New Year’s Resolutions and Goals: the 2017 Edition

I’ve never really been the person to set New Year’s Resolutions, but, reading-wise, 2016 was a disastrous year for me… This is something I aspire to change in the upcoming year. We’re now a few days into the new year, and I realized there are some things I want to do differently in 2017.  And, there are some goals that I really want to achieve, things I really want to do and not postpone any longer, cross off some things off my bucket list so to speak. So I figured I’d try my hand at a New Year’s Resolution list and share it with you guys.

Finish at least one book for myself every week

I want to finish at least one book for myself every week. Looking back at the amount of books I’ve read in 2016 makes me sad… I got so wrapped up in my study and LIFE, that it became normal when weeks went by when I didn’t read at all, or the only books I read were university-related. I feel like I missed out on tons of good books and, with a little help from you, I am going to try my best to get all caught up again!

Question for you: What were your favorite reads of 2016? Leave your reply in the comments and I’ll add the books you mention to my list of books to read!

Get back into reviewing ARCs and books

I want to get back into reviewing. I’m pleased to tell you that I’m already working on this resolution! I currently have 3 ARCs at home that were sent to me to review and I’ve almost finished the first of the three books and am jotting down my thoughts on this book on the go, which, hopefully, will make writing reviews go more swiftly! I also wrote down and marked deadlines for reviews in my planner, to make it easier for myself to stay on top of them.

Another question for you: Do you have to juggle studying and blogging? How do you make sure you’re on top of it all? I should probably plan ahead more…

Start reviewing NA and Romance novels

More sexy time! Which I realize sounds odd, haha, but what I mean is that I want to start reviewing New Adult and Romance novels on the blog as well. Since I am painfully single, I get my fix in the form of books.  I never really reviewed these books on my blog, because I thought it didn’t really fit in with the Young Adult books (which I predominantly reviewed). New blog name, new resolutions, new books that will be reviewed.

Run a full marathon

In 2016 I set the goal to run a Half Marathon. I ran the Amsterdam Half Marathon in October, which was quite the experience. Some things are bound to go wrong when you do something for the very first time, this happened to me as well. I made some stupid newbie mistakes, which I shared in this post. This year I want to run the Rotterdam Marathon! Yes, that’s the full marathon, 42 point something kilometers. And yes, I am crazy, but it’s something I want to do at least once in my life, so why not in 2017? I already got my starting ticket, and training has already started, for I’ll be running this bad-boy April 9th. If you’re in the neighborhood and want to come cheer me on, do feel free!

Try new workouts or sports

I want to try different things. I know I am a good runner, I know I can lift weights in the gym (which I’ll continue to do in 2017), but I want to try new workouts. For instance, I want to go climbing (or bouldering!) and try a kickboxing class. I might want to start doing yoga at least once a week as well because it helps with the muscle soreness and it is so incredibly relaxing (and boy do I need some more relaxing in my life). I just want to try more things and, who knows, maybe I’ll find something I will love so much I’ll stick with it.

Question for you: Any fun workouts or sports that you think I should try out? Or want to see me try out? Let me know in the comments!

Start a fitness journal

I want to start keeping track of how much I lift.I know there’s progress, that I do more reps and lift heavier, but I never really wrote it down before. So when I wanted to see how far I’ve come earlier this week I pretty much blanked. I have a beautiful planner and I am going to put it to good use and write down the reps and amount of weight from now on.

So these are my resolutions for 2017! I am going to put my Erin Condren planner to good use and let it help me keep track of my reading, my blogging, and my workouts. I might share a post in the future on how I divide and format my planner to fit me best.

Do you have any resolutions? Do tell me what yours are!

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  1. Krystianna
    07/01/2017 / 03:08

    Good luck with all of this! I’m trying to read books that I want this year.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    • Iris
      08/01/2017 / 11:54

      Thank you! Ah that sounds like a good resolution to have, it’s so easy to get caught up in the books you have to read that it’s easy to forget about the ones you want to read. Good luck with your resolution!

  2. 07/01/2017 / 05:23

    This is totally random, but can I just say how much I love your blog design? :* Good luck with all your goals, Iris! Wow, a marathon seems hard, and very intimidating. And to answer your question, my favorite reads of 2016 were Crooked Kingdom and Salt to the Sea, but I have no clue if you’ve already read them.

    • Iris
      08/01/2017 / 11:49

      Thank you! You’re super sweet! I do have Crooked Kingdom, I loved Six of Crows and just need to start Crooked Kingdom REALLY soon (but first I need a little recap or reread of Six of Crows, cause I read that gem a little too long ago). I hadn’t heard of Salt to the Sea yet! Thank you for the recommendation, I’ll put it on my list :)

  3. 07/01/2017 / 23:02

    1. That is a nice, doable goal. I LOVED Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

    3. That sounds like you are starting a bulletjournal :D

    • Iris
      08/01/2017 / 11:58

      I pre-ordered Crooked Kingdom and it has been lying around FOR EVER. I really need to start reading that one (but I think a reread of Six of Crows is in order first, because it’s been a while and I don’t remember all that happened too vividly).

      And not quite a bullet journal, yet. I have an Erin Condren planner and there are quite some blank pages in there for every month to do some bullet journaling in. I’m going to try my hand at that, see how I like it, and start a real bullet journal when I feel comfortable enough with it :) I loved how yours looked (from the pictures you shared) and it inspired me to start as well!

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