Novelty and Joy

I have been in a creative slump. No, that’s inaccurate. I have been overwhelmed to the point of tears and can’t mange to do anything other than work and mindlessly scroll social media, so needless to say, a creative slump was inevitable.

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Everything I Read in 2016

Dear Reader, I should add to my New Years Resolutions a plan to keep up with my GoodReads account. Because this year, I read quite a few books, and I should probably organize them…somehow. I read 34 books this year, which is WAY UP from the 7 I read in 2015, and that’s something to be proud of. I don’t have dates for when I read these books, but I started reading this year around April, and read pretty consistently after that. So let’s get into it:

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Book Haul #1

I don’t know if I have ever done a proper book haul on this blog. I know I’ve done library hauls before, but I think this is slightly different. However, I have found myself purchasing some books, and because of that, I wanted to share them with you.

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What I’ve Read This Year, So Far

I only started reading books again in April, and so far this year, I’ve read 27. Since we’ve got about 4 months left of the year, I figured now was a good time to break down what I’ve been reading, why, and what’s next.

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Saturday to Saturday: What I Read #1, June 25-July 2, 2016

I’m going to start outlining what books I read over the week, both writing about what I started, and what I finished, as well as my TBR for the following week. Let’s do this!

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My Happiness Project

I have now read through Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project three times over the last month, and I love it. The book focuses on incremental month to month changes building over the course of a year that is the culmination of research and simply living her life. Rubin’s happiness project was unique to her, her life, and what mattered to her. Her focus is on her energy levels, her marriage, her kids, and her career.

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Spend Out

Yes, we’re talking about Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project, again. Two days in a row! Oh wait, there will be more tomorrow.

Rubin has a whole chapter/month dedicated to money, where she talks about having it, spending it, and finding joy in it. She sites examples from her blog regarding a little girl receiving an art set she saved for something “special” but by the time she got to it, her parents had given it away because she never used it. Rubin even sites in a blog post not wanting to use examples from her life, because what is she uses all the “good” ones up?

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The Days Are Long, But the Years are Short

I have been thinking a lot about this concept lately. I have been reading and rereading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, and she talks about this concept in her book, that the years will go by so fast, but the day to day feels like it drags along.

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