I haven’t even started, and I know this post is going to be all over the place, thus the title.
I have so much I want to say, and I can’t decide on one specific topic for my final post of the year. I’m glad 2020 is only a few days away (though Christmas hasn’t even happened when I’m writing this).
Let’s start with what God has been telling me I need to do in 2020.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the one-word craze. Several authors, including myself, have posted about it here in the past. In general, we prefer to avoid those kinds of posts now because too many of us have done it. But since this post is not exclusively about my one word–and it’s a GOOD word–I feel like I can share mine with you today.
My word for 2020 is GRATITUDE. Now that is not to say that I’m not a grateful person. I am. At least, I think I am. But God revealed to me that I need to be MORE thankful next year. So, each month in my bullet journal, I plan to create a page specifically for writing down things I’m grateful for. I’ve attached a Pinterest design that I will start using, but it might not last long. I may do something much simpler the further into the year I go.
Honestly, I think this is going to be challenging, because 1) I forget to write things down, and 2) I will attempt not to repeat myself. That means I have to find 366 things to be thankful for in 2020, since it’s a leap year.
Along with that is my verse(s), Psalm 100. The whole chapter is great, and I have written the entire thing in my bullet journal, but I’m specifically focusing on verse four. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name.” (HCSB)
This is what I want for myself.
In addition, I have created several other pages that I’d like to share with you.
On one side of this full-page spread will be books I have agreed to review. This past year, I am certain that I received books–either e-book or hard copy–that I was supposed to review but forgot. So, to combat my entirely too frequent forgetful nature, I’m going to start writing them down. On the other side is space for my most liked books of 2020. The next page will be other books I’ve read that are good but don’t fall into the “I want to read that again, so put it on the bookshelf” category. If you look closely, that allows me 127 spaces for books to read next year. I will duplicate the second page on the facing page to add another 84 spaces. I think 211 spots might be enough. Sometimes I read more, though, so if I do, I’ll just make space later in the journal.
While I was watching 2020 Bujo videos on YouTube, it astounded me how many books these women were challenging themselves to read. One lady was aiming for twenty-five. YES, 25. Another will aim for fifty. And another hoped to read one book a month. As an avid reader, I was flabbergasted. I can’t imagine only reading one book a month or even one per week.
Being a curious sort, I set up a little poll on Facebook, asking how many books people read in 2019. Here were the options:
And here are the results:
As a note, most of the people who read 100+ books were authors. :o
Speaking of authors, our InspyRomance birthday bash is coming up in February. (How’s that for a topic change?) As the giveaway coordinator, I like to find great prizes to offer our wonderful readers in addition to all the awesome books from our authors. That said, I want your opinions.
And that ends this wonderfully random rambling for me. I pray your Christmas was blessed. And Happy New Year!