Let’s go back to the beginning. In February of last year, barely a week after my girlfriend had asked me officially to be hers, she asked if I’d like to Paris sometime in October. And I was skeptical. I’d barely been seriously theirs for a week and here they were asking if I wanted to go to Paris. “I’ve always wanted to take a girl to Paris,” she said, and my heart melted. So that’s how I spent 5 days last October walking between tourist destinations and eating my way through the city of love.
This week has been a weird reading week. I started taking a MasterClass on writing children’s books, and part of the class means reading tons of books by the professor. These books, for me, don’t feel like they “count,” to my weekly reading goals, as they are short, middle grade, and take less than an hour to read. So I picked up something I consider to be junk food.
In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, my library had a table of books for “singles, ready to mingle.” As cringe worthy as that is, I perused, finding Mandy Len Catron’s book, How to Fall in Love with Anyone. I remember reading Catron’s New York Times piece, the most clicked of 2015, and figured this book was worth a shot.
By some miracle, I read four books this month. It wasn’t all that hard, but I made time to read, made it happen, and occasionally, forced myself to read. I found that I like reading physical copies of books that are fiction, and listening to self-help, and when I deviate from that, I end up frustrated. But anyway, here are some mini reviews of what I read this month:
I realized that I didn’t get a chance to post my 2018 resolutions. I came up with these a couple weeks ago, and here they are, along with a corresponding game plan:
2017 brought out some of the trends of 2016 into full force, and also pushed me to see some of the glaring flaws in all of this. I am always willing to try things, but I have tried these things, and they have got to go. This list also includes some things that I feel like I have been doing wrong. So here are five general things I am leaving in 2017:
This year feels like it just started. Like I got swept up so fast, and I can’t believe it’s over. So here is my year in review, for posterity sake.
I work full time, I have a part time freelance job, I volunteer, I am trying to write a book, and I blog. At least for me, the “getting it all done” is a battle, where I fight myself every step of the way.
I don’t consider myself to be a very motivated or driven person, but what I do know how to do, at the very least, is prioritize. Often, my priorities aren’t aligned with what will make me most happy, but rather with what needs to get done for work, and that means that certain things, like hobbies, writing, reading, crocheting, etc. fall by the wayside.
While I hate that, the things that need to get done have to get done on time. I work from home, and it’d be really easy for me to say, “I just don’t want to.” But the thing is, my coworkers suffer if I don’t get things done, and I suffer if I don’t get things done.
So when I say I do all of these things, what I mean is that I do them. I don’t do them well, or completely, or all on time, but they get done eventually.
Sometimes work takes priority, sometimes writing takes priority, sometimes, I just get overwhelmed and hide under the covers.
I am reading a book right now that is really helping we with “trying to do it all”(review coming soon!), but in the mean time, I want to crowd source this post. How do you get it all done? Let me know in a comment below.
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Why am I doing what I’m doing? Why is anyone doing what they are doing? Before we tumble down the rabbit hole of existential crisis (which I fall down frequently, but that’s not the point), I want to talk about defining why I do what I do.
The books that change you, that stick with you and cling hard to your ribs bury themselves deep inside, manifesting lessons and bringing forth a burst of understanding you wouldn’t otherwise understand. These are the books that are under my skin, for good, forever. These are not just my favorite books. My favorites can include romantic beach reads, weird meditations on public policy, and comic collections, but what is different about these books are the lessons that stick with me, the memories attached, and the way these books affect my perception of the world and my outlook on life.