The Next Chapter – Empty Nest
It’s Saturday evening and I’m writing this blog post. Why? Because I can! Four weeks ago my husband and I brought our youngest child to college to start his freshman year at High Point University in NC. My older son is a senior at the University of Delaware. That means I have no day-to-day child responsibilities to fill my calendar! After 21 and a half years, it’s a very odd feeling to now be an “empty nester”.
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Remember, One Thing At A Time
Several months ago, I had the good fortune of spending five wonderful days at a yoga and meditation center called Kripalu located in western Massachusetts. I try to go at least once a year – time and money permitting – to unplug and rejuvenate my body and mind. I spent my days taking yoga classes, walking, reading, napping, dancing, and eating healthy foods.
I didn’t carry my phone with me . . .
Read More, Make More
“If you read only ONE book PER MONTH,
that will put you into the top 1% of income earners in our society.
But if you read ONE book PER WEEK,
50 books per year,
that will make you one of the best educated,
smartest, most capable and highest paid people in your field.
Regular reading will transform your life completely.”
~ Brian Tracy
I believe Brian Tracy is on to something.
Kids Home for Summer?
Are Your Kids Coming Home for the Summer? Here’s Something You Can Do TOGETHER!
Yes, summertime is a great time to get caught with friends and family. It’s also a great time to tool up your reading skills!
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Reading Lessons from Yoga Practice – Part 2
Have you ever thought about how long you’ve been doing certain things? Of my many pursuits, I only recently made some strong connections between two of my favorite activities: reading and yoga. I figured out that this year celebrates my 28th year of using and teaching speed reading strategies and my 15th year of practicing yoga. So how are they related?
Last month, I shared my first three ideas in this post. I hope these remaining ideas resonate with you, either for the reading part, or the yoga!
Reading Lessons Learned From Yoga – Part 1
Have you ever thought about how long you’ve been doing certain things? Of my many pursuits, I only recently made some strong connections between two of my favorite activities: reading and yoga. I figured out that this year celebrates my 28th year of using and teaching speed reading strategies and my 15th year of practicing yoga.
So how are they related?
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It’s been a very long year in development and we are thrilled (okay, relieved, happy, tickled pink!) to share that the newly updated, renovated and redesigned Rev It Up Reading Online Course is now LIVE!!! (See the press release)
See the New Course Before Release
Within the next few weeks, I will FINALLY be launching a long-awaited update to the Rev It Up Reading Online Course Version 3.0! It’s taken a lot of time, money and energy but it’s all been worth it and I want to share it with you!
If you’ve always wanted to get up to speed with what you read, build your reading confidence and competence, or just become the best reader you can be, come take a look at this exciting new course.
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Do you remember in school that wherever you sat the first day of class was YOUR seat for the entire year? It’s quite interesting how territorial we become about “our” place. It becomes a comfortable and familiar location to return to. Most people wouldn’t want to change seats, ever!
Your Favorite Books for 2016
Last month I asked my list subscribers to share some of their favorite books because I prefer to read something someone loved and recommends. Maybe you will find a favorite here too!
Reading New Year’s Resolutions For 2016
When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, the common notion is that most people give up after the first few weeks. Have you ever considered making a reading resolution? Reading is fun, simple, inexpensive, and rewarding as well as a resolution you can stick to.
The simple resolution is to “Read more.” This is a great start but I challenge you to set specific reading goals.
I love hearing about different holiday customs but the Icelandic tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve and then spending the night reading is especially meaningful. This custom is so deeply ingrained in the culture that it is the reason for the Jolabokaflod, or “Christmas Book Flood,” when the majority of books in Iceland are sold between September and December in preparation for Christmas giving.
Instead of Holiday Cards . . .
This past Saturday, two days after Thanksgiving, I received my first holiday card. Yes, that wonderful family of four WON the prize of getting their cards out first! It’s one less thing on their list of things to do during this hectic month. I’m a little jealous but truly happy for them.
Trouble in Reading Paradise
A few months ago, I was at a Starbucks with a friend. When the barista asked for his name, he said "Galt". I said, "What name is that?! Your name is Rob!" He explained that he read a book long ago...
What Are Your Friends Reading?
Did you know there are over 600,000+ books published each year?! How many have you read? I don't say this to make you feel like you're not reading enough, rather to get you thinking about how you...
De-Clutter Your Magazines in Wall Street Journal
Abby Marks Beale was interviewed by Wall Street Journal columnist Sue Shellenbarger for a newspaper article entitled: "Get Down to Magazine Zero: Reading Faster and Smarter" and the digital version...
Read A Lot On Screen? Try Beeline Reader
I stumbled upon Beeline Reader over a year ago and find it incredibly valuable for reading documents on a screen. BeeLine Reader makes reading faster and easier by using a color gradient that guides...
Finishing One, Starting Another
Every year at this time, I spend some quiet time creating a list of goals in each of the eight areas of life that are most important to me using the format seen here on the right. Ultimately, I strive to have a personal satisfaction level of 7 or higher in each of these areas (on a scale of 1 being low to 10 being high).
Slow Down, You Read Too Fast
When deciding what reading topic to write about, Simon and Garfunkel's song "Feeling Groovy" burst into my mind. I love when the universe provides me with insights! Do you remember the song? Here's...
Where’s the Beef??
I realize there are vegetarians who see this and may choose not to read further BUT know it's not about "eating meat", rather "reading meat". Not many people eat just the bun and toppings because...
Overcoming Monkey Brain (so you can read!)
It seems that focus is something we don't have much of in this crazy multi-tasking world. With our iphones hooked up to social media and the internet, we have endless hours of exploration right at...
The Gift of NOT Reading
The Gift of NOT Reading? What's that all about?! Sometimes "life" literally gets in the way of our established routines. We are well-meaning, organized (somewhat), conscientious people who get...
Other Ways to “Read”
There are many other ways you can get the information you crave WITHOUT READING a single word!
How to Read a Book FASTER
I am always on the look out for more great ideas on how to read better and faster. This month, I found such advice and am pleased to share it with you. It comes from a very smart comedian Jay Arthur...
Getting Your Kids to Read
Think about the role reading played in your life as you were growing up. Did someone read to you? Were there a lot of books in your home? Did you go to the library often? Why is it that some of us...
Topple Your Reading Piles
When it comes to your reading pile, are you a stacker (have one big pile), spreader (have many piles) or stasher (hide your piles)? These days, you may have physical piles AND electronic piles!...
Jumpstart Your Reading – Part II
Aren't you caught up with your reading, YET?? If you are still seeing your reading piles as too tall, then grab a quick idea here to help you conquer your reading workload. Roadblock #3: I get...
Cell Phones and Human Moments
As many of you know, my son Jonathan graduated high school a few weeks ago. (Yes, he's the one in the photo with arms raised!) It was an incredibly proud moment! That evening, Jon attended our...
Jumpstart Your Reading – Part I
When was the last time you felt "caught up" with your reading? If its been a long time - or never - imagine what it would be like to have that feeling. This is the first of a short series of tips...