2014 Resolutions: Month 1

1. Lose 20+ pounds.
Lost 0 pounds… But I also gained 0 pounds.

2. Read 52+ books.
I read four so I’m well on my way! Check out my book blog for reviews.





3. Visit 1+ new (to me) US city.
Visiting Seattle in March.

4. Visit 1+ new (to me) country.
Visiting Canada in March.

5. Visit 5+ new (to me) breweries and vineyards in WNC.
Visited Hi-Wire Brewing.

6. Get 2+ tattoos.
Not in January.

7. Find a higher paying job.
Will start looking in March.

8. Live 100% by myself for the first time (no roommates, boyfriend, mom…).
That will come after #7…

9. Go to a book signing or book/library-related event (YALLFest, ALA Annual Conference).
I went to Wiley Cash’s book signing.


10. Maintain my book and local travel blogs and start a new general travel blog.
Added 18 posts to my book blog (!), five to my local travel blog, and created a new general travel blog (but haven’t gotten any posts up yet).

11. Take Spanish classes.
Hired a teacher and have had two classes so far! We meet once a week and she gives lots of homework.

12. Be more creative with Pinterest-inspired crafts and cooking.
Tried two new recipes (crockpot chicken taco bowls and green curry chicken) and one new craft (Mardi Gras tutu)!



13. Wean myself off meat until I’m down to one carnivorous meal a week (or month!).
Have not started this one yet. :(

14. Do something I’ve never done before (play golf, ride in a limo, go hang-gliding…).


2013 Resolutions: How I Did

1. Visit Greece.
2. Finish my master’s degree.
3. Get a job as a librarian.
4. Visit every brewery in WNC.
5. Attend a book signing.
6. Read 50 books.
7. Get my own apartment.
8. Get another tattoo.
9. Write a Happiness 365 post daily.
10. Lose weight.

More than half accomplished. Not bad! I didn’t visit nearly enough breweries and read only 40 books. Gave up on the Happiness 365 posts but they lasted for awhile! On to 2014…


31 by 31

I turned 31 last month and here are the goals I accomplished during the year I was 30…

I didn’t accomplish all of my goals so these are some I will continue to work on until I turn 32! :)

  • Visit every brewery in WNC (I didn’t visit them all but I went to The Thirsty Monk, Highland Brewing Company, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Southern Appalachian Brewery, Wicked Weed Brewing, Green Man Brewery, and Wedge Brewing Company.)
  • Read (and review) 100+ books (This is an insane goal… I probably read 50, which is more realistic!)
  • Go to the NC Zoo in Asheboro
  • Learn how to use a gun
  • Volunteer at Henderson County Public Library (Didn’t need to because I got a librarian job!)
  • Have a Favorite Things party
  • See Unto These Hills in Cherokee
  • Get a summer internship at a major library (Didn’t need to because I got a librarian job!)
  • Watch (and review) 10 classic movies I’ve never seen

September Goals

I haven’t done this link-up in a few months so there’s no recap… Here’s what I hope to accomplish this month!

  • Get another tattoo
  • Lose four pounds
  • Read three books
  • Visit Greece
  • Post on my other two blogs
  • Go to the NC Mountain State Fair
  • Start flossing again
  • Go to the shooting range
  • Get a mani/pedi