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A Year of 30-Day Challenges: Less Scrolling, More Reading

It is time for Challenge #3 of the Year of 30-Day Challenges!!! This month is all about reading and how many books we can read when not scrolling on our phones.

Welcome to Month 3 of the Year of 30-Day Challenges!! That means it is time for Challenge Number Three! Let’s get reading!

It is amazing how quickly the time is going by. When I first started mulling over the idea of doing these challenges it felt like it was going to take forever. 

Now I’m already going into the third challenge. That’s three out of twelve. I will be one-quarter of the way through at the end of October. 

First, let’s talk about Challenge #2: The BE SEEN Challenge.

I will be honest and say the BE SEEN Challenge was a bit frustrating. 

First, I never felt like I had anything important to talk about.

So, a lot of the time I was flying off the seat of my pants. I know I usually have plenty to say but for some reason, I didn’t want to talk about those kinds of things on camera. Is it a good thing to talk about controversial stuff? Is it worth the potential backlash? That’s the big question.

Second, I was frustrated by the lack of interest or involvement. 

Sometimes I would post on my FB page that I was going LIVE and no one who would sign on and watch LIVE. Nor did very many people watch the replays.

Why did that bother me and why does it concern me that no one watched? Was it because I find confidence or affirmation in other people seeing me and praising me?

What is the root of this issue?

I think what this BE SEEN Challenge showed me was that I really do hold on to other people’s opinions too tightly. The fact that my motivation to do LIVE videos started going way down when I saw no one was signing on days on end is very telling. The fact that my desire to write went way down is extremely telling. My desire to write and pour myself into this blog suffered quite a bit this month and I am blaming the BE SEEN Challenge

I am not saying this past challenge was a bad one.  It was a big WIN. I can see now why I felt prompted to do this challenge and why I was so hesitant to do it. Something inside me knew it could get ugly even if I couldn’t quite articulate the specifics of it.

     

Was the BE SEEN Challenge enjoyable?

No. Not even a little bit. I confess I would try so hard every single day to justify not doing my video. I would feel better after the video as done and think, “Well, that wasn’t so bad.” And then I would start thinking about how no one signed on. I would go back and see if anyone watched the recording. Most of my videos have zero views. Then I would go down the rabbit hole, wondering WHY no one signed on. It just got nasty from there. 

(You are welcome to go back to my Facebook page and watch the full series. I have them labeled by the day. You can experience what I’m talking about. I am not embarrassed. This has been a good process and I’m willing to share.)

Was the BE SEEN Challenge worth it?

Absolutely. It showed me where I have some root issues that need to be sorted out. That is a good thing. It will be deep soul work but I have no doubt it will be well worth the hard work. My writing will be so much better for it.

Moving on to the October challenge: Challenge Number Three

It is time for Challenge #3 of the Year of 30-Day Challenges!!! This month is all about reading and how many books we can read when not scrolling on our phones.

October is the Less Scrolling, More Reading Challenge.

I love reading and I love reading a wide range of material. However, there is this nasty habit of scrolling on my phone when I settle down for the night.  While I tell myself I should reach for a book, I almost always reach for my phone for that one last look at what’s going on in the e-mail, news, social media, etc. Next thing I know it is time for bed and I have never picked up a book.

I hate that I miss out on so much good reading because I’m mindlessly scrolling. Rarely is there anything worth remembering when I’m scrolling and not reading. 

So, I have issued myself a challenge to do less scrolling and more reading in October.

I have gone through quite a number of scenarios of how to do this challenge. One was to challenge myself to a certain number of books and another was to make it more of a social media fast that focused on reading. Both are good options.

A Year of 30-Day Challenges is in Month 3: Less Scrolling, More Reading. Click To Tweet

After last month’s BE SEEN Challenge and everything that I uncovered from that, I need a challenge that is a bit more open and less daunting. I also have another very big challenge coming up in November. 

