Friday, January 3, 2014

My Non-New Year Resolutions of 2014

2014. Here we go. To be honest, the whole New Year's Eve, let's make a ton of resolutions things isn't really my bag. I'm going to explain a bit more below and really get into it but overall, I don't do resolutions. However, I have been wanting to reflect on some upcoming changes that will be going on in my life and things I've wanted to change with the blog, so I guess the fact that it is a brand new year is pretty good timing.  

Blog Life

This Is Me. If any of y'all know me through Twitter, I think it's safe to say you know how I am as a person. But for those of you who don't follow me on Twitter or don't have one and only have my blog as a source of who I am, I apologize. I've realized that not a lot of ME goes into the blog content overall. I love writing reviews and I love being snarky so if you read them I think you get my personality but I want my little corner of the internet to reflect more of me personally and not just my (fabulous) taste in books. I think I can do that by writing more personal posts or updates about what's going on and even if none of you read or like them, I think it will be a really great thing for me to do mentally. I started this blog as an outlet for all the feels I get while reading, now I think I want to delve out a little more and let out all my feels as a person. I don't think I'm particularly interesting but I've got a lot of changes coming up in my life so I might need a place to verbalize my emotions. I really want to try and get away from posting a ton of reviews and more emphasis on discussion or unique features where I can highlight the books I read. RSVP Early To and Fashionably Late To have helped break up the constant reviews I think. 

Comment on This. We all know how excited we get when people comment on our posts. And while there are a good amount of blogs that I follow and love, I am HORRIBLE at commenting! I read them! I read so many amazing reviews and posts but I always read them on my phone so commenting is such a pain in the ass via mobile. Then I forget. But know that if we are blogging friends, I read your reviews. I read your posts. I love them all. But I don't comment...I will get better. 

Quote by Mary Oliver, photo not my own
Real Life

Travel. This will always be something I strive to do throughout my life and 2014 will be no exception. I love adventure. I am restless. I have an incurable case of wanderlust and I have this intense need to see everything! I'm going to Africa next week Thursday (EEEP!!!) and I cannot wait! I have wanted to go to Africa since I was a teenager and I am finally making it happen. So Africa 2014 will be resolved quickly as far as resolutions go. Other places I have plans to go are Scotland (& London again, my sister wants to go in summer). A place I don't have a solid plan to go yet but would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be able to is Australia and New Zealand. I have friends in both that I would love to see. I want the Gold Coast. I want the Sydney Opera House. I want the Outback. I want it all. I want to continue to challenge myself and put myself out of my comfort zone and grab life by the balls and all it has to offer.

Travel Nursing. I am in the process of becoming a travel nurse and crossing all my fingers and toes that by mid-February I will be living in a whole different state and working there. I feel really restless in life right now. I am blessed with so many fantastic things but I feel stagnant where I am in my life right now. I need to get out of Milwaukee, live and work some place else, meet new people, experience different places and food and culture. I have such a passion for life that I cannot stay here any longer.

Fall in Love. This is only partly my control. Let's see if the Lord has found it in His infinite wisdom to send me my husband this year...stay tuned... 

I believe in book karma. With that said, here comes my emo moments. Books come to me (or you if you believe haha) at certain times when you need them most. Golden by Jessi Kirby was such a book for me and inspired me to do travel nursing and go after my goals. Just One Day by Gayle Forman inspired me to go back to Europe. Arcadia Awakens by Kai Meyer gave me the push to actually commit and go to Sicily where my family came from. Most recently, the quote from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes about is being your duty to live your life to the fullest really resonated with me. I truly believe and try to live my life by all these quotes I mentioned. I believe fully in going after what you want and not caring what anybody else says. Y'all have no idea how many people in my real life get on me for my choice of traveling. I can't tell you how angry I get when people hear about another trip I've planned and say things like, "Oh, I'd love to do that, it must be really nice you can do that." Um...yeah, it is actually. If you want to do something, go do it. Stop talking about it. I cannot STAND people saying things like that to me like the traveling just fell into my lap. I save my money, I don't spend on stupid things, I actively plan a trip. It isn't that hard. Is it a luxury? YES. I never for even a second take for granted the opportunities I have had of seeing the world. But I also am not going to feel bad about it either. I don't have a husband. I don't have kids. Would I LOVE to have those things? Of course. I want nothing more than to find the love of my life and be saddled down with tiny humans biting my ankles. But that is not my life right now. I cannot sit back and mope about the things the Lord has not blessed me with, instead I need to take advantage of what He has given me. While my life status remains as a single loser, I am going to go out and have crazy adventures because that is my choice. (I think I'm done venting now...see? This is why I need more personal posts. I can't keep all this angry energy inside. I need to coat tail Betty's Random Rantings I think.)

