This summer I lived a little more intentionally. I spent evenings at the pool and we grilled steaks on our deck and napped on Sunday afternoons. I turned in my badge at SAS and started a new job. We took a week long vacation to the beaches of North Carolina and worked on projects around our home.
The biggest change in my “living intentionally” was picking up books, taking time to read. I have always been a reader but in the past year, my ability to finish a book has slipped. I found myself reading a chapter here, a chapter there, having to re-read, and finally giving up on many books on my bookshelf.
I vowed to change that this summer and I did.
I read silly young adult novels, like the Mortal Instruments series. I read Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (AH-MAZING, full review coming later) and I spent hours with the poetry of Madeleine L’Engle. I read Amanda Knox’s memoir and checked out books that topped the New York Times bestseller lists. I think I averaged two books per week this summer.
How did I do it? I simply made it a priority. We’re not big television watchers to begin with, but I don’t think I spent a single hour on HGTV this summer. In the evenings, I curled up with a book on the couch while my husband watched golf. The nights I couldn’t sleep, I flipped through pages. I read three books alone the week of the beach, all during nap time or when Harry dug sandcastles at my feet.
I wish this didn’t sound like such a humble-brag. I apologize for that. What I truly mean to do is to let you know that I think it’s okay if you make books a priority. If you find something in your life that you say “Hey! This was important to me before I was a mom and I want it to be important again!”…well, I think you should do it.
For me, reading keeps me Beth Anne aside from Harrison’s mom and Doug’s wife. It gives me thoughts and imagination and I’m so thankful that I can disappear into pages.
What do you do for yourself outside of motherhood?
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