You may have noticed the less frequent posting on here. On one side, the weather is so amazing at the moment that I’d rather spend time outside instead in front of my screen. Then my dear friend was not around to take any photos and me basically to lazy to arrange something different… And on the other side, I got interested in other topics like Yoga (I turned into a yogini ;)), reading books or just be with friends and meet new people.
Lately I took some extra time off or used the commute for reading books I started to get more interested in creating a reading list and find new great teachings. Therefore I’d love to share 3 tips how you can make time to read:
Decide Why You Want to Read
There are countless reasons: studies show reading fiction increases empathy and compassion; reading biographies can inspire and inform you; popular books can help spark conversations with others; reading classics can help you to understand some of the factors that shaped our society and fill in the gaps that you might have missed in your education; reading about other cultures is one of the best paths to understanding; reading about your faith sparks growth; reading real books helps to limit your time on social media and your phones; reading is a great way to bond and a nice way to escape the daily stress and pressure. Plus, reading can be refreshing, relaxing, and a whole lot of fun.
Decide What You Will Read
Initially, choosing books is not as easy as it might seem. You can start by rereading a book that you liked in the past (really good books are even better the second time), reading other books by that same author or books that author recommends, or checking Amazon to see suggestions based on that book. You might also ask a trusted friend with similar taste to recommend a book; sites like Goodreads show you what your friends are reading as well as track your own books and offer suggestions based on what you’ve already read. Furthermore, you can save your favorite quotes from the respective book! You might want to pick a particular genre as your guide: missionary biographies, historical fiction, classics etc.
Decide When You Will Read
You might be surprised by how much reading you can get done in just fifteen minutes and you might also be surprised by how many fifteen minute segments you have scattered throughout your day. I often read before bed, in the carpool line, while waiting for various appointments or lessons, at lunch, and whenever I travel. I always carry a book in my purse nowadays because you never know when you will find yourself waiting (a friend is running late, train got cancelled etc.). Listening to audio books while driving, exercising, or cooking is also a great way to get some “reading” in.
Like so many rewarding things in life, making space in your life for reading takes a little planning, but I think you’ll find its well worth the sacrifice. I hope the books you find take you to new places, introduce you to new people, make you laugh and cry, and build bridges to those around you. Enjoy the adventure!
This article was more something that was in my mind lately I didn’t know how to put it into words.
But be aware, more Fashion content is being created in the next days 🙂 Furthermore, I’d love to introduce also a Yoga section, where I want to address specific Yoga related topics on which I am interested and want to share with you 🙂 That’s it for now! Stay tuned and enjoy your weekend! I am off for a shootings and a lot of preparation for my mums big 50 birthday barbecue 😀
picture 1 & 3 from The Chriselle Factor; others by me