Whoa, the year is half gone. Six months disappeared beneath our belts. I've hit all five of the elements a month at a time. Focused on how each aspect looks, feels, happens for 30 day segments -thankful as each period comes to an end.
So now, here we are, half way through the year. And what now?
Last month was full of adventure. Not particularly in the ways I planned, but better than that. Adventure that looked like nightly walks hand in hand, exploring little towns and cities on a weekend away, ordering different dishes at restaurants instead of what's tried and true. It included a night at the theater with Jason that will quickly become a tradition.
Over the first half of the year, I took on hard tasks. I exhausted myself a little bit with delving deep in things like feelings and emotions. Oh. My. Soul. Turns out I have a whole lot of those. So, I promised myself to take it a little bit easier, a little more practical for the remaining six. This looks like July being a month of responsibility. But how?
This month I will not be a distracted driver.
I change my Spotify music on my phone, check Twitter, scroll through Instagram, read texts... I'm distracted -and breaking laws. So, for the month of July I'm going to quit it. To quit being engaged in technology and, instead, drive safely and smartly.
If we're being really honest, I'm totally looking forward to this because it's so measurable, so easy to feel successful at, so obvious when I'm messing it up.
And finally, how is my summer reading project going? Good. I love the way this challenge has me falling in love with all kinds of reads. I've pushed myself to read two books (that are vastly different) at a time and, well, I love it -balancing the hard read with the fun, rewarding myself for progress in one with time in the other, contrasting the stories back and forth. All this coming from the girl who spent decades reading ONLY ONE BOOK at a time.
Also, I'll note: lots of changes have been made from the preliminary list.
Read any book that is at least 200 pages long.(DONE)Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (336 pages) That was written before you were born.(DONE)
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (224 pages)
Finish reading a book you couldn't finish the first time around.(DONE)
Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom (272 pages)
- Read a book from the children’s section of the library or bookstore. (currently reading)
The Phantom Toolbooth by Norton Juster (272 pages) -the sole reread.
On The NYT's Best Sellers List when you begin reading it.(DONE)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (352 pages)
- Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe. (15 points)
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (336 pages)
- Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge. (15 points)
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (336 pages)
With “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title.(DONE)
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards (401 pages)
- Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014. (currently reading)
Wild by Cheryl Strayed (315 pages)
Written by a blogger.(DONE)
When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman (256 pages)
- Read a biography, autobiography or memoir. (DONE)
Bossypants by Tina Fey (272 pages)
- Read a pair of books with antonyms in the titles. (30 points)
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (282 pages) & End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwable (352 pages)
*Only one of my books is a reread. Mostly because there's so many on our shelves I haven't yet read.*