Goodbye 2017: Goals for the New !! Year !! that I Probably Will Not Achieve // 2018??? Already??? Who Allowed This

If you don’t know already, I LOVE goals.

I really don’t know why??? I think it’s because I’m pretty competitive, especially with myself. So I love to make goals and check them off and pretend I’m successful in life, when really, I am not.

Plus I have something to aim for! Instead of wandering around aimlessly and randomly, trying to figure out what to do in my life!

And if I fail at everything, it at least provides me with something amusing to laugh at, at the end of next year, wondering how the heck I thought I could succeed at any of this. (I have weird coping mechanisms???)

So to 1) pretend I’m successful, 2) give me SOME kind of purpose in life, and 3) have something to laugh at next year if I fail, here are my goals for the new year of 2018 (which is coming up way too soon who allowed this)!!!

This is my fourth (WHAT) post in my mini-series “Goodbye 2017”, which is the most unoriginal name you’ll ever find!! You can read the previous posts HERE (1)HERE (2), anddddd HERE (3). Go read them if you haven’t.

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READING

  • Read 100 books. I’m currently on my 100th book of the year & almost finished with it, so 100 books seems like the right amount of books for me to aim for! Plus 100 is just such a “whole” number and I like it.
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  • Read more diversely. I’m a HUGEEE advocate for diversity in books, and I’m determined to read more diverse books in 2018!! It’d be amazing to read ALL diverse books, but I don’t think that’s possible (sadly).
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  • Keep track of reading stats in a… spreadsheet. LISTEN. I KNOW I SOUND LIKE A NERD and I am BUT I REALLY LIKE KEEPING TRACK OF READING STATS. I’ve already prepared one, which will include book’s ratings, genres, number of pages, diversity “levels” (for lack of better word), and more. I’m SO EXCITED.*
YOU CAN BARELY SEE IT BUT I’M SO EXCITED
  • Read more ARCs! I’ve requested more ARCs but haven’t been approved for any (or at least haven’t been replied to, which is understood). I’m hoping to be approved for at least four ARCs?? To see that I’ve somehow improved more than this year’s amount of ARCs???
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  • WRITE. MY. REVIEWS. I think I have like 11 reviews to write???? And I really need to write those old reviews so I can start writing my reviews for the new year on time. (But let’s be serious, it probably isn’t happening because I am a lazy piece of rotten cabbage. Someone eat me.)

*I mean, I literally have no idea how spreadsheets work???? But apparently my little sister is some genius so I’ll force her to do everything for me ask her politely for tips.

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WRITING

  • Rewrite Glittered Ghosts. I’m hoping to be completely done with GG by April. I’m just going to re-brainstorm, re-outline, and re-write and then SET IT ASIDE. (Except for editing the first 14K for a writing contest.)

  • Write another novel! I have NO idea about what this novel will be, but I definitely want to write another novel this year!! I don’t know how hard that would be to achieve but I WILL do it!! Even if I do it for bragging rights!!!*
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  • Brainstorm & develop other plot bunnies. I REALLYYY want to write a novel with an Asian MC, but the only way I’d be able to execute the rep in the way I want to is to write a contemporary, and I… suck at contemporary. But I also want to explore the magical realism genre—and also perhaps a few fantasy ideas???
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  • Write 5K in one day. My current record is 3.4K in a day or something, but I REALLY want to push myself to write 5K. My main problem is just staying motivated enough to write for that long, but I have a feeling I’ll be able to reach this?? Or at least 4K???

*Just kidding, that’s horrible and something I would NEVER ever do.

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BLOGGING

  • Reach… 1500 followers??!?!? I got to 1K followers (!!!) in less than a year, which is honestly AMAZING to me. But for a majority of the year, I was posting three times a week?? So I probably won’t be able to get another 1K if I post twice a week. BUT 1.5K IS AMAZING AND I’D BE COMPLETELY HONORED TO GET IT BY THE END OF 2018.
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  • Finish up my new blog design! A lovely blogging friend of mine made a few BEAUTIFUL design elements for me. I’ve been playing with other WordPress themes (they all suck) and I think I’ve FINALLY settled down on one. So I’m SUPER excited to implement the new design!!!

