Remember I told you about sacrificing my creativity in last Monday’s post? Well, I didn’t just sacrifice my creativity, I sacrificed reading too. There’s self-sacrifice for you.
I’ve always been an avid reader. Before I started working I read up to 500 books a year, and once I read 47 books in 7 days. I read a regular sized paperback in about 1,5 hours. The reason being that I’ve been reading books since I was 5, and I love it. I don’t own that many books, so I used to trawl the library weekly. In all the places I’ve lived, the librarians have known me. In part because I made them find and bring a lot of books from the vaults. When people ask me what my favorite book is, I’m never able to give them an answer. I don’t have one favorite book, I have favorite authors. These are some of them:
- Kathy Reichs
- Jeffery Deaver
- Anne Rice
- Margit Sandemo
- Agatha Christie
- Stephen King
When I started working, I didn’t have as much time to read, and bit by bit I lost energy as well. So when I had my daughter, I stopped reading. I was running on fumes every day, energy-wise. She had to be fed every hour 24/7, and I did everything. Just as if I had been a single parent, which I’m not. So there wasn’t anything left for me, and it took its toll in health issues and relationship problems. After I stopped working a regular job, because of my health, I started getting my energy back, as well as the time to read.
So I brought my books down from the attic and put them in the bookshelf next to my bed. You can see them in the picture in this post, and yes I know I’m not the tidiest person around 😀 I started setting aside 30 minutes to read every night. Since then I’ve been reading more and more. But since I’m running a business now, I can’t get back up to 500. One “bad” habit that’s returned is not being able to stop reading a good book, so I end up staying up too late, a little bit too often. But I’ll take care of that soon. A plus that comes with being your own boss is being able to take a nap when you need it.
Do you read? What books are your favorites?
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It’s funny, isn’t it, how we sacrifice part of ourselves when we’re stressed. For me it was music. I almost stopped listening to music for a while when my life was out of whack. I had to actually remind myself to put on music, something I had lived and breathed since I was a very small child.
I’m glad you took your books back! 🙂
Yes, it is. I dropped the music too. 🙂 So am I
Yes I know that one about reading too late! 😉
I also love that being self employed allows a choice of how to use time, great that you embrace this
I tihnk most readers do. With all the other things going on here, I have to pick my times 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Julia
Good Morning, I have been the same way. I have love reading since a little girl. I would check out twelve books at a time once a week. I’m an author now, I’m the CEO of KUBBS Publications I teach praise dance and work a full time job as a mom and on my job so I don’t get the chance to read like I use to four years ago. I was just telling someone that I got to start back because it kept my mind sharp. Thx for that reminder. Come over like my website leave a comment also like my page on newfeed called KUBBS Fashion. You can google me at http://www.kubbspublications com and click on the blog.
My pleasure 🙂