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2017 Resolutions & Personal Challenges

Posted January 3, 2017 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 10 Comments

In the past, I’ve casually set goals and resolutions for the coming year. Mostly because I knew I wasn’t going to track or even really do them. They were more of a hope list instead of a to do list. This year is going to be different y’all. I’ve got my planners all set up, actual goals that I want to put into effect laid out and I’m really looking forward to implementing them. Here’s what I’m going to work on in the new year.

Personal

Be more mindful of my health: This includes drinking more water, eating healthier, actually working out and you know, all of the new year, new me stuff. This isn’t a new goal but it’s a goal that I’m a lot more determined to work on in the coming year. Save money: I need to get my finances in order. It’s a hot mess right now and I’m going to really work on getting a budget going for Brenna and myself because we spend too much and don’t save anything. Cook more: Brenna and I eat out a lot and that’s mostly because we’re lazy to cook anything. I’m also an avid Pinterest pinner but I don’t know why I don’t do any of the stuff that I pin. I’m missing out so I’m going to be trying 3 new recipes a month. I’m sure that’s doable. Fingers crossed. These are your basic personal goals but I really want to commit to doing a better job of these in the new year so I’m going to hold myself to them. Make time for my friends: I love my friends but I don’t see them a lot so I’m hoping to change that in the new year. My squad had the same goal for 2016 but life and laziness got in the way and our outings topped off around April. Ha! Spend more quality time with Brenna: Brenna and I are pretty close, we spend a lot of time together but we’re both usually on our phones or iPads or our computers. I want to spend some time with Brenna without the distractions of technology. I don’t care if this isn’t one of her resolutions, it’s mine and she’s gonna spend some quality time with me, dammit. Ha! Be more active in Church: I keep falling off this wagon but I need to give my new ward a legit shot so I’m going to work on my spirituality in the new year too. I also need to make reading my scriptures a priority too.

Blogging

Write a review for every book that I read next year: I did this for all of the new to me reads this year but next year, I want to write a review for every book that I read period. Whether they’re new reads or re-reads, they’re going to be reviewed next year. I’m pretty sure that I’m going to do this so I might not need any luck on it. Ha! Write 4 non-review posts for Book Binge every month: We want to get back to discussing bookish topics on Book Binge so I’m going to commit to writing more non-review posts. We’re a book blog, not just a book review site. Get back to book blogging for fun: My blogging teammates over at Book Binge and I have decided that we’re going to get back to basics in the new year on our book blog. It’s going to be a lot more personal and a lot less production. So we’re not going to be doing a lot of promoting but a lot more discussing, reviewing and celebrating the books that we’re loving and excited for. So there will be less blog tours and cover reveals and more…love for our favorite books and authors. There will also be a lot more giveaways since we’re turning 10 next year and we’ve got lots of book love and celebrating to do. Keep things simple on weendizzle: I don’t want to stress myself out over blogging and stuff so I’m going to keep things a lot simpler here on this blog. This blog is going to be more about the things that I love outside of books. I do love other things, so you’ll get a lot more posts about my planner addiction (which I totally blame on Nick and Nereyda but also on Bookish Ames), my family shenanigans, movies & TV show goodness. Comment, comment, comment!: I need to be more active around the blogosphere. Bloggers show love to other bloggers by commenting and I need to step my game up on that. Wish me luck!

Books

Reading at least 100 books: My reading slowed down at the end of this year so next year, I’m going to shoot to read 100 books and not stress myself out to read more than that. Read more of my own books: I’m going to focus on reading my own books in the coming year. I’m always so focused on my review pile that my TBR pile never gets touched, or rarely gets touched so 2017 will be the year that I actually tackle my own books. Only request or accept requests for books from favorite authors, books I’m already looking forward to or series I’m continuing in the year: In order to focus on reading my own books next year, I’m going to have to curb my eARC and ARC requesting. So I’ll only be accepting and requesting eARCs for series I’m continuing and my favorite authors. I’m going to need all of you to cross your fingers for me on this one. Ha!

