Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Sunday Salon - Fresh Beginnings

Good morning everyone!!  I can't tell you the last time that I wrote up a Sunday Salon post but I'm hoping to get back to it more often in this new year.  Be warned though that I have tons to share so I'm afraid that this may be one of those long, rambly posts that I do every so often :)

First up I'm excited to share that I found a new job!!!  Yayayayayaya!  I cannot tell you how excited that I am to share this or begin (I start tomorrow).  It has been a really, really long time since I started a new job and I just CANNOT wait!  I found a position at a company that I'm hoping I can really grow with and stay at.  It is solid paying and has great benefits which will be just wonderful for my family.  It is such a blessing and I'm so grateful.  Now to actually begin will be even better because right now the idea of not knowing what I'm doing is quite nerve-wracking.  The best part is no weekends which just sounds heavenly after working weekends all of my life.  But enough about that...just talking about it gets me excited and nervous all at the same time.  I'm really, really hoping that this works out the way I want it to but either way it got me out of where I was at :)

We are already six days into 2013 and I haven't come up with my goals for this year.  Yikes!  I find that I've been most indecisive on what these goals should be so I've been putting off sharing them.  But here is where I'm at right now:
  • Read 75 books.  This is the number that I set my Goodreads goal at.  I've no clue why since I haven't read that many books in the past couple of years but here is to high goals!  I'm hoping that if I can actually manage to do this then I will make a small dent in the TBR.
  • Run a 5K.  Yup, I'm back to really trying to incorporate exercise into my life.  2012 saw me doing this in waves.  I would start up, I would stop. Rinse and repeat.  So far I've been using the From Couch to 5K program to get me started and I've been doing really good.  But my real goal here is to actually sign up and participate in a 5K.
  • De-clutter my house.  My poor house needs this desperately after living here for the past however many years.  Five people can accumulate a lot of junk and I want it out!  I want closets cleaned out, rooms redone, the works.  We've made really good progress with my daughter's room but I would like to do the entire house in 2013.
  • Do something different.  This may sound like a weird goal but I haven't really nailed it down yet.  I just know that I want to try some new things.  Maybe learn how to knit.  Learn how to cook.  Join a gym.  I just want to do something this year that I haven't done in years past.  We will see how it goes with this goal being so open-ended.
That's it.  Four goals/resolutions seems quite manageable.   I'm not going to put any pressure on myself when it comes to reading so I didn't make my bookish goal very specific.  I'm hoping that 2013 will be a year filled with lots of good bookishness AND personal success.  In whatever form that may be....
I also haven't joined any reading challenges yet.  I can't seem to decide if I'm going to participate in them or not so I will leave that to another post.

But it isn't a Sunday Salon unless I share what I'm reading with you so I'm currently in the midst of:

A Dangerous Liaison With Detective Lewis by Jillian Stone is quite good so far.  I should be able to finish this one up in the next couple of days.

The India Fan by Victoria Holt is one that I've just barely begun but I'm so excited to read.  I have been meaning to try Holt for some time now so I have high hopes!  I'm reading this on my e-reader which I'm hoping to actually read more books on in 2013.  Instead of browsing the internet.  LOL!

Naked In Death by J.D. Robb is a reread for me but also my 1st audiobook.  I have been making some really great progress with it the past week or so but then forgot to charge my MP3 player.  Bummer.  I should finish this one up soon too which means I need to start thinking about my next audio.

That's what my reading looks like so far in the new year.  And that is definitely enough rambling out of me for one post.  I'm excited to hear what you chose to read to start off the new year.  And what reading resolutions have you made for 2013???  Happy Sunday!


  1. Congrats on the new job! I am rereading the "In Death" series by listening! The narrator does a fantastic job.

  2. Sam, your resolutions or goals for 2013 sound reasonable and reachable. Best of luck with your new job--it does sound like a blessing! :)

  3. It's good to see you back! and you have some great goals. And congrats on the job!

  4. Your resolutions sound great. Good luck with the new job!

  5. Congrats congrats congrats on the new job Sam! sounds very exciting (and I love how excited you are!). And de-cluttering. Ugh. This is the bane of my existance. I try so hard but then it seems like it all just comes back in the middle of the night while I sleep.

    And I can't wait to see what you do for "something different." Cooking sounds exciting! As does knit. Can I tempt you into quilting? Ha!! Happy New Year.

  6. Great goals!! I'm so excited for you with the new job too!! Yay!! Hope this week has been going great for you!!!!! I totally get the idea to declutter. It's amazing how fast "stuff' can accumulate!


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