Yesterday, watching the George H. W. Bush funeral that day at the National Cathedral, a one and half hour surgery soon turned into five hours. My Mom has been through a series of surgeries last year and this year. I’ve gotten all too familiar with where things are in the hospital, with hospital food, and the routine way more than I’d ever wanted to be. This past May, my Grandmother, whom I was very close to passed away at another hospital. Afterwards I struggled with depression. I did not want to get out of bed. Any amount of living seemed cumbersome and meaningless. I had lost hope. Later in the year my Stepfather passed at age 66. Because he passed at such a young age, I looked at my life and decided that I did not want to squander a minute more. I did not want to be sad any more. Something in me switched.
This week continues the book of the week from this blog. I started this blog because for one, I had set forth the goal of reading a book a week. I was also not meeting that goal because I had no accountability. This was my way of creating that accountability and also encouraging others to join me in my quest for reading a book a week. Mostly self-help and leadership books are what I read. Some political books are read, only for leadership reasons and not for political reasons. I think if we limit our learning we only limit ourselves.
This week’s book of the week is actually both Jen Sincero’s book You are a Badass and You are a Badass Every Day. The latter, just released, is actually more like a workbook that coincides with the first book. I’ve already listened to You are a Badass at Making Money on audio tape and loved it. I will be posting a blog throughout the week about You are a Badass and reflecting on some of You are a Badass Every Day as well.
I’m sure to some that reading a book a week can seem like an overwhelming task. I felt that way at first, but these are some helpful tips for those busy bees like me. First, break up your reading throughout the week with daily goals. You are a Badass is 244 pages. Divided by 7 is around 35 pages a day. Next read half of your daily goal when you first wake up and the other half before you go to bed. That’s 17.5 pages in the morning, and 17.5 pages at night. 17.5 pages seems a little less daunting right?
What excites me the most about this exercise is who I will become after spending a year of reading 52 books in a year? Books from amazing authors like Malcolm Gladwell, Brene Brown, and John Maxwell, to name a few. Who will you become if you join me in this mission? Also, if you have any books that you’d like to see on the list, please feel free to write in the comments sections your suggestions. I’d love to hear from you.
Vigilant Poster Girl
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