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It’s just about the end of January, meaning resolution season—for those of you who made them—is in full swing. Maybe you’re on the verge of giving them up, or maybe you’ve really leaned into your goals and aren’t looking back. Perhaps you didn’t make any at all on Jan. 1, but are now looking for ways to get in on the wellness-centered craze.
Whatever your situation, we have a few specific ways that you might be able to revive fading resolutions and adopt more achievable goals for the remainder of the year. They’re all the result of a conversation we had with 2024 SI Swimsuit rookie Berkleigh Wright, so, of course, they’re book-centered.
If you’re not a big reader, don’t worry—you’re bound to get some ideas that might make you a touch more well-read. And if you are into what Wright considers a “therapeutic” pastime, then we have some thoughts on how you can make this your best reading year yet.
Create achievable (reading) goals
With three full-time jobs, including her role as a Denver Broncos cheerleader, it’s no surprise that Wright has found it difficult to meet her reading goals in the past.
This year, she wants to read 30 books, a “lofty” proposition for the ever-busy SI Swimsuit rookie. But it’s been a goal for a while, and she’s determined. “I've not been able to reach that high of a goal yet because I’ve had cheer and practice,” which takes up a lot of time, she tells us.
But, for Wright, it’s all about setting intentions and doing her best to follow through. Reading 30 books in a year isn’t an outlandish proposition. It’s reasonable, thought it’s historically been hard given her busy schedule. “I want to start dedicating more time to reading,” she says of her intention to prioritize the pastime. “I hope to travel more in 2024,” and use “that time to read.”
Creating achievable goals, then, is all about reordering priorities. If you have plans to read more this year, make plans for carrying it out.
The book-centered resolutions that Wright has on her agenda
Aside from the number of books that Wright wants to have added to her “read” list by 2024’s end, she has some other reading-related goals that carry equal weight.
Not only does she want to read more, but she also wants to read books that are out of her comfort zone. By that, she wants to stray away from the authors whose books can almost invariably be found in her rotation.
She wants to read a different author every month. That doesn’t mean that she’ll refuse an Elin Hilderbrand or Taylor Jenkins Reid novel if they catch her eye, but Wright is going to try to mix authors she’s already read in with those she hasn’t. In other words, she won’t be reading books by the same author back-to-back.
Achieving that will take incorporating a lot of new authors into her rotation. Some of the novelists who she has her eye on include Celeste Ng, Marissa Stapley, Christina Lauren and Miranda Cowley Heller.
She will also be incorporating more self-help books into her rotation. Her plan is to read one per month—a reasonable (and achievable) goal in her mind.
And a little less conventional, but admirable all the same, Wright would love to read a book written in another language. She studied Spanish in high school and college, but wants to become “more adept” at it—a goal that she put on her vision board for the year. The model has her sights set on reading “a book in Spanish by the end of the year.”
Wright has a lot of reading-related goals, which may seem daunting, but the key is that they’re all achievable. When making your own reading resolutions, start there. If they feel reasonable, you’re far more likely to stick with them.