2019 Reading Goals

Hello everyone! Happy New Year! I hope the new year is treating you all well. A you can tell by the title, this post will be about my reading goals for this year.

Last year, my goal was to simply read. There were no numbers or any challenges attached to it. Although I did cap my Goodreads Reading challenge to 30 just to see how much I can read in the past year. It was easy to find time to read because I would always have that window of when I’d nurse my newborn. What posed as a challenge was figuring out what to read next. I discovered Netgalley which opened a whole new world to me of requesting ARCs; and I would always lose myself into the bookstagram world and I would always come out with more books added to my list, and more books added to my shelves and e-reader.

This year my reading goals are simple: to read better and to read what I already have. I’ve decided to participate in a  few reading challenges to help me reach these goals.

The first one is The Unread Shelf Project 2019 hosted by Whitney. Before 2018 ended, I took the time to sit and write down all the unread books on my shelf which I actually want to read regardless of how long they’ve been on my shelf. The main thing I noticed is the number of classics I own. I blame the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. Haha!

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The other two are reading challenges I want to participate in to read better because there is no way I can read 50 books in addition to my physical books. The priority is to reach out for what I already have whether that be a physical or digital read.

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Now all that’s left for me to do is carve out my reading time, and maybe put myself in a buying/borrowing/requesting ban… Maybe.

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2018 Project Life | February

In the beginning of the year, I wrote about giving Digital Project Life a try. It was not an easy decision for me because I don’t know if it will be worth it. I did a fair amount of research and went ahead and purchased not only the Project Life App, but also LetterGlow (both apps purchased from the App Store). So far, both apps have been useful in documenting my early 2018.

Here is my February 2018:

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What It’s Like Having Two Kids | Week 1

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Last Saturday, February 17, my husband and I welcomed our second child. Despite the amount of pain I had to endure, my hospital experience was much better this time around.

Having 2 kids for the past week has proven to be challenging. Even when our youngest sleeps most of the day, it always seems as if I don’t have enough time to do what I needed to do. I bounce from breastfeeding, to burping, to changing diapers, to playing with my eldest, to trying to get a bit done around the house, and back to breastfeeding again. Once in a while I’m able to figure out how to squeeze in a shower. I am incredibly thankful and grateful my mother-in-law took the week off in anticipation of the baby to lend a hand.

The idea of having more than one kid is not foreign to me. However, now that we finally have a new addition to our family, I realized there are a few things I was not prepared for:

  • How excited and accepting our daughter was. She was excited to get to hold her sister when the rest of the family came for a visit. She wanted all the turns she could get. It was adorable. I needed to adjust to the fact that she’s eager with everything: from helping to change her diaper, to burping her; from giving her a bath, to story time cuddles before bed.
  • The combined demands of my kids. I’m stretching myself thin between one who needs to be fed every two hours (on the dot too, by the way) and changed, and another who constantly want to play and cuddle.
  • The guilt. It so easy to feel incredibly guilty whenever I can’t quickly attend to my eldest. I went from being able to drop everything when she needs attention to needing her to wait until I’m done attending to her sister. Sometimes she doesn’t wait very long, and sometimes it’s a good half hour to 45 minutes. It gets worse for me when she starts pouting. I know she’s only 3 and she doesn’t fully understand that she’ll have to share our attention with her sister now but it doesn’t help alleviate the guilt.

So what is it like having more than one kid? So far atleast is it’s a lot of work. It’s a constant explaining of why we need to be gentle, why we need to wait a few minutes, and why we need to use our quiet voices with diaper changes and getting puked on in between. It’s me running on sugar and exhaustion. At the end of the day though, we have 2 amazing kids and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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2018 Project Life | January

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In the beginning of the year, I wrote about giving Digital Project Life a try. It was not an easy decision for me because I don’t know if it will be worth it. I did a fair amount of research and went ahead and purchased not only the Project Life App, but also LetterGlow (both apps purchased from the App Store). So far, both apps have been useful in documenting my early 2018.

Here is my January 2018:

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