New Year’s Plans

I hate the idea of New Year’s resolutions. To me, it seems like it is setting you up for failure. The “resolutions” are vague and broad and huge. So this year is “The Year of the Plan”. I have New Year’s Plans. I can break them down. I can make to-do list and they are tangible. Interested?


  •  Running
    • Start January at 50 miles, add 10% to the previous moth until I hit 142.66 in December 2016
    • 12 Months, 12 Challenges
      1. 30-Day Run Streak
      2. Add Strength Work 3 Times Per Week
      3. Complete 6 New Workouts
      4. Set a New Mile Personal Best
      5. Run At Least 5 Times Per Week
      6. Design Your Race and Training Schedule
      7. Run 50% of Your Miles on Trail
      8. Increase Your Long Run by 5 Miles
      9. Negative Split 3 Long Runs
      10. Hit 100 Push-Ups in One Sitting (HAHAHA, let’s try 25)
      11. Set a 5K PR
      12. Establish a New, Massive Goal


  • Blogging
    1. Posting 3 times a week
      1. Once Running
      2. Once reading
      3. Once meme-ing

See bullet lists and concrete plans. What are you doing in 2016?


Bookish Resolutions: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday
Each week The Broke and the Bookish will post a new Top Ten list that one or more of their bloggers will answer.
Everyone is welcome to join.


  1. Read More – This was my downfall in the last part of 2014. But I am up and running now. Hoping it will continue this way.
  2. Read to my Girls again – I fell away from this as The Girl got older and began to speed read and Bean usually asks from Dad to read but I miss it terribly. And The Girl has complained that we are not yet reading Wee Fee Men together.
  3. Review More – Even if they are only mirco reviews on Goodreads.
  4. Revive Thoughts on a Thursday – I loved this but fell away went I went to work. I have some prompts which I am hoping to kick start this feature again.
  5. Read more – See #1
  6. More non-fiction – I have a huge interest in so many things and a huge NF reading list but fiction always seem to win out. That was why I choose a NF challenge this year.
  7. More Events – I see the Winter 2014 Mini Bloggiesta! is coming up. This might be when I jump in.
  8. Connect more – Comment more. Actually read my BlogLoving’ feed. Stop be a virtual hermit.
  9. Back Edit more – I noticed my older blogs have broken links and are often poorly referenced with uncredited photos and summaries. I have been working on that and updating Tags vs. categories on WP. Must move forward on this.
  10. Read More – See #1 and #5

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The Easy Button: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday
Each week The Broke and the Bookish will post a new Top Ten list that one or more of their bloggers will answer.
Everyone is welcome to join.

Top Ten Things That Make Your Life As A Reader/Book Blogger Easier

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Librarians –  I am not sure that any of our lists should be complete without these fine public service peeps on them.

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Nook Color – How did I live without you? Even more specifically how did I travel without you?

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WordPress So glad I made the move from Blogger to WordPress. I will never go back and I will never host a site any other way. Really it is easier than you think.

goodreads-badge-medGoodReads While I have accounts on LibraryThing and Shefari, GoodReads is my go-to online spot for maintaining a TBR list and keeping track of what I am reading and what I have read.

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Memes – Let’s face it there are days that you just don’t have it in you. Those are the days I am glad for memes. Also I have found some great blogs to read through TTT and others.

wlw_thumbWindows Live Writer Two Words: Dynamic Template!

Wunderlist 2 iOS AndroidWunderlist I can’t seem to pick a to do app that hangs around but this one is my latest. Clean lines, simple to use and cross platform syncing makes my life more manageable.

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Audiobooks – Since I spend more time in the car since I have gone back to work these are saving me and Audible wins for hands down convenience.   




HootSuite Trying to tweet more but until the workhorse phone dies and I can upgrade I think this is a pipe dream. But I do use it for my birthday tweets.

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Other Bloggers – Because you guys are the bee’s knees!

And how could I forget because I used it for most of the non-press kit logos on here:

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Photo Pin – “Search millions of Creative Commons photos from Flickr and add them to your blog posts easily.”