New Year’s Resolutions

A lot of blogs that I read are doing favorite books of 2007. I couldn’t very well choose my favorites, really, I liked a lot of them very, very much. Though I think Book of a Thousand Days could have been my favorite book I read. So there. There is my list of favorite books read in 2007.

But the purpose of this post is to write about my New Year’s Resolutions. I set a lot of goals. Makes me reach higher, really. A lot of people don’t set goals and I think it’s because they set goals based upon wishes and dreams, instead of what they know they can do if they push themselves. You should set goals based upon what you really want to do, not what you wish to do. You should also set many goals so that you can achieve at least some of them. At least, that’s what I do a lot of the times.

Some of my goals for 2009:


Finish drafts of novels I’m working on

Write a new book, for fun

Start writing nonfiction book

(I do these not with the goals of publication, but to do them. If publication happens, then great. It probably won’t, though.)


Enter three photography competitions

Do sewing project (give it to someone)

Bind a book (I looked into this the other day, it seemed fun)

Read a book a week

Garden and prune

Hike Lone Peak


3.9 G.P.A. and no B’s


Get a new job

Go on a date (ha! that would be great!)

Memorize scriptures

Read Preach My Gospel

Exercise (I am not very serious about this, since I always have the goal to exercise and rarely do it. But I know that it is healthy, so I stick it one here anyway.)

Family History

Do family search indexing

Interview grandparents

Work on website

One more thing about goal setting: it’s good to set goals that are attainable and something you can check off whether you did it or not. So instead of setting the goal: “Be more sociable,” set the goal: “Make one new friend.” The second goal you can check off, write down the name of your new friend. The first one you sit and wonder if it really happened. The second one also forces you to go out and do something, while the first does not.

So there are my goals. Hopefully I will do them all.


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