A new year means a new set of goals for this chick. Last year, I made a set of goals that I did not even half way finish. After the start of 2015, my life completely changed. My husband and I purchased a new home, I started my YouTube channel, and a few other things happened along the way. So, my path changed and those goals quickly became nonexistent.
This year, I have decided to change up my goals a bit. In the past, I have focused solely on my blog goals. This year, I have decided to include personal goals, business goals (I consider my blog and YouTube a business), and home organization goals. It makes more sense for them to be more well-rounded instead of focused on only one direction.
So, without further ado, here is my list of 2016 goals…
Please watch my video in order to get an explanation of each goal.
If you notice, my goals for this year are pretty simple. I wanted to focus on more smaller things that I can accomplish easier rather than 16 large projects.
These goals will be located in their own tab at the top of my blog under “2016 Goals.” When I complete a goal, create a video and blog post, I will mark it off my list and attached the links to those posts on that tab.
Please make sure you watch my video with the full explanation of these goals and why I chose them over others.
Now, in addition to sharing my goals, I wanted to talk about a few different things I will be implementing in 2016. This includes my Word of the Year, Child Memory Tracker, and a look back at my reading in 2015 and the books on my list for 2016.
Word of the Year
I got this idea from Cori aka The Reset Girl. She has mentioned several times about how she chooses a word that she will focus on for the upcoming year.
Once I read her post on Instagram a couple of months ago, I immediately started thinking about what word I would focus on for 2016. I wrote down 5 words on one of my planner pages and carried them around for about 2 months. I kept looking at them and eliminating the ones that didn’t speak to me as much until I had two remaining.
It was a little difficult to narrow it down to one, but after lots of thought, my word of 2016 is…
I decided to focus on this word because first, I want to become a better wife, mother, teacher, blogger, YouTuber, etc. In a nutshell, I want to grow and become a better person overall. Second, there are some past situations in my life that have brought me a lot of pain, internal heartache, and have affected me mentally, emotionally, and possibly physically that I need to decide to let go. I over analyze every situation in my life. Not only my actions but the actions of others. I have a hard time understand why people do certain things, why they don’t act differently, and how they can live with their actions.
I have realized the only person that I can change is myself. And, the first thing I need to change is my continual reflection back to their issues. I can’t change the past or the people that affected me in the past, so I need to grow and let them go.
What an amazing year 2015 was for me and reading. After years of being a non-reader, I picked up my first book, Gone Girl, last January and gave it another shot. I set a goal to read 12 books by the end of 2015 and I exceeded my goal. I read a total of 14!
I have enjoyed reading so much and I think it is because I am choosing the right books. I read so many blog posts and reviews of books before I purchased any of the ones in the picture above. I did choose one that I just couldn’t finish because I didn’t like it. After trying and trying, I finally had to sit it aside.
I thought it would be fun to sharing my Top 3 from this group. And, let me tell you, it was not an easy thing to do. I have two books that I wanted to include has my third favorite, but forced myself to narrow it down to only one. It took some time to do that too.
#1 – What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Did you already know that was going to be my #1 favorite for 2015? I am sure several of you did because I raved about it in a Favorite Things video, plus I have recommended the book to several people through social media.
This book really spoke to me. It is about Alice, who is 39 years old. She goes to the gym one day, bumps her head, gets amnesia, and loses 10 years of her life. She now thinks she is 29 years old, pregnant, and happily married. In reality, she is getting a divorced, has three kids, and isn’t the same person. The book is about Alice’s journey to take back those 10 years.
I am a person that always second-guesses myself. I ask myself all the time if I would be happy with my decisions if things changed tomorrow. Am I a good person? Do I make others happy? So, this book was a great way for me to evaluate myself and determine what I would find out if something like this happened to me. Would I be happy with the person I am today? What would I change?
#2 – The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Let me be honest. I was not thrilled about reading this book. It got really good review on Amazon, so I gave it a shot. I thought the book was going to be hard to read since it was so long. So, it says something that my mindset went from dread to #2 on my list.
Once I opened up this book, I couldn’t put it down. I zipped through the pages and once I hit the halfway point, I wanted to find out how it ended. This was my first Kate Morton book and let me say, she is an excellent writer. She easily leads you through her books and you get deeply attached to the characters. Then, she starts taking the story into so many different directions that you don’t see coming. But, at the end, you find yourself going back and seeing how she created an amazing story.
So, what in the heck is this book about?
During a picnic at her family’s farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking crime, a crime that challenges everything she knows about her adored mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel and her sisters are meeting at the farm to celebrate Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this is her last chance to discover the truth about that long-ago day, Laurel searches for answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past. Clue by clue, she traces a secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds thrown together in war-torn London—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—whose lives are forever after entwined. A gripping story of deception and passion, The Secret Keeper will keep you enthralled to the last page.
Do yourself a favor and read this amazing book!
#3 – Leaving Time
This book was amazingly done. It is not a nonfiction book, but the amount of research that was done to create this experience blows my mind. It centers around elephants in an elephant sanctuary. Alice is a scientist who studies grief in elephants. I learned so much about elephants and realized how amazing these creatures are.
So, what is the book about?
Jenna’s mom, Alice, mysteriously disappears in the wake of a tragic accident. Jenna refuses to believe she was abandoned, so she starts searching for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals.
To help in her search, Jenna enlists two unlikely people: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.
Once I hit the second half of this book, I sat every waking moment attempting to finish it. I was blown away by the amount of information I learned plus the story that was woven through it. It was the first book that I stood in my shower after finishing and cried. It touched me that much! I will definitely reread this in the future.
So, what will I be reading in 2016? I chose 12 books that I will definitely be reading this year. I hope to read more than 12, but since my goal is a book a month, I stuck with that number. I had several still on my list to read from 2015. Actually, I have 3 new books sitting on my bookcase that I didn’t get to start. And, I read blog posts about recommended books, checked out the reviews on Amazon, and checked out social media to come up with my 2016 list.
- The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- The Nightingale by Kristina Hannah
- Make It Happen by Lara Casey
- Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
- The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
- Reconstructing Amela by Kimberly McCreight
- The Ladies’ Room by Carolyn Brown
- The Selection by Kiera Cass
- The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
I am super pumped about this list and would love to hear what made your 2016 Must Read List.
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