Reading Challenges

I’m going to participating in a few reading challenges this year to kind of liven things up and to also get my ass in gear on reading my own books. 2017-tbr-challenge
2017 TBR Challenge
1. January 18: We Love Short Shorts! (category romance, short stories, novella etc.) | Winning the Wallflower by Eloisa James 2. February 15: New-To-You Author | Rise by Karina Bliss 3. March 15: Comfort Read (Favorite Author? Favorite Trope? Favorite Sub Genre?) | Broken by Lauren Layne 4. April 19: Contemporary | Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras 5. May 17: Something Different (outside your comfort zone, unusual setting, non-romance etc.) | Moon Called by Patricia Briggs 6. June 21: Favorite Trope (a favorite theme – amnesia? secret baby? fairy tale? friends-to-lovers? etc.) | A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole (second chance romance) 7. July 19: Series Catch-Up (a book from a series you’re behind on) | Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs 8. August 16: Kicking It Old School (publication date 10 years or older) | Lady Sophia’s Lover by Lisa Kleypas 9. September 20: Historical | A Loving Scoundrel by Johanna Lindsey 10. October 18: Paranormal or Romantic Suspense | Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh 11. November 15: Recommended Read (a book recommended to you by someone) | Kulti by Mariana Zapata (Ames) 12. December 20: Holiday Themes | Christmas Eve at Friday by Lisa Kleypas
The Totally Doable Reading Challenge
1. January: Re-read a book you rated 5 stars in 2015 | Sustained by Emma Chase 2. February: A book with red on the cover 3. March: Finish a series you started 4. April: A book recommended to you that you wouldn’t have picked for yourself 5. May: A book with a name in the title 6. June: A book released in 2017 7. July: Read something outside your reading comfort zone 8. August: A book set in the U.K. 9. September: A book with a woman on the cover 10. October: A book set in the future 11. November: Start a new series 12. December: A Book by a favorite author Yeah, I’ve already chosen the books that I’m going to read out of my TBR stash because I like to be prepared. Those are the only two actual reading challenges that I’m going to focus my energies on this coming year. If I do too many of them, I won’t do them or track them and it starts to feel like a job so just the two for me (outside of my GR challenge). So there you have it. A place where all of my resolutions and goals for the new year are. Good luck to all of you who have goals to achieve in the new year and wish me luck back because I’m going to need it. Ha! Whatever you’re doing to ring in the new year, I hope you do it safely and have a blast. Hugs, Me

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Happy New Year!

Posted January 1, 2017 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 4 Comments

Happy New Year, my friends! I hope that your 2016 was as amazing as I know you guys are and that you accomplished everything you set out to. If you didn’t accomplish everything, that’s okay cause I didn’t either. We’re in this together! Ha! Haha, this is going to be me in the new year. I’m going to say no more and not feel bad about not helping out. Mostly at work since I’m already a bitch at home. 🙂 So for the rest of the day, I’m going to be like this:
And then at about 8:30 tonight, my old ass is going to be like this: Haha. Whatever you end up doing tonight, have fun but be safe or as my sister likes to say, “Make wise choices” and I’ll ‘see you’ in 2017. Cheers, Rowena

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My Life According to the Books I Read in 2016

Posted December 30, 2016 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 4 Comments

One of my blogging buddies (who doesn’t blog all that much any more *sad face*) brought this book meme to my attention a few years ago and I used to do it all the time but stopped for…I don’t know what reason but I’m bringing it back because I feel like it. The directions are simple. Using only titles from the books you read in 2016, complete the prompts below. Try not to repeat a book title.
My Life According to the Books I Read in 2016: Describe yourself: Good Girl by Lauren Layne How do you feel: Undecided by Juliana Keyes Describe where you currently live: Twisted Palace by Erin Watt If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Back to You by Jessica Scott Your favorite form of transportation: Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan Your best friend is: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins You and your friends are: My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis What’s the weather like: Ruthless by Lexi Blake What is life to you: Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen Favorite time of day: One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis Your fear: Midnight Captive by Elle Kennedy What is the best advice you have to give: Love the One You’re With by Lauren Layne Thought for the day: For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne How I would like to die: Play of Passion by Nalini Singh My soul’s present condition: Fully Ignited by Shannon Stacey My family is: The Goal by Elle Kennedy
Ha! I sure did have fun with that one. I giggled my way through working on that post so that shows how mature I’m being right now. Try it out on your blog and share your links in the comments. I’d love to see how this works out for all of you lovely bloggers out there.

