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I’m not really into New Year’s resolutions, I always feel like a failure with them.
In the past, I’ve dreamed really big about the person I wanted to be and set myself up with goals and certain things I was going to make happen. I was committing to habits I had only written down and not actually done and you can just about imagine how that went.
I would make a list longer than my weekly grocery receipt of little goals and checkboxes to tick off. I would get about a quarter of the way through ticking and then somehow lose my pen. And when a person loses a pen, it’s all over.
Anyway, now I steer clear of New Year’s resolutions and instead focus on one word for the year. I wrote an entire blog post about the idea that you can read here!
The one word idea is where you pick one word (or two, or three) to be the theme of your year. It’s the word you want your year to be about. A way for you to focus and put your energy toward becoming the person you want to be. It’s a way for you to say “Ok, I want my life and my year to be more of this. Is what I’m choosing to do today helping me be that?”
It’s fun to look back and realize how much impact that one word had on my years, and ultimately my life!
2016: Go. Do.
For 2019, I thought I had it nailed down. I felt good about it, excited. And then one day Scott and I were out doing something and suddenly I said, “I think at this moment right here, I just changed my 2019 word.” That’s when you know you’ve got a good word, my friend.
All of this being said, there is one resolution I try to keep. One that has withstood my stubborn stand against resolutions and the only one that I can stray from and get back on track without beating myself up.
My New Year’s resolution is to read 1 book a month, 12 books a year.
Bookworms and even non-bookworms alike, you might be thinking that’s a pretty simple task. But nope, it’s not for me.
I love to read. I enjoy it, get lost in it, and even think it’s important for learning and growing in life, however, even with all of that, I don’t prioritize reading.
And so for me, 1 book a month works. It’s doable. It has a beginning and an end and I actually achieve (and hopefully learn) something every time I read a new book.
In 2018 I read 10 books. I’m happy with that. For 2019, I have 19 on my list. Ambitious, I know. More like I couldn’t choose which ones to eliminate.
I’ve started to recognize the impact reading has on me. It’s a chance for my mind to settle, which is hard for me to do. It forces me to sit and be still and do something for myself, no one else. It helps me grow and think and write differently. They say one of the best ways to learn how to write is to read.
I’ve committed to making it a part of my every day. Ok, I’ll be the first to admit it’s not every day, but it’s darn close. I set a goal to read a minimum of 10 pages a day. It’s a doable daily goal that also helps chip away at the story. It generally happens in the morning somewhere between washing the dishes and finalizing my list for the day. If not, then at night, right before bed. Regardless of when it is, the 10 pages a day goal has me reading more than ever.
My 2019 Book List
I want to share my 2019 book list with you!
Some are books I’ve found on my own, some suggestions from friends, and some are specific to helping me become a better writer and building my blogging business.
Also, I want to mention that the books below are linked to Amazon, however, I encourage you to shop at your local bookstore as often as you can. The one here in Petoskey, McLean & Eakin always offers shipping for just $0.99!
To Shake The Sleeping Self by Jedidiah Jenkins
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Thirst by Scott Harrison
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle
Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner (my favorite writer!)
Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst
Everybody Always by Bob Goff
The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
The Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
This is Marketing by Seth Godin
Tell me friends, what books would you add or recommend? I’m currently accepting ideas for 2020. Also, gift cards because these books aren’t cheap. Kidding, sort of.
The Books I Read In 2018
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
The Ant and the Elephant by Vince Poscente
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
Educated Tara Westover