Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Blatherings: Goals

Yes, it's been about a week since I last posted.  I was going to post a "Here's-Why-I'm-Gone" post, but realized that I might as well just take care of business and then come back when I could.  Needless to say, it was a pretty tough week and I'm just glad it's over.  Honestly, it was one of the hardest--emotionally speaking--of my career.  Now I'm just overjoyed to see a new term coming up at school, even though it freaks me out a bit that it came around so quickly.

In my blog title, I mentioned goals.  Well, I always have a goal to be more well rounded and balanced.  That's a given, and it's a pretty tough thing to pull off.  There always seems to be a million things that are pulling me in a million different directions, just as they do for everyone else.  When I'm grading, I think to myself, "You really ought to be spending a lot more time grading."  When I'm reading, I think to myself, "You really ought to be spending a lot more time reading."  When I'm cooking or cleaning, I think to myself, "You really ought to be spending a lot more time cooking or cleaning."  You get the point.  Thankfully, I'm aware that this is not a unique way of thinking.

Having said that, I really did have to think good and hard about my blog.  For me, book blogging really is 100% a hobby.  Sure, there are wonderful benefits to blogging, such as meeting amazing authors, getting advanced review copies, and working with great publishers.  It seems to me, though, that one of the greatest benefits of blogging has been the interaction with other readers and the opportunity I have to write my thoughts down about some of the great things I'm reading.  In essence, it's like a giant book club where you bring your own treats, yet discuss away!  I really do love and enjoy it all so much.  Because of that, I have to take the "silent moments" for what they're worth and return to my blog when I'm not such a frantic mess.  (Although, have I mentioned that I messed up my blog & had to rebuild it?  Yea.  That I didn't like so much.)

Now, moving on with life...

Over the next several weeks I'll be working to review a nice back-log of reviews for books that I've read.  Most of them have been non-fiction, because that is what I wanted to read.  It does seem a little odd that I've started this new love though.  I wonder why that is?  Anyway, here's what I'm reading right now:

 

Here's to a nice Sunday and week ahead.  What are you up to today?

12 comments:

  1. Becky, I can totally relate to your post. Too much to do and not enough hours in the day. We need to make it work however, it best fits our life. Blogging should not be stressful.

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    1. Thanks. You're so nice to relate. I really do love blogging, so I guess I do need to find a more balanced schedule!

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  2. Amen! We have to blog in a way that fits in with the rest of our lives... and strive to get rid of self-imposed pressure that makes us want to do it all perfectly. Let's just enjoy our 'giant book club'!

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    1. I agree! Let's book club away. :)

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  3. I'm glad you survived your week. I hope this one goes better.

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    1. Thanks! This one is good so far, although I'm still tired and counting down the days until Spring Break. :)

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  4. I've been enjoying non-fiction more lately, too. Although not really THAT much. ;)

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    1. You read great non-fiction! I love your art books especially.

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  5. I'm going to start adding your books to my "to-read" list. You give such great reviews! I have a busy stressful life, and don't have time to blog either. However, I wish I could fit in as many books as you do. We really need to get together sometime. We really don't live all that far apart!

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    1. I know; I miss you! Thanks for stopping by. :) You'll have to choose wisely from my choices. I'm a weird, eclectic reader!

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  6. I think we can all understand the need for silent time on the blog. Take as much time as you need. We will always be here for you!

    Enjoy Ree Drummond's memoir. I love her so much and the book is so much fun.

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    1. Thanks so much. I hate being silent for too long, but I think it happens to all of us at some point.

      I LOVED Ree's book & have re-read bits of it ever since. Now I just want my own Marlboro Man!!!

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