All The Books!
Not a lot to report here, as I’ve only read one book so far this year: The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You Are by Dr. Brené Brown. I hope to add a few more to my reading this coming weekend as I’ll be participating in the 24in48 Readathon next weekend, Jan. 21 and Jan. 22. Which ones? I don’t know yet, to be honest…beyond Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman that I started at the end of last year and want to continue, if not finish. I think, especially during these times, I want to be reminded of what really makes America great: its people, of whom Whitman celebrated with his masterwork. I believe I read all of it when I was in college, but like To Kill A Mockingbird which I thought within recent years I had read in its entirety, but hadn’t, it is possible that I haven’t read all of Leaves of Grass either.
All The Life!
To start the year, I’ve been doing an e-course through the blog Untidy Grace called “ABC’s of the full & beautiful life,” that started Jan. 2 and runs through Jan. 27. I learned about the course via Cassie of the blog Almost an Independent Clause, and decided to try it. I’ll admit that I’m (always) behind, but did catch up for the most part on Friday as I had a day off from work. Each day, Moriah gives five questions for journaling along with thoughts and responses. At first, I was trying to do all five questions, but my wife suggested trying only one question each day and that seems to be working, although I’ll admit that my answers are pretty short and not a long journal entry. If nothing else, my answers have confirmed my choice for my One Word this year: Invigorate.
Aside: On Friday, I found myself caught up in finding the right tools for journaling instead of actually composing my thoughts. My wife says I just should use a paper journal. Unfortunately, my handwriting is so horrific (she believes because of years in the newspaper business where I used my own form of shorthand and she’s probably right) that sometimes if I’m looking back at it, I can’t even read it. So instead, I’ve been trying to find the perfect online journal (for cheap). Unfortunately, I can’t really go full screen with any of the apps or programs, even the “distraction-free writing mode” on WordPress has its distractions. The best I’ve found is Evernote, but on the web app, not the desktop app. I really like the Journey app for the way it displays photos with entries, but on the web and desktop app, the font size can’t be adjusted (even though it says it can), which is annoying. (I’m not providing the links to these apps, because really you can just Google them and find them just as easily.)
So are you participating in 24in48? Either way, how is your reading going so far this year? Life?