2017: Resolutions and Plans

2017: Resolutions and Plans

Hello lovely readers, and welcome to 2017!

It’s Katarina here, and I want to talk about a few of my favorite things: goals and plans. If you know me or my family (well, one half of it), you know that lists and planning reign supreme. More than one panicking moment has been resolved by the creation of a list, and Colin has been known to calm me down by suggesting we start a list when I get overwhelmed. What can I say? I married someone who truly gets me.

As someone with a type-A personality, planning always calms me down. On top of that, I’ve discovered that having achievable goals in the last few years can be very motivating for me. In 2014, Colin and I worked out every day for 100 days straight. In 2015 and 2016, I completed a novel-length manuscript in the month of November as part of National Novel Writing Month. We trained for and ran a 5K this year, something I never thought I would do. Goals are good. Goals are my friend.

So, it’s not entirely surprising that I also like New Year Resolutions. While I have a few that aren’t very concrete (be more appreciative, for example), I found it’s good to have ones I can check off the list. Here are a few I want to keep this year:

  • Try new things in the kitchen. Learn to make different types of food, from hand made pasta, to croissants, to some of our favorite Indian and Chinese dishes.
  • Keep up my writing habits. Write at least a few times a week, whether for a project, this blog, or using a writing prompt.
  • Read diverse books. This means books by diverse writers, in different genres, and with varying subject matter. I’d also like to read a book set in each new country that we visit, as well as several set in Berlin.
  • Finish a half marathon. We’re all signed up to return to Paris to run with my sister in September, so that means a lot of training in the coming months.
  • Upload my photos in a timely fashion. With all the travel we do, I’m about seven months behind on curating our thousands of photos. I love sharing them, so I need to be more timely about this!
  • Grow the blog and reach out to other bloggers. There’s a great community out there that we still need to tap into!
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Here I am making eclairs in Paris! Lots more baking to learn!

We’ll obviously also be traveling, but we only have a few trips planned (a Mediterranean cruise with Colin’s parents in May, and Paris, London, and Ireland with my brother and sister in September), so we have a lot of trips to figure out.

So this is where you come in! Help us plan for 2017 by answering a few of our questions:

  • What are challenges you really like? Any that you completed and felt awesome about?
  • Which books should I read? What are your favorites recently?
  • What cuisine should I make? Should we blog about it?
  • Which blogs should I be following?
  • Where should we travel to? We have all of Europe in our backyard – what shouldn’t we miss in 2017?

We’d also love to hear about your resolutions and goals. We’re all in this together, and we’re going to show 2017 who is the boss!

Adventure on!

-Katarina

3 thoughts on “2017: Resolutions and Plans

  1. You guys are coming to London in Sept? Yay! some thoughts (in list form, of course!)
    Travel:
    – Sardinia
    – Provence (rent a car, drive around)
    – Venice
    – Iceland
    – Croatia
    – Vienna (and Salzburg)

  2. READ DIVERSE BOOKS! YES! I CAN HELP WITH THIS!!

    First– check out this post: http://readdiversebooks.com/the-ultimate-diverse-reading-list/ My friend Naz @ Read Diverse Books put together a list of over 300 books with diversity prominently featured.

    Second– here are my favorite diverse books of 2016:
    – Lock In by John Scalzi – the main character has Lock In Syndrome. It’s a real disease. Look it up and be terrified.
    – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – this is probably one of the BEST books I read in 2016. It prominantely features a blind girl.
    – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky – Spoilers if I tell you. Sorry.
    – The Color Purple by Alice Walker – an epistolary novel from the perspective of a black woman in southern Georgia in the 1930s-1940s
    – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafazi – It’s an amazing book.
    – American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang – a graphic novel about Chinese immigration. I didn’t connect well, but I wasn’t prepared.
    – All the Bright Places by Jennifer Nevin – you’ll cry a lot. That’s all I’ll say.
    – Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – Just read it. A beautiful graphic novel with lots of laughs.
    – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – it’s an amazing story of friendship and everyone should read it. Colin included.

    I have more waiting. 🙂 Just let me know.

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