“Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
I have always loved to read but I do it less and less as I have gotten older. I tell myself I just don’t have the time but, in reality, I often choose to do other things instead of reading. I binge watch a Netflix show or spend way too much time scrolling through social media.
This year I am setting the goal that I want to read (and finish!) 20 books. 20 books in 2020 has a nice ring to it. I only read a few books last year and I want to do better. I’ve already finished one book this year and I’m close to finishing another. I’m a little behind but if I read 2 books a month it should be doable.
Here are some strategies I am going to use to read more:
Setting a time every day to read. I am very routine oriented so setting a daily time to read will help me to stick to it.
Listening to audiobooks. Audiobooks are a great way to “read” on the go. I love listening to audiobooks because I can do it at times when I can’t actually read, like when I am driving or getting ready in the morning.
Keeping a book nearby. I have a book by my nightstand that I can easily grab to read right before bed. You can also keep a book or kindle in your purse to read during off times, like when you are waiting in a line.
I can’t believe it’s already more than halfway through February. This year is flying. Today I thought I would set out my fitness goals for the year.
Goal #1: Pull Up! I got this pull up bar from Amazon months ago and used it a few times but I want to use it consistently until I can finally do a pull up. I’m making progress slowly but surely.
Goal #2: Handstand! Okay, this one I’ve been working on a few times a week and I’m getting closer and closer to being able to kick up into a handstand. I think the main thing that is holding me back is my fear of falling. I know it’s a given that I will fall at some point so I need to just get over that fear.
Goal #3: Frog Stand Pose! My third goal at the beginning of the year was actually to be able to do the middle splits but I’ve already reached that goal (woohoo!) so I decided to make a new goal. This one is probably going to take all year as it requires a LOT of upper body strength.
This is what a frog stand looks like if you don’t know:
Goal #4: Leg Hold! I watched the show Cheer on Netflix and got super inspired by how strong and flexible the Navarro Cheerleaders are. It will most likely take all year before I can do a leg hold but that’s okay.
“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt
I decided this week would be as good as any to set some goals. Today let me share my objectives for this blog.
Goals are always good to have, right? They push us. Hold us accountable. I made the goal to start this blog and here it is. Without saying that intention out loud it may have stayed a silent wish. So, here we go…
I plan to write two to three blog posts a week and then over time increase that number. I think for now that is a good amount given I have a full time job and a cat who often distracts me.
I also want to push myself out of my comfort zone. I know, we all love a good comfort zone. I certainly do. But I want to keep pushing and challenging myself to see what I can achieve. I am excited to see how this blog develops over time and what hobbies, tips, and tricks I discover and what experiences I have along the way. And I will be sure to share them with you!
Ugh, Valentine’s Day. One of the more painful days of the year if you are single. But it doesn’t have to be. After all, it is just another day.
Here are some ideas for what to do on Valentine’s Day if you are feeling sad:
❤ Spend time with those you love, whether they are friends, family, or pets. It doesn’t matter. After all, Valentine’s Day is about love.
❤ Do something that makes you laugh. That might mean watching The Office or looking at cute cat videos on YouTube. For me, I usually end up looking at old Vines on YouTube whenever I need a good laugh. This is one of my favorites.
❤ Treat yourself! Now, I’m not just talking about stuffing your face with ice cream (although that’s up to you, no judgment here). What I mean is do something that feels good, like practicing yoga, taking a nice quiet walk, or getting a massage.
Or say ‘good riddance’ and celebrate being single on Valentine’s Day!
Raise your hand if nothing sounds better than a nice cup of coffee (or tea!) and a book. I love curling up with a good book and getting lost in its world. Completely detaching from life and just immersing myself in something else for a while. And not just fiction and non fiction. I love learning about different cultures, about different ways of life, about different hobbies people have.
I am a self proclaimed nerd and have been ever since I was a kid. You see, I loved school. Now don’t get me wrong. I hated the tests, papers, group work, and *gulp* class presentations but I loved learning. Now I’m out of school with a real life job but I still miss it.
I made a new year’s resolution to myself to start learning again, whether it is real world advice like how to budget or fun topics like photography, knitting tiny hats for kittens, or how to make the perfect cup of coffee.
I also love health and fitness! I get such a high from working out. I’ve been working out consistently for about 2 years now and along the way I’ve gotten into weightlifting, yoga, meditation (ok, technically not a physical workout but I’m counting it as a mental workout), and flexibility. I can now do the splits and the middle splits which I always thought was just a thing ballet dancers could do.
I’m no fitness expert and I’m still far from where I want to be. I still have weight to lose. I still can’t do a handstand to save my life. But I’m enjoying the journey. I’ve learned a few things along the way and I think it would be fun to document them and also the challenges I face as I go.
I’m not sure where this blog will lead me but hopefully you will join me on this journey.