Where am I going with this? I thought we were talking about resolutions, right? I think this is part of the reason I don't usually do the whole New Year, New Me, New Resolution thing. I think every day is a gift and if you are able to, go out and live it. The New Year might be a catalyst for you (and that is great! Whatever gets your motivation going) but there is a part of me that believes that every day should have a piece of the New Year mentality in it. I guess what my emo moment is trying to say is that I don't believe in New Year's Resolutions, I believe in lifestyle changes. It's like those crazy fad diets that people think are a cure-all for their body and they will never be overweight again. Those things last, like, 2 weeks and you go back to feeling bad about yourself. I have the same connotation with New Year's Resolutions. They aren't quick fixes. They require time and effort and commitment. You can't change your life in one day but you can make the effort to be who you want to be every single day. 

Life Resolutions. So. Here's to 2014, my non-new year resolutions, traveling, love, being a better blogger, and getting to know me and you. Yay for life. 


  1. This was an awesome post <3 I'm pretty envious that you get to travel so much. I would LOVE to see the world, but I don't have the finance for it at the moment.. But I just know that once I'm working, I'll see the world :) My boyfriend is also a traveller, so this is going to be great :D I can't wait to read more of you. I love getting to know the bloggers I follow!

  2. I live vicariously through your travel... I have all the jealousy and I love that you have the chance to do it!

    Love this post! We're looking to foster more discussion by us too, and we're going to be announcing something soon that we hope other blogs will take part in! Maybe there will be some topics you want to check out.


  3. This post is awesome, Kelly! And you're right: if you really want something you go after it and just do it. I admire you for doing that and sometimes I wish I had a little more desire to see all those beautiful places, but really, I get homesick... But I do love hearing about your travels and seeing the pictures :) And I like this idea you have of putting more of yourself into this blog! :)

  4. Happy New year Kelly!! I hope you acheive your resolutions :) I think it's wonderful that you have the opportunity to travel like that. I hope you HAVE SO MUCH FUN in Africa!! Ohemgee, that's absolutely amazing that you get to go there!!! I totally get when you say it about not having a husband and not having kids. While I do have a boyfriend, we don't have kids right now, and might not for some time as we are saving for a house, and we always get the "Oh, I wish I had TIME/SLEEP/FUN like you guys. ". I hate it, I would LOVE to have a child right now but alas... we don't, so why should we feel bad? We're doing us, and lord knows that it won't always be like that!!! So Yah, I totally get what you are saying!!

    Commenting is on nearly everyones list I think... it's so hard sometimes :( AND I am really excited to see more "you" features!!!! I hope you have an amazing year ahead and an amazing trip! OH, good luck with the travel nursing, that sounds like an amazing opportunity!!

  5. Amazing post Kelly. I hope you achieve your goals. I love your outlook on life. Very inspiring.

  6. Excellent. Well thought-out. Good luck to you! I envy you, with your freedom. Enjoy it.

    Here are my Book-ish Goals for 2014!

  7. I love the way your quotes punctuate your positive statements. I believe you will accomplish your goals just because you have so much positive energy. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

  8. Awesome goals!
    I hope you complete every single one <3
    Good luck!
    Here's Our TTT
    Doris @ OABR

  9. Congratulation, I hope you become a travel nurse. Wish you the best in your career!

    Check out our resolutions for this year - OUaT TTT

    Leydy @ OUaT & Redcarpetendings

  10. YOU HAVE TOTALLY GOT THIS, KELLY. You have some great (non)resolutions for 2014, and I truly believe that you can manage to make them all happen in your life! I think it'll be easy for you to integrate more personal things into your blog (and will SO be rooting for you).

    But my favorite of your resolutions? The travel one! I think it's effing amazing how much you've managed to travel in the year/s I've known you so far, and I'm so inspired to travel too. Plus, WHEN you are a travel nurse, perhaps that will bring you to my side of the world and we can hang out even more in person!

    Happy 2014, dear friend <3

  11. It's funny because I feel like I get a great sense of you through your blog, but I understand you wanted to put more personal posts out there! I am a sharer so I love that, and would love to know more of what's going on with you. I think so much thoughtful reading causes you to self-reflect and that's so important and great to share with others who will support you.

    I wish you a year of great travel, friendships, and success in your career. I truly believe that the right person will come around when you are not looking and by focusing on everything else in your life, you never know what will fall in your lap. :) You are a fantastic girl with a great heart and such enthusiasm for life. I love how adventurous you are. I know know know the guy of your dreams is right around the corner.

    Happy near year, hun! Hopefully we will get to meet in 2014! xo

  12. I love that you're going to be doing more personal posts! Those are some of my favorite posts to read. And screw all those haters that get on you about traveling! You go girl! Do it while you can right? I would love to travel more. It's hard for me because I live far away from family so at least half of our vacation time every year is used on going home. Boo. But we are trying to plan a trip for this summer. Where should we go???


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