1- Reading – I just finished Daring Greatly, my morning non-fiction read for the past few weeks. I liked it. Is it crazy to say I think I am already pretty vulnerable, though? I particularly enjoyed the parts about parenting and avoiding shame (in yourself or triggering it in others) at all cost.
I will probably move onto Jean Chatsky’s Women With Money next, though I will have to see if the library will let me return & re-borrow it as I am out of renewals. There doesn’t appear to be any hold list, so . . . hopefully this is a thing?
I have Pachinko and The Most Fun We Ever Had on reserve (the latter has a hold list but Pachinko is already on the way! I have a flight coming up so I need to get my novel situation in order. I haven’t been reading anything electronically lately. Just preferring paper . . .
2- Photo Books – Check out Lagliv’s post about photobooks! I have a similar method but do not do the personalized yearly book the way she does (impressive!). I tend to go the “better done than perfect” route with my books and I still love them, and find Shutterfly’s “auto-fill” method to be pretty efficient (I think go back and edit, but easier than manually placing each pic!).
In past years, I’ve ended up behind but this year is an exception as I did both 2017 AND 2018 in a fit of productivity this March. So I’m caught up! But if you need inspiration, definitely check out her post.
3- On that note, instead of doing an overdue photobook (like usual), I plan on doing a SUPER early holiday card this month — maybe even a Thanksgiving card. We had professional photos taken over the summer so it will be easier than usual to select images, and I want people to have our new address. I always dread rushing through this in December and realized — why not just do it way early? (Recognize another viable option is not sending cards at all, but I like receiving them and so . . .)
4- Posting daily has been an interesting exercise. I don’t think it’s sustainable long term, though. Who knows; maybe I’ll go for another streak one day. But probably not in October. I appreciate your comments though — I am glad it has been as fun to read this often as it has been to write!
5- Workouts. I ran 4 miles yesterday and the last one was like pulling teeth (and I walked part of it). I don’t know if it’s just because I run much less than I used to or because I am OLD, but man — I don’t know what happened to my endurance! I definitely have slightly better strength than I used to (though feel like I am plateau-ing there too, with 8 + 12 lb weights on my BB workouts).
But it’s hard to bust through a plateau when I feel like I’m just working hard to stay where I am, fitness wise. It doesn’t REALLY matter – I mean, exercise isn’t my job. But I was thinking of training for a half marathon this fall and miss the feeling of improving, running faster, feeling stronger. I also keep trying to get myself to try some more ‘advanced’ Beachbody workouts and then chicken out because hey – the regular ‘Fix’ ones are still hard! Maybe this is just 39 . . . .