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  • Take all the breaks I need. This is highlighted in my little “Life” goals section next buuuuuut I really do want to start existing in the real world & not so much online!! So if I have to take breaks to achieve that, I will.
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  • Make a new blogging/internet friend. I’ve made SOOOO many amazing internet friends from blogging & Goodreads (and I’m not giving shout-outs JUST yet). I’d loooove to make at least one new one in 2018!! Chatting with my internet friends makes me SO happy aaagghhhh.

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LIFE

I literally have no life but okay

  • Exist more in the real world. Here’s a little more of an in-depth reflection on this past year & how much blogging & Goodreads have affected me, but I know that I’ve been spending so much time existing in the online world that I forgot to exist in the real world. So this may mean more hiatuses or mini-breaks in 2018, but if it means spending more time with my loved ones outside of the internet, I’m happy with that.
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  • Drink more water. I don’t know how successful I’ll be with this one, but I REALLY REALLY want to drink more water in 2018. I drink like,, a few sips a day??? Which is weird, because for a person as salty as me, I should be drinking LOTS. (HAHAHHA I’m sorry.)
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does drinking water count if it doesn’t go in my mouth
  • Learn more things about myself. 2017 was all about discovering new parts of who I am & realizing things about myself. And now that I’ve discovered those things, 2018 should be the year that I learn more about it and become more concrete in everything.
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  • Take care of myself, not get so anxious, and de-stress. This is probably my most important goal (besides like, drinking water because without water I WOULD DIE). Self-care & self-love are so so important, especially in the world we live today. In 2018, I hope that I’ll be able to care for myself properly and try to tone down the anxiety & stress. Because life is WAY too short* to be worrying over everything (tho sometimes it can’t be helped).

*Watch me die when I’m over 100 years old just to prove myself wrong.


shall we chat

what are some of your goals/resolutions for 2018? are you weird & like to make goals like me? how many books are you planning on reading? got a WIP you want to work on? and MAKE SURE TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, LOVELIES!! you’re the only you in the world, so don’t hate on yourself because you’re AMAZING!! <33 see y’all in 2018!!!

sign off 2.0

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95 thoughts on “Goodbye 2017: Goals for the New !! Year !! that I Probably Will Not Achieve // 2018??? Already??? Who Allowed This

  1. Yay WIP! I think Asian plus magical realism could be really cool if you could get an idea to do both ideas justice together. I need to write a lot more! I always start novels but never finish them – I’ve been doing this for four years and now I have 9 decently started novels and nothing even finished to the end of a first draft. This year, one of my main writing goals was to finish ONE FIRST DRAFT! I did not. Although I did decide one of those WIPs was so messed up that I’d start rewriting it! Changed some character traits and added a perspective and also aliens so it feels much more interesting, full, and the characters much more real.

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    1. Yeah, I really want to include specific things about the Asian rep that may not fit into magical realism?? But I’ll find a way!!

      Aww, I’m sorry you haven’t finished a draft yet!! But I’m dure this year you will. 💜 And great idea to rewrite something and add new things — it makes everything so much more exciting!! GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING IN 2018! 🎉

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  2. planning who?? i suck at making actual goals,, yours are like actually realistic and attainable if you try hard enough but when someone asks me “what do you want to do in 2018?” my first response will probably be “eat a tree” or something i’m bad at being realistic.

    that aside, i really really want to write a novel in 2018. i actually have a plot in mind for once?? i’ve written the skeleton of the outline and all the details will probably just come to me while i’m writing. so i’m really hyped for this!! it’s going to be fantasy and from the point of view of the “bad guy”.

    i also want to start another blog?? one for writing and poetry and stuff because i have so much i want to share with everyone,, i probably won’t be able to keep up with two blogs and schoolwork and real life so i’m kind of wary but i’m still going to do it because, like i said above, i’m bad at being realistic.

    like this year, i’m going to keep my reading goal 150 books because i like disappointing myself

    aLSO DRINK WATER MAY IT’S IMPORTANT TO STAY HYDRATED

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    1. hahahhah thank yooou!! and yeah, I COULD be snarky with it & make some unrealistic goals, but I really do want to achieve these things in 2018! 😊

      ahhh I’M SURE YOU’LL BE ABLE TO WRITE A NOVEL!!! I wish you the best of luck with it! it already sounds amazing haha. and oh yes I LOVE stories from the villain aka anti-hero!!!

      oooooohh a poetry/writing blog would be great!! perhaps you could just post poems instead of full-fledged writing posts, so it might be a little easier on you??

