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2017 Women’s Strike and What it Means to Me

Happy International Women’s Day!

I’ve had some business in my life and haven’t had much time to myself to blog or even to reflect much, but in light of the International Women’s Day Women’s Strike I decided to take some time for myself. And I’m so glad I did! It’s not even noon yet and I’ve already had some great time for reflection.

Most of the blogs and websites that I keep up with on a daily basis are run by women and they have all taken a stand to strike today and not post any new material, and I 100% support that decision. I’m so glad that so many women are taking this day seriously and taking care of themselves. I’ve seen a strike day called “a glorified personal day” and I don’t see anything wrong with that way of thinking. Women are without a doubt overworked and run by their schedules so to have a day about them and not about pleasing anyone else or following a calendar is fantastic!

Here are some of my personal reflections today:

  • My Body
    • I have not been a very good FitGirl the past few months. I’ve been starting each new round strong and head on, but I’ve not stuck to it and I’ve not held myself accountable like I should be doing. I know that part of my problem is how busy my life has been and that any unscheduled time I’ve had I’ve used to try and recharge my batteries – in my mind, my friendships, and my relationship. I’ve not put in much effort to the workouts and definitely not to the meal plans. As a result, I’ve gained 10 pounds since my lowest FitGirls weight (in November) and 5 of that has just been in the past month. (Too much pizza & Starbucks + not enough MixxedFit). There is a new round of FitGirlsGuide starting on Monday, March 13 and I will be making more time for my health and fitness in the next 4 weeks.
    • I’ve also started a fitness seminar in my town called Women Can Run. Arkansas has this state-wide 10-week program (2 days per week) that started yesterday to teach women the proper form, apparel,  and techniques to make you a successful runner. I’ve completed several 5Ks but I’ve never ran one 100% and this is my goal with Women Can Run. I will be including MixxedFit on Mondays and Wednesdays when I can so I can try to get back to my health goals.
    • I’ve been going to Starbucks too much lately. This is apparent in the 5 pounds I’ve gained this month because this is the only significant dietary change I’ve made. I haven’t been on track with working out for months but I’ve maintained. Starbucks is my biggest trigger to weight gain at the moment, so I’m going to make an effort to cut it out completely for the next 4 weeks. (Which will help me keep some money in my pocket, as well.)
  • My Mind
    • Learn something new every week and push those around me to do the same. This is going to start with today, International Women’s Day. Here is an article from ONE.org that I really enjoyed: 12 Women Who Changed the World

The day is still young. Go learn something. Take care of yourself. Make changes – in yourself, in your environment, in the world.

 

-E

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Jane Eyre is Finally Complete!

I’m not entirely sure if I am still feeling ashamed or if I can safely admit that I’m proud. I completed Jane Eyre tonight. I spent most of my time while reading this book amazed at the modern feel of some of the ideas and personalities found in this story. I completely forgot that this novel was written over 150 years ago.

I was having trouble finding the true sense of a love story until I reached the last few chapters. I could get a sense of love that Jane felt for Mr. Rochester but I could sense that she felt he never quite helped her be the woman that she wanted to become. This was the same realization that Jane went through when faced with a second marriage proposal. She questioned every aspect of marriage if it only meant being what someone else’s ideas were about her. She was definitely a feminist after my own heart. She questioned everything and never settled for less than what she desired for herself. When she finally searched out Mr. Rochester in an effort to clear her anxieties about him, she discovered the many hardships he had endured since her departure from his home. Upon laying eyes on him again Jane’s love was restored and made anew. They both needed hard times and room to grow before they were put in the right place to fully love each other. This is where I wholly and completely appreciated this love story.

As far as my conflicting feelings go, I’m saddened and ashamed by the fact that it took me over 5 weeks to finish one book. On the other hand, I’m immensely proud of myself for finishing my first book of the year. To make up for my timing and to keep my morale up, I’m going to stick to some smaller books for my next few self-appointed assignments. I haven’t decided yet what exactly I’m going to read next, but I’ve got several options. I’ll decide by tomorrow and let you know.

Happy Reading!

New Year’s Challenge 2015

Alright, this blog is part experiment, part accountability for myself. I’ve discovered a wonderful 2015 Reading Challenge provided by Popsugar which basically works out to be one book a week for a year. This used to be no problem for me, but I’ve let life get in my way and I haven’t been as much of a bookworm as I used to be. I’m wanting to use this list as my one and only challenge to myself for 2015. Well, I suppose this blog would be the second challenge. I don’t want to just read these books for a year, I want to keep track of what I’ve read and make note of them. I feel like that is so important. So many ideas and thoughts happen to us while we read books, either fiction or nonfiction, and not all of us have book clubs and like-minded people to share those thoughts. Personally, my thoughts come out better in writing. I’ve never really successfully tried a blog before and I honestly don’t expect to have anyone read it, but here’s to a New Year and high hopes! And if someone does happen to find my silly musings, I truly hope you enjoy yourself!

To begin this journey I first explored the App Store to find a good app that would help me keep track of my list and the books I would like to add to it. I decided on BKSHLF because it connects to Goodreads (Goodreads by itself I personally find a little too distracting, I could spend all day on there) and it has a ISBN scanner that works with your phone’s camera. I decided this would be perfect for me because I am constantly seeing things I’d like to read and then forgetting them less than an hour later.

Step two consisted of pilfering through my bookshelf at home during my lunch break. This proved to be quite successful as I found my first 5 qualifying books:

  • A Classic Romance — Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • A Book Based on a True Story — The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • A Book from your Childhood — The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (This has always been a favorite, and I’m incredibly excited to read it again)
  • A Book I Own but have Never Read — The Help by Kathryn Stockett (I saw the movie before I acquired the book. Most of the time this makes me more interested in the book, but this particular situation had the opposite effect)
  • A Book that was Originally Written in Another Language — Arabian Nights translated by Sir Richard Burton (A beautiful copy I received as a Christmas present this year from my boyfriend)

After work I stopped by my local Barnes & Noble to try out my BKSHLF app and track down some of the books that had caught my eye a few days ago. While I was there I decided that in addition to the challenge, this year I will purchase only one book per month. These books will both fulfill my challenge commitments and build my personal library at the same time without blowing a hole through my wallet, which is highly possible, due to my collector’s personality. The rest of my challenge commitments will have to be satisfied by my local library.

My purchase for January fulfills my nonfiction qualification: The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout. This book stuck out to me a few months ago online (sadly, I don’t remember where) and during my last trip to my local library my searches for this title proved unsuccessful, so I was pretty excited to find it on the front table right as I walked into my B&N.

My excitement for a new book almost overshadowed the books sitting alone in the corner on my shelf. This is a normal pattern for me to forget the old because of the new, so I’m forcing myself to read at least 2 of the books I already own before I read my new one. I’m beginning this challenge with Jane Eyre, I have a petite little copy of this book that will fit wonderfully in my purse. I suppose I’ll actually go get some reading done now.

Happy New Year, Happy Reading!