During a lunch break, I sat down with my girls at the table with a bowl of soup. Both of them had their noses in a book as they enjoyed their lunch. It was wonderfully quiet so I jumped at the opportunity for a moment of mindless relaxation - a game of Frozen Free Fall on my iPad. Perfect when I don't want to do anything requiring too much thought.
Three sips of chicken noodle soup and four game moves later, my 9-year-old looked at me and exclaimed, "Mom, we really need to find some good books for you to read! Something with adventure!"
I laughed at her comment, opened up my Kindle app, and began to scroll through 89 books on my device that I've either already read, recently started reading, or plan to read in the very near future.
Eighty-nine books, and my daughter wasn't the least bit impressed. In fact, she pointed out something very interesting to me that I hadn't really noticed before. Of 89 books, only 3 were actual novels (I haven't started yet). The rest are various self-help, how-to, or otherwise non-fiction books.
I have a problem, y'all.
I used to read novels all the time, but at some point in my life I stopped reading for pleasure. Why can't I just let myself get lost in a great story anymore?
Note to self: dive into some great novels in 2015!
In the meantime, here's what I have read this year - well, at least my top 12 most favorite books of the year.
This holiday season, though, has been complete chaos in that regard. It seems like Christmas sort of snuck up on me, and I found myself scrambling to get things done. Even worse, I had an awful scrooge-like attitude going into the season. Probably because I felt the no-plan, only-3-weeks-left, stress.
I don't like how I've approached Christmas this year, or my poor attitude. It should not feel like just another obligation.
With proper planning throughout the year, there should be no reason why I can't be Christmas-Ready before Thanksgiving so I can relax and enjoy the holidays with the people I love. More importantly, so I can focus my heart and attention on the reason we celebrate Christmas - the birth of our Savior!
It all starts with a plan.
Here's my Christmas-Ready plan for 2015. Yes, I'm starting as early as January (perhaps even a week sooner to capture great sales on Christmas decor). Feel free to use this for yourself, and make adjustments to it as you need to.
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