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?

Favorite Finds

Favorite Finds

I have a need to collect, archive, research and share information and ideas. In fact, that’s my number one strength in on the StrengthsFinder.

Today I’ll share some of the gems I have collected for you recently.

Saying F*ck The Fear In the New Year – what would happen if we let go of fear?

How to Move to (Nearly) Zero Waste with Amazon Prime (and Others) – ways to have less packaging come into your home so you have less to get rid of.

In the Time Your Spend On Social Media You Could Read 200 Books – I’ve been tracking my book reading this year because I want to read 52 this year. I’ve already read 10 this month….just from tracking. What I monitor grows.

One Room Challenge: A kitchen that gives me all kinds of feels

Plant a Seed for Your Future – present me taking care of future me is one of the most loving things I do for myself.

Making Connections That Count – introverts, this is for you.

I am a Self-Made Millionaire and This is Exactly How Much Help I Have At Home – lifting this veil of the solo nature of business made me feel better about my family success team.

Self-Care Is Not an Indulgence, It is Discipline – 100% co-sign

This Family’s Downsized Dream Home is Full of Surprises – a Sacramento local!

These Self-Care Apps Will Help You Meet Your Goals

Savory Golden Miso Oats

What is Life+Work Coaching?

Brene Brown’s Biggest Life Hack for Lasting Relationships – I use it all the time.

What are your favorite finds?

Sunday Link Love #27

Sunday Link Love #27

This week has been a reminder that filling my schedule – even with things that are amazing – still leaves me with a too full schedule feeling. I don’t run well without white space.

 

Summer hours are in order. I am concentrating my efforts on learning, studying and creating good stuff for you for the fall. So I’ll be posting only Sunday posts until after Labor Day.

 

How are you this week?

 

Each week in 2018 I’ll be sending you articles that have sparked my interest because they are all about Self-Care and Life Satisfaction.

 

The Belly Love Podcast – oh friends, this is the real deal self-love talk.

 

7 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness When the World Feels Like a Dumpster Fire – Read the comments. There are even more great ideas.

 

How Far Behind – New mantra: rest, don’t quit.

 

Three Reasons To Spend More Time Outside – I’ve committed myself to walking outside early in the morning five days a week this summer. It feels like the best use of my time if for no other reason it is helping me change the story I have been telling myself for years that it is ALWAYS hot in Sacramento in the summer. Not true! It is absolutely gorgeous most mornings.

 

How I Consciously Transformed My Friendships – I will add: face to face video chats, walk and talks and planning trips together.

 

 

The Benefits of Hiring a Life Coach– Are you ready? Let’s talk!

 

 

I’d love to know what you are reading,  watching and listening to these days. Tell me all about it!

 

I look forward to seeing you soon!

xo,
Tami

PS: If you want to be the first to know about upcoming retreats, workshops and opportunities to work together – get on the list.

Sunday Link Love #27

Sunday Link Love #26

Solo parenting. I am hat tipping to single parents everywhere.

 

How are you this week?

 

Each week in 2018 I’ll be sending you articles that have sparked my interest because they are all about Self-Care and Life Satisfaction.

 

It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect, It Just Has to Be Something – Her friend makes a brilliant point. I have been on both sides and I suffer from the big P.

 

 

Becoming an Unstoppable Leader By Enhancing Your Self-Awareness – there are simple ways to build self-awareness too!

 

 

5 Tips for Hosting a Guest With Dietary Restrictions – best line: I may not eat your food, but can you still invite me over? YES! As a dairy/shellfish/melon allergic person with a mostly vegetarian husband I often joke we’re no fun at a dinner party. So not true! We just might need to bring our own dinner.

 

 

Why Congress Wants to Give the Beauty Industry a Makeover If you are wondering why –  I decided to become a BeautyCounter consultant.  This is it.

 

 

Walking the Powerful Women Tightrope – Have you seen RBG yet? If not, stop and go NOW. I learned so much about Justice Ginsburg, her history + family life, and also about how she reshaped the lives of American women in the 70s and 80s through the cases she tried before the Supreme Court before becoming the SECOND woman in US history to sit on the bench. Love this discussion about powerful women who are just enough to get things done.

 

 

 Why Hire a Life Coach? – Are you ready? Let’s talk!

 

 

I’d love to know what you are reading,  watching and listening to these days. Tell me all about it!

I look forward to seeing you soon!

xo,
Tami

PS: If you want to be the first to know about upcoming retreats, workshops and opportunities to work together – get on the list.

Sunday Link Love #27

Sunday Link Love #25

We celebrated our first day off from school with a trip to the lake with the grandparents. Nothing like riding around on a boat with good food, good company and a good book.

 

How are you this week?

 

Each week in 2018 I’ll be sending you articles that have sparked my interest because they are all about Self-Care and Life Satisfaction.

 

Self-Care A-Z: On The Cheap – doesn’t have to cost a thing to work wonders.

 

 

How to Support a Grieving Friend – so good. I wish this was around when I lost my mom I could have pinned it to my shirt.

 

 

8 Everyday Ways to Be Kinder to Yourself – simplest self-care ever.

 

 

Clean Non Toxic Beauty Products That You Should Use Today – I started using non toxic BeautyCounter recently and I love it. Love their CounterSun Lotion, Color Intense Lipstick and Dew.

 

 

Friday Night Lights: Connie Britton Picks Her Favorite Tami Taylor Scenes – Tami Taylor has been my life and parenting coach at some point in my life.  I just love her. My favorite scene is the one where Julie is trying to convince her mom to go see on a school night. Who knew my favorite band Old97s would end up in one of my favorite shows?

 

 

 Why Hire a Life Coach? – Are you ready? Let’s talk!

 

 

I’d love to know what you are reading,  watching and listening to these days. Tell me all about it!

I look forward to seeing you soon!

xo,
Tami

PS: If you want to be the first to know about upcoming retreats, workshops and opportunities to work together – get on the list.

Sunday Link Love #27

Sunday Link Love #24

Our school year ends this week — both my husband and daughter will be home all summer. I am equal parts thrilled and terrified.

 

Terrified because I need to put some structure on our summer or there will be hell to pay. Thrilled because homework and school lunches have been the bane of my existence. I promised myself not to get caught up in either and I failed. So looking forward to a fresh start next school year!

 

How are you this week?

 

Each week in 2018 I’ll be sending you articles that have sparked my interest because they are all about Self-Care and Life Satisfaction.

 

 

 

10 Books To Read If You Want to Improve YourselfI’ve already loved Daring Greatly, 10% Happier and The Confidence Code, maybe I’ll add some of these titles to my summer reading list.

 

 

What It Means To Live A Slower Life – would you ever consider selling all your stuff and traveling around the world? Love reading stories of families that do and I’m not sure I could/would. Maybe living slower in the life I already have.

 

 

Don’t Take Fake Breaks – and two more non-fiction books to read. Take real breaks!

 

 

8 Everyday Ways to Be Kinder to Yourself – simplest self-care ever.

 

 

 

What’s Really In Your Eye Shadow?I am all in for hard working  safer personal products including makeup!

 

 

 

The Right Dose of Exercise for a Longer Life – I am still rebranding exercise as moving my body, but it isn’t as much as I expected.

 

 

 Why Hire a Life Coach? – Are you ready? Let’s talk!

 

I’d love to know what you are reading,  watching and listening to these days. Tell me all about it!

 

I look forward to seeing you soon!

xo,
Tami

PS: If you want to be the first to know about upcoming retreats, workshops and opportunities to work together – get on the list.