December 31st – Resolution

Resolution you wish you’d stuck with. (You know, there’s always next year…)

Right off the bat, I don’t believe in resolutions anymore. The concept of making a resolution for yourself simply because it’s a New Year sounds novel, but really is futile. Most resolutions are broken within a couple of weeks of the person making them, as they were made merely because the person felt as though they had to come up with a resolution(s) simply due to the fact that it was a new year.

What I do believe in is goals or aspirations for a year, or month or what have you. A goal to accomplish something within a certain time span is a good way to go. For 2010, I have been working on coming up with a list of goals I want to complete during the year (this will be posted later on my blog).

As far as something I hoped to accomplish in 2009 that I did not, I would have to say that my goal for the year was to be back out on my own again. This partially got derailed due to my decision to move back up to Western North Carolina in 2010. Originally, when I had to come back to Florida in December 2008, I had thought that I would be moving into an apartment somewhere in Orlando, and this goal was still in my mind until about summer. By September, I knew that I wanted to instead get things together and head back up to Asheville when it was feasible. Thankfully, I spoke with my parents and they agreed that this was a good goal to shoot for. So, all in all, it is working out in the end that this particular accomplishment or goal did not get done.

This blog post is in response to Gwen Bell’s Best of 2009 Blog Challenge

2010 Reading List

I have high hopes for the new year. 2010 in my mind is going to be great. Yes, there will be downs with the good of course, but I plan on making it a year to remember.
This said, I have started to make goals for myself. One goal is to read more in the new year. I used to read a lot. Need to get back to that again, as I love reading. After deciding to do this, I had to think. How many? Just to allow myself to add new books that might come out, I’ve set my list at 25 titles. I would like to read at least 35-40 if I can though by year’s end. We shall see how that goes. Here is the list of the first 10 I plan to read. To be fair, I may end up adding something not on the list in here, but I do plan to definitely read the following:

1. Sherlock Holmes Vol. 1 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
2. The Yiddish Policemens Union by Michael Chabon
3. Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe
4. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
5. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
6. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
7. 1984 by George Orwell
8. Naked by David Sedaris
9. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
10. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Starting before January 1st with Sherlock Holmes. Will begin to read this tomorrow.