As I’ve said before, 2020 was not the year for reaching grand book goals. So I’m hesitant to set big goals for this new year. At the same time, setting goals helps me to ensure I’m spending my time the way I want to spend it.
In both 2019 and 2020 I set a goal of reading 100 books. In 2019 I read 104 books while in 2020 I read only 87. I’m setting my goal at 100 again. It’s nice and even and I know it’s possible.
It remains to be seen if the Sunshine Coast Writers Festival will happen in 2021 or in what form. If it does, or if they find another way to highlight Canadian authors, I will challenge myself to read a book from each of those authors.
Another challenge I’m excited to participate in is Claire’s First Annual Asian-Canadian Literature Challenge! More on that in another post where I’ll share some of the books I hope to read but you can read Claire’s post here.
My final goal is to keep reading more from my own shelf. I know I’m not alone here in saying that I own a lot of books that I’ve never read, some of which I’ve owned for years. So my idea is that at the beginning of each month, I’ll reach randomly for an unread book on my shelf and read that. That’s it. That’s the challenge. One per month.
Actually, my first goal is book adjacent, in that it involves reading. It is to read the Bible this year. As in, the whole thing. While I’ve read the whole Bible before I’ve never set out to do so in a set timeline or in any sort of order. After a bit of research, I’ve decided on this plan, which takes you through the Bible chronologically with a mix of Old and New Testament each day. Normally I focus on one book of the Bible at a time so I’m excited to have a more deliberate plan for the whole year.
My other big goal is a challenge to myself: Buy Local. As in, 100%, keep my money on the Coast. Ideally, supporting businesses that are also locally owned, not just chains that happen to exist here. This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while and thought about enacting last spring. The timing then seemed a little too difficult when so many businesses were closed or limited for in-person shopping. Now that businesses are open and the Christmas rush is over, this seems like a great time to support them. This doesn’t mean shopping more than I would normally but simply looking for local options rather than searching the internet first.
I plan to do this in seasonal chunks, meaning that at the end of the March I’ll re-evaluate and see how practical this is for our family’s needs. If at that time I determine there is something we truly need that we can’t get locally, I’ll purchase it then. The main problem that I foresee is that it’s difficult to buy kids’ clothing and gear locally. While they don’t need anything at the moment, kids grow fast so we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully I can also start doing some secondhand shopping again.
(The exception for my Buy Local plan will be if we visit another town. Then I have no problem spending my money locally in another location. We’ll see how much travel 2021 holds for us though.)
My other 2021 goals are the same as they always are. Spend time with my family. Love on my husband and kids. Make time for date nights (even if lockdown means we don’t leave the house.) Be present for my kids. Be more focused and mindful of how I spend my time online. Be deliberate about staying connected with friends. Pray without ceasing.