Mid Year Resolutions for 2019!

 

resolutions 2019

Hello all! It’s time to check up on my resolutions for the year *DUN DUN DUNNNN*. I’ve never done this on my blog before, though I’m a big fan of mid year resolutions in general, but I figure this was better than doing my usual mad-dash-to-the-end panicked check up around November. So, let’s see how I’m getting on with it now, shall we?  

Bookish:

number 1

10 More Books from My Challenging list

Ermm yeah, this isn’t going that well. I have only managed 4. Frankly, this is cos I haven’t had much luck with the ones I have picked up. The first of the year was Atlas Shrugged… and we all know how that one turned out for me. Then there was Maps of Meaning, which contained interesting ideas, but the writing style was flawed (I recommend sticking to the lecture series for this one). Finally, I tried Vanity Fair, which was superbly written, however I didn’t connect to because the characters are AWFUL people. So yeah, excuses aside, I have a long way to go with this goal. Lastly, I recently finished Faust, which sadly ended up being a plodding “poetic” translation and I preferred Marlowe’s version. 

Updated goal: 6 to go!

number 2

10 Non-Fiction Reads

Well, I can say I’m on track for this one- I’ve managed 5 so far this year- most of which have been good. The highlight of these was definitely the Man in the White Sharkskin Suit– a random find that was super emotional and well worth the read (review to come). I’d better not be complacent though- there’s still 5 to go…

Updated goal: 5 more non-fic

number 3

5 Rereads

I’ve knocked this one out of the park! I’d actually like to try and read more, but we’ll see. 

COMPLETED!

number 4

5 Poetry Collections

Oh wow, I suck. I have completely failed this. To be fair, I’ve been reading a lot more poetry- but collections? I’ve managed just the one:

poems to live your life by

I’m also counting Faust again, because I had to get through 350 pages of verse!

Updated goal: 3 more to go!

Non Bookish:

number 5

Compile notebooks

I’ve managed to do a lot of this. In fact, I did all the ones I thought I had… then finished another notebook, which I’m gonna save for the second half of the year. I’ll calculate that as 4/5.

Updated goal: type up wolfy notebook

number 6

Complete another language on Duolingo

Soooo this one is weird, cos I did go through all the lessons in the first few months of the year- and what have I learnt: nada 😉 Okay maybe I learnt something, but I don’t remember it now. I do think I’d benefit from trying to do some grammar practice- but I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to do this- until I have time to reassess, I’m gonna give myself 5/5 and say…

TENTATIVELY COMPLETED

I do feel like I might be letting this guy down though…

duolingo sad

number 7

THE DREADED EDITING

monkey typewriter

I have done so much of this! I’ve edited books 2 and 3 of my #OverlyAmbitiousWIP and am nearly finished with 1. The problem with editing, though, is that it’s not the most straightforward of processes. I have a lot more edits for the second and third books now. Still, they’re pretty straightforward and I have high hopes for finishing this on target (if not before!). I’ve calculated this as 25/30 in terms of how far I am.

Updated goal: nearly there!

Which means I’m 71% done and my current grade is…

C-

Not fabulous, but I have time to rectify that.

And for extra credit…

I’ve decided to add a few new goals to the roster:

number 8

Art- start painting again and finish sketchbook

drawing

I’ve been working on drawings a lot more this year and I kinda want to start an Instagram for it (but I’m super nervous and not sure about it). I do want to start doing more painting (beyond Watercolours).

number 9

Yoga challenge x2

orangutan and monkey baby disco0003

Thanks to my sister dragging inviting me to disco yoga earlier in the year, I’ve actually started doing yoga (it surprised me as much as it probably does you 😉 ) I’ve been doing it a few times a week and managed one 30 day yoga challenge. So, quite simply, this is to do another two of those challenges. I think there’s enough time before the end of the year to get this done… hopefully… wish me luck!

And that’s it for now! I have made a note of some tentative goals I might add later in the year, but you won’t have to hear about them till I have my *freakout* at the end of the year 😉 I want to know if any of you have goals this year? How have you been getting on with them? Let me know in the comments!

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44 thoughts on “Mid Year Resolutions for 2019!

  1. Lily Pierce says:

    I’ve been meaning to do a mid-year check up post on my resolutions, but time is flying, haha. Interesting to see your bookish accomplishments for the year!I hate that I’ve read less books this year, but life gets in the way.

