The strangest thing happened to me recently. I went out of town. Actually, I went far far out of town to Dallas, and suddenly I had about 10 hours of travel time in front of me. And somehow I had remembered to grab this book before I left for the weekend. And would you believe I took my time reading it, nodding in agreement with what Angie wrote. I re-read some paragraphs, but all in all the pages turned pretty consistently.
It’s been an entire year since I read a book cover to cover.
And that is no exaggeration ;)
I’ve been home for a whole week, and guess what other strange thing has been happening? I’m 68 pages into this book, and it’s totally refreshing to have another book in my hands.
By the way, I am LOVING Shauna’s stories on her childhood in Michigan and near the lake shore. It’s totally making this Grand Rapids girl feel a bit homesick :)
It’s really a bit crazy to me how I’ve let an entire year pass by without finishing a book.
Sure, I’ve started many. But they sit with bookmarks, collecting dust. And I’ve read pregnancy books and baby books and cookbooks. But a book just for Maggie. Oh my, it’s been so long.
This “let’s finish an entire book, and kinda quickly” milestone has been slowly building since the day I wrote about Why I deleted Facebook and Twitter off my iPhone. Suddenly (ha ha, so ironic right?!) I found myself with more time each day. And this “more time” thing has led me to make better choices with what I do each day, which has encouraged me to… wait for it… choose a paper book over my computer when Max is napping.
I know, it’s shocking.
And I love it :)
Being on the computer every spare moment doesn’t refresh me. Actually, quite the opposite usually happens, and that’s an icky feeling.
Reading a book and thinking about the stories typed out and daydreaming about how this relates to my life and allowing my mind to b r e a t h e by reading a book refreshes me.
I haven’t found any extra time in my day to read, and I don’t have any special tips on how to add more hours to my day.
I’m simply choosing how I spend my time differently, and I’m really happy with how it’s turning out.
So, how do you read a book? Buy a 10-hour plane ticket… or, re-prioritize your day to spend time doing things that really matter to you.
PS. Today is the last day to join the Gussy Club for April & May ($50 for two unique products, shipping included). And today is the last day of this Gussy pop-up shop; once Midnight strikes the shop will be closed.
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