Ah, a new year and new goals.
hobby is reading. SURPRISE! Several times throughout 2011 I thought that
I should make reading a reward for accomplishing other things (like
doing the dishes or laundry). Not that one should be a slave to their
home and deny themselves of any indulgences, but there is a physical
calm when things are clean that doesn't exist when things are in
But, I never got around to implementing this idea. The pull of a
good book is just much stronger than the pull of a sink full of dishes.
It's a shame I don't get paid to read. Then I could blame my dirty dishes on work instead of slothfulness. Sigh. If anyone knows how to get a job reading novels, please share.
Anyway, with this first day of 2012 I am making some goals related to reading.
is the implementation of the reading reward program. I haven't worked
out the details, but isn't admitting that there is a problem the first
step to recovery? This is about self mastery (or something like that).
Second, I have got to get more non-fluff books
consumed. I'm not sure that setting a number is the way for me to go (my
4 non-fiction books goal last year was met [barely], but it was a
struggle and a stretch seeing as I started at least one of them prior to
My main goal for this one is to read my church
manuals/study guides in addition to my chapter a day of scripture
reading. I have started with reading Daughters in My Kingdom:
The History and Work of Relief Society. My husband got me an
iPad 2 for Christmas (bless him), and there is an app that lets you get
all of the manuals/study guides for free. It's awesome (especially the
Night Viewing feature). I'm already more than a 1/3 of the way through
I also want to read some other non-fiction
books, but I need to figure out a way to do this without it feeling like
a chore. Any ideas on this are welcome.
This is it for now. It may not sound like much, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be a bit of an adjustment for me.
May 2012 be a great year full of accomplishments and good books!