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  3. I really want to make some goals for next year, but… I don’t actually have any specific goals to set… I know how many books I want to read, and that’s about it. So goals might be hard. But I’m really determined to set some. (Yeah I’m strange…)

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  4. MAY GO WRITE THOSE REVIEWS! They deserve to be written!
    Jk but yay you for writing that much!! That’s amazing! Good luck with your writing and blog in the next year!!

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  5. I LOVE your goals!😍😍 I can definitely relate to a couple of them! 😊 Good luck with achieving them! 👍😉 And HAPPY NEW YEAR, MAY! 💖🎉🎉 I hope 2018 will be an even better year for all of us with much more happiness & positivity!🙂 AWESOME Post – as always! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  6. ummm not doing shoutouts JUST yet —> HAS ME FREAKING SQUEALING WHAT A FREAKING TEASE YOU LITTLE BINCH. No, No, NOT BENCH Grammarly. But I have a feeling you’ll do on the Perpetual Page Turner recap thing? Because of thats one of the questions? HMM. Making predictions here.

    Ahh, I laughed quite a bit in this one. Funny moments:

    -and for someone who is as salty as me, i need water
    -Life (i literally have no life)

    AND THAT’S IT. But gahhhhh funnier than usual posts :)))))))))))) Just kidding, dude, calm down, you’re nearly always funny when you want to be.

    AND GOODBYE 2017 IS A GOOD NAME. I’ve seen other bloggers use it do so idk if it’s original but I like.

    100 books sounds good!! I think you can do it MAYY! I’m cheering for you. I WANT TO READ MORE DIVERSLY TOO. I think only 40% of my reads this year were diverse BUT HOPEFULLY, if I actually read a Silvera BOok or Albertalli book next year OR their co-book I CAN UP THAT. OMG, CAN I COPY YOUR SPREADSHEET IDEA? CAN I?

    Good luck on the ARCs? Will you by any chance…be making a NetGalley account? Just curious. ^^ . AHHAHAHAH I have only 2 RTC’s to do but I hate myself for it BECAUSE HOW DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED IN BOOK FROM 3 months ago? WHAT KIND OF WITCH ARE YOU.

    And ahhh Glittered Ghosts!! I CANNOT WAIT TO READ!!! Edits will be painful but YOU CAN DO IT MAY WHOOP WHOOP! I’ve written 7k in one day (and it was a school day too) but literally the last 2k was “uoufjb kf skatteen dhjhkf jajiohsfjh he siaos” I KNOW I SAID THIS BEFORE BUT I AM JUST EMPHASIZING MY POINT OKAY ITS TRUE.

    Ahh, 1.5k followers! SO EXCITING. I think you’ll get closer to 2k like um 1.7k followers? BUT ANYWAYS GOOD LUCK ON WHATEVER YOU GET.

    AND EEP! I am so excited about your new blog design May. I HOPE IT WILL LOOK PRETTY AND I WANNA SEE EVERYTHING aghhhh.

    And yeah! Definitely, take some time for yourself in the new year because you are super duper important! I love that you’ve made that a goal for yourself and I hope you do get to de-stress! ❤ ❤
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    Make a new friend? WOW, UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS YOU ARE MAKING YOURSELF. Just kidding! I hope to be more open to new friends too! But let's admit, I'm an awkward bean who cannot interact to save my life.

    I WILL BE REMINDING YOU TO DRINK WATER EVERY DAY IF I CAN OKAY!? I don't want you to die.

    I THINK I'M GOING TO MAKE SOME 2018 resolutions in a post so don't want to list them here?! But t
    then there are only 2 days until the next year I AM FREAKING THE FRICK OUT. I LOVE GOALS. probably not as much as you but they are fun! I'm hoping to make a bujo in 2018 so that will be fun. I'm hoping to get to 150 books? AHH *scream* I KNOW. Next year will probably be even busier than usual but WhO CARES. I like to torture myself. AND YES OBVIOUSLY I'm going to be working on To Shatter A Shadow. And binch, I KNOW I'm amazing.

