I need to apologize, once again, for my lengthy absence. It turns out that pneumonia often leads to extended health issues that drag out for multiple weeks. I'm cautiously optimistic that the worst of it is behind me now, and I'm just dealing with a hoarse voice and lack of energy as the last couple of difficulties to overcome.
So, here we are at the end of one year and the beginning of another. This is often a time for reflection on past achievements and planning for future goals. I know a lot of people like to make resolutions for how everything will be better in the new year, but I find that unrealistic. I prefer to make a couple of reachable goals and remind myself that it's OK if I don't meet them. Also, this is not the only time of year that I can make a goal - any day is a good day to decide to try something new!
As far as reading, my goal is simple - read as many books as I can. A couple of years ago, I started tracking my reading via Good Reads. It's been fun to see how many books I get through each year, but I don't set a specific goal for myself, because I never know what might come along - like pneumonia - to interrupt my progress. It's also interesting to see what my friends are reading, so please let me know if there's a book you recommend!
My only other goal for the coming year is to go somewhere and/or do something new at least once each month. It's not a lofty goal - there are lots of places right here in Washington that I've never been to, and lots of activities to try for the first time. Maybe I'll learn to crochet or finally visit Lake Chelan. I'm keeping myself open to (almost) any new experiences, so feel free to comment with a suggestion.
My heartfelt wish for the new year is that we all find ways to be kind to one another and that we all stay as healthy as possible. And, of course, that we all read whenever we can!
Happy New Year!