Friday, January 10, 2014

Resolution.



sweater Target [old] // scarf Gap // leggings Obey 

One of my [many] New Year's Resolutions is actually TWO resolutions in one. A double whammy if you will. You see, I really hope to read more books and print magazines. While the logic behind that is technically to exercise my brain and learn more, the real reasoning is that I want to UNPLUG more. I have a long list of reading material- everything from fashion to architecture to scientific studies and historical pieces. I've had this list for awhile. The problem is… every time I sit down and open one up, I'm distracted by social media. Or I'll flip on the TV for just a second and get sucked into a 4 hour House Hunters marathon. While I still enjoy social media and House Hunters, I feel that my brain isn't ever really getting a chance to focus on something else. Work and blogging is constantly in the back of my mind and it never seems to end. 

Over the holidays, we spent 5 days in Sea Ranch [pictured above]. While I did bring my laptop and get a bit of work done, a majority of the trip was spent without cell service or distractions from the present moment. It was a total reality check. I was thinking clearer, I was more inspired, and I felt happier and less stressed. So, while my resolutions to exercise more and save money may not make the cut come February, I really hope I stick with this reading one all through 2014. 

On that note, what are your favorite books right now?? I just finished Brain on Fire, and am searching for a few new novels that will hold my attention past the third page and turn reading into a daily habit. Let me know in the comments, and I hope you have a great weekend!!

8 comments:

  1. What did you think of Brain on Fire? It's been on my radar for a while... Last year my husband and I challenged each other to see who could read more books in 2013 and I miserably failed (thanks Instagram). But this year I hope to be the victor! I am currently reading Orange is the New Black, and I can't put it down. Other books on my queue are "Lean In" and "David and Goliath"

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    1. Brain on Fire was REALLY good! It is not good if you're a hypochondriac though…

      Thanks for the tips on the other 3. I'll try those next!

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  2. I just found your blog and I love it! One of my goals is to read all the books that are turning into movies this year: The Fault in Our Stars, Gone Girl, etc. I've heard great things about a lot of them! And the book is always better than the movies, anyways. ;)

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    1. GREAT idea! It is always fun to have a "movie deadline" as well.

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  3. "The Light Between Oceans" was an amazing book. I just read it, have recommended it to tons of friends, and thus far, it's been enjoyed by all who have read it. I just picked up "What Alice Forgot" which was highly recommenced to me by an avid reader with excellent taste.

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    1. Perfect! Added it to my list. I've heard What Alice Forgot is great too!

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  4. Your blog is darling! Check mine out at www.hugsiwishes.blogspot.com I follow back!

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  5. Not a novel, but I'm reading "Adulting" and it's changing my life (got it for all my friends for Xmas, too). I have to take a few days to marinate on all the goodness every time I open it, but I also can't put it down, so...also if you haven't read "Travels with Charley," it's one of my all time faves. Steinbeck at his purist. "The Fault in our Stars" is also fab. I could go on!

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Thank you for reading! xoKelli