First up today: me making a pretty typical me mistake. Next: a book that’s totally vibing with the view out my window right now and that I loved, plus one chock-full-of-weird-reading-experience—so skip down to that if that’s what you’re here for! Conceded that it was a long list. But I want to do—and be—a lot of things. I want to speak other languages fluently, to be able to draw the things I see and imagine, to stay connected with my people, to move flexibly through the world with my well-trained dog by my side. So I had this list. Of small things I could do every day to move toward those goals. Small!
KJ, you've hit the nail on the head. You are trying to accomplish TOO MANY small projects. French AND Spanish? Pick one. When you become fluent, then you can tackle the other one. Also, three times a week is a habit. I didn't say that. Time expert Laura Vanderkam did. So maybe you try to paint (connect with yourself) or reach out to a friend (connect with your people) on a given day.
As for Jane Smiley, Yes, she's a heralded writer. But I HATED A Thousand Acres. Even watched the movie to make sure I hated it and, surprise, I still did. So she is off my list. It's okay. There are plenty of others on that list, including Anna Quindlen. And Barbara Kingsolver.
Good luck! Happy reading and habit-ing!
I know.... I’m B1 in Spanish for sure. Maybe B2. But I want to do ALL THE THINGS. I’m slowing. I swear. And thanks for the reminder about 3x a week. I should know that!