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Thoughts on the past year…

As some of you know, last week I turned 24. I know it’s not a milestone year or even that remarkable of a number, but I just wanted to share some reflections that I’ve learned over the last year. Maybe it’s because I’m still in the “post-grad” phase and am finally settling into a positive career path that I feel that I’ve come so far this year.

For me, I process things best by writing them all down and looking them over. The process is so cathartic, and I highly recommend it as a stress-reliever.

Even though I think I’m essentially the same person I’ve always been (at the core), I know I’ve done a lot of growing in the past year.

One of the highlights of this year!

Some lessons I’ve learned:

  • I can’t control everything. There are some things I have to acknowledge are out of my control. Let them go. I always feel so much better once I do.
  • Tell my family and friends I love them more. You never know how many days you have left, so I need to let them know how much I appreciate them every chance I get.
  • Trust God with everything; He never lets me down. ‘Nuff said.
  • Drink more coffee. There’s no such thing as too much. Plus, I’m trying to reach the gold level on my Starbucks card. A girl’s got to have ambition, right?! 😉
  • Be kind and compassionate to everyone- even the people who are really hard to love. This is much easier said than done, but it’s something that I think is worth living out every day.

On a more bookish note, I’ve also learned some things about my reading habits and book preferences:

  • I am in love with Dystopian, Steampunk and Mythology genres. ALL of these sub-genres have rocked my socks this year, and I plan on continuing to eat them up as fast as they’re published.
  • I do most of my reading right before I go to sleep. This probably explains why I have been having the weirdest dreams ever. Try reading about a robot that looks like the Queen of England before going to bed and see where your brain takes you…Yeah. It’s not pretty.
  • Although I love my Kindle, I really miss the feel of physical books. I just want to squeeze them and hug them…and, ok this is getting weird now. lol
  • I read waaaay slower than I thought. My book challenge goal was to read 100 books this year. It’s the 2nd week of August, and I’ve read 23. TWENTY-THREE!! Ugh! I average one a week- so what was I thinking?! I’ve read some really awesome books this year, so I guess the numbers don’t matter that much… maybe…

What you discovered about yourself or your reading habits this year?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Truly Bookish

    Your life lessons are excellent and agree with them all. I love your bookish lessons too but don’t feel bad about your slow reading. I work really hard to finish two books a week, there are bloggers who read 4-5 a week. I wish I read faster, my TBR pile would not be so out of control….
    NC
    Truly Bookish

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      I’m glad we’re together on this one! Even 2 a week is seriously impressive. :) I’ll just keep on keeping on lol

  • http://www.jennielyse.com Jenni Elyse

    “Drink more coffee. There’s no such thing as too much. Plus, I’m trying to reach the gold level on my Starbucks card. A girl’s got to have ambition, right?!”

    This reminds me of an episode of Futurama, a show that both my husband and I love. Are you a fan? If not, you should try to find the episode “Three Hundred Big Boys.” It’s worth finding and watching!

    As far as reading things I’ve learned about myself, I read slowly too. Partly, because I’m a slow reader (duh), and partly, due to feeling guilty if I spend too much time reading and not enough time with my husband, friends, family, etc. (Also, I get distracted easily. I move from thing to thing.)

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      I don’t watch this show but I really should- I’ve heard a lot of good things about it!

      I really agree with you about spending time doing other things- I always want to make sure I’m spending time with my husband, friends and family. Although I love this blog, it does come second to those things!

  • Anonymous

    I think of the reading challenge this way: I’m using this year as a benchmark. I’ve never kept track of how many books I’ve read before, so I have no idea what I’m capable of. I’m noticing that I’m prone to reading really LONG and epic books. Voyager was over 1000 pages. I’m also keeping track of how many pages I’ve been reading. That number makes me feel more accomplished than the number of books I’ve read.

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      Ohhh, Jessica! I love this idea!! I def am going to record my page-count too! Nice one!!

  • Pam

    I love your “Life Lessons.” They are all so true. Keeping them is the challenge but with hard work we can do anything once we get in the habit of doing them. Your insights are so on the mark. As for the reading, it’s the time factor that can defeat us. I read just before going to sleep as well and it helps to relax me from a stressful day. Keep the faith, Lisa. I am so very proud of your accomplishments.

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      Thanks, Momma! 😀 You’re the best!

  • Melissa Hayden

    I hear ya on not being able to control everything. And even though we know it, it still doesn’t stop us from trying. 😉 I still try and have to stop myself and take a breather and remind myself I can’t always control everything, let it take its course.

    But sounds like many great things. And so glad you love the new genres in reading. Oh, And I’m with you on reading to slow too. :) But we love what we are reading the most. 😉 Thanks and happy birthday!

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