Here are the details of the Less Scrolling, More Reading Challenge (October: Challenge 3)

  • Keep my phone in one place all day. You could even call it “phone jail”. I will keep the ringer on but turn off all the other notifications.
  • Only use social media when on my laptop instead of on my phone.
  • Turn off social media apps on phone.
  • Carry reading material wherever I go via regular book or Kindle so that reading is available at all times.
  • Pick up my Kindle or book in every situation I would otherwise use my phone for entertainment.
  • Set aside specific reading time each day (ex. in the evening after dinner or while waiting for my son to get out of an activity.)

I don’t really have a specific number of books in mind I want to read this month. I just want to know how much I am capable of reading when the distractions are minimal.

I will keep up with accountability on my Facebook Page and Instagram. At the end of the month, I will report on what books I read and what I think of them. 

I am pretty dang excited about this challenge.

I have been wanting to really focus on reading and this gives me the perfect excuse to do it. 

How are you with your reading? Do you get plenty of reading each day? Do you wish you could do more?

Join me in the Less Scrolling, More Reading Challenge!!!!

     
It is time for Challenge #3 of the Year of 30-Day Challenges!!! This month is all about reading and how many books we can read when not scrolling on our phones.
 
PASTE It is time for Challenge #3 of the Year of 30-Day Challenges!!! This month is all about reading and how many books we can read when not scrolling on our phones.

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Leaders Are Readers: Reading Again in 2017

 

Back in December of 2016, I knew there had to be more that I could do to improve my life. What was I missing in my daily routine that I could start now and would have a tangible effect on my life?

I was reminded that the average Millionaire reads for self-development every day. They read at least one non-fiction book a month and oftentimes, more than one. Fiction reading has its time and place for sure. It has even been shown that regular reading of novels and such helps to build empathy and improve how we relate to others.  But, it is still the self-improvement books that take center stage. Books with topics such as self-help, history, biographies, mental training, leadership, and science are the ones that get the millionaire’s attention most of the time.

That got me thinking. 

What do you do when you want to change your life?

Find people you want to be like and do what they do.

Easy, right?

Well, it is easy when you remain coach-able and follow directions….one step at a time.

I knew that I needed to get back into the daily habit of reading.

 
 


 

 

There was a time when I was an avid reader growing up but, unfortunately, it fell by the wayside once I became a mom. Reading with my son was the most reading I got during that season. 

The average millionaire reads at least one non-fiction book a month. Leaders Are Readers! Click To Tweet

As is the case for any habit, I knew for the habit to stick I couldn’t go crazy with huge goals. It had to be attainable and capable of easy growth. Otherwise, I would burn out by the end of January. 

I set the goal to read twelve books in 2017.

My goal for 2017 was to just get into the habit of daily reading. It didn’t matter what I was reading. I figured I could be more strategic in book choices once I was back in the habit of reading. My goal was to just turn the TV or phone off for a few minutes a day and choose a book instead. 

I am happy to report that, at the time of this writing, I have read TWENTY books in 2017. There will most likely be one or two mushed in there before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

I used the Goodreads App to track what books I was reading, to review the books I finished, and to keep a running “To Be Read” list. It really helped me keep a running list of books that were recommended to me in one space. 

Goodreads is also a social network for readers so you can keep up with your reader friends and what they currently reading. It’s great because I can peruse their reading lists and click “Want to Read” whenever something piques my interest. You can find MY profile HERE!

Oh, so you want to know WHAT I read this year?

OKAY! Here’s the list… so far!

(FYI…these are affiliate links to Amazon and I will gain a small commission if you click through and buy anything on Amazon.)

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton

Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

Silence: A Novel by Shusaku Endo

Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide To Unshakeable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Celebration of Discipline: The Path To Spiritual Growth by Richard J. Foster

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith by Ann Spangler

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

The Underground Railroad: by Colson Whitehead (PULITZER PRIZE WINNER!)

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit by Seth Godin

Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle by Tom Venuto

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

You are a Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living An Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM) by Hal Elrod

I set a goal in 2017 to read 12 books. I read 20 books….so far. That is a goal smashed!!  

I plan to make 2018 even more amazing. I am setting my reading goal to be 30 books. At least half of those books will be non-fiction books.

How about you? 

How many books have you read this year? 

What kind of books did you read? 

 

Happy Reading!!

 
 


 

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