Resolutions for 2017

happy new year, loves!

Here we are, the first few days of the year in which I claim this new year for my own. Yeah, sure it's kind of frustrating for certain people, but I like claiming the new year as "mine". It fills me with this zeal to do things better, to live fuller. And even if that feeling passes by next week, I enjoy it while it's here. 

So of course, I spent some time during the last days of December thinking about promised things. The things I promised I'd do last year, the things that I'll promise again this year, and the promises anew. And as goal sharing has become sort of a tradition around here, here are a few of my 2017 resolutions.

For those of you interested in the report on last year's resolutions, I technically did not complete any of them. And although this is normally the time a facepalm emoji would come in handy, I'm actually not ashamed of that 0 for 5 record. Because despite not hitting any of them, I made pretty awesome progress on all of them. And if I'm anything at all, I'm a work in progress.

Get an agent/publishing deal.

Last year, after falling in love with my 2015 NaNoWriMo project, I resolved to get a publishing deal in 2016. Part of the 2017 me is laughing at the young, naive me, but a much larger part is insanely proud. I went into the year with half of a story and a heart full of hope, and I closed it out with a completed 113,000 word novel deep in revisions that I would consider "ready". Getting picked up for publication didn't happen last year. I entered contests to catch the eye of an agent and came up with nothing. The sting of rejection still stirs in me. But the truth is: I wasn't ready. My story wasn't ready. And it took those rejections to see that. So I spent months reworking the story, and although it's not perfect, I'm so proud of where it is now. And I'm a million times more confident, that someone else, some agent or editor or publisher, will see that too. 

Be a better friend.

It's such a shitty thing for me to admit, but friendships are hard for me when I feel lost or sad. That is to say, when I'm feeling directionless and confused, it can be hard for me to keep in touch with people, to stay connected with others people's lives. I neglect my phone entirely and miss text messages, I operate in this haze of frustration with my own life that has me losing track of time. It's such a shitty quality. I'm not sure if it makes me likable or relatable or hateable, but I hope it makes me honest. And I want to change it. Because one thing life has definitely taught me: it goes on without you, no one's gonna wait on you to stop being a shut in.  

TRAVEL.

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Isn't this on everyone's resolution list? Don't we all just want to travel to all the places and see all the things? I won't even tell you how cool I think it would be to travel the world with a copy of my favorite book and take a photo of it at all these different sites. Okay. Well I just told you. But more than just for the bookish photo ops, I really want to travel this year. Scratch that. I need to. I did not like New York a single time for pleasure last year and despite my undying love for this city, I'm getting cabin fever. 

Get in the best physical shape of my life.

The past few years have been tough for me and my fitness. I'm the kind of person who's quality of life is so inextricably linked to how I feel physically, and so when one is off, the other is close behind. It's all this endless cycle, the chicken or the egg scenario. And far too complicated to lay out right here. But, there's something about 2017 that feels very "make it or break it", and so, out of all the goals on my list this year, this the most important. 

Save more.

I'm not sure I need to say much else by way of saving money. It needs to happen. Simply to be able to say that I'm capable of it. Most adults don't treat their bank accounts like a half-way house, ya know? Not that I'm irresponsible, but like no, Kari, you do not need to purchase the 7 new releases that you won't reach for 7 months anyway. 

Fall in love with my life. 

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I feel like the older I get, the more important this goal becomes.

"Maybe because I still haven't managed to do it. Maybe because you can always do it more. Regardless, here it is." As said by me, a year ago. Always relevant.  

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You know you're book obsessed when you list your reading goals separate from your personal ones :)

  • Read 52 books.

  • Read 5 classics.

  • READ MORE DIVERSELY. I'm talking 75% of the books I read. 

  • Finish the Mistborn trilogy.


Do you make new year's resolutions? If yes, drop a few of them down below. If not, tell me why!