Monthly Rewind

Happy New Year!

It’s Monday! The VERY FIRST Monday of 2018, to be exact, and this post is going to be PACKED because of that. December is over, so I have some things to share about last month. 2018 is over, so I have some things to talk about there. And I have new goals for 2018! Are you ready for this?!?

Let’s start with December…

Monthly Review


Wonder by R. J. Palacio and Beartown by Fredrick Backman. Both were five-star books for me, and I am looking forward to sharing my reviews with you soon!


10 Gifts for the Reader on Your List (that aren’t books). This one was so much fun to make… picking out everything and trying to find things for every kind of reader. I even think it turned out pretty well if I say so myself.


Like last month, I wish all of them got more attention. Specifically, Books to Give This Christmas because I put a TON of time and thought into it.


I don’t have a list this month because I’ve just been so busy.


  • Start the year strong. I want to read at least three books this month.
  • I want to get caught up on the reviews I need to share (Wonder and Beartown), so that I am prepared to (hopefully) keep up this year!


And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.

-Meister Eckhart

I love the new year. The chance for everything to be new. The hope. The excitement. The clean slate.

  • Getting back on a schedule. My semester got crazy at the end there, so I am REALLY looking forward to getting back to “normal.”
  • I’m not looking forward to much this month. Zach leaves for basic training in just a couple days so my schedule will be very different from what it used to be.



Wow… Can you believe it’s this time of year again?!? I can’t believe how fast the year went and how much I did. I started the year in Minneapolis and traveled as far as Denver. It was a really amazing year. I graduated from college, started graduate school, moved, celebrated two years of marriage, saw my husband graduate from college, and SO much more.


24 books out of my 26 book goal… so close. However, instead of lowering my goal, I’m raising it and going to hold myself to it better than I did this year. My number one book this year was either Beartown or Wonder. And my least favorite book was Humanity’s Footprint followed by The Nest.


  • Celebrate New Year in Minneapolis with my parents (last year).
  • Graduate from college (in May!)
  • Traveled to Denver with some friends — this was our first real “grown-up” vacation and it was a TON of fun!
  • Move from our first apartment to our second (a SUPER upgrade)
  • Started my graduate program (August)
  • Zach graduated from college (December!)



There is a place, 20 minutes from our house, that consists of a hidden cavern created by a small waterfall. I had read about it and seen pictures of some friends finding it, but we hadn’t had any luck. We tried a couple of times to find it, without any luck. Then, one Tuesday afternoon, we were bored, so we decided to give it one more shot (probably more than one, if we hadn’t succeeded). We drove to where we thought it was, got out and started following a trail. And following. And after an hour we lost the trail, so we decided to turn around. I was super disappointed. As we crossed the creek to get back to our car, Zach noticed another path, that went off in the opposite direction. It was about an hour until dark, so we followed it. Across the stream, through the grass, and up a HUGE hill. And up, and up. And then, about ten feet from the top, the caverns came into view. And it was all worth it.

We spent about two and a half hours hiking. It didn’t matter that we weren’t sure where we were going or that the sun was setting. I spend two hours in the middle of a busy week with my husband in the beautiful Black Hills.


new year
Photo by Rina Miele on Unsplash


Oh boy… so many, where do I start?


  • In general, I want to expand my blog
  • More social media use
  • Better posts… I think I’m a decent writer to begin with, but I think I should work on my posts this year


  • Be more fit/healthy
  • Have 4.0 semesters
  • Kick my thesis research’s booty!
  • Be more organized
  • Read 30 books (+ no more than 1 hour of TV/day)
  • Have a real morning routine
  • More love — self and for others


LET’S TALK! How did your year wrap up? How many books did you read? What are your goals this year?


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