If anyone was to ask me what my hobby was, my answer without a doubt would be reading. There is nothing I enjoy more than spending a lazy Sunday afternoon at home reading the latest best seller. In fact, when I was thinking about what my New Year resolutions, I was on the fence about adding “to read more.”  You see, I already read a lot of books so it felt like I was cheating adding a resolution that I knew I would easily accomplish. I left read more off the list but nothing made me happier then when I came across the #50BookPledge on Twitter. It was the perfect compromise! Not exactly a resolution but a great incentive to read more books.

50bookpledge.ca is a website hosted by @savvyreader and the goal is to encourage people to read more, whether paper books or on your e-reader, the website allows you to track all the books you’ve read and keep a virtual book shelf of those you still have to read.

I signed up immediately and spent a good part of my evening browsing through Amazon.ca to figure out which books I would be adding to my “to read” list.

I’ve decided that my first book is going to be: Imposter Bride The book description says it’s about a young woman who arrives in Montreal to meet her future husband, except he turns her down upon her arrival. She marries his brother but then it’s discovered, she’s not who she claims to be…

For those who want to sign up and join me on this challenge, I also took a browse through my book shelf at home and picked out 10 books that I have previously read and will be adding to Marbair’s must-read list. Most of them are easy reads and books that I would re-read again. In fact, I might add a few to my 2014 reading list.

  1. The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
  2. Room – Emma Donaghue
  3. Stupid and Contagious – Caprice Crane
  4. Spin – Catherine Mckenzie
  5. Lullabies for little criminals: A novel – Heather O’Neill
  6. A Vintage Affair – Isabel Wolff
  7. Bossypants – Tina Fey
  8. Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling
  9. Bitter is the New Black – Jen Lancaster
  10. Marley & Me – John Grogan

Bonus Books – growing up these were my FAVOURITE books and I think I’m going to add them to my 50 Book Pledge list because it’s been awhile since I’ve read them and well, I just love them that much!

  1. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  2. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Stay tuned for more updates on my progress of my #50BookPledge


2014 Intentions

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had (or for those lucky ones is still having) a wonderful holiday!

For me the holidays were a whirl wind of spending time with friends and  family, eating as much as possible and getting more sleep than I really do need.  It was actually the perfect holiday, so perfect that all attempts at blogging were quickly replaced with another nap or meal. I rarely took pictures except of the pups I was dog sitting to send to their parents and my lap top was starting to collect dust because I found every excuse not to bother with internet. Now don’t be crazy, I would check facebook, twitter and instagram on my iPhone.  I just allowed myself a little break, one where work, blog, emails and everything else from my daily life could wait another day.  I didn’t bother with inspirational quotes or quirky new year notes, although I did enjoy reading the ones posted by everyone else! I just unplugged and re-charged my batteries.

The great thing about starting a new year is that you can wipe the slate clean, it’s an opportunity to let go off all the things that weren’t working and set intentions of being a more awesome version of yourself in the new year.  I am really big on resolutions, in fact, I’ve been known to make quarterly resolutions. Some have been on the list for years, some I find easy to accomplish and most are just there to remind myself of what’s important to me. A few days ago I decided not to make any resolutions because I was reading a lot of posts about how they might make you feel bad when you don’t achieve them and well they all had a point but then I said, “Who am I kidding?, I love coming up with resolutions!” so I made a list of “intentions” for 2014.  Whether I cross them all off by 2015 is irrelevant, what’s important to me is that the intention is out there and by being out there, it will guide me to keep trying to achieve them.

The intentions in no particular order are:

Volunteer more (the dream would be to do mission work)

Live in California (that’s been on the list forever)

Be greener (and not just by recycling)

Take lessons for the following: Sewing, Golf, Cooking

Be healthier (and pay more attention to the products and brands I use)

Work on a farm (with live animals)

Build my Stella & Dot business to make double what I did in 2013

Clean out my storage locker and re-decorate my spare room

Those seem to be enough intentions for right now, although I’m sure the minute I hit publish something else will pop in my head. Whether you are a fan of making resolutions or just waiting for the gym to die down again so you don’t have to wait until your favourite machine is free, January is a great time for reflection. A way to make sure that you are on the right track and a time to make small changes if you aren’t.  I have one last intention and that’s to blog more of course!  Cheers to 2014 intentions!