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4 Jan

Monthly challenges recap and one big yearly challenge

if you followed along to my monthly challenges series last year, for each month of last year (I started in March 2018), I set a monthly challenge, where I practiced something new for the entire month (about 30 days). I didn’t want to preselect all the challenges for the entire year, because I’m always changing and there are always areas of my life that change and some need more help than others at certain times. ranging from taking daily walks outside to reducing my paper towel usage, I set a challenge and did my best to stick to it. It was a great way to stay focused on a particular goal and it was attainable, as it was on a month to month basis.

here’s a recap of all of my challenges:

  • march: read for at least 30 minutes a day from a business book.
  • april: drink a warm, anti-inflammatory drink once a day.
  • may: take a walk outside everyday.
  • june: stretch everyday for 10 minutes.
  • july: floss everyday.
  • august: use less paper towels by buying microfiber washcloths instead.
  • september: listen to a new podcast everyday.
  • october: tidy up the house before bed, to set myself up for success in the morning.
  • november: eliminate added sugars from my diet.
  • december: read for 30 minutes before bed every night.

many of you have been asking me if I am going to be continuing the monthly challenges. although I loved each and every one and grew a lot from them, I won’t be continuing with them. Instead, I’ll be setting one larger monthly challenge for the entire year (2019), which is to read one new book a month. now, many seasoned readers may say, “One book a month – that’s hardly a challenge!” but, as an entrepreneur and woman with a toddler and another baby on the way, finding the time to read is tough. one book a month is a huge victory for me, personally!

here are the books that I read (and loved) in 2018 (there were some books I read that I wouldn’t recommend and thus, they aren’t on this list):

and here are some books that are currently on my reading list:

I’d love to hear what books you’ve loved or are on your reading list – send your suggestions my way!

  • Marianna Bolanos

    Love the book list! All the missing girls by Megan Miranda is so so so good!

    Fri January 4 at 4:10 pm Reply
  • Stephanie Bond

    I read “A stranger in the house” by the same author as “The couple next door”! So goooood- really grips you right away with a mystery. Such a page turner. Highly recommend!
    Also just finished “The Alice Network” and cannot say enough about how great it was!! A story about hugely strong and brave women acting as spies during World War II.
    Thanks for sharing your list! I’m also hoping to read more this year! Also totally agree that a book a month is an achievement! When I read I’m soooo happy I fit it in, but it’s definutely hard to make the time:) good luck!

    Fri January 4 at 4:22 pm Reply
  • Alyssa

    I read lots of books in 2018 and recapped them here:

    I really loved Becoming, Educated, Hillbilly Elegy, The Distance Between Us, and Small Fry.

    Fri January 4 at 4:30 pm Reply
  • Julia

    I just finished Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – loved both!

    Fri January 4 at 5:49 pm Reply
  • Mallory

    I like this goal, one a month!! I can’t keep up with the pace I set for myself last year. I’m going to join you. Currently reading I’ll Be Gone in the Dark!

    Fri January 4 at 11:59 pm Reply
  • Nicole

    “Next Year in Havana” was one of the best books I’ve read in years!!

    Sat January 5 at 12:03 am Reply
  • Jessica

    Educated was by far my favorite book read in 2018! It might be an all-time favorite. I wish I had read it with a book club because it was all I wanted to talk about. So many deep themes are explored in Westover’s memoir. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts when you read it!

    Sat January 5 at 1:42 am Reply
  • Kelsey Lane Smith

    I loved Becoming. It is the book I just finished! A book that I enjoyed last year is called Daring to Drive [by Manal al-Sharif]. One that I am looking forward to reading is How to Change Your Mind [by Michael Pollan].

    Tue January 15 at 7:42 pm Reply
  • Hillary

    Have you kept up with most of the monthly goals? They’re all things I strive to do continually… but wow it’s a lot when you put it all together!!

    Wed January 30 at 6:34 pm Reply

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