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My Only Resolution for the New Year

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I recently saw something that said something along the lines of, consumerism wants us to feel bad about ourselves--that's how it makes money! Let's not all put a bunch of pressure on ourselves to start a new year with a "new me" because many times, the "old me" is just fine, thank you.

The majority of the past five years my sole resolution has been to make it through in one piece. Anything on top of that has felt like self-inflicted torture. This year I got a little frisky and made myself one resolution that seems manageable, nourishing, and something very "old me": read more books.

What I'm trying to do with this resolution, in addition to reading more, is twofold: 1) go to bed earlier, and 2) put down the phone more. I've done this experiment in the past and it works beautifully: when I have a book lying around the house and it is my default "pause" instead of my phone, my brain is less scattered, my kids are less needy, I am more present, and as an added bonus, it sets a good example for my kids.

I've been in a fiction rut for a long time now and am feeling reenergized with my reading goal list, which has both fiction and nonfiction.

Here it is, in case you're in the market for some reading inspiration too!

Currently reading:

Smart Moves: Why Learning is Not All in Your Head (this book is so fascinating! highly recommend for all parents, and don't judge a book by its cover)

How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature

Radiant Shimmering Light


One Day in December

That Kind of Mother

A Place for Us

The Book of Essie

Crossing to Safety

She Regrets Nothing

Sing, Unburied, Sing

The Admissions

Among the Ten Thousand Things

The Queen of Hearts

The Hate U Give

The Dinner List

The Storyteller's Secret

How to Walk Away


The Light We Lost

Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win

Nine Perfect Strangers

Other People's Houses

The Immortalists

Small Great Things

This Is How it Always Is

Where the Crawdads Sing

Before We Were Yours


Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Liver Rescue

Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life

The Green Hour: A Daily Dose of Nature for Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids

There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather

The Road Back to You


Do you have any resolutions for the new year? Are you reading anything good right now? I'd love to know!



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