Here we are, the end of the year. I have to say, 2014 did not turn out the way I had planned it back in December of 2013. I imagined I’d be writing like the wind by now, instead, I spent my year on personal reflection and in therapy.
I don’t regret a thing.
Spending this year in therapy has taught me a lot about who I am as a person and who I was. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to being that person who existed a year ago. That person was very bitter, rude, self-agonizing and self-destructive.
The person I am now is better, more whole, but still healing from the wounds that were inflicted – both self and done to me. The new me is looking forward to next year, and as a result, is making different resolutions than the year before. So I’m going to list the resolutions below that I’ve decided on for the year of 2015.
1. Spend more time on me – I’m including journaling, art, walking and weight loss, actually getting my hair cut when I need to, not when I can’t stand my hair anymore. These things I neglect when I get in to a self-destructive spiral, so I’m planning on having less of them next year.
2. Write more – Even if it’s journaling, I’m going to write more in this coming year. So look out, there might be more stories from me in the future!
3. Reading! – I have this great list I stole from Tumblr. I fully plan on reading most of the list. If you all want to follow along with me, I’ll type up the list below.
Ellie’s Stolen Reading List for 2015
- A book with more than 500 pages
- A classic romance
- A book that became a movie
- A book published in 2015
- A book with a number in the title
- A book written by someone under 30
- A book with non-human characters
- A funny book
- A book by a female author
- A mystery or thriller
- A book with a one-word title
- A book of short stories
- A book set in a different country
- A non-fiction book
- A popular author’s first book
- A book from an author you love, that you haven’t read yet
- A book a friend recommended
- A Pulitzer prize-winning book
- A book based on a true story
- A book at the bottom of your to-read pile
- A book your mom (or dad) loves
- A book that scares you
- A book that is more than 100 years old
- A book based entirely on its cover
- A book that you were supposed to read in school, but didn’t
- A memoir
- A book you can finish in a day
- A book with antonyms in the title
- A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
- A book that came out the year you were born
- A book with bad reviews
- A trilogy
- A book from your childhood
- A book with a love triangle
- A book set in the future
- A book set in high school
- A book with a color in the title
- A book that made you cry
- A book with magic
- A graphic novel
- A book by an author you’ve never read before
- A book you own, but have never read
- A book that takes place in your hometown
- A book that was originally written in another language
- A book set during Christmas
- A book written by an author with your same initials
- A play
- A banned book
- A book based on, or turned in to a TV show
- A book you started, but never finished
So there it is, my reading list for this year. Rather ambitious, but I like it.
… even if I did steal it from someone else.
I can’t think of anything else at the moment for resolutions. I’ll probably add a couple more later, but for now I think this works.