January 1, 2019 seems like at least 100 years ago.
2019, at times, was a blur. It was full of big events including a surgery, big excitement including a first trip to Walt Disney World, and I’m very happy to report, big success in the form of new habits.
My 2019 New Year’s resolutions included reading more books, becoming more tech savvy, and implementing a new morning devotional routine.
I would like to credit one of my favorite authors with helping me put several new practices in place this year. If you haven't already, check out Gretchen Rubin's website, podcast (Happier with Gretchen Rubin) or any of her books.
One of Gretchen’s tactics for making habit changes is this: “Identify the problem.” This first step has been a game changer. It’s so simple, and so obvious. But it really has worked for me in 2019.
One of my goals this year was to read at least one book per month. Around April and May, I had exhausted the list of books I was interested in reading. It wasn't that I didn't have time to read. I would find myself in the library feeling completely overwhelmed (shocking I know). Sometimes, coming home with at least six books only to find…I had zero interest in any of them.
Asking friends for recommendations sometimes played out and googling “Top books of ______”, worked some too. But it was requiring a lot more research and energy than I was interested in putting forward.
I channeled my inner Gretchen Rubin, and thought "What exactly is the problem here?" Finding books I was interested in.
There are probably several things I could've done but the obvious one to jump out at me: Join a book club! And then later in the year, another solution: find a reading partner. I’ve done both this year and am happy to report (drumroll please), I read a total of 17 books this year! (My goal was 12!)
If you like to read and are looking for recommendations, I thought I would share my 2019 reading list (in no specific order):
If you’re looking to read more in 2020 and need a little help (or whatever it is your resolution is), take the Gretchen Rubin approach and first, identify the problem. It's a great way to get you on the path to new habits next year!
I hope your 2020 is full of joy, health, and happiness.
Happy New Year, friends!