A few weeks ago on the last day of 2015 I read through my morning pages from the year. If you’re not familiar with morning pages it’s three pages of hand-written stream of consciousness writing that you do daily. Julia Cameron writes about morning pages in her book The Artist’s Way. The idea of these pages is to not think too much about what you’re writing but to not stop writing and eventually you’ll start gaining insight into your life. I’ve done morning pages several times in my life, usually when I’m feeling depressed, anxious, going through a transition or having a hard time with something. Over the past year I’ve been struggling with some personal and work issues in my life and trying to figure my next best step to being present, setting intentions and defining and achieving my goals. I’m always setting goals but the end of year is the time when I take a good hard look at the big picture. It’s pretty likely most of you did some goal setting on December 31st, right?
One of my goals was to read more. I’ve been a hardcore reader my whole life (as I explain in our very first DIY + Business Book Club blog post) but over the past few years I find that I’ll start several books but rarely finish any of them. In 2016 my goals is to actually finish at least six books. Six doesn’t seem like a lot but I wanted to make it realistic. If one of your goals for 2016 is to read, make or learn more… then check out the books below and join us every month for our book club where we share four or so titles that are inspiring our creativity and innovation in life, crafts and business.
To get you started on your 2016 reading we’re giving away 3 of these books: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, One Yard Wonders by Patricia Hoskins and Collected by Fritz Karch & Rebecca Robertson . Check out the details below to enter the giveaway.
January Book Club Books:
The contest is now closed. Congrats to Heidi Johnson!
To enter the contest:
If you want to win 3 of these books Lean In, One Yard Wonders and Collected, just leave a comment on this post telling us about one of your goals or intentions for 2016. Post your comment by January 27th at midnight to be entered to win. Make sure to include your email address so we can get your address if you win and ship you some lovely things to read. Contest open to US residents only.