Happy New Year! It’s been quite a year, and I haven’t kept up this blog at all, but I’m making a resolution to change that. And what better way to start off than with a post about my 2020 reading challenge?
I read a lot. The picture above is of the books I took on my most recent vacation. I didn’t read all of them that week, but who takes 10 books with them on holiday?? Sometimes, it feels like I read books merely to add to my book count…
I started setting reading goals for myself in 2017, using Goodreads reading challenges to keep track. And every year, I’ve exceeded my goal. (In 2018, I continually upped my goal whenever I exceeded it by too much; I finally gave up after the fourth adjustment.) This year, I wanted to do something different, instead of merely racking up books on my read list. I looked at many different challenges available online, but none of them felt right. Then, yesterday afternoon, it came to me.
This year has been crazy! I’ll come back and process it at the end of the year 😊. First I wanted to share what has been the most important book I’ve read all year. Probably even the last few years. It’s about sleep.
Why sleep? That’s something we all know how to do, something we’re all experts at, right? We’ve literally been sleeping since before we were born! And something we continue to do every day. But I was sooooo excited to read this book because I LOVE SLEEP. I don’t get enough of it, but there’s nothing I enjoy more than spending time in bed, warm and cozy under a heavy winter comforter. Which is why it shocked me to realize I have such horrible sleeping habits!
I’m in Copenhagen! I got here a week ago, and I did manage to bring a capsule wardrobe!
When I do laundry, I’m always surprised by how much black and pink I own (white comes a close third, after pink). So now that I’ve decided to only buy secondhand clothes, I’m also going to intentionally restrict my wardrobe to a black-white-pink-gray color scheme. It’s not that hard, because those are the colors I gravitate to when shopping anyway. I’m making a couple of exceptions: blue jeans, because I love blue jeans, and red dresses, because I look amazing in a red dress.
Here’s what I brought from home!
One of my resolutions this year is to live more sustainably. That encompasses a lot of things, which has made it quite frustrating at times, especially for someone who has a rather vocal inner critic. It ranges from feeling guilty for not being more aware and intentional about my actions and habits, to berating myself for them, to downright giving up and sticking my head in the sand.
But, in the last month, I’ve been more intentional about my actions. Making the changes have been difficult for me when it comes to costs; I was raised to be frugal, so it takes a lot of willpower to pay for the more expensive product or service, given that I’m currently still hemorrhaging money towards my graduate degree while being unemployed.
Despite all that, I’ve been making progress towards living my values. Here are some of the steps I’m proud to have taken:
I’ve been chasing productions of Cinderella for about four years now.
Cinderella is by no means my favorite fairy tale (I’m not even sure I have one, tbh). There’s something quite ridiculous, demeaning, and privileged about a man who cannot remember a woman’s face and instead relies on her fitting a lost shoe (but that’s an issue for another day). After seeing eight different productions of Cinderella (and one production twice), I’ve come to appreciate the versatility of this story. All you need is a woman and the perfect pair of shoes; she can change the world, or merely be selfish and fall in love (it’s 2019, you do you).