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30-Day Creative Sprint: Day 1

Tiny ThingsJust got this great book: “Creative Sprint” by Noah Scalin & Mica Scalin. It contains six 30-day challenges to jumpstart your creativity. The idea is to create an environment for yourself when you need to be creative, so when you need to change hats from doing more analytical stuff to more creative stuff, you have a process. Today was all about drawing tiny things.

Book a Week Challenge

Book BlogBack in 2011, I decided to set a goal for reading. My husband reads a lot, and I decided if I didn’t have a goal to shoot for, it wouldn’t happen, so a book a week it was. I was successful! I reached my goal, and when 2012 rolled around, I looked back at all the books I had read. I started out with professional development books, and after about eight of those I knew I needed to mix it up; curiously, I found that professional development books all start to sound a lot alike.

People asked me how I found time to do this. The truth is a lot of people read a book a week or more. They might be retired! Seriously though, most likely choose reading over things like t.v. They make sure they always have a good book at hand. Tablets and readers make it easier to get reading in. And some people I know listen to books while they commute (awesome idea!). When I was reading more, I read during commercials, but now that we have a DVR, there aren’t many commercial breaks. My reading has been limited now mostly to my book club books. It helps to have a list of books you want to read. Goodreads makes this super easy.

 

I did some quick calculations:

Breakdown of books I read:
24 Professional Development/Business
7 Fiction
4 Religion & Spirituality
3 Craft & Hobbies
3 Memoirs
2 Beauty & Fashion
1 Historical
1 Language Arts & Discipline
1 Nonfiction
1 Philosophy
1 Psychology & Counseling
1 Reference
…plus a few that didn’t fit in any category.

Here are some other bits of information:
– I estimated that I averaged one minute per page
– 11,266 minutes
– 1,787.76 hours
– 216 pages per week
– 3.6 hours per week
– 31 minutes per day

You’re probably wondering if I still read a book a week, and the answer is no. I probably average a book a month. I do find when I’m reading anything now, I don’t feel pressured—I don’t rush through it—I enjoy it. If you’re considering reading more, I would recommend two books a month, or, one book every two weeks. That should give you time to enjoy it without too much pressure.

If you’re interested in the titles I read, you can view the list here.

Bowling Shoes

Bowling Shoes PhotoBowling Shoes

When I travel, I take pictures of things up close. This is an example. A pile of bowling shoes! It helps that I love to bowl but even random things will grab my attention…the roots on an old tree, stones and shells on the beach, moss growing on a rock. I always think when I look at these pictures, they’ll take me back to the place where I found them. It helps, but nothing replaces the real deal.