Thank you so much for all of your thoughtful (and often very insightful) comments yesterday. I honestly thought about taking a few days off, but this posting ritual is (usually) such a life-giving part of my routines right now. So instead of a hard stop or hiatus, I am going to take a pivot into a series of brief posts looking at habits or other small aspects of life.
In part to capture what is happening right now, and in part to analyze what is working (and perhaps what is not).
going outside w/ kids
cooking & food
Habit #1: Reading
I love reading. Few things bring me as much joy or peace. I typically read at night, on weekends, and then during other random ‘breaks’ when I can sneak it in.
Sometimes I will read a nonfiction book in morning installments. I am doing this right now with Ibram X. Kendi’s How to be an Antiracist. This is a very important work, and I am learning a lot. It is not necessarily what I want to read to escape on a break or before bed. Right now I’m aiming for a chapter each morning (there are 18; I am up to #5).
I usually love the library but have had trouble getting my holds list up and running consistently again! (Meaning: I am at the bottom of longer queues for the summer reads I am most looking forward to, including Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid and Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton). I might just buy them. There is nothing that makes me happier than a shiny stack of books — library or otherwise — that I am excited to read.
I track my reading on the blog now (2020 books list) but also keep a list in my bullet journal because . . . well, just because. I track my reading daily — not the number of pages, but just whether I read something (instagram doesn’t count). I do this because reading consistently ultimately makes me happier but is not always the first / easiest activity to pick up. And also because I realized around my 40th birthday that my reading time is limited! A morbid but interesting thought.
What has been your favorite summer read so far this year?