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A New Year…A New Word…A New Focus…

January 1, 2016 Life Well Lived 12


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This past year found me floundering when it comes to reading and blogging. Every time I thought of just giving it up my sweetheart reminded me how much this blog means to me; how much my readers mean to me and how miserable I am when I haven’t been writing. Wonderful and yet weird how my very not into reading sweetie gets it.


Also, I’ve been one of those to make 3 – 4 resolutions each year and by March all 3 – 4 are completely forgotten. Although, I will admit this past year we did so much better at changing our eating habits to a much more healthy diet {ugh! I hate that 4-letter word!}. But, that’s about the only resolution I ‘mostly’ stuck with.

So this year I am doing something a little different. I remember reading last year about focusing on one word for the year as opposed to having a list of resolutions. I was reminded again when I read Sheila’s post on choosing a word for 2016.

The word I chose is actually two words: TAKE ACTION. For the past several years I have said I wanted to accomplish many things like writing a book, finishing a quilt I started for my sweetie 5 years ago, add more evergreen, lifestyle and bookish-lists posts to my blog, {try saying that phrase 3 times!} complete Emma Davies photo challenge, etc. etc.  I’m excited for this new focus and know it will help me to move forward in so many ways.

Reading Goals

With my newfound focus I’m cutting back on the review copies I will accept and reducing the number of books I plan to read in a year. I found this past year that instead of gobbling up books I felt more like savoring. So savor I shall. 52 books. One a week.

Reading a nonfiction book each month carries over into 2016.

I can’t believe I joined the Classics Club challenge a couple of years ago and still have not read {or in many cases re-read} any of the books on my list. And it’s all children’s classics – a lifetime favorite of mine! Soooo, this year I plan to read at least one book a month off of my classics list.

The other 2 books/month will either be review copies or something off of that gigantic recommended books list! I’m feeling good about this plan. It’s going to be interesting to see where I’m at this time next year.


Dearest Reader what are your New Year’s traditions? Do you make resolutions? Go with the One Word idea or something completely different?