New Year's Resolutions: Did you make any?

The first day of January always seems like a new beginning, or a chance to wipe the proverbial slate clean. I used to make all kinds or resolutions, but I had a hard time keeping them like most people. However it doesn't stop me from trying to think of new ways in which I can make this year even better than last year. So today I spent some time reflecting on the positives and negatives on 2012 - specifically for To Read or Not To Read. I have a lot of fun on this site, but at times it can be really stressful. So I wanted to make a manifesto of sorts about what I hope to accomplish this year. But before I get to that . . . what do you think of the new blog design? It's a totally different look from my previous one, but I think I like it. Okay, back to the manifesto.

The first thing on my list is:
I did this a lot last year. I don't blame anyone but myself. There are a lot of books I want to read, a lot of challenges I want to participate in, and a lot of events I want to attend. However it's impossible to do everything. I do realize this, but sometimes I can forget. Sometimes I make unrealistic goals and take on too much. Which is why I'm up to the wee hours of the morning trying to finish projects. During the latter part of 2012 was the worst. I had so much going on that it was impossible to keep up. So this year I'm not going to take on too much. I'm going to leave plenty of breathing room in my schedule so I can relax every now and then and just enjoy life.

The second thing on my list is:
This is fun right? Or at least it's suppose to be. During the last part of the year this blog ceased to be fun. It was more of a chore than anything else. I took some time off during the holidays, and I loved it! It was just the break that I needed. I want to do more things on this blog that make me happy. I might participate in more meme's, or find more ways to be creative. It's been some time since I've participated in a meme. I stopped because I didn't always have the time to visit other blogs who did the same meme, and I felt bad. However I did enjoy it. This year I didn't sign up for any reading challenges other than the Good Reads reading challenge. Last year I read about 146 books. I'm going to lower that number this year to 100. I think that will take some of the stress off too. I don't want reading to turn into a chore. It should be fun and relaxing. I need to get back to that.

The third thing on my list:
Confession time. I have a schedule that I write everything down in - well, almost everything. However I have the bad habit of writing things on post-its or a notebook and then NOT putting it on the calendar. This also attributes to stress. I also flag my emails and forget to go back to them. I know this makes me sound completely unorganized. However last year I did do a lot better than in years past. This year I plan to rock it!

The fourth thing is not something that really pertains to the blog, but I wanted to share it with you nevertheless. I am going to learn Latin! That's right. All my posts from now on will be in Latin. Just kidding about that last sentence. I know this must sound completely nerdy, but it's something I've always wanted to do. So I am. Carpe diem!

One last thing. I'm conducting a survey right now, and I'd really like you to fill it out. I know all of you are really busy, but it really only takes less than five minutes. I'm looking for some constructive criticism on how to make To Read or Not To Read better than ever. I am not afraid of criticism as long as it's helpful.  If you fill out the survey, you can enter to win an amazon gift card. I really appreciate you taking the time to do this. Here's the link:

I hope everyone has a wonderful 2013!


  1. I'm terrible at New Years Resolutions (my brain always tries to talk me into breaking them by January 3rd!), but you've got some excellent ones. I always think 'what's the worst that could happen' if I take a bit of time out from reading / blogging, and the answer is well, nothing really!

    Enjoy 2013!

    1. I think everyone needs a break now and then. I think it helped find my groove again :)It also gave me the opportunity to do other things that I really enjoy as well. I hope you have a great 2013 too!


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