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  2. Mbalenhle says:

    Wow I actually love the idea of doing a mid year resolution post. This was beautiful to read, don’t beat yourself for the goals you didn’t achieve, you still got plenty of time ☺️❤️

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  3. Jennifer Mugrage says:

    Ha ha ha, I definitely do not make lists of books to be read, that takes all the fun out of it! But I am very impressed with yours. I think having read Maps of Meaning should actually count as fulfilling your whole list, since didn’t it take JP about 15 years to write it? So it should be worth at least 1 year of reading.

    I might not set TBR goals (except what I “really should get to” for my research), but I do have a few goals this year …
    -finish querying first WIP (make it to 100 agents)
    -figure out what to do with WIPs after rejected by 100 agents
    -move across the country
    -keep up blog
    -keep parenting my children, etc.

    As my grandma used to say, “It’s a great life if you don’t tire.”

    Thanks for a fun post.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ah I completely understand that- I’m a total mood reader, so I keep the lists *massive* and pick at random. hehe yeah it did- and it took AGES! it was good- I just preferred watching the lecture series, so would be more likely to direct people to that (and it’d probably take around the same amount of time 😉 )

      Oh wow those are huge (and awesome!) goals- good luck with them all!

      Thanks for reading!

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  4. Eustacia | Eustea Reads says:

    Ooooh, I’ve been on duolingo too and I feel like… I don’t really retain anything. And this is after one year of classes in university so I’m just hoping to retain what I’ve learnt.

    Writing/editing was a big fail for me in the first half of the year too. I’m hoping to do better for the second half!

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Oh gosh I so relate to that!! I’ve tried a few languages and the ones I learnt in school are definitely sticking better- so I’m certain that uni class will help!

      Ah that’s totally fair- I’ve had months/years like that- it happens. But I’m sure you’ll get back on track when you can 🙂

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  5. Nicole says:

    Great job! I recently checked in on my 2019 goals too, and while in some areas I’m doing great, the post succeeded in highlighting the areas I need to work on. I love your wolfy notebook cover! So cute and pretty.

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  6. cryptomathecian says:

    Didn’t make any resolution this year since I’m still working on last year’s resolution. I’m already doubting if I’m going to make it this year. What is it about? Finishing the third part of my series “The Maharajagar”. It grows into an uncontrollable Moloch! More than 300,000 words and I’m even not halfway the second chapter (there are four chapters planned!). But again, it’s not unusual for me to work more than one year on a particular new year’s resolution. I just made a principle of not making any others still the previous one has been brought to a satisfying end.

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  7. Sharon Bonin-Pratt says:

    The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit moved my heart. I’ve recommended it to others and everyone loves it. As for the re-reads – yes to all. And now you’re trying watercolor – good for you! I’ve also gotten into this media. I was an art teacher for many years, but watercolor was not my forte. It was the only college class I couldn’t get in my schedule. Now I love it. Watercolors travel easily so if you want to go someplace and then sit to paint, this is the media.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      I completely agree- it’s such a beautiful book. Thanks! I’ve actually been doing watercolour for a while (mostly the monkeys if I’m honest 😉 ) but I actually want to go back and do more oils, cos it’s been a while and I like them best. I’m really glad you like them as well 🙂

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  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt says:

    AND – good work on your WiP! I’ve just finished my millionth edit of one of my books. Now it’s time to write a query. Think this one will work? “Mom loves my story. Please represent me.” No? LOL.
    BTW, you grade yourself too hard. Grades mean nothing anyway, it’s the journey that counts.

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  9. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom says:

    It sounds like you are making great progress on your 2019 goals!

    I’m going to need more info on disco yoga though… I didn’t know that was a thing lol I’m not a big yoga fan because I am wound too tight & have zero patience 🙂 I know it has so many health benefits, but I just can’t relax enough to do yoga.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Thanks very much!

      oh it was basically a yoga class but with glitter and disco music (with the occasional dance break and drinks after). It was great! I can completely understand that- I was reluctant to do it for years for the same reasons- but it’s ended up being so fantastic for me because of all those reasons (really helps me unwind lol). Maybe try doing a random fun class and see how it goes? it worked for me 🙂

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