Well, another month has come and gone. How has your reading been going this month? Have you been following along with us in our “Read a Book a Month” challenge? I know that for many people only reading one book a month is crazy talk! They can read several books a week, and that is great!
For me however, that just won’t happen at this time in my life. I have two young children who I stay home with and homeschool, we have dance lessons and karate classes, I am involved in two new roles at church which take a fair amount of my time, I am in the middle of several projects around our house, and I am working extra hard to get my blog here at Growing As We Go to be more than just a hobby.
With all of that, I feel happy and accomplished when I can finish even one book over the course of the month! Before I started this challenge I was lucky to read one or two books a year. It just wasn’t on my list of things to do; I wasn’t being intentional about making time for it. I wanted to read more because I enjoy it, but it was just not happening.I hope I am not the only one out there who has this same struggle of finding time to read amidst the busyness of life!
That’s why I decided to create this “Read a Book a Month” challenge. It helps to set an attainable and realistic goal to follow and so far, for me, it has been working as I have been successful at reading my one book a month! I hope that you have found this challenge to be helpful as well.
I even finished my book for February early, yay! I read Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup. It was a great book to read and was one that really touched upon where I am at right now in my process of simplifying and decluttering my life and home; so it was the perfect book for me to read last month! Ruth offers good advice on how to declutter and I plan to put much of that advice into action.
Reading through this book actually got me thinking about how else I could work on decluttering all of the “stuff” that fills our house and our lives. I decided that in addition to the purging that I have already done, and following some of the tips from Ruth’s book, I would also create a 30 day decluttering challenge! Can you tell I really love challenges?! You can read more of the details in my post, but the main goal is to get rid of one thing everyday throughout this whole month. I hope that this will help me to purge and declutter even more than I have been so far. I am all about getting rid of stuff lately!
That’s why my book choice for February (Unstuffed) was so great and helpful for where I am at right now. And that was also the case with the book I read for January, Living Well & Spending Zero, also by Ruth Soukup. I’ve been wanting to try a no spend month and after reading Ruth’s book I was ready to tackle my first month of no extra, unnecessary spending. I chose February for several reasons, but mainly because it’s the shortest month of the year! I am pleased to say that I was successful in not spending any extra money the whole month and it actually wasn’t as hard or painful as I thought! I wouldn’t want to do this every month, but once or twice a year would actually be okay! I am thinking I may try it again in October…but we will see!
So far for this reading challenge I have focused on books that are helpful in some way. I have worked some on our spending habits (with January’s book), a lot on clearing out the clutter in our home (with the help of Unstuffed), and this month I wanted to work on myself. I have decided to read, The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer.
Priscilla, along with the creators of The Love Dare, Fireproof and Courageous, presents a challenge to women to grow in their faith and in their walk with God in order to become more of the person He created us to be. I know that this won’t be the easiest book to read, as it will point out areas of my life where I fall short, but in doing so it will challenge me to take the steps needed to try and live out the life God wants me to live. I am excited to get into this book and I look forward to applying the concepts to my own life and seeing where God takes me!
Well, that is where I am at and what I have been doing so far with our Read a Book a Month Challenge! I hope that you have found this challenge to be helpful in making it more manageable to find the time to read a new book each month. What will your book for March be?