Friday, February 22, 2013

Reading - A Priority

On Monday, I attended my first book club meeting. Not only are the ladies in the group hilarious, I really felt like I have a group I am going to enjoy being a part of.

One of the ladies asked if I was able to read this month's book and was surprised when I said yes. Many of the ladies were shocked that I had time to read with a 3.5 month old at home. I explained that reading is a priority. Just like paying bills, showering, taking care of the house. Since Connor was born, I've read 4 books. Reading is important to me so I put certain strategies in place to make sure I get to stick my nose in a book on a daily basis.

Television & Internet is limited.
When we moved to TX, I made a point of not getting television. Not only did I not want the extra cost, but I wanted to use the time James and I had together wisely, not parked in front of the TV. Since we don't have TV to occupy my time, when I'm finished with whatever chores I've scheduled for myself that day, I can spend Connor's nap time reading.

I Always Have a Book Nearby.
I always have my Kindle with me. Anytime, I am waiting for say, the dr., my prescription to be filed, my hair to process, I can pull out my book and get in a few pages. Not only do I get to escape for a while but it tends to make the wait a little less painful. (I hate waiting. I'm so impatient).

Influence.
I want to be a great influence for Connor. I hope to be a role model for Connor and this includes my love for reading. I remember growing up, my parents would have to tell me to put my book away, turn off the lights and go to bed. I would love to see Connor take after me in this sense (and not have a love for bad reality TV and all things Jersey).

It's My Choice.
As a mother, we all know that are time isn't our own. We have homes to take care of, babies to raise and husbands to keep happy. Not to mention, some of you work outside of the house, as well, you saints! However, I do get to choice what type of book I get to read, allowing me to pick my escape. Not everything has to be deep and serious. Sometimes a little Chelsea Handler does the heart good.

Giving Me Depth.
I don't have a 4 year college degree. I haven't traveled the world. I only speak English. But when I read, I learn so much. It allows me to discover topics I've never learned about previously. You would be surprised of what trivial information you can pick up from a book. It's like homework, without the exams, grades and pressure. Learning just for the heck of it.

A Better Blogger.
Some of my blog posts have came to me when I've been reading and I thought 'what a great blog post'. I've picked up on words to use instead of this or that one. I am sure my writing overall has improved just because I'm more aware of the printed word.

Sure, it's 2013 and there are so many other ways to enjoy some downtime. I'm sure I could benefit from working out during nap time. I could scrub the baseboards a little more often. But reading is important, just another priority.





3 comments:

  1. I love reading. Like you I always have a book nearby and I read every day. I have a seven month old and in the beginning it was hard to read, mostly because I was so exhausted, she was such a horrible sleeper! But now I've been able to read daily and I'm so much happier. I hope my daughter loves to read as much as I do!

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  2. Couldn't agree more with this post! I teach 8th grade reading and it's my goal to instill a love of reading in my students. Now that I have my son, it's even more about influence, like you said! Love this!

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  3. I LOVE to read, but I am in a slump right now. Any good suggestions?!

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