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    1. so I read your comment before now but I’m just now looking at the length of it and I literally went “ohhh myyy gooddd” WHY DID YOU DO THIS JFLAKDJFLKASDF

      1) nope, not doing shoutouts on that 😉 2) THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME FEEL GOOD bc I feel like I’ve been getting less funny?? idk 3) I think I can hit 100 too!!! and yeah, Becky’s and Adam’s books are ALWAYS so diverse and I absolutely love itttt. and actually, 53/100 books I read this year were diverse??? tho that number STILL isn’t high enough

      4) uggghhh idk if I’ll be making a NetGalley account?? bc I definitely want to read ARCs but I have a really hard tough time with reading ebooks??? so idk. plus I feel bad not to take advantage of something that I have as an American reader so jflakdsjflakjsd 5) I CAN WAIT FOR YOU TO READ but I can’t wait to read yours!!!! and omggg 7K on a school day YOU QUEEN 6) um are you predicting my follower count,,,,,,, because I think you’re right

      7) (I’ll be sending my new design things to you & Ju & Jackie but SHHHH) 8) well Ilsa guess who didn’t remind me to drink water today,,,, 9) YAY FOR 150 BOOKS. I’m positive you’ll make it!! I would up my reading goal but I’d have to up it to 125 bc I’m weird and no, that ain’t happening

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      1. well your comments on my blog were getting longer than mine AND I COULDNT LET THAT HAPPEN COULD I :)))) its always a contest with me haha

        1) OKAY SO WHEN AND HOW AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING SHOUTOUTS ON? I STILL HAVEN’T READ EITHER OF BECK OR ADAM’s BOOKS AND NEED TO CHANGE THAT ASAP.

        and ahh don’t feel pressurised to make a netgalley account? ESPECIALLY bc u dont like ebooks that much? and i dont even use netgalley that much so??? it’s honestly not that great?? BUT LIKE WHAT IF THERE AS A HUGELY ANTICIPATED BOOK ON THERE?!?! Only reason I’m on it tbh.

        okay?? but?? I REALLY WANT THE NEW DESIGN TO BE A SURPRISE? So? if? YOU DIDNT send it to me? LIKE I WANT TO BE BLOWN AWAY OKAY. and i feel like if i just see the elements alone it will take away the awesomeness of everything. so i’m torn.

        YOU THINK I WILL MAKE 150? U SERIOUS DUDE. Im freaking out i dont think I can do it?!?! UM I’LL REMIND U NOW.

        and i can’t wait to read your novel when its ready. sadly u didnt make it on to the beta list for TSAS so ahha 🙂 maybe next time??

        ily ❤

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        1. YES READ ADAM AND BECKY’S BOOKS. I stay start with their debuts — I didn’t like Adam’s second book (History) and Upside has very mixed reviews

          and uuuughhhh yeah that’s what I think?? like I’m not a huge fan of ebooks at all but ANTICIPATED RELEASES!!!

          oops I already sent you the header 🙂

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  7. I love these kind of posts, and I have to say, why did you write “pretend to be successful” while you probably are one of the most successful person EVER?? Don’t ever say that again, okay? YOU ARE AMAZING.
    I LOVE all of your goals here, I hope you’ll be able to re-write your fantastic story and make us all read it someday, I am sure it’s so, SO great, I can’t wait to read it. Seriously, I’m already your number 1 fangirl. 😛
    Also… don’t you worry, you will make it to 2K followers and more in no time, have faith and know that you are awesome. 😛 And I am SO EXCITED to see your new design? I ‘m sure it will look SO COOL, I can’t wait.
    Best of luck for all of your goals and YES, don’t forget to take care of yourself!! xx

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    1. AAAGHHHHH MARIEEE. You’re too kind to me. 😭 Thank yoooouo and I love yooooooou ❤

      Oh, I'm definitely rewriting my book, but I'm definitely not making you all read it!! That would be cruel of me. 😂 And OH SHUSH, I'm YOUR #1 fangirl. 😍😍😍

      Aaaggh thank you!!! I might be sending a few screenshots of the new design to some of my closest friends (including yooooou) but you gotta keep quiet 😉 Good luck with all of your goals and I hope you have the most amazing 2018!!!

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  8. Nice goals! My advice for reading more arcs would to be do things like the summer scavenger hunt where you sign up to newsletters and receive free books. Then, those authors often send you a request to join their arc teams, And you get swamped with books. Like me! This is really one of my only options as I am not 18 yet and cannot do netgalley. However, storycartel is also good for arcs!

