12 Books in 12 Months

I’m not really a New Year’s resolution type of girl. I do my word for the year, but I rarely set actual, measurable goals at the beginning of the year. But for some reason, this year feels a little different.

I have a few health goals I want to accomplish, a few business related things, and then this personal goal: read (at least) twelve books this year. One per month, at the least. 12 Books in 12 Months

This goal would have seemed positively ridiculous to me five years ago. I have always loved to read, and in the past I would finish a book in two or three days. But, times have changed and the little people in my world don’t allow for much reading, so I’ve really let the habit slip over the past few years. So I decided to set an easily accomplished goal to nudge myself back into my book worm ways.

I have just been collecting books over the past couple of years, and I never seem to get around to reading many of them. Not only that, but I borrowed several books from my mom last year, and I haven’t read a single one of them. I decided to just choose twelve that appealed to me, that seem appropriate for this stage of life, whatever it may be. I’m hopeful that I’ll read much more than the twelve I’ve chosen – there are a few books I know that are coming out over the next few months that I want to get to – but if I can get these twelve read, I’ll be happy.

Here’s a list of the books I’ve chosen. This isn’t the order I plan to read them – I haven’t decided that quite yet. I have started with The Alchemist though, and I’m loving it so far.

  • She’s Still There – Chrystal Evans Hurst
  • The Shack – William P. Young
  • The Prayer of Jabez – Bruce Wilkinson
  • The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  • Strong Mothers, Strong Sons – Meg Meeker, MD
  • The Best Yes – Lysa Terkeurst
  • Hold: How to Find, Buy and Rent Houses for Wealth – Gary W. Keller, Jay Papasan, Jennice Doty, Jim McKissack, Linda McKissack, and Steve Chader
  • Love That Lasts – Jefferson & Alyssa Bethke
  • Grace, Not Perfection – Emily Ley
  • 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 – Thomas W. Phelan
  • The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
  • Crazy Love – Francis Chan

So – what am I missing that I need to absolutely, positively make room for? I LOVE book suggestions, so hit me with whatever you’ve got.

My Word For 2018: Pursue

For the past few years I’ve done the thing that most bloggers do at the beginning of the year – I’ve chosen one word to be “my word” for that entire following year. I honestly can’t remember where I first heard of the idea, but it’s something that I really enjoy doing. Over the years I’ve chosen Joy, Intentional, Invest, and probably others I can’t remember, but I feel like choosing my word does set the tone for where I want to focus my energy that year.

I chose my word for this year – Pursue –  a few weeks ago, and it had a slightly different meaning when I first decided on it. But now that the new year has arrived, I’ve decided this word is exactly what I want this year to be about. Rather than what I was thinking when I first settled on it – pursuing several big goals that I have made for myself – I want to choose one or two goals to pursue, and then focus on pursuing several other things.

I want to pursue a more meaningful relationship with several good friends of mine. I want to pursue a stronger relationship with God. I want to pursue more one-on-one time with my husband. I want to pursue more quality alone time – less watching mindless TV after the boys are asleep and more reading, writing, accomplishing. I want to pursue a few specific goals I have in regards to blogging and Haven Gray Kids. I want to pursue a healthier lifestyle – more time spent being active, more water, a bigger focus on healthy eating. I want to pursue a stronger family bond – more time playing games and having discussions and really focusing on each other, just the four of us.

I love the new year – even though in reality it’s just another day, it feels like such a good starting point. A good place to start over, a blank slate. 2017 was a great year for our family – sure, we had trials and struggles and arguments, and my father-in-law passed away unexpectedly, which was incredibly difficult to walk through. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows and happiness. But overall, we had a really good year. I’m so thankful for this little family of mine, for this life I get to live. I’m excited about 2018, I’m anxious to see where it takes us. I feel like every time I have an idea of how things are going to go, life seems to surprise me. I’m sure this year will be no different. Let’s do this, 2018!