Hey there! Yeah…I know. This might seem TOTALLY random for some of you. BUT! For those of you who know me personally, this really shouldn’t come as a surprise.
When I started this blog, my main focus was always to share Scarlett’s story, and offer support/comfort to others in similar situations. Now that I have started that, while my focus is to continue sharing what life is like raising a micro-preemie (that will NEVER change), I always knew that this blog was going to be so much MORE. Writing has always been a creative outlet for me to express myself and process all that I have done or lived through.
With that being said, I am also so much more than just a MOM. Believe it or not, I was someone else BEFORE I became “Scarlett’s Mom”. I was and always have been an avid reader. I was a teacher assistant at a Head Start. I was a baby/kid sitter after school & on the occasional weekend. I’ve dipped my toes into MANY different areas of the crafting world…the list could go on but I think you get my point. I am my own person, along with a mom. So – it’s only right that I share that part of me with you all as well.
It can be hard to find a balance between motherhood and who I am alongside being a mother. One of my goals for this blog is to share with you not only my real-life motherhood experiences but also who I am as a whole.
Reading has always been super important to me. I believe that having the ability to read and write is not only an extremely important tool to have but also a privilege. One that I do not take for granted. I fell in love with books at a very early age and growing up you could always find me with a book in my hands (or on my person). I NEVER went anywhere without one. The same is still true today, only now it’s much easier to lug around my favorite books without being weighed down by their hundreds of pages. I carry them all with me on my phone! Thank the Lord for technology!
Every year I have always tried to set a “Reading Goal” for myself (check out my GoodReads account) as a way to make sure that I am finding time in my busy life to do something I love and that “sparks joy in me” as Marie Kondo would say. Since becoming a mom, that’s been a little harder to do. Babies, especially ones like mine, require your full undivided attention, 24/7 it feels like. But reading, along with blogging, has been a “stress reliever” and a way to make sure that I am doing something for myself. I think it’s safe for me to say that for some moms it can be hard to keep up with our little one(s), and it can be just as easy to forget to take of ourselves.
But, I’ve always tried to remember, “You can’t drive on an empty tank.”
So that’s part of the reason why I set a Reading Goal. Before I had Scarlett my goals always looked just a little different because I had so much time to myself. I could read anywhere from 45-60 books in a year! While that might not seem like much, ask yourself how many books have you read for fun since high school or college? 😉
This year, I decided to set my goal of 20 books. It might seem like a low number, but realistically I know that it’s a goal I can reach. Plus it will make me feel like I’ve accomplished at least ONE thing at the end of this year. Lol. If I do more than that – well dang I’m good! Haha.
However, that isn’t the only “goal” I have for reading this year. There a few reading “requirements” that I have set up to CHALLENGE myself a little more. I’ve done this every year for the past…4 years? and I always love going back to see how well I did.
Without any further delay let’s jump right in!
1. Read 20 Books
2. Read 3 Classics: These can be reread of some of my favorite classics OR I can kill two birds with one stone and…
3. Read book(s) by 2 NEW authors: these can be new authors OR authors that are new to me.
4. Read 2 Historical Fiction books: Historical Fiction is a favorite genre of mine to read. Especially if it’s set in the WWII Era, those are always the most intriguing to me.
5. Read 1 autobiography/biography: As I’ve gotten older this genre seems to pique my interest a little more than it used to. There is just something about reading about someone else’s life that I find VERY interesting.
6. Read 1 book by Jodi Picoult & 1 book by Nicholas Sparks: This technology could be considered two separate goals BUT I grouped them together instead. The reason is that believe it (or not) these two authors are some of my absolute favorites. I have loved their books for most of my life and I have read (almost) every single one of their books (or some, multiple times). While NS can be a bit cliché and super cheesy I still love most of his books.
7. Start/Finish 3 duology/trilogy/series: These can be new OR rereads. They can also be a continuation of a series that I may have started in the previous year. They can even be from the same author or set in the same “universe”, just as long as they are 3 separate sets of books that’s all that matters.
So that’s it! I tried to hit as many different genres of books as possible in my challenge. I like to branch out and discover new authors. If you have any historical fiction recommendations please let me know! And if you need any just ask!
I hope you guys enjoyed reading this. Let me know if you decide to join in on the reading challenge. If you have a Good Reads account feel free to add me! Every three months, I’ll most likely do a “wrap-up” of sorts. To keep you all posted on how well my challenge is going so far. (If you’re interested) So far I’ve read 4 books this year. I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one! 🙂