Resolutions: My Top Ten for 2016

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten TuesdayWelcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is the Top Ten Resolutions for 2016. I have a LOT of resolutions, but I’m only going to list ten here. If I listed them all, you’d be extremely bored and never come back.


My Top Ten Resolutions for 2016

10. Start exercising
After my baby was born, I cut down on sugar in my diet and I’ve been SO much happier. Not only do I not get the dramatic highs and dips from my blood sugar swinging around like a pendulum, but I am 15 lbs lighter than I was before I got pregnant! I haven’t weighed this little since I was a teenager. So now the next step is to get in shape. I’m horrible at working out and I want to make this year the year I stick with it. I’m not going crazy, just doing some cardio and strength training twice a week. Something doable.

9. Go to the Temple
If you’re not LDS, this one probably won’t make much sense, so feel free to skip ahead. Since I got pregnant with baby #3, I haven’t had the chance to go to the temple and it’s been way too long. I want to get back in the habit of going.

8. Read the books on my bookshelf
Book stackI have dozens of books on my bookshelf that I have either won, bought, or received as gifts. I want to read them! I know I won’t be able to read all of them this year, but I would like to read some of them.

7. Read the rest of my review books
I am SO close to eliminating my enormous TBR pile. It’s taken me almost 2 years to whittle it down to the point it’s at now and I want to finish it off. It has been such a burden on my mind and I can’t wait to get rid of the nagging part of my conscience that keeps reminding me of it.

6. Find out if a book blog can be profitable
This may seem like a funny resolution, but I really do want to know if it can be done. None of the book blogs I know of are profitable (including this one), or they make a very small profit. I want to know if it’s possible for a book nerd to actually make a living writing about books, and I intend to find out. I’ve always blogged because I like reading and I like the community of readers and bloggers online. I don’t want that to change, but I’d like to make this blog more than what it currently is. Which leads me to my next goal:

5. Get my review service up and running again
I started a review service some time ago where authors could make their books available to my readers. It was going quite well. Then I had a baby and it all came to a halt. That baby is 8 months old now, and I want to get things going again. The bonus to having a break from it is that I was able to reassess how things are going and make adjustments to provide an easier, safer experience for both author and reader.

4. Paint more
Savior by Dena McMurdieI painted this watercolor portrait of Christ last year and loaned it to our community’s annual nativity display. The response I got was overwhelmingly positive. I have a degree in fine art, but I haven’t painted much in recent years. I’d like to do more this year.







3. Write more
I love writing. I’ve wanted to write books for as long as I can remember, and I’ve made up my mind that this year, I’m going to start exercising my writing muscles. I write articles for websites, but I’d like to write for fun, too. I joined Wattpad, so if you’re on that site and want to connect with me, please do so! This leads right into my next goal:

2. Write a(nother) picture book
I’ve written several picture books (and novels, too), but nothing worth publishing. I want 2016 to be the year I write that amazing picture book that’s sitting on the edge of my mind. I plan on illustrating it too. Even if it only graces the shelves of my kids’ bookshelf, I’ll be able to cross that one off my bucket list.

1. Spend more quality time with my kids
This is the most important one. When I’m old, I doubt I’ll wish that I spent more time working, or reading, or picking my nose. I’m going to wish I spent more time with my kids. Quality time, to be specific. Mommy-daughter dates, a family book club, playing games, and cooking together. Those are the best memories to make.


What are your New Year’s resolutions?


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    January 5, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I was avoiding making a list, but I’m thinking maybe I should.

    Write the vision and make it plain.

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      January 6, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      I always feel like goals are easier to achieve if I’ve written them down. Good luck!

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    January 5, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    I’m with you on reading books on my bookshelf. I have to stop myself from requesting arcs and going to the library since I have so many that I paid for to read at home. Good luck with your resolutions. Here is my TTT

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      January 6, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      I have to just avoid NetGalley and Edelweiss, otherwise I end up requesting a bunch of books. Ha ha.

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    January 7, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Good luck with all your 2016 resolutions!
    My TTT:

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    SDCB Steph
    January 9, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    These are all great goals. I hope that you are able to get your review service up and running again. I know a baby can really change things. We had our first grandchild this year and I feel all in a tizzy. I can’t imagine the juggling act again as a mother. Here’s to a successful 2016.

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      January 10, 2016 at 3:54 am

      Thank you! It’s pretty hectic around here, but I really hope I can accomplish my goals this year too. Congrats on the first grandchild!

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