Leisurely​ Reading, Finances & Other Grown-Up Things

During my 21st year, and for many, many years before that I can count on one hand the number of books I’ve read for leisure. Maybe on one finger and that’s only because I listened to Big Magic through an audiobook.

It’s safe to say I haven’t been a big reader in the past, but since turning 22, that has changed significantly. I’ve actually upped my reading from past years be 200%. Yes, you read that percentage right. But it’s not that hard to see significant improvements when you never read in the first place.

I don’t know how long this is going to last, but my goal has been to knock out at least two books every month. Just for reference, the books are anywhere between 150-300 pages.

So I’m sure you’re wondering what sparked this change. Well, I think it’s just that I turned 22 earlier this month and felt like it was time for me to grow up a little. I couldn’t continue to make the same mistakes as I used to or lead the same life and expect different results.

Some of the world’s most successful people are avid readers. From Warren Buffet to Mark Zuckerberg, as busy as they are, they still find time to read and continue to be lifelong learners. So, what’s my excuse? I’m nowhere near as successful as them, so staying on the path I was going probably wouldn’t get me closer to where I want to be.

Now, I feel like my excuse for not reading before was that I was in school and had a fair amount of boring required reading. While that is valid, I’ve been out of school for a little bit now, so it’s time for a change.

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done” – Thomas Jefferson

Well, that something I’ve never done was, become an avid reader, or at least more of a reader. I have always said, I am committed to lifelong learning, but YouTube videos can only take you so far.

As I mentioned earlier this month, my finances, have been a little wacky, which is why I decided to go on a spending freeze that I called, No-Spend October. It’s going great by the way! I still haven’t spent on anything but gas, bills, and groceries, and if you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out this post. But what is a month of no spending if you turn back around and spend just like you did before? Pointless, right?

I’ve taken the time to read self-help books with a financial focus, books on becoming eco-friendly, frugal, and books that help you to promote change in your life. I have to say that I’m quite inspired to continue aiming for lower spending months, as well as a better understand my finances. Half the battle with finances, especially when you’re young are the terms, of course, and then realizing how your actions now can affect you later.

Reading has really helped me to begin to tackle my most significant financial questions, but more importantly, make bigger strides as I do my best to adult.

This post was just a fun update on what I’ve been doing with my free time, but I also want to challenge you to choose one thing you want to improve upon in the next week, few months or year, and take one baby step towards improvement today. For me, it as reading more, and for you, it might be something different, but if not now then when?

Take the time to invest in yourself, by doing the things you’ve always known you need to do but haven’t gotten around to. You’ll thank yourself later, and in a year, you’ll wish you started today.

Please leave a comment down below with what you plan to improve upon.

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Until next time, get up, get moving and live your best life.

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