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    1. Ah thank you for the advice!! Do you have any recommended newsletters to subscribe to? I’m on a few subscription lists (NOVL, Fierce Reads) but I haven’t heard of any others… And haha, I know plenty of teenagers who aren’t 18 but have a NetGalley account! It’s not something they check, I believe. 😊 Ooh, I’ll have to check it out! Thank you so much & hope you have a fabulous new year!! 💜

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      1. Well, the one person who I honestly read all the ARCS of is an author named LC Mawson. She writes diverse action-adventure books that have characters who are LGBT+, deaf, wheel-chair bound, autistic, suffer from anxiety, and many other things. She is also autistic herself and speaks for that community in many ways. If you go on her site here: http://lcmawson.com/ , you can join her ARC team and receive all or almost all of her books for free. Her books are quick reads and are always enjoyable. If you want to read something of hers before that, here’s a link to the first book of the Freya Snow series. I prefer some of the later books in the series, but this is one of the free books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hunt-Freya-Snow-Book-1-ebook/dp/B015WSIUNI . Other newsletters can be found by looking out for the summer scavenger hunt on here: http://www.theyashelf.com/ . When I did that hunt, I joined like over 100 newsletters, got a lot of free books, and have spent the past 6 months unsubscribing from all of the newsletters that I shouldn’t have even subbed to in the first place XD. Hope this helps!

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  9. How do you read 100 books if you’re a slow reader?! :O Do you read some in different formats?
    Also, please write that Asian MC you want to write. Even if it’s not for your Contemporary book. You can do this, girl! (I’m not Asian, but still, write it!)

    My main goals are to read 62 books, write 2 stories and become intermediate in both Spanish and hopefully Korean. This goal sort of scares me but I need to be able to push myself instead of jealously watching people progress in their language learning xD

    And making a new blogging friend? HOW GREEDY XD

    But dude, I just started getting close to two of mine and it’s kinda hard to always keep up but I want to continue my friendship with them.

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    1. Ahahaha, well, it takes me a little less than a minute to read one page, which is fast compared to non-readers but slow compared to readers?? It’s all subjective. 😂 And most of the books I read are in novel format?? But I will tell you, I definitely am not getting the amount of sleep I should be! 😂 And aahh thank you! I will definitely try to write an Asian MC. 😊

      Ooh, good luck with reading 62 books! I’m sure you’ll nail it. 💖 And aahh I’m currently learning French at school, but I really want to learn Thai, as that is the language that my parents speak and I can only understand a little of it!

      Oh yes, blogging friends are amazing! I talk to at least one daily haha.

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  10. WAOO YOU’RE GOING TO BE so productive HOW. I used to make a ton of goals for New years, but I never reach them so . . . *shrugs* TEACH ME YOUR WAYS MANGO QUEEN.

    WIP/writing wise, I’m probably going to work on one or two contemporaries + continue Blood Dusk. BUT OH!! WE SHOULD DRAFT A NOVELLA OR SOMETHING TOGETHER. IT WOULD BE SO MUCH FUN. I INSIST. (Okay obviously not insists but seriously let’s do it pls)

    (& hello??? how are your Pinterest aesthetic board thing always so??? freaking???? gorgeous?????????????? HMMMMM??????,,,,,,,…….????? YOU’RE SUCH AN AESTHETIC-Y PERSON IT’S UNFAIR HELP.)

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    1. my dude, I haven’t even DONE anything yet, how am I productive??? but I’m literally so competitive that I will do ANYTHING to achieve those goals 😂

      aaahhh good luck on two contemporaries + Blood Dusk! please spill ALLLLL of your secrets to writing good contemporaries bc I cannot for the life of me write good contemporaries?? and ahh we should totally draft a novella together!!!

      (LISTEN THAT WAS FROM A LONG TIME AGO ALL I GO ON PINTEREST FOR NOWADAYS IS FOR “EQUALITY” AND HAMILTON PINS)

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      1. Cough cough note the “WILL BE” May read the comment tsk tsk for shameee (for the revolution ahem)

        LOLOLLLL DO NOT ASK ME FOR ADVICE I HARDLY KNOW WHAT IM DOING SOOO *hides* & yes we need to!!

        Well hey, Hamilton and equality pins are always great too!! DO NOT DISCREDIT HAMILTON.

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  11. I have an idea for a new WIP, but I’m still finishing up my other novel (NEED TO FINISH BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR YIKES IT’S THE 30 HALP) so I’m forcing myself not to think about it. At all. So hard… 😂

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  12. i always love reading these types of posts because i lIVE for goals!! i really need to write some of my own but uh……that’s beside the point
    anyway these are some really great goals & i’m definitely hoping to do some of them in 2018 as well (especially the water one, tbh i’m surprised i haven’t died of dehydration yet)!! GOOD LUCK ACCOMPLISHING YOUR GOALS!

