CREATING A READING SPACE

Good morning.


Happy Tuesday. Today I thought I’d talk to you about the topic of reading books. Earlier this month, I devoted myself to a challenge of reading one book for one month. Unfortunately, due to work, school, and other things going on in my life, I have yet to finish reading “Eat. Pray. Love.” That’s ok, I have the entire month of October to do just that.


Have you ever started reading a book, only to stop midway? Do you feel that your environment is causing issues when it comes to reading? Well, today’s post may be able to help you.


TRANSFORM YOUR SPACE: If you are like me, you have more than one bedroom in your living space right? You try to read books in your bedroom, but that results to curling under the covers and falling asleep. Turn one of your extra rooms into a reading room. This is where you can go to read books, have Quiet Time, journal, or just sit in silence. Create the atmosphere so it will inspire you to read.


CREATE A REASING NOOK: So you don’t have an extra room, but you do have a corner that you’ve been trying to figure out what to put in it. Find a comfy chair, a nice side table, a reading lamp, a cozy blanket. There you have it, you own little oasis to get lost in while reading a good book.


CHANGE YOUR ENVIRONMENT: If you can’t transform a room or a nook in your home, then my last tip is to change your environment. Travel to your neighborhood library, go to your favorite coffee shop, call a friend and see if they want to grab a book and hangout somewhere new with you. Just saying, make it fun and make it work for you.


Well, I hope my tips helped you get started with reading. I’ll be back with more tips and tricks on reading books and creating a routine. Look out for another post.


I’ll check in with you all later!


Until next time…

❤️

MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: SEPTEMBER 2020

Good morning.


We’re back to another work week, and like always, I want to start you off with a little inspiration.


Today’s post is going to talk about what I learned during the month of September. We only have a few days left, and then we’ll roll right into October. Crazy, only a few months left of 2020.


Let’s get started.


LET’S GET PHYSICAL: I created a plan for my physical health over the next three months. My A1C and blood pressure were impacted the most during my last visit, so I have 3 months to turn things around for the better. Like I mentioned in my last post, I downloaded the app Fabulous, which is like a habit tracker app. So far, so good, the app is helping with drinking more water and changing my eating habits. I’ll give you all a full update later on this week.


FOCUS ON THE MENTAL: Mentally, I’m doing better than I was Thursday. After the doctor’s visit, my mind went to a different place and I couldn’t focus on anything, I took the rest of that day to reflect and let everything sink in. Then, I used the rest of the day to journal and get out of the rut I created. The next few days were good, I took things easy since it was “That Time.” Then, last night, I spent the evening listening to InTouch and texted a good friend of mine about my day.


CLOSER TO THE FINISH LINE: Classes are going great. I passed my Visual Communications, and starting off strong in my Intercultural Communications class. My peers and instructor continue to inspire me to keep up with blogging, and my teacher really enjoys my writing. Only a few more months left, and I’ll have that degree.


READ MORE BOOKS: I’m still making it a goal to read more books. “Eat. Pray. Love” is still in rotation, and I decided to add another book to read for my personal growth. I bought a finance book to help me learn more about financing and how I can be more disciplined with my spending.


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Besides reading more books, I’ve created a list of things that I felt can help me with my personal growth. From learning more about productivity to learning more about minimalism so I can reduce stress for my mental health.
Overall, September was a wake-up call. The rest of 2020 is the time for me to put these plans into actions and make things happen. I’m still smiling at my future. It’s looking bright.


Ok, time for me to get back to work. Check in on you all later.


Until next time…

❤️

A DAY IN THE LIFE- UPDATE

Good evening


I’m ending the night with another weekly update. Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, I know I did.


HEALTH: As you all know, my latest visit to the doctor was a major wake-up call. In case you missed it, here is my post about my visit, just click here. I finally told both Mom and Dad about what really happened. They’re both on board at making sure I’m top of my health this go round. I pulled out my health binder when I started my Diabetic Class back in 2018, to use as a guideline for improving my health for the remainder of 2020.


SCHOOL: ONLY 7 MONTHS!!! I love my new class, our instructor gives us questions that really cause us to do some critical thinking. On my last discussion posts, he encouraged me to continue writing the way I’ve been doing. I guess writing really is in my future. I’m doing something right.


PERSONAL GROWTH: So, good news I started reading this month. The bad news, I haven’t finished the book. I’ve come to the conclusion that I am a very slow reader. So my goal of 25 pages a day, I’m still going to keep and work at it, even if it means I finish only one book for the whole month. Also, I downloaded the Fabulous app, and have started practicing small habits. It works, I bought a stainless steel water bottle and have been drinking water in the mornings for the past few days now. Then, due to my health, I went grocery shopping for all healthy items and I’m practicing meal prep and healthy snacking this week. So be on the lookout for some posts about that.


SPIRITUAL GROWTH: I’ve been having Quiet Time in the mornings, but after listening to the reading on Thursday, and listening to InTouch Ministries and Faith Church, God has been speaking to me to change my life around. We had outside service at church today, and even though we couldn’t be in contact with one another, it was powerful to see everyone show up in their cars, and still be able to participate. I’ll have to share the experience with you the next time we do it.


MENTAL: Overall, these past few days have been calm. I had severe headaches this weekend due to my “Monthly Gift” so my original plans for working on my Passion Projects, were replaced with much needed rest. I can’t believe how fast September went by. We only have a few days left, and I’m looking forward to October.


No change in the leaves yet, but it’s coming. Well, time for me to get some rest and call it a night. I’ll see y’all in the morning.


Until next time…

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A BOOK FOR SEPTEMBER

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Good morning

So for the year 2020, one of my goals was to read more books.

I decided to do a reading challenge for the month of September. Since I’ve been reading yoga and learning about finding balance in my life, the first book I’m reading is “Eat. Pray. Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Yes, I know they came out with the movie, so some people are like Gabby, you can just watch it on Netflix can’t you?

I can, but my goal for 2020 is to get back into the healthy habit of reading physical books. Most of my year has been spent behind multiple screens. After work, I take an hour break, but it’s consumed by the screen of my iPad playing games, or my television watching Netflix. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy streaming, but I’m learning that I need to feed my brain good things. For me, that means less screen time, and more creativity time.

Now another question you may want to ask is Gabby, are you going to read the book for the month or are you going to add more books until September is over? The answer at the moment, is I want to add more books for September, but I’m a slow reader so that may change. And If I only read one book for the month of September, then that’s ok. I’ll make that a goal to read and finish one book for one month until I’m able to read more than one book.

We have four months left of 2020 (I say four because we’re just getting started with September so I don’t want to confuse anyone). I have four months to improve on creating good habits, healthy habits that are going to stick with me throughout the years.

Well, hope everyone is off to a great start on this Labor Day! Enjoy, relax, sit back, and be in the moment.

Until next time…

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