, Jackson. Cold Spell (Fairy Tale Retelling).
  67. Perkins, Stephanie. Isla and the Happily Ever After.
  68. Poehler, Amy. Yes Please.
  69. Roth, Veronica. Allegiant.
  70. Showalter, Gena. Alice in Zombieland.
  71. Showalter, Gena. Through the Zombie Glass.
  72. Showalter, Gena. The Queen of Zombie Hearts.
  73. Stiefvater, Maggie. The Raven Boys.
  74. Stiefvater, Maggie. The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle).
  75. Truss, Lynne. Eats, Shoots & Leaves.
  76. Wiebe, Kurtis J. Rat Queens: Sass and Sorcery (1).*
  77. Williams, Sean E. Fairest: The Return of the Maharaja (3).*
  78. Willingham, Bill. Fables: Snow White (19).*
  79. Willingham, Bill. Fables: Camelot (20).*
  80. Willingham, Bill. Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland.*
  81. Wilson, G. Willow. Marvel: No Normal (1).*

*These are graphic novels.

As for 2015, I do have a few resolutions for myself. These are as follows:

1. Worry less about other people’s problems.
2. Say “No” to obligations more often, and be honest about what I want to do.
3. Have more days with the TV off.
4. Write at least 52 blog posts.
5. Read at least 25 books. (With the expected arrival of our baby boy, I wanted to give myself I break on this one as I have no idea how busy I’ll be as a first-time parent.)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

May Resolutions Update

If you recall from a previous post entitled “Welcome 2014,” I made three resolutions for this year. I resolved to publish this blog every week, to read 80 books by the end of the year, and to create a piece of art or a craft project each month. To keep me honest to these resolutions, I’ll be posting my progress each month on this blog. Here we go!

You can tell by my previous posts that I have kept up with posting at least once each week if not more.

For May, I’ve read the following books, which brings the number of books for 2014 up to 50:

  1. Black, Holly. The Coldest Girl in Cold Town.
  2. Dessen, Sarah. Just Listen.
  3. Dessen, Sarah. Keeping the Moon.
  4. Dessen, Sarah. The Truth About Forever.
  5. Dessen, Sarah. Someone Like You.
  6. Dessen, Sarah. That Summer.
  7. Dessen, Sarah. Dreamland.
  8. Dessen, Sarah. Along for the Ride.
  9. Khoury, Jessica. Vitro.

Here is a picture of the craft project I did this month.

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April Resolutions Update

If you recall from a previous post entitled “Welcome 2014,” I made three resolutions for this year. I resolved to publish this blog every week, to read 80 books by the end of the year, and to create a piece of art or a craft project each month. To keep me honest to these resolutions, I’ll be posting my progress each month on this blog. Here we go!

You can tell by my previous posts that I have kept up with posting at least once each week if not more.

For April, I’ve read the following books, which brings the number of books for 2014 up to 41:

  1. Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  2. Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Glass Elevator.
  3. Dahl, Roald. James and the Giant Peach.
  4. Dahl, Roald. Matilda.
  5. Dahl, Roald. The Witches.
  6. Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God.
  7. O’Neal, Barbara. The All You Can Dream Buffet.
  8. O’Neal, Barbara. How to Bake a Perfect Life.
  9. O’Neal, Barbara. The Lost Recipe of Happiness.
  10. O’Neal, Barbara. The Secret of Everything.
  11. Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia.

Here are some pictures of the craft projects I did this month.

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March Resolutions Update

If you recall from a previous post entitled “Welcome 2014,” I made three resolutions for this year. I resolved to publish this blog every week, to read 80 books by the end of the year, and to create a piece of art or a craft project each month. To keep me honest to these resolutions, I’ll be posting my progress each month on this blog. Here we go!

You can tell by my previous posts that I have kept up with posting at least once each week if not more.

For March, I’ve read the following books, which brings the number of books for 2014 up to 31:

  1. Bray, Libba. A Great and Terrible Beauty.
  2. Chapman, Gary. The 5 Love Languages.
  3. Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  4. Lewis, C. S. The Magician’s Nephew.
  5. Lewis, C. S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
  6. Lewis, C. S. The Horse and His Boy.
  7. Lewis, C. S. Prince Caspian.
  8. Lewis, C. S. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
  9. Lewis, C. S. The Silver Chair.
  10. Lewis, C. S. The Last Battle.
  11. Truss, Lynne. Eats, Shoots & Leaves.

Here are some pictures of the one and only craft project I did this month.

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My awesome craft room/library. I’m so blessed!

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“Springtime Family.”

February Resolutions Update

If you recall from a previous post entitled “Welcome 2014,” I made three resolutions for this year. I resolved to publish this blog every week, to read 80 books by the end of the year, and to create a piece of art or a craft project each month. To keep me honest to these resolutions, I’ll be posting my progress each month on this blog. Here we go!

You can tell by my previous posts that I have kept up with posting at least once each week if not more.

