2017 Goals and Challenges (January Update)

2017-goals-and-challengesHello Lovelies!

It’s a little over half a month into the new year so I thought a little mid month update post was in order. I didn’t make any “official” resolutions. That’s not to say that I don’t want to lose a bit of weight and to eat healthier but I’m not going to beat myself up about it. I will be setting up a weight page in my planner (when I get new paper). This is mainly so I can see my progress. I’m a visual person, always have been. So by seeing the progress and maybe putting in a fitness vision page, hopefully I can keep my head up. Even if I falter, I can still see the progress and motivational things I put in. I’m not going to be setting a goal weight, instead my goal is to just make some progress. Hopefully that will keep me going and by not setting a true goal, I can be happy about what I do accomplish.
I have set up a few other goals and challenges for the year and month. Little fun things that I enjoy. Check them out below ↓

Reading

I have started using my Goodreads account that I set up last year. My goal for this year is 100 books read. So far I have 10 books down. *Whoo!*
I am in several planner groups on Facebook one of which has a separate reading group. The group has yearly reading challenges and great book conversation. I am doing one of their reading challenges where each month I need to read a certain type of book. January is a dystopian/apocalypse graphic novel. I chose Saga, but have only finished Vol.1. I suppose I could check this month as finished but I have decided to read the other volumes. Anybody else doing any reading challenges or have certain goals? I’m thinking of doing a weekly (maybe every other week) post about the book(s) I’m reading and my thoughts. Perhaps you could post other book ideas that you are reading or have read and enjoyed. I don’t have all my books for the year yet. I love getting sugestions!

Listing

I have started listing again, but with another group. The same Facebook group I listed up above, started an “unofficial” FB group for listing. It’s for the members of the main group that love listing and wanted to do it with the women we all know and love. I am slightly very behind(of course) since I haven’t had too much time for myself. I am getting caught up so if you would like to see some of those lists (or to follow the hashtags to see others) then follow me @mydailyblissblog

2017 Planner

So here’s the thing. I really don’t have my 2017 planner set up like I would like it. I am far from planner peace. Even though I don’t have that (seemingly) mythical planner peace, I do have a little something to get me by.
Right now I am using the Classic Happy Planner. I have been “using” it since July 2016. Since the beginning of the year, I have been using it more. It took me some getting used to, since I normally use horizontals and this is a vertical.
Overall, I like it. I don’t have any stickers so I just use my Papermate Ink Joy Gel pens that were given to me in a RAK. I wish I had some sticker kits to use but it’s okay without. I’m not too sold on the discs. They feel kind of flimsy and feel kind of cheap. I keep expecting one to break on me. I do like the ability to add and take things  out, though. I didn’t buy the hole punch since I found a single hole punch and scissors do just fine. The hole depth and shape are different, but it seems to hold everything just the same. I haven’t had any issues.
I keep looking at the Erin Condrin and My Prima Planner (I am in love with Breathe). They are a bit out of my price range at the moment so I’ll be waiting to try one of those.

So tell me…

How is your year so far? Do you have reading goals or challenges? Any book suggestions? What are your 2017 planners like if you have one?

As always, I hope your day is filled with Bliss ♥

 

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Ending of a Series

Reading has always been something I have loved to do. It relaxes me and allows me “escape” the real world for a bit. I tend to get overly involved with my reading which is not always good for my stress levels or emotional states 🙂 As I said, I escape into the world I am reading. So I tend to lose track of my surroundings and I get emotionally involved.

A couple of authors and series I actually get completely involved in are Laurell K Hamilton with the Anita Blake series and the Merideth Gentry series and Kim Harrison with the Hollows series. I am still catching up on the Anita Blake series by Hamilton but I did just finish the Hollows series by Harrison. Sadly the series is now ended.

When I finished the last book I actual cried, hysterically. Then I did a kind of manic laugh/cry because I knew I was being ridiculous but I couldn’t stop. My husband thought there was something seriously wrong with me then laughed and told everyone in his Playstation 4 party about it (after he figured out there really wasn’t anything actually wrong with me). I am going to say that my response was not entirely my fault. As any woman can tell you, during certain times our random emotions are not entirely our fault. I could only think about how I was there for the different life changes, the growing of the characters, the loves gained and lost, the revelations, the saving of a couple of races, and so much more. As I said I really do escape into the worlds I read about. Sometimes I just can not help myself from getting emotionally invested. Please tell me I am not the only one. Anyone?

Even though I am not happy with the ending of the Hollows series, it was a decent end. Harrison wrapped everything up with a nice little bow for all of her readers and I thank her for that. I at least do not have to wonder about how most things turned out or would have. So no sleep lost, yes! ::fist pump:: For the most part, I did not find too much dragging through the series. It kept up with pace and I did not lose interest. I am not going to go in to much depth with a review since I never had any plan on writing one so I did not do notes. I have re-read several of the books a few times so that I could be fresh to go on to the next (I was not always able to get to the books right as they came out) but the full series is not that fresh in my mind to do too much in-depth. If you are interested in books with witches, demons, elves, vampires, pixies, and other such races living together in a different version of our world then check out the first book in The Hollows series called Dead Witch Walking. You can see all the books here.

If you have read the series let me know what you think or if you have another series that you love comment below. I am always looking for new book series to read! I hope you all have a day filled with bliss