This school year I am reading Happier at Home a chapter per month and blogging about each chapter when I am finished. For the month of September I read Chapter One on Possessions. I will admit I was a little afraid of this first chapter I pictured Gretchen Rubin telling me to simplify my life by getting rid of everything I didn’t need. It seems like every book on the shelf lately is telling us less is more. Spoiler alert: she did not say that!
This will be the first year our family has ever followed a school schedule. With Miss Charlie going into kindergarten, we lose out in the freedom to just go and do as we please. Remember, last fall we went on a Family Vacay to PEI while everyone else headed back to school. Since my Hubby works shift work and I all night shifts we have not ever followed much of a daily schedule as it is always changing day to day. School is a great way to get on schedule though and I have been thinking up lots of goals for my “new” year. Gretchen Rubin has often said on her podcast: “Happier” that September in a lot of ways is like January in that you are beginning a new year. Now that Miss Charlie is off to school, this really rang true to me this year. So hear are some goals I have for myself for our “new” year this Fall:
Make time for the things you love, because I believe that will bring you true happiness. When it comes to reading people often tell me “I don’t have time” and I am answer them by saying “same, but I make time”. I don’t think everyone loves reading and it shows BUT if you do love reading then put down that smartphone and pick up a book! I get the majority of my reading in at times when others would normally be scrolling through their phone. At times I may only get to read two or three pages but I fit in when I can and right now I am reading my 16th book this year! Follow me on my Goodreads account if you want to read along with me. Here is an overview of the books I have read recently:
I am fully aware that not everyone gets this excited about my book reviews, but I am and that is what counts, right!? I am happily patting myself on the back right now because I am halfway through my reading challenge. I have read 8 out of my goal of 16 books so far this year! Do you follow me on goodreads? If not click here. If you do not have an account I highly suggest getting one. Trust me when I say if I have the time to read so do you! #priorities
A quiet lazy weekend is where it’s at. Am I right!? Jordan worked all weekend so I was on my own with the kiddos. Instead of planning anything or going out, we just stayed in. Sometimes that is just what we all need to do is just chill for a weekend!
So excited to get my read on this year. I joined the goodreads book challenge again. If you haven’t done this and you have a love for reading you really should! It has made reading more of a priority for me and there is no better feeling than when you accomplish that goal. You can make your goal any number, last year I read 12 books, this year I am aiming for 16!
For the last couple of weeks we have been hitting the library hard. Before that the last time I had taken Miss Charlie to the library was when she was two! At that time we use to borrow movies, books, and go to the story readings. We always went to the city library but at the recommendation of a friend I tried out our local town library. It is fantastic.
We made it! We survived our first week back to the grind and lived to tell the story. Jordan is off starting today and I have a hair appointment this afternoon so I am very happy. Here are some other things making me happy:
I did it!!! I challenged myself to read 12 books in 2016 and I was so happy when I got this alert!!! Follow me on goodreads. I started a new challenge for 2017…16 books this year! I love to read but over the years with small children, I have constantly used the excuse that I did not have time; then I started making the time. Instead of waiting for a free hour to turn up I would read when I had 5 minutes. Before I knew it I was finishing books & buying new ones. With a quick google search I found out reading can prevent/slow the process of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, reduce stress, improve your focus, expand your vocabulary and the list goes on. Are you convinced yet? I reviewed my first six books here and now I am going to review the last six books I have read for you. No spoilers, just letting you know how I liked it and if it is worth a read. Click on the titles and it will take you straight to amazon to order your own copy!
First thing first: if you have an account with Goodreads add me. If not, get one. It is a great way to challenge yourself to read more and find more of the type of books you like. This summer after not picking up a book all winter, I challenged myself to read 6 books before school went back. I’m happy and even surprised to say I did!