2014 Library Resolutions: Jenny Mustey

Photo: "Let books be your dining table, And you shall be full of delights Let them be your mattress And you shall sleep restful nights. ~Author Unknown" CC by Kate Ter Haar

Photo: “Let books be your dining table, And you shall be full of delights Let them be your mattress And you shall sleep restful nights. ~Author Unknown” CC by Kate Ter Haar

Jenny Mustey, Australia Country Coordinator for the ILN

What is one thing you are going to start doing in 2014? 
What I am to start doing in 2014 is to actually take time out and have some holidays.  The last few years have been hectic as we have had four library building developments over the last six years so it has always been challenging to get away for long periods of time.  Although managing a week here and there during that time I have decided that 2014 is the year for proper holidays including long service leave which I plan to take later in the year.  So after a lovely three week break over Christmas I feel recharged for the year ahead, but also recognise how important holidays are to assist in that whole life and work balance.
What is one thing you are going to do differently in 2014?
The thing I will try and do differently this year is balance the time I spend between technology related interests and actually reading for leisure.  I have noticed I have spent so much time with my iPad in hand checking this and that out, keeping up with social media stuff etc that I have neglected my first love which is reading ‘real’ books.  So have kicked off the year by reading four books (possibly more than I actually read all last year), joining the Australian Women Writers Challenge through goodreads.com, created a blog for my reviews on (combining it with my other love which is music) and also facilitating a local bookclub in my hometown.  Hopefully all of these pursuits will keep me on track to read and get engaged with books properly again.
What is one thing you are going to stop doing in 2014?
The thing that I will stop doing is to stop ‘sweating the small stuff” I had the opportunity last year to work with different colleagues and it was an eye opener to me on how other people approach things and I realised that sometimes I get stressed and anxious over minor details, anticipate things that mightn’t happen and over worry about them.  It was refreshing to observe how people manage things and felt like I learnt quite alot from my peers.
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