Friday, August 7, 2009

Rejuvenate & Renew Challenge Update: 7/27 to 8/10

Here it is. The end of the summer is staring me down. I don't mean that to be a negative, as I really am a big fan of the second half of the year--summer to the holiday season. There is something so quaint about the changing colors of fall that drives me to a book, or the cold of a December snowfall, twinkling and twirling off of the Christmas lights in my neighborhood to put me in a snuggly book sort of mood. However, I have to say that I'd be hypocritical if I didn't express a certain amount of sadness to see another beautiful summer come and go.

As part of my summer here in Hawaii, I knew that this might be my last summer here, since my mother might be moving back to the mainland before next year. That's still not for sure, but my heart is definitely a bit heavy as I face heading home. I know I'll be back for Christmas, but what after that? Well, in knowing that, I wanted to read books this summer that would give me new knowledge, new skills, or new information I'd wanted to learn but hadn't had time to read up on. In general, I wanted to spend some time rejuvenating through learning, resting, and exercising. I've succeeded for the most part, in that I've been sleeping fairly well, and have fallen in love with walking again. Reading took a hit for me this summer, but I feel good about what I've read this summer, so I think I'm ready to head back!

For the Rejuvenate & Renew Challenge, I have read the following:
  1. Suze Orman's Action Plan for 2009
  2. 52 Brilliant Ideas: Sleep Deep
I know that those of you participating in the challenge have been leaving fun links back to books you're reading. So, if you're still working on the challenge, how are you doing?

Even if you're not participating in the challenge, what are you looking forward to as summer winds down?


  1. August is definitely a bittersweet month...fall is my favorite season, but I hate to see summer fade away. Sounds like you've had a good summer. Hope you enjoy what's left!

  2. I'm glad that you have had the chance to rejuvenate! We all need to take better care of ourselves.

  3. I read another book on Egyptian Art, but I'm not sure if it counts, since I didn't finish it. I had to return it before I left on vacation. :( It was a bummer, too, because I really liked that book.

    Anywho, here's the link the sort-of review I did for it:

  4. I'd love to be in Hawaii. :D I think I have a love hate relationship with August. I do not want to see summer end, but happy to get busy and on my feet again. I really love your review of Sleep Deep. Sticking that book on my wishlist!!! Interesting facts on the percentages: early birds vs. night owls and people who are depressed. Hmmm.