How I Already Read 25 Books in 2019 and Why That Matters to You

How I Already Read 25 Books in 2019 and Why That Matters to You

Reading is my favorite hobby. It supports my quest to be a life long learner and it fills up my proverbial cup. Reading is also a way I learn how to be a better coach, a more skillful parent, more compassionate human and less stressed 21st century woman.

I know I read a lot, but even I was surprised by my finishing 25 books in the first two months of the year.

Here’s why it matters. According to Harvard Business Review, Lifelong Learning is Good For Your Health, Your Wallet and Your Social Life.

The long and short of it is this:

— The more you learn, the more you earn.

— Reading reduces your stress level. Reduced stress is good for your health.

— Some studies indicate a possible relationship between learning and longevity.

Plus, reading it fun!

Here’s how I read 25 books in January and February of 2019:

  1. I made a GoodReads Reading Challenge of 52 books.
  2. I paid off my library fine to get my Kindle out of library jail. (hand to forehead).
  3. I filled my Kindle with books that were available to read immediately and a bunch that had a waiting list.
  4. I started reading while waiting for my daughter to fall asleep instead of watching Netflix or scrolling on my phone.
  5. I started reading while I waited for the kettle to boil instead of scrolling my phone.
  6. I started reading while I ate lunch instead of scrolling my phone.
  7. I started reading before bed before I fell asleep.
  8. I went to the library and got a couple Lucky Day books that I could read before I went to sleep because my Kindle was keeping me awake and messing with my sleep.
  9. I stacked books in front of the TV remote, so I would have to put my hand over said stack and remember what I wanted to be doing instead of watching TV.
  10. I read those Lucky Day books quickly because you can’t renew them.
  11. I read those books on my Kindle quickly because they disappear in 21 days.
  12. I kept track of every book I am reading on GoodReads (what I monitor grows).
  13. I listened to a couple audio books I checked out from the library on my long drives and walks.
  14. I soaked in the tub reading my Kindle instead of scrolling my phone.
  15. I read during my breaks from work instead of scrolling my phone.
  16. I read some really short books/quick reads.
  17. I didn’t watch much TV or socialize much which is ok because January and February is a very introvert-y month for me.
  18. I brought my Kindle everywhere I went in case I had a few minutes to wait: the dentist, while waiting for a conference call to start.
  19. I encouraged my daughter to spend time reading next to me to spend time together enjoying books. This is what we did on Super Bowl Sunday.

If you’d like to read more this year I’ve collected a few resources for you:

7 Ways to Read More Books (That Don’t Involve Speed Reading)

How to Read More Books in 2019 and Nail That New Year’s Resolution

How to Read a Lot More Books (Especially If You Don’t Like to Read)

Are you ready to read more in 2019? What books do you want to read this year?

One Thing That Stands In The Way of Being the Person Who Eats All This Produce

One Thing That Stands In The Way of Being the Person Who Eats All This Produce

My favorite social media meme right now is “I wish I could be the person who bought all this produce.”

Good intentions, right? This always gets a laugh because you know the weeks where you do your meal plan, shop from your grocery list, make one meal and then ten days later realize you have drawers full of rotted produce.

I have been there. Many, many times.

Until I made one small change.

I decided to make what was once invisible, visible.

I took my produce out of the refrigerator drawers and put it on the top shelf at eye level. I use baskets to keep it neat and what can be left on the counters stays out.

Now every time I open the refrigerator, I see the produce first. I am greeted by celery and carrots and spinach. As I walk by the dining room table and kitchen island I see bowls of fresh fruit.

What I see, I eat. What I don’t see, rots.

Since it is always my intention to actually eat the fruit and veggies I buy (and up to 9 servings daily), I need to see them to remind me to eat them.

Another way to do this is if you’ve got a desk job put a bowl of fruit for the week out on Monday and challenge yourself to finish it by Friday.

Are you a visual reminder person? Would you try making your veggies and fruit visible?