I was a little skeptical that I would be able to read a book each month, but I can happily say that I finished my book for January, yay! I’m aware we are only one month into the year and we have 11 more months to go, but for me it was still an accomplishment! I know that there are people out there who are able to read several books every month and I wish I could do that, but it just doesn’t seem to happen for me.
There is always something, or someone else vying for my time and attention so reading falls to the way bottom of my list of things to do. This means that I usually don’t get to it at all. But this year I am making it a goal to read a book every month and being intentional (which is my big word for the year; I wrote about why I chose this word in my post, make this year your best year yet) about doing it.
My book for January:
The book that I read for January was, Living Well and Spending Zero by Ruth Soukup. I picked this book for January because I am going to be doing a month of no spending starting February 1st. Or at least I am going to try my hardest! The whole book is a 31 day challenge to do just that; spend no extra money on items that are not absolutely necessary (you pay your rent/mortgage, bills, etc, but skip buying that cute pair of shoes or going out to eat). I struggle sometimes in the area of finances and budgeting; it just isn’t something that I am good at. I have strengths and knowledge in other areas, but financial stuff is not one of them!
I decided to read Living Well and Spending Zero so that I would be better equipped to make it through a whole month of not spending any extra money. I chose to start this challenge on February 1st for a couple of reasons. First, it is a slow month for us where we have no birthday parties or other events or activities that would require us to spend extra money. Second, I didn’t want to read this book then keep putting off the “follow through” part of the challenge. If I didn’t do it this month I might not ever get around to doing it. Last, February is the shortest month of the year and I figured it would be a good month to attempt this challenge for the first time (I am just keeping it real here!).
I know that doing this challenge won’t fix all of our financial “stuff” but I am hoping that it jumps starts my motivation to get a better handle on our finances and creating a budget. Plus, having the chance to save a little extra cash this month is a nice bonus!
Have you ever done a no spend month? How did it go?
My book for February:
I read Living Well and Spending Zero in January so that I would be better prepared to tackle my upcoming no spend month, so I decided that for February I would read another book that would help me work on a different goal I have for this year; purge and organize. It’s called, Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul and it’s also by Ruth Soukup.
I really want (and need!) to go through our whole house and just get rid of stuff. We have accumulated so much over the years, and after having two children that problem got even worse. For such tiny little people their things sure do take up a lot of space in a house! But to be fair, it’s not just their “stuff” that makes our house seem cluttered and unorganized; it’s a combination of everything. That’s why I am making it my goal this year to be intentional about decluttering and organizing.
I want to simplify my life and my home so that I have more time for the things that matter most to me.
And I can tell you that digging through piles of laundry and tripping over countless toys are NOT things that matter to me! Constantly cleaning up and putting away things that have no real value to us, nor bring us joy is just taking my time away from more important things like spending time with my family, or doing something enjoyable just for myself.
I will let you know how the reading is going, but it is my hope that my book choice for February, Unstuffed, will give me the push I need to tackle the clutter in my life and in my home once and for all. Finding time to read is often difficult for me, so picking a book that I enjoy reading, but one that will also help me accomplish a goal I have set for myself, will keep me more motivated. I am determined to not only finish this book for February, but also to apply what it says so that I can declutter my home, mind and soul. Now who doesn’t want that?!
I can’t wait to hear about the book you read in January, and the one you have chosen to read for February…what are they? I hope you are enjoying this “read a book a month” challenge so far, I know I am! Thanks for joining me!