Posts Tagged ‘ New Year ’

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading is hosted by the fabulous Sheila over @ Book Journey. Start the new year off with a good book recommendation!

I feel great about how much I accomplished in 2011. I had record views and subscribers to my blog in 2011. Hoping to break those records in 2012! I read 107 books and finished another novel. I joined a new writing group that I love and I ran a half marathon and felt great. I challenged myself by doing things outside my comfort zone like going hang gliding, going to Book Expo America for the first time by myself and surviving Comic Con NYC solo too.

Not too shabby… Now on to making 2012 even better! 🙂

I’m starting the new year off with a race, some reading, and football. Ahhh…perfect! Here’s what I’m reading this week:

  This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel – This is my first experience with Oppel although I’ve heard a lot about his books before this. Oppel is an excellent writer and quickly brings his readers into the world of Victor Frankenstein as a brooding teen discovering the dark arts of alchemy for the first time. The story is engrossing and adventurous while still staying true to who Frankenstein would be if Shelley were to write him as a much younger man. I’m listening to this one on CD and the narrator is very good making the experience even better.



  Death of a Cozy Writer by G.M. Malliet – I’m always on the lookout for a good mystery. I especially love a good mystery this time of year when I can snuggle under a heap of blankets next to a cheery fire and get lost in an English village where some dastardly deed has been done. The problem is wading through piles of mediocre mysteries to get to those treasured few that shine above the rest. So when I saw one of my favorite mystery authors Louise Penny write a blurb on the latest Malliet novel, I knew I had to pick up the series. This is the first one in a series set in England and features the sharp Detective Inspector St. Just. It’s a perfect blend of readability, eccentric characters, and murder. Already looking forward to reading the next in the series. 🙂


  Mud, Sweat and Tears by Bear Grylls – Bear Grylls has to be one of the most interesting men around today. A former member of the British Special Forces before breaking his back in three places after a parachuting accident in Africa, he now stars in the reality show Man vs. Wild where he survives through a combination of determination and wilderness knowledge in desolate locations around the world. I’m just beginning this autobiography and am looking forward to learning more about this rugged man.



Happy reading and happy new year! 😀

New Year’s Resolutions: Part 3

For the final part of my New Year’s Resolution series, we look at moving forward. Nothing kills reaching a goal more than stagnancy does. Keeping your energy and your excitement fresh is integral to success.

What are some ways you can move forward and prevent your goals from becoming mundane? While there aren’t always easy solutions, here are some ideas:

1. Find like-minded people. There are a lot of great groups out there where one can find support, inspiration and accountability. I recommend or Yahoo Groups or a quick search online or in local newspapers for groups near you.

2. Research your goal. In this information age, there are a ton of resources for people to use to research many different topics. Libraries aren’t just about musty books anymore and have many online and electronic resources as well. Some other great research tools include, the internet, DVDs, community college courses, and seminars.

3. Talk to an expert. While this option may cost you money, it almost a complete certainty that there is someone out there who is more knowledgeable and better trained on whatever category your goals may fall under. Counselors, doctors, authors, personal trainers, yogis, and nutrionalists are some of the many people who make it their work to be an expert so they can give advice to those who need it.

4. Go out of your comfort zone. It’s hard to learn something new if all you’re doing are repeating the same tasks day after day. Find a way to push your boundaries in positive, healthy ways. Talk to a stranger, travel, pick up a book you wouldn’t normally read, dance in public, take a new class, plan a date with your partner, join a sports team, volunteer.

I hope these blogs have helped you move toward reaching your goals. Please feel free to email me at runnersami [at] hotmail [dot] com if you have any further questions or comments!

Happy New Year and Bonne Chance!



New Year’s Resolutions: Part 1

While I’m a goal setter, I don’t really like the concept of New Year’s Resolutions. It conjures ideas of waiting until tomorrow to start something when really tomorrow never comes thus nullifying these types of resolutions. If you have a goal, start planning on accomplishing it today. Even the smallest of steps to meet your goal is still a step in the direction you would like to be heading. However, since it is the new year I thought it was a perfect idea to talk about setting new goals. 🙂

I think that too often people are waiting for something to reach their goals. I’ll start following my dreams when I: have more money, when my kids are out of the house, after the holidays, after the new year. While chasing dreams and forsaking responsibility isn’t admirable, taking an hour or two to reach your goals is. Maybe it’s early in the morning before work or late at night after the kids are in bed or during your lunch break at work, but set aside a little time just for you and your goals. Don’t be afraid to ask others for help to keep you accountable and to give you time to work toward your goals!

Where there’s a will there’s a way.

One thing my dad said to me when I was younger was that if you really want to do something, you’ll find the time to do it. Just think about how often you find time to read or run or blog. More likely than not, these activities help you to recharge your mind and your body. I’m fortunate enough to have time during the day when no one else is around to work toward my goals. I can run, strength train, walk my dog, write, and read before or after work most days. This wasn’t always the case however. I used to work from 7am-4pm as a teacher. When I wasn’t at school, I was taking care of my dog, going to the gym, working on my Master’s, going to meetings, and serving on an Arts committee for the city I lived in.  Being so busy helped me to understand the importance of time and how to budget my hours to help energize me and meet my goals.

Think about what your goals are. What time can you create to focus on reaching your goals? What is the best environment for you to work on meeting those goals? Set aside the time, put it on your calendar and let others know your need to be uninterrupted during that time!

Stayed tuned for New Year’s Resolutions: Part 2!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I’m taking time off from blogging because of the busy holiday season.

See you in 2011!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Runner Sami