Have y’all heard of this book?
I’ve been reading her blog for several months now, and it speaks to me in a way that not many blogs do. Every time she writes a new post, I find myself pausing to read it a little more slowly, and pondering the contents for quite a while afterwards.
I’m very, very guilty of leading a distracted life a lot of the time. I’m constantly trying to juggle several different things at once, and my phone and I are attached at the hip (errr – fingers?). I have a hard time going more than a couple of hours without checking in with Instagram or Facebook, and I can barely even get through an hour-long television show on the couch without pulling out my laptop to look at Pinterest or something else completely random and meaningless.
I want to disconnect a bit.
I want to slow down, see the beauty in life a bit more, and stop being so damn distracted all of the time.
And this year, 2015, will be the year for that.
I was given this book for Christmas, and I’m so incredibly excited about it. I sat down to read it one day a few days before the end of 2014, and I started with the introduction. In it, the author mentions that the book is intended to be read through in a year – one chapter a month. She encourages readers to take their time, soak it all in, and journal their way through it. This isn’t a book that you consume really quickly and forget about – it’s one you should savor, take your time on, and really truly think about.
And that’s exactly what I intend to do.
And I’d love for some friends to join me along the way.
I’m starting this month with chapter one. From what I can tell, each chapter seems to be broken into three different sections, with weekly “intentions” or challenges for the week, and a section at the end for reflection. I plan to read one section a week for the first three weeks of each month, then on the last week I’ll do the reflection part. Some months are slightly longer than 4 weeks, so it may not be broken up exactly like that, but I’ll figure that out as I go. In the end, I want to focus on one chapter each month, and I want to truly spend time pouring over the pages of the book and taking it to heart.
I’ll probably be doing a lot of personal journaling as I go through the book, but at the end of each month I’d like to stop in here with a post about the chapter I read, my thoughts on it, and what my experience was like throughout the month.
Will you join me?
You can get the book on Amazon for about $10 (the Kindle version is only $2.99!), so it’s not overly expensive. And no, this isn’t sponsored and I won’t get anything if you buy the book. I’m just excited and I would love to have some people to chat with as we work our way through the book. You don’t have to be a mom to get something out of this book – I think it is something that anyone could take something away from, even though it’s geared towards parents.
I’m curious to see how my attitude and focus changes over the course of the year…I feel like January is always the perfect time to start making some changes, so I’m ready to dive in!
Have you read the book? Are you interested in reading along with me this year?