It’s “I Love To Read” Month

It’s “I Love to Read” Month, and Maria’s school is doing a read-a-thon to help raise money for new playground equipment.

Plus we went to the library today. It had been a really long time, and she had a hard time deciding which books to bring home – so many choices!  It’s the first time that she spent the entire time in the shelves looking at books, and not the bins of picture books, although she did sneak in a couple of DVDs.

She read 50 minutes today, so I told her I would make a chart for her to track her daily minutes and the list of books she reads.  And if you know someone who would like to read-a-long, feel free to download and play along!

I LOVE TO READ

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The Happiness Project

A book by Gretchen Rubin.  And inspiration to some changes in my life.

I recently finished this book.  It was really good and has inspired me to challenge myself to stretch my limits a little.  I wasn’t really prepared for that insight, so after reading the couple chapters, I actually walked away from it to take some time to make improvements.  Her project broke out different areas by month and she worked on something different each month. I’m going to try and re-read a chapter of her book every month (or so, permission to miss a deadline, so if I miss one, I don’t just quit!)

Funny, I have no reason to be unhappy, but know that I don’t always appreciate everything and I know that my sarcasm and nagging and complaints probably wear on some people (even outside my husband).  She also addressed how we need to appreciate the seemingly sunshiny people in our lives and not be cynical about their disposition, because it is hard to always be sunshiny!

So here’s what I took away from this:

  • being happy takes work for some people
  • be true to yourself
  • take care of yourself
  • “The days are long and the years are short”

Here’s what I’ve done:

  • Started working out. Completed 9 weeks of Couch to 5K training, running a 5K next week. (yay, me!)  Taking care of myself!  Fixing my lunches and planning dinners.  but also giving myself some flexibility on what we eat at home.  Nothing fancy, keeping it simple.
  • Acknowledging that I don’t have a lot of time, but I can manage my priorities to take care of myself and being happy.  I gave up A LOT when I was pregnant with Charlie. Trying to regain some aspects of life prior to having kids.  Exercise is the big one for me, and career development is the other space I’m working on.
  • Not caring what people think, I’m speaking up more at work, asking questions, pushing some points – for pete’s sake, I’m a business analyst. This is what I’m supposed to do!
  • Trying to spend more time with my kids. If Maria wants to play Chutes & Ladders, I try to tell myself that even though my day has been long, I don’t have endless opportunities with her at this age.  “The days are long, but the years are short.”
  • Taking a break from facebook.  Not sure if that was a conscious decision or not. I’m on it, but just not every day and almost never more than once a day.
  • So my decision with blogging, I’m keeping it. I may be using it more as a journal so that I have a record of life or as my new category reads (moments).   But what I did decide about my blog was that I’m not maintaining the framework. I’m hosting it via wordpress.com instead of the host I have been using since I moved to this domain.  2 reasons, because it’s cheaper AND the last time I upgraded wordpress, I had to move and edit files manually because the script my host provided didn’t work. And then the next day a new patch was released!  I do like to geek out a little, but that’s just frustrating and I lost about 3 hours doing that!

So that’s it. In a nutshell. I’ll try to keep you updated when I start the re-read and what I decide to do going forward. Oh, and another thing, going to bed early… huge difference in my attitude every day. Anyway, I recommend this book. You don’t have to be unhappy to improve your happiness.

Also In February

Besides leaving behind “the yuck of January”, we have lots going on in February.  Good things!

  • I started reading a book!  I was a slacker in 2010!
  • Charlie is turning 1 and we are having a monkey-themed party!
  • Charlie is seeing an ENT specialist, hoping this means tubes and the end of ear infections and the doctor visits, bills and antibiotics that come with
  • Oh, and the Groundhog did NOT see his shadow, so I’m hoping that truly means an early spring.

Book Club Books

As I’m discovering the convenience and ease of Google Docs, and how easy it is to share documents with others, I’ve added a list of books that our book club has read.  Hard to believe we started way back in 2001. We haven’t been terribly consistent, especially once we started to having to negotiate with husbands and babysitters!

Here is the link to our book list and I’ll be adding it to my Books page as well.  My disclaimer is that I have not read all these books.