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What I’m Looking Forward To in 2017

Posted December 15, 2016 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 9 Comments

2016 is slowly ticking down and as always, I’m reflecting on the year. The ups and the downs, because let’s face it, there were a lot of downs but personally, there were a lot of ups too. My family was blessed with a new addition in my nephew Rocky. My niece Chloe married her Prince Charming. Chance and RJ returned from their missions safe and with honor. The girls are all doing well in basketball. I turned 36 and this blog turned 1. I’m blessed and a huge part of the reason I’m blessed are these guys pictured to the left. To close out the year, my niece Chach has put together a list of activities that she wants to do as a family before she leaves on her mission next month. First up, we went to see the temple Christmas lights and we watched some videos in the Visitors Center where Chach bore her testimony and made everyone cry. This week, we’re going to our town’s Candy Cane Lane where we’ll see more Christmas lights, drink more hot chocolate and take more pictures with Santa and just be together. The kids will love it and I’m sure us adults will too. It’s always a good time with Team Wilson Gang. I’m looking forward to all of the family activities we’ll do to wrap up the year but here’s a list of things that I’m looking forward to in the new year.

Life

Getting skinny from all the dieting and exercising I plan on doing in the new year. Ha! Don’t laugh, I’m for reals going to do it. Or, I’m like, 80% sure this is the year I actually do it. Haha. Chach leaving for her Mission in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The people of Brazil are lucky to be getting one of my favorite kids. There is no one more genuine and likable than Chaylene and she’ll be leaving us to go and do work. I’m proud of that kid! Brenna graduates from High School. I’m low key freaking out about June 2017 hitting me because my daughter will be graduating from high school and starting the rest of her life as an adult. She’s the same age I was when I had her. Someone hold me. But even with how much freaking out I’m doing, I’m looking forward to celebrating her hard work. Becoming a Great Aunt. Chloe is pregnant and will be having her baby in March (I think) so I’m ready for a new baby to love and cherish!

Movies

There are quite a few movies coming out that I’m looking forward to but here’s a short glimpse into that madness…
My boo thangs Jax Teller Charlie Hunnam and Dylan O’Brien (I know, Cougar Alert! Ha!) have movies coming out next year that I’m super excited about. My favorite Dylan O’Brien character will probably always be Stiles Stilinksy on Teen Wolf but after seeing the pictures coming out of him in American Assassins, I can really get behind supporting him and going to see this movie. You know, because the story looks so interesting. 😉
But I’m also looking forward to all of the other movies listed. Justice League, Logan, Table 19 looks really funny, the trailer for Gifted made me cry so I’m on board for that one and Beauty and the Beast, anybody??? Of COURSE I’m going to see that one. And though I haven’t read the book for Before I Fall, that’s not going to stop me from seeing the movie. Looks good.

TV Shows

Taken (NBC): This one looks really good and holy cow, I just noticed that it’s Rolo from Vikings as the main character. Lovin’ it! I’m so going to watch this. Chicago Justice (NBC): I adore the other Chicago shows so I’m really looking forward to watching this one. Especially because Antonio is now a part of this show. I can’t wait! Sense8 (Netflix): I feel like we’ve been waiting such a long time for this show and umm..I’m right, we HAVE waited a long time for this damn second season but we only a little while longer to wait (fingers crossed) so woo freaking hoo! Riverdale (The CW): With Vampire Diaries ending after this season, I’m going to need a new show to take its place. This one looks like it because…LUKE PERRY! Team Dylan McKay is back in the house! Yay! Famous in Love (Freeform): This is a book and it’s being turned into a TV Show. This book nerd is definitely watching it. I hope it’s better than Pretty Little Liars and Shadowhunters. I wasn’t a fan of either of those shows. Alright, there you have it…some of the stuff that I’m looking forward to in 2017. This post is already long enough so I’ll probably do a list of Books that I’m looking forward to on my book blog, Book Binge. I’ll let you guys know when that goes live. What movies and TV shows are you looking forward to next year? Anything good that I’m missing?? Let me know!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted November 24, 2016 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 0 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving, to all of my American friends! I hope that your days are filled with lots of family, laughter, and love. I hope that your table is filled with all of the goodies your heart desires. I’m taking the day off from the blog to spend it with my family so I’ll see you guys tomorrow. Hugs & Pumpkin Pie, Ween

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