For February, I’ve read the following books:

  1. Allen, Sarah Addison. Lost Lake.
  2. Dickens, Charles. Hard Times.
  3. Hammond, Diane. Hannah’s Dream.
  4. Hammond, Diane. Friday’s Harbor.
  5. Hart, Miranda. Is It Just Me?
  6. Meyer, Marissa. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles).
  7. Pearce, Jackson. Cold Spell (Fairy Tale Retelling).
  8. Stiefvater, Maggie. The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle).

Here are some pictures of the one and only craft project I did this month. He’s now happily hanging by the front door to be our Welcome Owl.

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January Resolutions Update

If you recall from a previous post entitled “Welcome 2014,” I made three resolutions for this year. I resolved to publish this blog every week, to read 80 books by the end of the year, and to create a piece of art or a craft project each month. To keep me honest to these resolutions, I’ll be posting my progress each month on this blog. Here we go!

You can tell by my previous posts that I have kept up with posting at least once each week if not more.

For January, I’ve read the following books:

  1. Anderson, Laurie Halse. Prom
  2. Bauby, Jean-Dominique. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  3. Beukes, Lauren. Fairest Vol. 2: Hidden Kingdom*
  4. Brin, David. The Life Eaters*
  5. Gaiman, Neil. The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes*
  6. Kirkman, Robert. The Walking Dead, Vol. 18: What Comes After*
  7. Kirkman, Robert. The Walking Dead, Vol. 19: March to War*
  8. Meyer, Marissa. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)
  9. Meyer, Marissa. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles)
  10. Roth, Veronica. Allegiant
  11. Stiefvater, Maggie. The Raven Boys
  12. Willingham, Bill. Fables: Snow White  (19)*

*These are graphic novels.

Here are a few pictures of the craft projects I’ve completed for January to go in our guest bedroom that was bare. I started the animal project in December but finished it in January. The other two I started and completed in January.

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Welcome 2014

Celebrating the new year is always a big deal in our society. We usher in the new year with open arms while reflecting on the past year with nostalgia and glassy-eyed reminiscence. We feel this year is the year we’ll finally do it, whatever “it” may be, and write out our resolutions. But what is it that makes the new year so welcoming for all of us? One word — HOPE. It’s a blank canvas upon which we can paint our hopes. It’s the lined journal beckoning for words with which to fill its barren pages. It’s an untarnished future upon which we can right the wrongs of our past and become the superstars of our present. All of this is achieved by that bird who has broken out of her cage called Hope. She may not have made it out last year, but she’ll make it this year.

I was researching resolutions for the new year and came across the following list from USA.gov:

  • Lose weight
  • Volunteer to help others
  • Quit smoking
  • Get a better education
  • Get a better job
  • Save money
  • Get fit
  • Eat healthy food
  • Manage stress
  • Manage debt
  • Take a trip
  • Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
  • Drink less alcohol

While I can see why these are amongst the most popular resolutions, I feel as if a lot of these should be things we should be doing throughout the year. Perhaps instead of resolutions, we should title these “reminders.” Remember to manage your stress and your debt. Remember to recycle. Remember to volunteer and to save money. Remember to eat healthy and to go to the gym. These popular resolutions also seem quite vague. In order for a resolution (or any goal for that matter) to be attainable, it needs to be measurable, timely, and achievable. We already have the timely piece of this worked out when we set our resolutions; we wish to attain these within one year at the latest. However, do we take into account measurable, practical, and achievable?

Your resolution must be able to be measured. For example, you may wish to lose weight. That’s all well and good, but there’s no point to making this resolution if you don’t make it measurable because there’s no way of telling whether you’ve achieved your desired outcome. Change your resolution from “lose weight” to “lose 25 pounds.” As far as achievable, it isn’t always a good thing to shoot for the stars. You have to shoot for a goal you know that’s within your grasp.  Going back to the weight-loss example, if you set the goal of “lose 150 pounds” and you only weigh 250 pounds, this is most likely NOT an achievable (and rather unhealthy) resolution. Change it to something you know you attain. Once you achieve your resolution, you can always make a new one if you want to push yourself farther or just be happy in what you have achieved. Yippee!

After all that writing and throughout the week, I’ve been pondering on my own hopes for this year and my own resolutions. In 2013, I read 79 books, 16 of which were graphic novels, that I can remember. Therefore in 2014, I resolve to read 80 books. I already have a list started of books I wish to read. My husband has resolved to not buy any more video games and work his way through his backlogged collection. I thought of doing this with my book collection and then thought of the “achievable” aspect of resolutions, realizing this was not possible for me. My second resolution in 2014 is to blog at least once every week. This will keep me honest about writing, and as I consume the reading around me, I will also produce a little something of my own. My third and final resolution of 2014 is to make a new art project every month. I sometimes neglect this part of my creative side, but I find this artistic avenue cathartic in ways that writing cannot be. Although I wasn’t able to produce as much art and/or crafts in 2013, I want to have at least one new piece per month by the end of 2014. I wish for 2014 to be a year of balance between my consumption and my production. That is my hope for 2014. What’s yours?