1- Reading update (part 1). I just finished reading Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt. I liked it overall! There wasn’t too much filler for my taste, it was well-written, and I feel like it had a few nice tools that were worth the time spent reading it. I enjoyed thinking about ways to automate, delegate, and create periods of time for focus at work. I also found value in creating a new “Ideal Week” for myself, and while this is certainly not an exercise unique to Hyatt’s teachings, I’m glad he motivated me to revisit it!
2- Reading update (part 2). I read close to 50 books in 2018. We’re over 1/3 through 2019, and I’ve only read 9! What changed? No more pumping. I really did effectively pair pumping time with reading time, and while I’m glad to see the former go, I miss the feeling of always having an absorbing book (or 2) going! I theoretically should have more time (kids sleeping better, etc) but clearly it’s just going elsewhere. I’m determined to get my momentum back on this again. JUICY AND ADDICTING BOOK RECS PLEASE! (I will say I did read my first Emily Giffin novel and devoured it in about 48 hours.)
3- It’s almost Mother’s Day! I’m trying to keep expectations low — ha! May is always so packed with holidays around here because my birthday is May 20 and our anniversary May 27! Just woah. My only goals are to get my studio workout in, and to get a great picture with me + all 3 kids (I feel like this is a nice Mother’s Day tradition!).
Apparently the festivities kick off today which translates into me having to leave work for ~1.5 hours in order to get to Cameron’s school for his performance. (WHY couldn’t these kinds of events be at the beginning or end of the work day?!). Sigh.
4- I’m going back on Instagram. My ban didn’t really work (though I did follow it fairly religiously for about 2 weeks), nor did it make me magically happier or more productive. So, you can anticipate some new stories or pix on my feed at some point soon. I’m sure this was high on everyone’s mind (SARCASM).
5- WEEKEND PLANNING needs to be back in my life. Things got a little crazy and (unfortunately) I hadn’t sat down to do this properly in quite some time. But Josh and I are both off this weekend and I am determined to use those family hours well! Will report back Monday.