This weekend marked the halfway point in my first monthly “someday”. During the month of November, I am participating in a challenge to write and complete a work of nonfiction (WNFIN). On this halfway point weekend, I decided to do something contrary: instead of writing, I read.
2015 has been a year of transitions for me. My husband and I bought a company in a different town. He’s actively engaged in the company and is spending part of each week in that town. In order to make his commute shorter, and to complete a long held dream, we moved from the home where we’ve raised our family to a dream home four hours away. We have one child left at home, a high school senior, who has moved with us. The move has dragged on for months. The old house is not yet ready to put on the market. It’s been a crazy year. To compensate for my lack of time, I’ve pretty much given up reading. Then, with the beginning of my yearlong personal challenge on November 1st, reading took a seat even farther back in the bus of my life. This weekend, I remedied that by reading.
I realized, while I love to think ideas through in my head until they’re ready to put into readable words, I also crave the influx of ideas and knowledge I get from reading. Reading is a fuel for my brain and creativity and cannot take a back seat to writing, cleaning, moving, or any other task I come up with to banish it to a low priority need.
“Reading is fuel for the brain. Writing is fuel for the spirit…" –Megan S. Johnston
I need both!