Ah. Goals. Do I call them goals? It seems like you jinx them that way. It is going to be a tough year ahead. I kind of already did something similar last week, but here are some (mostly bookish) other things I am aiming for this year (linking up with Top Ten Tuesday).
1. Stay healthy
So many South African medical students burn out in their final year. They sure aren’t gentle with us. I need to stay healthy and not burn out: eat healthy foods, remember to exercise, and rest enough.
2. Do eight Parkruns
There is a Parkrun every Saturday. I would like to participate every Saturday, but given that I have no idea what my weekend working schedules will look like (okay, I have an idea: ROUGH), I’m being gentle on myself.
3. Be more cheerful
This is just a personal observation, but I think sometimes I’m a little too much of a downer.
4. Get published (academically)
There are some invitations for submissions… (wait, is that the kind of thing one does not speak of?) The big problem is that it is super hard to get things edited and ready for submission. Especially since research isn’t really a big component of undergrad medical school in South Africa anymore. I’m working on it.
5. Read 30 books
I read 79 books in 2013, but again, I am going all in to graduate WELL at the end of the year. Of course I’d like to read more… but I also need to be able to know when other things take priority over reading.
6. Read Long Walk to Freedom and/or Conversations with Myself
Yeah, I know, I’m a bad South African. At least I own both.
7. Write (non-academic stuff)
I really enjoyed NaNoWriMo, even though I didn’t hit the 50,000 word count. I have a teacher who keeps telling me that I need to write my book before she dies, and I actually really miss writing. Even just a few words…
8. Thin out my GoodReads TBR
I noticed that there are a good few books on my TBR that I no longer want to read. I also like the idea of giving them positions so I have an idea of what I actually want to read next. As you can probably tell, this is just another silly little procrastination project I won’t have time for. It’s the thought that counts, right?
9. Read something funny
I don’t read nearly enough funny books. I mean, I don’t think I’ve actually read a book that intended to be hilarious. The last book that made me laugh was Looking for Alaska, that scene with Miles and the Russian girl – just before the book went and broke my heart. I was thinking of one of Ellen Degeneres’ books, or something in that line. (Any suggestions?)
10. Read some classics
The Picture of Dorian Grey, 1984, anything by Dickens, The Great Gatsby… all these are books I haven’t read.