Book Challenge

reading

For as long as I can remember, I have loved words and reading. As a child, I remember riding in the car, looking at various billboards and signs and trying to make as many words as possible out of the words on each sign, before the car passed. When I was bored in church as a pre-teen, I would write a “big word” at the top of a piece of paper, then underneath it, I would list all of the “small words” that I could develop from the “big word”. As high school students and up until college graduation, my best friend and I used to spend hours in bookstores; to the point that they would literally have to turn the lights out on us in order to get us to leave.

 

With such a love of words and books, it should come as no surprise that I own a lot of books. The problem lately though, is I can’t seem to find the time to read as much as I used to. I used to be in two book clubs, and surprisingly I was able to keep up with the assigned reading in each group. But as I look at my book shelves, I see unfinished books. I have a nice collection of books. Although it’s not as expansive as some, I’ve got some pretty good titles on my bookshelves. The problem, it’s simply that–a collection. I haven’t even read all of them. Some I’ve started and stopped. Some I bought (or was gifted) and never even started. I’ve got my eye on a few books that I want to purchase, but I’d feel bad purchasing new books when I haven’t even read what’s already on my shelves. Will I purchase the new books and have them become the newest members of the unread family?

 

With all that being said, here’s a challenge for myself (and you if you would like to participate)…

I recently came across this website, and the owner hosts a 52 week book challenge, where you read one book a week for a year. I think this would be a great start for me to make a huge dent in my collection and also start some new reading. What I also like about this challenge (besides getting back to my love of reading) is the accountability–knowing that I’m not doing this alone, and having some type of support and encouragement from others participating in the challenge. Excited!

 

What are some of your favorite books? What books are on your list to read? Would you participate in a challenge like this? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

Checking for Monsters

Jealous

The monsters that once lived under children’s beds or in their closets have found a new residence. They can now be found creeping and poking their disgusting green heads from within our own bodies. Yep, that’s right. That green-eyed monster called jealousy has settled into the luxurious five-star penthouse suite of our minds, and has no plans of checking out.

 

So how do you kick that unwelcome visitor/resident to the curb? Here are a few steps to begin with:

 

1. Practice Gratitude. Instead of focusing on what someone else has, focus on what YOU have. What are you grateful/thankful for? Start a gratitude journal. Every time those thoughts of jealousy start to arise, write in your journal, making an ongoing list of all the things you are grateful for in that moment. Also, in addition to making new entries in the journal, revisit some of your old entries to remind yourself of all of the things that are a part of your life that make you feel happy, secure and appreciative.

 

2. Sow into/Invest in Yourself. Have you ever heard the phrase, “The grass is greener where you water it.”? Instead of looking at how green your neighbor’s grass is, take care of your own grass. Do the things necessary to propel yourself forward. Focus on your personal goals and take the steps/actions to get there. Do you need to take workshops/classes in order to accomplish your goals? Do you need to identify and shadow a mentor? Whatever it is, DO IT! When you’re working so hard to achieve your personal goals, what everyone else has going on will fade into the background. You won’t have the time to focus on the things you were jealous about.

 

3. Commit to Loving Yourself.  Sometimes I find myself combating a compliment. Someone will say, “Oh, your skin is beautiful,” and instead of me saying, “Thank you” and simply appreciating the comment, I would respond, “Ugh, I have all these breakouts…it’s so oily…it’s so dry…” blah blah blah. It’s like we try to beat someone to the punch and defend our insecurities, when they probably don’t even notice (or care about) the things that we’re obsessing over. Stop being your own worst critic/enemy. Embrace all those things you may be insecure about, and instead of being defensive, acknowledge that those imperfections are what make you unique, and yes, that’s beautiful.

 

What are some ways that YOU deal with jealousy? How do you combat those thoughts/feelings? Please share in the comments!

Just a little note

think

 

I’m supposed to be posting every Wednesday. Sometimes I hit that goal and sometimes I don’t. BUT I am posting at least once a week. So that’s my revised goal–to post at least once a week. My schedule is so random that I can’t be sure that I’ll always be able to post exactly on Wednesday, but I can commit to at least once a week.

Constantly working on getting my life together…

Social Media Scramble

social media
Social media overwhelms me. For me to be so young, sometimes I feel old, constantly asking, “What’s [insert social media here]?” I feel like a new one surfaces every week. I feel so behind.
Currently I have a Facebook account, a Youtube account, and this blog. Apparently I also have Google+ and I have no idea how that works. LOL I tried Twitter back in 2008, but then stopped shortly thereafter.
So now I’m wondering, what are the key social media sites that are essential to have? Does it depend on what industry you’re in? Does it depend on who your target audience is? Does it depend on your purpose for use?
I have a hard enough time keeping up on the few accounts I already have (my 75-year-old dad is on FB more than I am!), so the thought of establishing yet another one starts to give me a bit of anxiety. But I guess if I can find a way for it to somehow be beneficial, then that would be cool.
What’s a girl to do? *sigh*

Insecurities

I typed the email and added the proper attachments. I moved my cursor to the “To” box and typed three names, then I paused. I typed two more. Pause.

 

My mind began to flood with “what ifs”:

“What if they look at me crazy for sending this email?”

 

“What if they look at their name in relation to the others, and wonder why their name didn’t come higher up?”

 

“What if someone forwards this email to someone I didn’t send it to, and then that person gets upset because I didn’t include them?”

 

“What if someone sends an ugly reply?”

 

 

 

 

 

Then came the rationalizations and maybes:

“Maybe I should just BCC everyone?”

 

“I have a closer relationship with these people, so if someone who wasn’t included hears about the email, I can just say, ‘Oh, well, you know, you and I never talk, so I wasn’t sure you’d be interested in that sort of thing.’”

 

After some time rearranging the name order and sending the email prematurely, I just reluctantly sent the email to EVERYone on purpose. Problem solved?

Balance

I’m trying to find balance. Sometimes I think I do too much. I wanted to tell you about my experience at my first meditation class, but of course, as I was drafting the post, “something came up.” Wednesdays sure do come around fast. Oh well…until next time…

 

And yes, I know I’m about 15 minutes late in realizing that Wednesday has come and gone…but then again, it’s still Wednesday somewhere…