Happy new year, everyone! 🎉
Gee, where does the time go, right? Though 2016 wasn’t the best year for the world, I had a pretty okay 2016 myself. I left teenagehood and started my 20s. I began pursuing my dream career by beginning pharmacy school. I managed to still schedule posts for this blog every month (some months with a mere 1 post-but still), completed my Goodreads reading challenge of 30 books with surpassing it by 16, and learned to achieve a better (personal) balance between my internet and real life.
Anyway, I’m in disbelief with all that has happened this past year-the bad and the good; it’s unbelievable that we’ve made it to another year already. But I hope that this year will come with good (if not better) surprises for us all. And I wish you all a very safe and healthy 2017.
And with a new year I think that means another list of resolutions is due? But before I share what goals I have for 2017, I think it’s only proper to see if I was at all successful with the ones from 2016 first.
Here are my finalized thoughts on that subject:
Evaluating My 2016 Resolutions
Overall, I didn’t do too shabby! 2016 was actually the first year I compiled a list of resolutions. Normally, in the past I wouldn’t bother because I always kind of feared I wouldn’t be able to meet my goals. I hate feeling disappointed with myself. Not to mention, I do have commitment issues when it comes to things of this sort. But I’m pleased with how well I did! Then again, a lot of my goals were pretty attainable, but that’s besides the point. Haha.
And if you’re curious of exactly what I was up to in the past year, these Summing It Up posts should prove helpful. Essentially, my SIU recaps are like other bloggers’ monthly wrap ups and favorites. I decided I couldn’t leave out mentioning them in today’s post since they make the perfect sources in rewinding the events that took place in my personnel life (within and outside reading and blogging) the previous year.
2016 Summing It Up Posts
Anyway, to not make this post too, too long let’s move onto what I hope to do in 2017.
- In the years prior, 30 books was manageable because I didn’t have a heavy load with school, but I’m bumping my reading challenge down to only 25 books this year because of the rigor of pharmacy school. That means I’d like to read about two books per month.
- Of these 25 books, I hope that 5 will be related to science or medicine. Last year I failed with reading more nonfiction so maybe this new goal will help me fix that.
- A simple but not so easy goal is I want to be able to finish reading and writing reviews for 90% of the solicited ARCs by their release dates. I’m usually good at doing this but it’ll be more of a challenge now that I’ll be bogged down academically. However, I also don’t think it’ll be too bad since I rarely request books now anymore anyway.
- If I’m planning to read 25 books, shouldn’t I be able to at least post 25 book reviews? Not to mention I have some titles that rollover from 2016 that I didn’t get a chance to finish writing a review for. Maybe those’ll help with this challenge, too.
- I’d be lying if I said spending my last days of 2016 playing catch-up and replying to the comments on this blog was not a bit insane, It’s not that I don’t enjoy reading comments or talking to bloggers, but I hate that I waited so long that a lot of the comments kind of lost their relevance. It makes sense that replying five months later is just not the same as replying, say, a week. Plus, I don’t want to appear like I’m just ignoring people (by writing, scheduling new posts but not replying to comments on the old ones). So this year no matter how busy I am with my school and personal life I want to keep up with replying to comments on my blog in a timely manner.
- My instagram game was pretty strong in 2016, if I do say so myself, but I need to venture out of my comfort zone and use Twitter more. I created that account to help publicize my blog. So I want to at the least start tweeting about new posts that I publish on Xingsings.(Summer, use Twitter to its full potential…)
- The first semester of pharmacy school was killer because it was an adjustment from taking undergraduate classes to a professional/graduate level courses. But, overall, I learned heaps and enjoyed my classes. My next goal, academically, is just to continue to survive school and maintain above a 3.5 GPA.
- The second objective is to pass my summer rotations with ease and have fun with the experience. It’ll be an added bonus if I get along with my preceptor as well. #okayi’mjustgettinggreedynow
- I’ve been delaying this but I need to get a job at a local pharmacy as an intern. Nearly all my classmates are working in pharmacies, but because I had a job (working at my family’s salon) I never thought to apply as a pharmacy technician when I was an undergraduate, which was how a lot of my friends got their internship positions.
- I got my first cavity early 2016 and discovered that I have a fear of going to see the dentist. So, to stay away from the dental office, I need to abstain from sweets! Or I need to at least try to minimize the amount of my sugar intake because at the rate I’m indulging in frappes I could become diabetic.
- I was recently given a cookbook for Christmas; now I own two. And since I’m about to turn 21, I think it’s about time to improve my cooking skills. I’m not that bad. All my dishes are actually passable and even sometimes very good, but I want to upgrade to attempting harder recipes and enhance the dishes I already know how to make.
- Working out daily was tough, so this year I just want to at least incorporate some type of workout about 4-5 times per week.
And that’s all that I have planned for this upcoming year. What about you guys? What goals do you hope to reach in 2017? 😀