Hello! This week we'll be writing about letting go of the old and welcoming in the new. Today I'll talk about my nightstand.
I used to work in a bookstore, so I collected and read a lot of books. I've been in a book club for a while. I'm also a book addict, picking up books I see on sale that I like. As a result, I ended up with over 30+ books on my nightstand. Ouch. This is especially tough for me because I'm an English teacher. When I'm grading papers, the last thing in the world I want to do is read to relax. So my bookstand has been...well, booked! for a long time. Since I listen to the podcast Books on the Nightstand, this has been killing me. I have a huge To be Read (TBR) list, but I feel I can't start it until I lower this pile. Hence my resolution, which I started last year: reducing the pile.
Here's one thing about goals: studies say you are more likely to achieve your goals if you write it down and tell someone. So I scrapbooked my piles and my plan. Here's the page, using materials from Simple Scrapper:
I made a list of the books I'd read from the pile this year and listed the ones I wanted to read next. I didn't make my goal of reading them by the end of the year, but guess what? I am now reading The Days of Rondo, which, if you look closely, is third from the bottom. YES! I should finish this goal by the end of February and read the rest of the pile by summer.
So what's next for me? I went through my TBR list last fall and made this page, using a kit from Scrapbook Circle:
I have many more books on my list, but I look forward to reading these the most. Hooray! Nothing like achieving a goal.
Thank you for visiting today! I hope you'll come back tomorrow, when I'll share another hobby long neglected that I am dedicating myself to dusting off and returning to.