What I'm Reading - October

What I love most about reading: It gives you the ability to reach higher ground. And keep climbing.
— Oprah Winfrey
Kind is the New Classy.

A lot of nothing business related. I read magazines, watched TV and binged on social media. I’m owning it.  I must also let you know I am taking a break from business reading until the New Year. It will be here so soon, and I already have my first book picked out. It will be worth the wait!

Can I just say that reading magazines was fabulous! I read Marie Claire, Redbook and Elle. I enjoyed flipping through the glossy pages of short stores, latest fashion trends, and the ads. I love magazine ads – I’m in marketing so it’s a thing of mine. I’ve haven’t purchased a magazine since before I went to school. I had to give them up as textbooks were more my reading of choice (lol)!

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When I say I watched TV I should clarify it was pretty much reality TV. Have a shared before that I love reality TV? I think it’s a great way to see a slice of someone’s life that is different from our own. Even if it is dramatized some (or a lot) we can still learn a lot from watching others. For instance, you can see how different personality types work and meld together. Do you ever catch yourself saying I know someone just like that? We all work with a mix of people. I like to see how different people interact and pick up tips on what works well so my interactions can improve. Next time you watch a reality show, see if you watch it differently.  

BTW… I need this break to read the Twilight Saga again! I bought the series to read after graduation but haven’t had the time. The books are still wrapped in plastic. That will change soon. Getting lost in a book is one of my favorite activities.

I also emphasize that you shouldn’t let yourself get to the point of burnout. It is easy to do, and I know I am prone to it. In a situation like this where I am not reviewing a book in October, November, and December I think that I’ve failed. This is the only part of the blog that I am taking a break from – and yet the dialogue in my head would have someone think I am abandoning the entire thing. Society has painted failing in a negative light – if we don’t try we can’t fail. I tried, I’m being real and acknowledging that I need to lighten my load for a few months, so I can create a better balance.

I love this blog and I owe you my best. As we head into the New Year, I hope you all take inventory of where you are, how you are feeling and what you are doing for yourself. Figure out what’s next and take a pause to edit yourself or the situation. It might be cliché to set New Year’s resolutions, but I say be cliché. Dream big – evaluate and most of all embrace your decisions. Try and fail and then try again. Do you – it’s your time to leave a positive impact on 2018.