Earlier this year, I decided to read books differently. Instead of just plowing through them, I would pause and recap what I learned from each and how I could apply the lessons to my own life. Simply put, that's tougher than it sounds. I thought I could do a book a week, but I think half of that is a more realistic goal. (And I'm already a few behind of that pace, but I think I can catch up with some books already in progress.) In January, I read Ikigai by Sebastian Marshall. Last month, I finished Start With Why by Simon Sinek.
Back in October, I circled today's date on the calendar. Knowing that the next few months would be incredibly intense, I decided to opt-out of the traditional New Year's planning process, deferring it until I reached a natural pause in my schedule. In fact, I had no idea how true that would be. From Halloween through to February, the rest days were few and far between. I justified my growing addiction to Monster Rehab and the spaced-out hours of television that creeped back into my schedule. And then my body simply gave out.