New Year Progress Report and my One Word
We’re two weeks into the New Year. How are your goals and resolutions going? Would a book help provide knowledge, motivation, or focus?
The New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge is going strong. We have three books already posted in the review link-up: New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge — Review Links.
Create with Joy reviewed If You Have a Craving, I Have a Cure by Sheri Rose Shepherd, finding it inspirational but theologically and intellectually weak in its use of out-of-context scripture to make its points. Art as Therapy by Diane Fausek-Steinbach was recommended without reservation for both personal and professional use of art for enriching your life.
I got my year off to a rollicking start by working through an ebook: Book Review: 2013 Create Your Incredible Year by Leonie Dawson. I used it again over the weekend in a kind of abbreviated form to revitalize my goals for the weekend. So far, I’m quite impressed with my year. (I’m writing! *knocks on wood*).
One of the exercises in Create Your Incredible Year was to choose One Word or Phrase for the year. I went with CRAFT. As in practicing my craft. Or as in the title of the final book I selected for my New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge: Crafting a Life in Essay, Story, Poem by Donald M. Murray. It’s already been helpful in establishing my new writing habits.
I’m nearly finished with the first book I read for the resolution figure out weight maintenance: Smart Chefs Stay Slim by Allison Adato. When I’ve finished it, I’ll start the second: Thin for Life by Anne Fletcher.
We’re having some energizing and useful discussions during the group read of The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg:
- The Power of Habit — Group Read — Part 1 Discussion
- The Power of Habit — Group Read — Part 2 Discussion
Watch for the final discussion post on Wednesday for Part 3 and the book as whole.
Wednesdays are Twitter chat nights and we’ve been having a wonderful exchange of titles and encouragement around our various goals and resolutions. Join us at #NewYearBooks at 9pm Eastern / 8pm Central / 2am GMT. If you’re new to chatting on Twitter, I put up some hints and tips before our first session: New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge — The Twitter Chat.
We also have some activity on Facebook where things are a little more laid back: New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge Facebook Group.
The challenge runs through January — although I’m learning about books that I’ll still be reading well after the 31st of this month. There’s still time to join!
Great post! My one word for 2013 is “thrive”. I’m trying to focus on it. You are going strong with your goals for this year. Keep it up. 🙂
Thanks for joining us at the One Word 2013 Blog Hop! I love your word – CRAFT – and I have heard wonderful things about Leonie’s book!
I would love to join you for your Wed night Twitter chats when I’m available! Feel free to tweet me a reminder at @CreateWithJoy1!
Your original post on this reminded me about Leonie and I’m planning on reading the book I already had and I also bought the workbook. I love her! I suppose I could still join your challenge, I have been reading the books but never signed up. I love the idea though!