Sunday, January 13, 2013

New Year, New You: Learn Something New!

For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

In the past couple of blog posts, we've tried to address some of the most common New Year's resolutions.  But we know that some of you may have very different goals and aspirations for 2013! Some of you might literally be learning a new language - in which case, please check out our Pimsleur language program or our Learning a Language LibGuide - or learning about your family's genealogy, or going back to school (we have a Test Prep LibGuide!) Whether you are an elementary school student or a lifelong learner, ABC Library has a plethora of eResources at your disposal, in addition to the items from our catalog!

What are some of your resolutions? If you'd like to share your New Year's resolutions with us, please leave us a comment!

And finally, just a couple more book suggestions for helping your stay on target for all of 2013:

52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You by Brett Blumenthal

Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions by John C. Norcross, with Kristin Loberg and Jonathon Norcross


Huffington Post's "The New Year's Resolutions Everyone Should Make"

5 Apps for Keeping New Year's Resolutions [Mashable]

"Get Smarter About Your New Year's Resolutions" from Psychology Today

"How to Make Realistic New Year's Resolutions (And Keep Them)" from Beliefnet

Read popular New Year's resolutions at!

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever. 
― Neil Gaiman

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