Remember when I had apprehensions about turning 30 back in July? As much as I would like to say that I’ve been smashing those and having one amazing year so far, I can’t say that that is true. January 1st marked the halfway point on my 30th year and I’ve started feeling the disappointment of failure as I head towards 31.
I try to remind myself of the positive things that have happened, but there’s a fair amount of negative and I end up bogged down with that instead. The only thing I really can do, which is what I’ve been starting this week, is to start fresh, today. I’m making little changes (you may have even noticed a few right here on the blog!) that I’m hoping will get the ball rolling.
I’ve felt such a disconnect with the people that were such an inspiration and encouragement to me last year, so one of my big tasks is getting back on track with them. I know if I spend too much time by myself in my own head, it’s never a good thing. As introverted as I am, staying home all day every day by myself is never good. I’m hoping branching out in this area again will work double duty in providing me more content to share with you guys here.
While I’m branching out in some areas, I’m cutting back in others. 2017 is going to have to be the year of reading for me because I went eBook crazy last year! I purchased 225 eBooks (so this does not include tangible books that I also bought!) in 2016 and only read maybe 10 of them? Because of this, I have put myself on a spending freeze and will spend this year reading through my collection. I’m still working through the best way to share this all with you, whether here on the blog or over on Goodreads. I’ll let you know.
In case you’re wondering, almost every single book was purchased on sale (in fact, the average price I paid for a book was $2.67). The biggest help in finding these great deals was the Modern Mrs Darcy blog that I’ve been following for years now. (link) She’s been a great source of books for me and even has a section where she cultivates 5-7 books *every* day that she thinks her readers will enjoy, that are on sale on Amazon. You will want to poke around her website for a while if you’ve never been. She’s also got an online book club if you’ve been looking for one.
I also do a little bit of my own digging for good eBook deals on Amazon. To rein myself in, though, I’ve limited it to just searching through my lists I’ve already created. When I hear about a good book, I’ll add it to a list on Amazon. Usually if I’m hearing about it, it’s a new release and full price, so I let it sit there. There is an option with your lists to search for “Items with price drops,” and that is how I find my deals on books I already know I want to read. Simply filter your list to that and see if any of your books are currently on sale!
I feel like the massive collection of books is a good representation of what’s going on in my head right now. I have so many thoughts and feelings and directions I’m pulling myself in, that more often than not, nothing gets accomplished. This is a big part of my spending freeze. No books, no resources, no courses, no extra “stuff” until I sort out what I already own! Maybe not just the year of reading, but the year of playing catch up. If you’ve stuck with me this far, then hopefully you’ll keep with me just a while longer while I get back in the groove of things here.
As always, I’m wishing you the very best and looking forward to sharing this journey with you!