Let’s talk about books! This is a post where I discuss all the books that I have been reading, by answering the following questions…
What have I finished reading?
What am I currently reading?
What will I read next?
1.What have I finished reading?
Although I had a busy week this week, I haven’t been able to finish reading much of anything. I have been making time to read, I just haven’t been able to finish any books this week. Hopefully this week coming, I am able to finish some books.
2. What am I currently reading?
I am about half way through this book, so far it is really good.
The sooner you get a handle on your finances, the easier and less stressful life will be. Money can either make life easier or harder. But it is something that can be worked on. I recommend making a budget, and keeping track of where you spend your money. In order to save money, you must not exceed what you make. I know sometimes that can be harder than it actually sounds. But it does take some time, but once you get a handle of it, life becomes less stressful, and more freeing.
When you make your budget, make sure you are including all of your expenses. Make sure you don’t forget about all of your subscriptions (YouTube, Spotify, Netflix, Prime Video, etc.). Use this time to reflect with what you can and can’t live without. Every dollar counts.
Today, I will not let another day go by, without working on my finances. I understand that the sooner I get a handle on my finances, the better my life will be. I will be able to have more freedom, and less stress. It may be challenging at first, but I know I can overcome these obstacles.
I will learn to dedicate “no dumping zones” to help reduce clutter in my house. Let’s say for instance you love filling up your coffee table, or dining room table with mail, laundry, books, etc. to the point where it just keeps on collecting clutter, to the point the table cannot be used. Once you begin placing clutter on any surface, it begins to attract more clutter. It’s like a magnet.
When you vow to stop clutter from being placed on these spaces, then you might just start appreciating the beauty of simplicity. I love seeing a clear and clean coffee table. It truly is a lovely practice to start.
Since I have gotten rid of a lot of things throughout last year, it’s time to do a bit of rearranging and organizing. Toss, restore and organizing is part of my resolution for January. I am starting to feel quite proud of myself to do engage in this project. It has been really helpful.
Today, I will declare no dumping zones in my house. Instead of simply just dumping items on counter tops, or tables, I will learn to put things in their place.
Every Friday, I write ways we can try to boost our moods. These are fairly simple things to do like in the previous posts I suggest making a bed. It’s part of my Feel Good Fridays post. I love writing these posts as well.
I know that maybe people may have written resolutions for the year. Some of us may or may not have have given up on these resolutions already. Which it is okay if you have, there’s still time to spring back into action. But what if we try a different approach? What if we make a list of things that we want to do, or can achieve by the end of the year. We can make them as hard or as easy as we like, how much fun, or personal growth we would like to have for the year. You can write about anything your heart desires. We can write about 21 things we wish to accomplish this year.
This idea crossed my mind, but I finally put the idea to action when I see that Gretchen Rubin did this idea, too. Her and I have great ideas. Her idea for last year was 20 minutes of walking.
Perhaps one of them is reading a certain number of books, or pages. Or you can talk about writing a novel, or at least the first draft, or even just write about an idea. Or maybe you want to save up a certain amount of money. Or it could be to start a family, or move out. There are so many things that you can work towards. Never settle for less. And never doubt how truly great you are.
You don’t have to have all 21 ideas right now, but even if you spend some time thinking about what you would like to accomplish this year, than that would be great, too. There are still 350 days left of the year to accomplish whatever you like to accomplish.
I have always found that it is best, to get organized for the next day, instead of having to worry about it in the morning. When I was a kid, I liked to get up early for school, so I can read a book after eating breakfast. The night before I packed all of my notebooks, and text books in my backpack for school the next day. I also liked to plan my outfit for tomorrow. I like having peaceful mornings, because I found by doing these extra steps I am able to start the day off right.
Today, before going to bed, I will do something that will save me time in the morning, that way I can be more organized starting out my day.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
The rules are simple: Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/ in your Top Ten Tuesday post.
This week is all about our 2021 Resolutions. They can include your book resolutions, or other areas in your life.
Read 30 minutes a day.
Exercise for 20 minutes a day.
Save up more money.
Get enough sleep.
Schedule more time to write my stories.
Learn how to crochet via YouTube videos.
Continue to declutter my belongings.
Cut back on ordering and eating fast food.
Eat healthy foods.
Travel to a new city, if travelling is permitted.
I would love to hear about some of your resolutions in the comments.
