January Preview

You’ll never be bored when you try something new.
There’s really no limit to what you can do!

– Dr. Seuss

Normally I’d have a pretty good idea of where the next few weeks will take me; up until quite recently I had a fairly concrete five-year plan and some idea of what I wanted to do afterwards. But now I find myself bereft of that roadmap, which is simultaneously terrifying and exciting. 

While there are some long-term projects I’m continuing or starting, this month β€” and the rest of the year really β€” is mainly a big question mark. 


Reading & Blogging

  • Read 10 books for #StartOnYourShelfathon.
  • Read 3 books for #YARC2020.
  • Prewrite and schedule all January posts before I return to college.
  • Bloghop at least once a week.
  • Finish updating internal pingbacks (stretch goal).


  • Meet with academic advisors; come up with plans for future semesters, summers, internships, etc.
  • Continue working on research project.
  • Finish Spanish Duolingo.


  • Until I return to college, practice driving every day and play piano at least a few times a week.
  • (And, of course, spend quality time with my family.)
  • Journal every night.

Anticipated Releases

ARCs I Have

Upcoming IRL

While I’m home, I’ll be doing super-important life tasks like seeing my doctor and dentist, taking the behind-the-wheel drive test, and getting a haircut. (Not a ton more to be said about this.)

My family doesn’t have strong birthday traditions, so I’ll mainly be celebrating my twenty-first birthday later on, with my college friends! Honestly I’m not all that interested in alcohol, so drinking will not likely be involved.

Spring semester begins January 21st. I’m still hoping that some of the classes I want will open during add/drop period so my schedule isn’t totally set yet β€” but I’m excited to explore different subjects, and hopefully I’ll have more time for things outside of classes and studying.

In the absence of more tangible plans, I’m focusing on what I can control, exploring opportunities where I find them, and doing my best to just take the rest as it comes.

  • Do you have a favorite quote about this month or time of year?
  • What goals and plans do you have for this month?
  • Which upcoming releases are you most excited to read?


10 thoughts on “January Preview

  1. Good luck with all your goals this year πŸ€— I don’t have that many but I want to read 30 books and I am want to write 15 reviews. On the personal front I want to appreciate things more and be more happy πŸ₯°

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  2. Since ~2014, I have no idea what my path even is anymore. Depression made me think at some point that I might not reach it — so the fact that i’m here now is kinds wierd in a way XD I find it kind of incredible to have a 5year or even a 10year plan ; as I never really gotten none. But welcome to the question mark way of life, I hope you’d enjoy your time of freedom! 😘 Dare to do things that may wouldn’t have fit in your plan, and have a lot of fun xx

    Good luck on thoses goals!

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  3. Ah good luck with all your goals Izzy! I actually realised this month that I should erm probably look into driving lessons because some of the plans me and my bestie want to do require travelling…in a car. Have either of us passed our test? Nope. But the longer we wait…the longer it’s gonna take for us to be able to do some of the things we want to do, I’m just not a fan of being in a car with a total stranger xD

    I’ve found that life rarely follows our plans, no matter how well planned out things are, life has a way of turning things upside down. My january quotes are “the fears we fail to face become our limits” I loved this one because I struggle facing some of my fears, but to most people…these fears are everyday situations like ordering food in a fast food place or even asking for help in a shop. I’d rather walk out and not get the thing I was after, then talk. But I’ve realised that by doing that, they’ve become my limits, I flee like a pokemon instead of standing my ground and battling. Ahem.

    My other quote is “I have found that if you love life, life will love you back” I love this one because I’ve struggled with loving life at time, particularly at the end of 2019 and beginning of this month. I hope you enjoy the rest of your break Izzy!

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    1. thanks Clo!

      honestly I wish I’d just gotten my driver’s license while I was still living at home and could practice frequently, it’s been a pain only being able to drive every few months when I return over breaks. but I’m sure you already get enough of the pressure to learn to drive and lessons can def be anxiety-inducing, so I’m rooting for you whenever you’re ready πŸ’•

      life definitely has a way of chucking surprises at you. both of those are fantastic quotes; of course it’s easier said than done, but they’re solid principles to live by!

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      1. Yeah…my mum loves reminding me every so often that I should be learning to drive and I just…yeah but I want to learn when I’m ready to. ❀

        Yep the quotes have really helped me this month!

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