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  13. I have so many goals for 2018 but your goals just made me think of more that I want to accomplish. My main goals for 2018, though, is to completely rewrite one novel I’ve been working on for four years. The main character is bothering me so I’m switching the point of view. I need to set some blogging goals, though, and I have some reading goals but they’re about the type of books I read. I never do well with telling myself to reach a certain amount of books. Congrats on reaching over 1,000 followers!

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    1. Ah, I’m glad my goals inspired you! 😊 And ooh, good luck with rewrites! I’m sure your novel will be AMAZING. 💖 And wow, that’s strange! I always find it easier for me to go with a certain amount of books, even for certain types of books (like 3 classics, 3 published in 2017, etc.)

      Thank you so much, and good luck with all your goals!! 💖

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  14. woah I haven’t commented in a while. and holy smokes, tomorrow’s NYE.

    I’m like you and live off of goals so there are too many to comment, but the biggest has to be.. 500 WP followers *cringes* That’s kind of a long shot but I like the challenge :/

    Do you recommend Goodreads?? I mean obviously you do but does it take up like 50% of your time on the internet? Because I’m thinking of joining but don’t want to be obsessed.

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    1. Ah yesss, goals are SO GREAT!! I don’t know what I’d do without them honestly. 😂 And oh, I’m sure you’ll make it to 500 WordPress followers! Just keep believing and interacting with others and you’ll get there. 💖

      Oh yes, Goodreads is amazing! I think that you can TOTALLY limit yourself and how much time you spend on there. I just have a tendency to get obsessed with things soooo. 😂

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  15. I completely get what you mean about making goals May, I love making them as well I just struggle with keeping them sometimes! 😀 Good luck with all of your 2018 goals though, it’s great you managed to get through 100 books this year so I’m sure you’ll be able to read another 100 next year, also I really can’t wait to see your new blog design. I feel like I should do something new with my blog but that’s something for me to think about another time. 🙂
    I’m going to be re-writing my NaNo WIP in the new year so very good luck with Glittered Ghosts. Part of me can’t wait to start writing again but another part of me is kind of dreading seeing how bad what I wrote during NaNo is.
    Great post, and again good luck with your 2018 goals. I’m sure you’ll be able to cross them all off your list by the time 2019 rolls around! 😀 ❤

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    1. Yeah, goals are definitely hard to keep! But I’m just SO competitive that I feel like I HAVE to complete those goals. 😂 And ah, thank you so much!! I hope you reach your 2018 reading goal too. 💖 And aahh I’m so excited to share it with y’all!!! And your blog is already so gorgeous, but I wish you luck with anything you decide to do with it!

      Agh, I so agree! I’m dreading the rewrites and having to think of a good plot, but I’m also excited to just get back into writing??? And yeah, my writing is definitely trashy. 😂

      Thank you so much, Beth!! Good luck with all your 2018 goals as well & hope you have a happy new year! 💖

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      1. Well I’m sure that means you manage to get through a lot of these goals right? Thanks so much May, I’ve gone a bit higher with my 2018 reading goal than I did last year, but I’m ready for a challenge, and oh thanks so so much! ❤
        I feel that's just part of a first draft isn't it? Kind of trashy writing, it's the second draft where things start to improve.
        That's all right, and thanks so much May. I'm sure 2018 will be an epic year for the both of us. 🙂 ❤

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  16. I usually keep a lot of goals, but this year I’d like to focus on being more productive, rather than be online and seeing other people be productive. XD . I also want to read a 100 books this year. And I need to finish the novel I started for NaNo, but never finished. Good luck on your goal! ❤

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  17. I love this post!❤️I really hope you’re able to achieve all your goals. I think it’s so wonderful that you’re focusing on real world interactions and not just online ones! That’s one of the reasons I only post once a week, because if I did more I feel like I (personally, others can/will definitely feel differently) would spend too much time online.
    ALSOOO, I love how you want to read way more diverse books! I do, too. Like you said, I’m kinda tired of reading the same story over and over, and knowing that there is so much more diversity out there. It’s present in real life, so why am I reading books that are pretending it doesn’t exist?!
    Great post, May! Again, best of luck with all of your goals! 🙂

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    1. Ah, I hope so too! And yeah, I’ve definitely become WAY too obsessed with the online world — I love it, but I have so much more outside my computer or phone?? It’ll be hard tho, because blogging & going on Goodreads are two of my favorite things, but I’ll manage. :’) And yeah, I’d like to post once a week too, just to have less online time?? But I have too many things to say than in just one post a month. 😂

      Oh yes, exactly!! Writing & reading diversely is SO important, not only because it’s realistic, but also because minorities need to be represented too!