I became inspired with this idea because I bought The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie six years ago, just before I started my blog. I started rereading it again. I figured it has been a few years since I have read it. I bought when I went to this meditation workshop, and the teacher ended her class with the daily reading of this book. I loved how much this book has helped me. At the time I bought this book, my best friend was an alcoholic, so I read this book a lot.
One of my favourite new beginning quote is this;
“Day One, or one day, you get to decide.”
What I love about it is how simple and profound it is. It is reminding us that today we given a clean slate, if we want to take to. We can either let this opportunity pass us by, or we can do something about it.
Our lives will pass us by, whether or not, we have truly lived, so we may as live the best lives that we can. Let’s use these days to decide what kind of life you want to live this year. Our lives can either be filled with adventures or missed opportunities.
Know that you are capable of doing something truly amazing. Write out your goals, and begin breaking them into small and manageable goals that you can accomplish in a week, or a month. You will understand the power of turning a big goal, into five small goals. You would also be surprised of how easier things become when you work like that. Once you accomplish your small goals, remember to celebrate your victory. Reward yourself with some ice cream, your favourite show, a girls out, or a girls evening via Zoom or Skype, depending on your city’s restrictions. Every now and again, it doesn’t hurt to treat yourself, so if you do it in moderation, and don’t make it a big celebration, it will be a good thing. You don’t want to spend too much money on the award.
If you spend the next couple of days deciding how you want your 2021 to be, and what you wish to change and accomplish, you are getting closer to what you want to be.
Here’s an example of how a big goal can be broken into smaller goals. Perhaps your goal is to go to school. You can start your research of which program you want to get into, then decide on the school you would want to study. You would also want to see the requirements of what you need to get into the program. Your next goal will be to look at application forms, and find out their due dates, and when to submit them by. Another thing on your check list can be buying yourself school supplies, do practice questions online, and reading books on the subjects.
Or perhaps you want to have less stuff, you can either purge your belongings in a weekend, or spend a bit of time working on it each day, perhaps 15 or 20 minutes. And really spend the time going through your things.
You can use this as an opportunity to make improvements on your life. The possibilities are endless. We are capable of so much more than you think we are.
Today, I will use my time to truly decide what I would like to accomplish this year. And I now know that I am more capable than I realize, and give myself credit for.
This is the first chapter of my My Happiness Project. It is where I discuss small habits that can add so much value and happiness in my every day life. I was inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project. Every month, I focus on a new aspect of my life. This month’s theme is Boosting Energy. Every first day of the month, I will write about my resolutions, and why I think they will help. On the last day I will report back on how I did, and if it actually helped me increase my happiness. To see all of the other upcoming months, check them out here,
The past few years, we have been known to work more hours, more than ever before. Working longer at work can negatively impact our happiness, because we often have less time for the things that matter to us, like our relationships, hobbies, and properly taking care of ourselves. I know that everyone is in a different situation than others, so I can understand where you are coming from if some nights may be more difficult than other nights. I just wished there was a way that we didn’t have to put our bodies through so much.
So because we are working a lot more than we have compared to the previous decades, we need to take proper care of our bodies. And one way to do that is ensure that we are getting enough sleep each night. Some nights may be more challenging than others, but it is still important to try.
Our adult bodies should be getting at least 7.5 hours, although some people say that they can function on less, others need more. Perhaps it takes you awhile to fall asleep. Here are my tips for you!
If you can, refrain yourself from screens (phone, TV) at least one hour before bed
Drink sleepy time tea
Write in a journal (your thoughts, some chores and errands for the next day)
Read a book (preferably one that doesn’t deal with stressful topics like money, business, cookbooks, these just don’t seem like they would be helpful before bed)
My plan is to create an evening and morning routine to help me with this transtition.
I plan on taking more walks in my neighbourhood. My goal is to walk at least 20 minutes, maybe 30 minutes every day. I will start off small, and increase the more I walk. I’m really excited for these new changes in my life. I might even download some Tedtalks, and or some audiobooks for my walks.
I will try to make healthier dietary choices as well. I will limit my intake on take out, sugary foods, and drinks.
Because I have already gotten rid of some things already, it is time to work on organizing things around my room again. This time is a bit different, because I am enforce my boyfriend to do the one minute rule, which is if takes less than one minute to do, you can’t postpone from the task at hand. Some of these things include hanging up a sweater, or a coat when you come in from outside. Put something back where it belongs. “Do what ought to be done.” – Gretchen Rubin.
