15 days into 2019 and we’re excited for all the potential of the remaining 350 days of the year. Something about a new year that feels like a clean slate to get so much done. I particularly decided to make a 2019 theme because I don’t really set new year’s resolutions. I generally loosely goal plan because it sometimes feels like too much commitment. I started a yearly practice of having a theme for the year in 2014. This was a concept I learned from attending a vision planning workshop. I stopped making a theme in 2017 but I’m coming back to it this year. For 2019 my theme is Upgrade which was inspired by Gretchen Rubin (her theme in 2015). This year I want to focus on taking my life to the next level, stop procrastinating, getting in my own way and manifesting abundance in my day-to-day life.
I’ve also made some goals that I hope to focus on. I really enjoy reading so one I’m particularly excited about is making more time to read. I’ve been using Goodreads on and off. It’s a great app that allows you to track the books you read and would like to read. It’s also a great way to find new books, keep in the know about upcoming authors and see what friends are reading. One thing I’ve learned about goal setting is I need to be held accountable by either joining a group or putting it out in the universe. For 2019 I’d like to read 24 books. I think 2 books a month is manageable but if I read more I’d be happy. I joined the Goodreads Reading Challenge for accountability and to see how many books I could read this year.
Peter and I both enjoy reading non-fiction and self-help (anything learning or motivational really interests us). I also like fiction. Last year I read Little Fires Everywhere and Where’d You Go Bernadette which I thought we’re good. This year I’m starting with 180 seconds and Feeling Good. On my list is also Michelle Obama’s new book Becoming, The Hate U Give, Better Than Before and dare to lead.
I’ve been going to the library a lot more and love the option to check out ebooks using Overdrive or Hoopla. It makes it so convenient to not have to go to the library all the time. They even have options for audiobooks online. Although my heart will always love the actual books. Growing up one of our Friday night traditions was going to Borders books and spending hours reading magazines and exploring all of the book options. I’ve owned so many books throughout the years. I like to stop in the book section at Target to get an idea of what books I want to read next. When I have free time I never hesitate to browse a book store. In Sacramento we have some small local gems. This week we spent some time at Beers Books in downtown Sac. It has a good vibe and a good assortment of new and used books. I highly recommend if you have an hour or two to stop in and spend some time browsing their selection. Some other local Sacramento bookstores to check out would be The Book Selector, Time Tested Books, and Underground Books.
Anyone else set a goal to read a specific amount of books? We love book recommendations too so feel free to leave your recommendations in the comments.