      Good luck with all of your goals, and have a happy New Year!! 💖

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  18. Hey, I’m back on your blog! *waves awkwardly* I’ve missed a lot of posts … I’ve been sick … and doing Christmas … and stuff … *has a lot of other lame reasons, but decides to stop*

    what are some of your goals/resolutions for 2018?:
    Um … mostly writing-related and such. Write more. Read less, honestly. But post more on my other blog. I had a post about it, but I won’t link to it because I’m not that kind of person. *has extremely strong blogging moral fiber* *arches eyebrows*

    are you weird & like to make goals like me?:
    SO MUCH YES MUCH GOALS. Goals are the strength that holds my good intentions together.

    how many books are you planning on reading?:
    I don’t know? I think I’m gonna set a goal for less than 100 or something and make myself stick to it. This year is a #qualityoverquantity year. (And yes, that is a hashtag. Or should be. IDK.)

    got a WIP you want to work on?:
    Yeah, lots of them? I just finished another round of edits with one of my stories, so I’m planning on moving on to another … it’s just a plot bunny now, but I am soooo ready to chase it! I’ll be moving away from my series for the first time since like 2016 (kinda … except for random ‘dalliances,’ lol) so it’s super exciting! It’s set during WW2.

    It’s about a guy who married a Native American woman (she dies before the book starts but I still gave her this epic personality that makes me so excited for … IDK, flashbacks or something … even though you’re not supposed to do flashbacks … oh well, for draft one or something …) and then she died, but anyway, his half-Native-American is mistreated because it’s the 1940s (*glaring and moaning*) … I am getting mad already. And giving away this “secret project” I was talking about, lol. BUT … you are like a third party I can share it with and I needed to tell someone because I’m not telling my followers yet … XD (sorry for rambling, I’m excited!) It’s gonna be set in my hometown, though! So I’ll get to talk about Celilo Falls and … I’ll stop. I really will. XD

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    1. Aaahh, Kell, don’t ever apologize for not being able to comment! You have a life to live, and that’s totally okay. ❤

      Whoooa, you want to READ LESS??? But at least that gives you time to focus on other things! 😂 And oh yes, 100 books is a definitely good goal. And honestly, I'd shoot for quality over quantity too, but what can I say, I find it easier to write 1-star reviews than 5-star reviews. 😂

      Ooh, your new WIP ideas sounds super cool!! (I was about to ask if it was going to be set in the same world as your previous books but then you said 1940s Oregon and I was like, good job, May.) And what?? Is it some rule that you're not supposed to do flashbacks??? Because I freaking LOVE writing flashbacks!! 😂 And aww, don't feel bad about rambling! I'm honored that you're someone you'd spill all your secrets to. 😉

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      1. Yeah, I know, that’s the nuttiest goal ever, but I think I need to concentrate on writing and life and … okay, mostly life. XD And blogging! I super want to concentrate on blogging. I probably will end up reading more or something like that, haha, but to start with, I’m gonna try to read less. 😛

        BUT YES. WRITING 1-STAR REVIEW IS SOOOOO EASY! What new is there to say if the book is perfect? Just incoherent screaming?

        Yeah, I guess there is some truth to that … like, I LOVE writing and reading flashbacks … so maybe everyone who’s been, “Flashbacks are distracting, yada yada” is wrong. *nods*

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  19. goals. Goals. goALS. they’e intimidating yet exciting. I really like yours btw, especially the one where you decide to stay hydrated, that’s one of mine too. and how?? do??? you?? write?? more than 3k in a school day I haven’t even written 1k on school days.
    ahh receiving ARCS would be so amazing, good luck with that!!!
    I did an end-of-the-year post too, and I actually mentioned your blog in it! xx

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    1. Ah, thank you!! And omg yes, hydration is so important but I don’t put enough focus on it. 😂 DUDE I DON’T EVEN KNOW??? But I do remember that I had to sacrifice my sleep??? 😂

      Thank you! I’ve already received ARCs but you know, I’m greedy. 😂 And omgggg THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I’ll definitely check it out & leave a comment. 💖 Have a great 2018!!