Tackle a Nagging Task
Like Gretchen Rubin says in her book, having a long to-do list drains energy, we should slowly work on tackling tasks that we continue to push off, and not do. We probably waste more energy and thought process on ways to avoid this task than if we did this actual task itself.
I cannot wait to get started in this journey. I will keep track of my tasks using a check list. I’m really excited! If anyone else is wanting to partake in this journey, please keep me updated. I would love to see other posts.
I finally have the confidence in myself to make my own Happiness Project. Years before I read The Happiness Project, written by Gretchen Rubin, I always wondered ways to add more happiness in my life. So when my friend told me about this book a few years ago, I was mind blown, because I had a similar idea in mind. Little did I know this book was published in 2009, and I started thinking about this in 2012 for myself, and my own happiness. It is sort of like I subconsciously knew about this idea before I was even introduced to this amazing story.
My friend was telling me that each month, Gretchen focuses on a different area in her life, ranging from parenthood, finances, time for fun, and a career, etc. She found little ways to make her life more meaningful and happier by adding new habits to her daily life.
“What you do every day matters more, than what you do once in awhile.”
I asked for this book for my birthday, since it was a month away at the time since my friend told me about it. I was lucky enough to receive it for my birthday. I read this book in 2014, but I reread it more slowly in 2015. I read a chapter every month, since each chapter was about how she slowly changed her habits each month, and what she learned. And then I reread it in 2016, so I can do this with my boyfriend, since he only knew about it, and hadn’t read it yet.
I now have the confidence and resources to do it this year. I am so excited!
I tried to do this last year, but we fell behind with our move, and the stress of the pandemic, so we didn’t make much progress.
Here are some of my commandants, they are similar to Gretchen Rubin’s commandants, but with my own twist.
For those that may not know, my name is Julianne. And for me that means I should focus on what makes me happy. Not really listening to what people have something negative to me, which I haven’t really come across anyone that has had anything negative to say to me, or about me. It means doing things for myself, and not trying to appease anyone else.
Be More Spiritual
I would like to practice yoga, and mediation more regularly. I have been trying to do this one for a bit now. I am totally looking forward for this one!
Make Time For Reading
As of lately I have been trying to make time for reading, but some days it is more difficult than others. Sometimes it’s easier to just lay in bed, and play games on my phone. Instead of getting up to do yoga, or read a book.
Go on More Adventures
I hope that we are able to have a bit more freedom in the new year. I would love to make more time for adventures. I would love to travel the world as well. I would love to visit Bali, London, and Africa (because I love giraffes).
Have a Morningand Evening Routine
This will ensure that I have enough sleep, so I have no problem getting out of bed to start my day.
“Do What Ought to be Done” -Gretchen Rubin
I am borrowing this one from Gretchen Rubin. I really like this idea. It is so simple, yet so profound. It just reminds me that I shouldn’t put stuff off. I am glad I am one of those people that likes to get things done. Sometimes my boyfriend doesn’t, but I think this will help him.
What are some of your commandants for the new year?
Last year we were so ready! This is our binder for Our Happiness Project. The pages are in the inside need to be updated a bit, but I still love the design of this. The pages on the inside of the binder will be updated tomorrow. So I will definitely keep you posted later on tomorrow.
Here is a sneak peak of what you can expect for the upcoming year. And perhaps you’ll become inspired to make your own Happiness Project. I am super excited to begin this journey with all of you. Of course everyone’s Happiness Project is going to be different. At the moment, I’m not working, so maybe you might want to add a category strictly about your career, or perhaps you are parent, you can make resolutions to be more loving parent, or “new traditions” and adventures with your child(ren).
January: Boost Energy February: Love And Relationships March: Possessions April: Finances May: Exercise June: Family and Friends July: Adventure August: Make Time For Fun September: Mindfulness October: Literature November: Community Involvement December: Minimalize Holiday Stress
Every first day of the month, I will talk about the resolutions I will make month. I am only going to add three, maybe four habits each month. On the last day of the month, I will go over my notes, and talk about the things I have learned about myself. I cannot wait to share this journey with everyone.
If you are inspired to make your own, please tag me, because I would love to read your posts. Although you don’t really need to make a binder out of your resolutions, like I have done. I’m a bit old school like that, where I prefer paper and pen to do certain things. I like being able to check things off on my to-do list.