Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

First – I’ll start this off by saying that I plan to make this a “mostly read-lightly post/read postings” day. I’m excited to have an excuse to really dig into my TBR pile – but I know myself enough to know how distracted I get by headlines and shiny things on the internet – so I will read much and post as little as possible to make the most of the day.

I started reading at exactly 8:01am and it took me about 1.5 hours to read the last 51 pages of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I have a few quick reads lined up next because that was a rough way to start the day!

Happy reading!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – http://www.24hourreadathon.com/

#24in48 Wrap-Up (Way Late)

So I did the #24in48 … last weekend 🙂 I’m way late in posting but I wanted to post my updates because I really want to participate if this goes down again!

The one issue I had throughout the weekend, my stopwatch kept resetting to zero for some reason. While these minutes certainly wouldn’t get me anywhere near the 24-hour goal, the competitor in me was upset that I don’t have a totally accurate count. Once I realized that this wasn’t a fluke, I started to take screenshots of my phone’s stopwatch. I’ll definitely need a better solution next time though.

Here goes:

Books finished: 1. The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst (audiobook). While I did finish a second book (Eating Heaven by Jennie Shortridge) that weekend, it wasn’t until about 4am Monday morning when I woke up randomly and couldn’t get back to sleep right away.

Time spent reading: 7 hrs, 43 mins (clocked & not including anything after 11:59pm Sunday night).

Lessons learned: 1) That was my first and last audiobook for a long, long time. I am definitely a visual person, so having a print copy of the book came in handy, which is not really feasible all the time. 2) Next time I’ll count the number of pages I read, as that will be interesting to know, especially if I’ve already started a book before the challenge starts. 3) This showed me just how much reading I can get done in a weekend if I put my mind to it 4) Get a more reliable stopwatch!!!

See you all for the next challenge! Hopefully it will be in fall/winter so I can really hunker down and get a better shot at that 24-hour mark.

~Jackie

Introduction

I’m a 30-something year old Christian girl who is – in the words of my new favorite author Lysa TerKeurst – making “imperfect progress” in this crazy road we call life.

So, I have a few more things to admit here. First, I’m way new to blogging. I’m sure you can tell that by the bare bones look of this page so far. I’m hoping to make this space an online version of the journaling I already do. Second (or third depending on if you count my journaling as an admission), I am very undisciplined in my journal writing. I am constantly inspired by things in my very ordinary daily life, but the thoughts are stockpiled then slowly but surely I forget all the little details I wanted to write about. In fact, I’ve probably already opened 3 different internet tabs to check other things I had forgotten about until this very moment. When I do finally get around to journaling, I’m ready to explode then write until I’m spent.

Finally, conditions need to be near-perfect in order for me to relax. And relaxing to me means one of these few things: reading, writing, and jogging. For the record, I’ve been equally undisciplined in reading and jogging as well.  Anyway, tonight is one of those “near-perfect” nights inspiring me to write. K-Love’s playing in the background, the windows are wide open as it’s in the mid-60s, there’s a candle burning in our (mostly) clean house. Of course there are a few things on the to-do list that could stand to be done, but I’m finally learning to let go and let myself relax.

What’s leading me to write a blog in the midst of all this rambling ? Well a few things recently have been laid on my heart and mind to write. Mainly, I want to become more involved in the online Bible studies I’m participating in for Proverbs 31 and (in)courage. Sure, the only real requirement is to read the particular book. But I’m tired of taking the easy way out. Why do things if they aren’t beneficial to my personal growth? There are online discussions, assignments, blog hopping… I want to be involved. Another reason is because I need to become more disciplined. Just like how I’m improving with jogging – instead of expecting myself to run miles a few times a month, I have been working out at the gym 3 times a week for the past several months tracking real progress. Little steps = big progress. So instead of starting a brand new journal every year, only to abandon it by June, I’m hoping to use these online Bible discussions as a way to keep my writing focused and disciplined. Just like the gym, I may miss a day here or there – but it’s still forward motion – PROGRESS! And that’s got to count for something, even if I don’t yet quite know all my plans and goals.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 39:11