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July "Try Something New" Recap

July "Try Something New" Recap

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Last month I wrote about how inspired I was by this Ted talk and I decided to try it for the month of July.

(In case you missed it the guy decides to try something new for 30 days every 30 days. Here's my original post.)

For July I picked reading. Not a picture book although I love those, a book off my to-read list. I'm happy to report that I did this every day but one, which is sort of a miracle considering we were at a family reunion and also the Tour de France happened in July. I know for some people missing one day would qualify this experiment as a failure rather than a success, but I'm pretty relaxed about stuff like this. Anyway, my purpose behind doing this for 30 days was to have fun (check) and to start some good habits (daily reading check), so I don't really see how either of those things could ever be considered a failure.

Here's what I read: 

  • How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber and Julie King. I HIGHLY recommend this one. There's a lot of info which for me means I already forgot half of it but I think I got the main point. And the strategies I remember and have been using have been helping.
  • A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine. Ella Enchanted is one of my favorite books EVER so everytime I see something else by this author I read it. But when I read this book I remembered that I actually think most of her other books are pretty mehhhh. Or maybe it has something to do with being two decades older than her target audience so....
  • The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan. My friend let me borrow this book, which is a memoir, and I really enjoyed it. It's about a housewife in the fifties and sixties who keeps her family afloat by winning writing contests. I recommend this book as well.
  • I started The Light Between Oceans which I am having a reallllly hard time putting down! But I'm reading it with my friend (who btw is one of my fave Instagram book friends) so I'm trying not to get too far ahead of her. I'm also having a hard time not "accidentally" reading some pages at the end but I've been reading long enough to figure out that the surprise is one of my favorite things about fiction. So, self-control.
  • I also started Hit Makers. Too early to tell...

I've been thinking about what I did that helped me keep this goal all month long. Maybe you're interested in this, but I need to have this concrete so that I can continue to have successful 30 day challenges. Here's what I came up with:

  • I really wanted to read more so I had a lot of self-lead motivation.
  • I went public with my goal, which helped me be accountable.
  • I had a plan: I always knew which book I was going to read next and I made sure I had it. I didn't spend any days not reading because I didn't have the book I wanted.
  • I tried to read first thing in the morning. I only actually did this a few days, but those days I would have probably laid in bed scrolling through my phone, so having the book on my bedside table helped (top of the pile because, let's be honest. I have two piles of books, magazine, and journals on my bedside table all the time). But because I had the intention of reading first thing, I found that when I did have a spare minute later on in the day, I did pick up my book and read.
  • I put my phone away at night more frequently and read instead. I also had this lightbulb moment (you guys are going to be like...that's your lightbulb moment? You need to do more thinking) but yes, I had this lightbulb moment where I realized sometimes I toss and turn for what feels like hours before falling asleep, but whenever I read at night I unavoidably catch myself falling asleep. So on the nights where I went to bed but was having a hard time falling asleep, I picked up my book. Worked like a charm.

Reading everyday isn't my goal for August but it's a habit I'd like to have and so I'm going to try to continue to read everyday this month as well as start my new goal.

Are you actively working on any goals right now? Also what good books did you read last month?

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