Happy new year

Paula Wine

Several months ago I posted that I was going to be shutting down this blog and starting a new one. Well plans have changed a little.

I have launched a new site, which I hope you will check out. www.nycpaula.comΒ is where I will be posting about everything New York. So if you live in NYC, are planning a visit, or are an armchair traveler I hope you’ll check it out. I’m posting about things that are off the beaten path. You’ll find restaurant reviews, museum exhibit recaps, stores and events that you’d only find in NYC.

It wasn’t my original intention to continue with ModSpinster, but as I was building my new site I received some feedback from existing readers and from people who discovered some of my posts through word of mouth. People were interested in reading my past articles on recipes I tried, bullet journaling ideas, etc. Those topics don’t fit in to my new site so I’ve decided to keep ModSpinster going. I’ll be posting everything that is not NYC specific here.

I was touched to hear from people who said they missed reading this blog. As a writer I live in a bit of a bubble where whether I post a blog piece or get an article published I assume that other than myself the only ones who read it are friends and family I have badgered. So thank you for reading. I hope you check out NYC Paula too.

Happy New Year!

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Goodreads Challenge

 

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I’m not doing a 365 challenge like I did in 2017. Instead, I’m doing several mini challenges which I’ll roll out on the blog and Instagram throughout 2018. One challenge that I’ve done the past few years is the Goodreads reading challenge. In 2017 I had a goal of reading 40 books in a year. I ended up reading 46. This year I’ve upped that goal to 50. If you are looking for something new to read here are the books I picked up in 2017 along with my Goodreads ratings on a scale of 1-5 stars, five stars being I loved it.

Fiction:

Cold Comfort Farm 🌟🌟🌟

Cybele’s Secret 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Handmaid’s Tale 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Jamaica Inn 🌟🌟🌟

The Secret History of Twin Peaks 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Signature of All Things 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Something Wicked This Way Comes 🌟🌟🌟🌟

State of Wonder 🌟🌟🌟

Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Wildwood Dancing 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Non Fiction:Β 

All The Single Ladies 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

American Heiress  🌟🌟

The Art of Memoir 🌟🌟🌟

Celebrate Everything 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Food for the Soul 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Heroine’s Bookshelf 🌟🌟🌟

Just Enough Research 🌟🌟🌟

Reflections 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Steering by Starlight 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Cookbooks:Β 

21 Day Sugar Detox 🌟🌟🌟🌟

21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook 🌟🌟🌟

Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Autoimmune Wellness Handbook 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Cooking Price-Wise 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Gone with the Gin 🌟🌟🌟

Juice 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Simple French Paleo 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thinner in 30🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Virgin Diet  🌟🌟🌟

Memoirs/Biographies:Β 

How to Be a Woman 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Hunger 🌟🌟🌟

My Lucky Life In and Out of Showbusiness 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

My Kitchen Year 🌟🌟🌟

The Princess Diarist 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Negroland 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

Graphic Novel:Β 

Adulthood is a Myth 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Spirituality:

Chakras 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Crystals, Colors, and Chakras 🌟🌟🌟🌟

For This We Left Egypt 🌟🌟🌟

The Little Book of Hindu Deities 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Myths of the Asanas 🌟🌟🌟

A Religion of One’s Own 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Sadhana of the Heart 🌟🌟🌟

What’s Your Dosha Baby 🌟🌟🌟

 

Mindful Monday: Habits vs Resolutions

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In January we tend to start the year of with lofty resolutions that if you’re like me and most people you tend to abandon by February. This year I’m saying adios to resolutions and instead focusing on habits that I want to improve on this and every year. So here are my goals for 2017:

Be healthier: I think the most common resolution around the new year revolves around weight loss and health. I don’t want to focus on a number on the scale, how many gym visits I fit into a week, or how much I can bench press. Instead, I think better goals are to be active and know when my body needs a rest day, eat good and nutritious food that I enjoy, and most importantly feel good about my body and how I look. To get to that place it’s not about being “perfect” it’s about being hydrated, wearing clothes that make me feel great, and getting the proper amount of sleep.

Cook more: I’m a foodie and I love going to restaurants and trying new dishes and cuisines. Even more satisfying is expanding my own repertoire in the kitchen. I have a lofty goal of making 365 new (to me) dishes this year. I’ve made six so far so we’ll see how this goes.

Save more and spend smarter: The past few years I’ve had some things come up where I’ve had to dip into savings. I want to have a cushier net and I want to be more mindful about spending.

Be better organized:Β Β I keep busy with lots of different things in my life and when everything is full steam I get a bit scattered. I also can loose site of the big picture and that’s when things get out of balance. I am trying a Passion Planner this year to keep everything in one place and to make sure I’m spending my time well.

Write more: I don’t just mean blogging, I used to do more freelance writing and last year felt very blocked. I want to work on more pieces that mean something to me and send them out into the world.

Those are my larger focuses for the year which are playing out in some smaller projects, but more on that in the future. What are you concentratingΒ on this year?