I don’t believe in New Years resolutions. I never have. I’ve always believed that if you want to lose those 10 pounds our save for a trip you’d do it, instead of waiting for New Years to make some big shebang about it. So this isn’t a list of “resolutions”. There will be none of that. This is a list of GOALS and DREAMS for 2014. Every goal may not be met,  but I’m going to bust my ass to get as close to every goal I set.

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1. Have a NetGalley Feedback to Approval ratio of 85%.

When I first started blogging I went request crazy on NetGalley and my very pathetic feedback to approval ratio of 31% is proof of that craziness. I’m working on this every day, and my goal is to get to 85% by September. And dammit that is going to happen!

2. Comment on other blogs more.

I’m not saying I’m horrible at commenting now but I could be better. I get so much love here on Read. Sleep. Repeat. and I really want to return that.

3.  SUCCESSFULLY participate and complete 2 challenges this year.

I have my Sequel Challenge going, and obviously I have to win at that (it would be really embarrassing if I didn’t!). But I’m also signing up for the Review Pile Challenge and 2014 Rewind Challenge.

4. Reach and MAINTAIN 6,000 page views per month.

As of right now my monthly page views range from 4,000 to 4,500. To me this is a HUGE and humbling thing, and I don’t want to sound greedy but COME ON! How many backflips would I do if I reach 6k a month?! If I could do a backflip of course.

5. Record vlogs.

I used to record vlogs all the time! It’s actually one of my favorite things to do. But for some reason I fell off, and I hate that because it really was a lot of fun.

I don’t think any of these are impossible. It may take a little time and a lot of work but I’m positive I can reach these. But now on to the hard goals:

Personal Goals for 2014


If you’ve been around the Read. Sleep. Repeat. block before you know every post I do is personal. I’ve never thought to separate my personal life from my blogging life and I hope that you all can see that through my reviews and discussions. That being said, I’m going to try and stay away from the heavy stuff but still share my personal hopes and goals for 2014.

1. Take care of ME.

I have a habit of putting everyone ahead of me. I’m not completely selfless but if someone is hurting or needs help I put on my mother hen hat and do whatever I have to do to take care of them. In 2014 I need to stop. I need to learn how to say “no I don’t want to babysit today is my day”. I have to occasionally stop and remember that I shouldn’t feel bad for wanting to get away and go get a pedicure, or go to the movies, or out to dinner.

2. Get back in shape!

This isn’t a “lose 20 pounds” kind of goal. I think I’m absolutely perfect with my wide hips, bootylicious thighs and DDD’s, but I would love to be able to chase my kid around without huffing and puffing like the big bad wolf. I used to walk 5 miles to school in about 45minutes. I can barely walk one in that same amount of time today.

3. SAVE.

Mini me and I are moving back to Ohio. I hate the thought of leaving Georgia but shit happens and there’s nothing you can do about it. My plan is to stay with my sister, save my money and buy a house for Ayanna and I. I probably will wind up saving for the entire year and for at least the first half of 2015 but hard work and pinching pennies isn’t something I’m afraid of.

And that’s basically it. I’m not trying to bring about world peace, or fill Mother Teresa’s shoes but I have a bumpy road ahead of me and I’m excited to show a lot of people that they suck it! 😉

22 thoughts on “My Hopes and Dreams for 2014”

  1. I like the 85% goal, since I keep bouncing around 80% these days now that I’ve recovered and held back requesting, but it still bugs me when it goes below 80% >.> I need some breathing room for my obsessive personality, haha.

    Also yey getting healthy without a number in mind! I’ve started a weight-lifting routine this fall so the idea of losing weight doesn’t really make sense since I’ll hopefully be replacing fat with muscle and possibly even gain weight since muscle is heavy. I just want to be able to to go ice skating for more than 15 mins before getting exhausted >.> I used to have 1-2 hour practices on the ice, what has happened?????

    Here’s to a kick-ass 2014 though!
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  2. My Netgalley rating looks amazing..but it’s sort of a lie, lol. I was on the site before the two big changes and revamps so some of the older books I requested are not on my list anymore. So the huge request spree I went on doesn’t even show up on there. I still feel bad about it though.
    I need to get back into shape as well. I just started gaining weight again, but I need to get some muscle mass so I don’t look like some sort of weird bumpy toothpick.
    That last one makes me a bit sad but I understand that you have to do what you need to.
    I wish you all the best on your hopes and dreams!
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  3. You’re the second person to tell me about this “NetGalley do-over” nonsense! Where the heck was I during this makeover?! And how can I fix it so that it happens again? O_O

    “Weird bumpy toothpick”….. and award for funniest comment on my blog goes to you!! Just kidding (sort of). My aunt has a really hard time gaining weight and muscle is even harder for her so I definitely wish you luck. 🙂
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  4. Your goals are very much something to root for! I totally hear you on the NetGalley thing! I’ve been busting my arse there reading review copies like there’s no tomorrow and I’m currently at 63% but I need to get even better before the late part of Jan arrives and I’m swamped with all the awesome books coming out!

    I’m wishing you all the best for 2014 also in the personal front, I know you’re gonna fight for the right things claw and tooth and I hope only good things will come your way for the New Year!

    I’ve made a few resolutions, but they’re easy ones to remember every day and that I hope to keep up for years to come!
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  5. You are so going to kick ass on these goals. I haven’t even set any goals yet. And yay, glad I’m not the only one that has a low NetGalley percentage. I love that you are just getting healthy with no numbers, too many folks focus on those. You are going to rock 2014!!!
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  6. The NetGalley goal is a really good one! I haven’t requested too much since I just started using it this year, but I’ve got about 7 books from it right now that I want to get through in January and February.

    Ah I’m sad to lose you from Georgia but you’ve gotta do what’s best for you and Ayanna! I wish we’d gotten to meet once though! I wish you the best of blessings going forward. You are strong and you can do anything. I BELIEVE THAT. 😀
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  7. If you could hit 85% on NG, that would be awesome. I just checked mine, and I’m at 67%. I’m not proud of that, but it’s hard to get motivated to do better unless I start getting denied all the time. Otherwise, I’ll just assume that I’m doing OK.

    I hope you reach your pageview goal, but you also already have readers who are engaged with you. I wonder if there is some metric that takes into account the ratio of comments to pageviews, because I’m sure you’re doing very well there.

    And more than the blogging goals, I hope you achieve your personal goals. Staying with your sister will hopefully enable you to save up pretty quickly. And I’m right with you on the getting in shape thing. This last year has been AWFUL for me in that regard. I’m trying to get motivated by telling myself that I won’t go to BEA unless I do something about this.

    Here’s to a fabulous 2014, O!
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  8. My readers are AWESOME! It’s so cool to have people who actually converse with me instead of “hey I like your blog come like mine!”. Never guessed I’d be this luck. 😀

    Great minds! I told my self I’m not allowed to go to BEA if I’m not in better shape by May 1st! I needed something huge to motivate me. 😛

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