2018 Reading List

I am so excited to share my 2018 reading list with y’all today! Last year I officially became a consistent reader and am so much better for it. In all, I read 18 books in 2017, surpassing my goal of 12 by a lovely margin. I used to admire disciplined readers who made a consistent habit of reading for personal growth, and now I truly enjoy it myself!

2018 Reading List

 

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For those of you who don’t lavish the idea of reading for enjoyment, take heart that I was not always a reader. In fact, I’m not a fan of fiction books and came to love reading through nonfiction. The habit can be formed little by little and it’s simple to get started. The key is to choose a book that interests you, set a daily page goal, and stick with it. You get to set a pace that works for you and grow steadily from there.Read More

My 2018 Inspiration Board (and How to Create Your Own!)

In true New England fashion, a snowstorm is on the way today! I am sipping my morning coffee and can see the flurries just beginning to form outside. Even though the frigid temperatures have been trying this winter, I really like snow storms. There’s something about being snowed in, cozied up with a good book or a project to work on. Today I plan to wrap up some copywriting for my new website (launching next week!) and prepping blog posts for the month.

In all of the excitement of the new year, it’s fitting to share my 2018 inspiration board! Instead of creating one in Illustrator as I usually do, I am sharing my Pinterest board since it is a work in progress.

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Running My First 5K

I can hardly believe I’m typing a post about running my first 5K, y’all. I’m just so grateful! My journey with running has been long and arduous. Yet the process has been so sweet has the same time. I have always dreamed of running a 5K, but was too daunted and wrote it off. But the thing is, I actually enjoy running. A lot. I know many people cannot stand to run and prefer other forms of exercise. But I love the feeling of fresh air on my skin, the rhythm of my steps, and taking in the scenery as I pass by. I really enjoy running in the afternoon too as the sun is low in the sky and everything looks golden and warm. I also see running as an incredible gift, which changes my perspective entirely!

All that to say, running my first 5K is quite the milestone for me! It’s a mile marker of how far I’ve come, and also an encouragement to me of what I am capable of doing. Much like my first hike, I decided to just go for it as soon as I believed I was able. When I woke up on Thursday morning, I thought about how the weather was perfect for the Turkey Trot taking place at 9 that day. Earlier this fall, I had considered signing up for it to have a date to work toward on the calendar. Instead, I just kind of let it slip away out of fear. But when I sipped my coffee Thursday morning with the sun streaming in, I decided to go for it.

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