My top-3 reads of 2019

Books have always been one of my best companions. I enjoy being immersed into stories, and even escaping reality. Some of my fondest childhood memories include my parents reading books to me and my siblings. One of my living room walls is dedicated for a big shelving unit overflowing books I own.

I try to make sure I spend time reading by setting a realistic reading goal for each year. For 2020 my goal is the same 25 books I’ve had as my goal for the past few years, though I added a sub-goal of reading one in French and one in Swedish to keep up my language skills. Here are the top-3 books I most enjoyed reading in 2019.

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Decluttering home and mind

Hands up if you’ve seen Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix, and been pulled in into the recent decluttering fever that has taken over the whole world? Yeah, me too.

Now, I have never read Marie Kondo’s books, nor have I tried the KonMari -method. And I actually started my first full-apartment declutter way before watching even one episode of Tidying Up. Had I heard of KonMari when I started? Yes. Did I believe in it? No. I did not do my decluttering the KonMari way. And I still don’t think it’s totally for me. But going on this declutter journey has taught me much, and after having learned a little more of the KonMari method I do believe the method has a lot to teach every one of us. Even if you don’t fully agree with it.

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Setting goals for 2019

The change of the year passed, but you forgot to make your resolutions or set your goals for the new year? You’ll be glad to hear that it’s still not too late to do. Although making resolutions or setting goals is easier when something begins, such as at the start of a new year, every new day is the first day of the rest of your life, and so, any day is perfect for setting goals.

In the past years I’ve tried making resolutions and setting goals. I never kept to them. In my naivety I was sure that if I set a goal, that decision would be enough to make it happen. Wrong. To actually achieve a goal, you need not only set it, but make sure you work towards it regularly. And so, when I started setting my goals for 2019, my main thought was that I need to make my goals achievable. Something I can realistically make happen. And if needed, I can achieve for something more in those areas after I’ve first met my current goals. Another thought I had was, to make my goals look like me. Meaning, my goals need to reflect me and my dreams and needs, not anyone else’s. That way I am more likely to achieve them – goals for me motivate me.

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