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  20. This was an awesome post and pretty hilarious too! I agree with the drink more water thing I kinda started doing something similar but I called it a ‘water streak’ and I’d drink nothing but water- but tea is accepted- the whole week every week apart from weekends or when my dad takes me to McDonalds but I do plan to stick to it better in 2018, most definitely. Have a Happy New Year! 🙂 ❤

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    1. Ah, I’m glad you thought it was funny! 😂 And ooh, that sounds super interesting! I don’t think it’d work for me because I don’t drink any other drinks besides water and my problem is I just forget to drink it…? But I’m glad it works for you! Happy New Year!! ❤

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      1. Happy New Year to you too! And I’m a typical British black girl who really likes tea but also likes flavoured drinks too of course 😉 and there’s some days when I crave something “fruity”. But I really do hope it works out for you too, especially cause you can see the great results on your face, cause of the clear skin you’d end up getting 😊❤️

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  21. When i read that first sentence I was like…. did i write this? because honestly there’s no one I’m more competitive with than myself, hence setting goals works wonders for me.

    Reading more diversely was one of my 2017 goals and it was actually easier to do than i expected, without having to think about it, around 85-90% of the books I read were diverse and it honestly was my best reading year quality wise so far.
    I TRACK MY READING ON A SPREADSHEET TOO!!!! I am huge nerd so I have a spreadsheet for pretty much everything and i love how they keep my brain tidy and organized.
    I also agree on WP themes sucking because oh boi do they suck. The one i have now is the one I’ve had since the beginning, i tried changing it but none of the others fit my needs.
    I need to work on selfcare and anxiety as well, because i’ve been getting yelled at (lovingly lmao) by my partner that I don’t know how to take a break so I shall see how that goes.
    Anyway!! Happy new year 💖💖

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    1. Omg SAMEEEE. I’m so competitive with myself so goals work extremely well with me????

      Oh my god, 85-90% diverse books?? That’s AMAZING. I wasn’t actively looking for diverse books in 2017, so I got around… 53/100 books??? But I’m definitely hoping to up that number this year!! And BRO I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO USE SPREADSHEETS BUT IT’S SO COOL.

      Ugh, WP themes are the worst??? Like I think I’ve found the PERFECT one, and there’s just that one bad thing that ruins it. Usually the color palettes.

      Aww, your bf/gf is so sweet! Hope you work on your self-care & anxiety and have a wonderful new year!! 💖

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      1. Yaay!! I’m glad I’m not the only one haha.

        Yeah, I’m really proud of that number because it’s my first year dedicating myself to diverse books and I went all in haha, it’s been rewarding becuse 2017 has been my best reading year so far. DUDE I HAVE SO MANY SPREADSHEETS IT’S RIDICULOUS and they’re fun, also surprisingly easy to figure out.

        Omg the color palette was the bane of my existence when I tried redesigning but i found that the theme i currently have was pretty flexible on the colors.

        Yeah she’s amazing! my exams are finally done so i’ve been doing better on that front. I hope your 2018 is off to a great start 💖

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  22. I relate so much to enjoying tracking your writing in spreadsheets. I have an amazing spreadsheet where I track all my reading and it is so satisfying. Also the whole “write more in general” thing is too real. I always get that thing where whenever I have time to write I don’t have the motivation but then when I have motivation I am too busy. My main goals are also to write more and finish at least one first draft. But I also want to save up enough money that I can travel overseas at the end of the year which is really exciting because I’ve never been overseas before.

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    1. Aaahh that sounds awesome!! I really have no idea how spreadsheets work, but hopefully I’ll figure it out?? 😂 And ugh, yesss, same! Or whenever I have time to write, I have the motivation, but I don’t have the inspiration, so I have NO IDEA WHAT TO WRITE. 😭 And ooh, good luck with your writing goals and I hope you save up enough money!! ❤

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      1. I can only do basic spreadsheets, nothing too complex, but it just takes a little bit of practice to figure out so hopefully it works for you! That lack of inspiration is too real! I also get super hyped to write then I realise how much work I have to do to unravel the plot of this story and it kind of fizzles out.

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