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The Year I Didn’t Scramble

January 28, 2021 in Articles

cat-mirrorToday’s post is about this year. I know 2014 has barely gotten off to a start, but I’m here to tell you, to publicly declare, that in 2014 I will NOT spend December scrambling to accomplish 50/50! I won’t have it!

To that effect, we’re three weeks in to the year and I’ve read two books and am part way through a couple more, and I’ve seen six movies. I’m roaring to go. Before this whole fiftyfifty.me thing started, I would have rolled my eyes if you told me I’d voluntarily see six movies in such a short timespan. And yet, here we are. Fiftyfifty.me changes people.

As I start my third year, I’m determined to complete a winning streak. I’m taking a few key points with me on my journey:

1) Value Your Own Time
I still watch long movies or read long books, but if I’m not enjoying it, I put it down. In previous years, I’ve podcasted about “molasses reads”, books that just wouldn’t end. No more. I barely have enough time to relax at the end of the day, so you bet it’s going to be with something I actually enjoy. As the great Sara Nelson said, So Many Books, So Little Time.

2) Get Addicted
I used to read things in the order I felt I was supposed to. Now if I find a topic that interests me, I roll with it. Lately I’ve been obsessed with spy things. The end of fiftyfifty.me saw me watching Skyfall (James Bond) and The Italian Job and other heist movies, and then I continued my spy theme with The Expats, my first book this year. The point is, if you find a topic you like, indulge in it. Fuel the fire. You’ll have fun – and as it turns out, you’ll accomplish more because you’re so stoked on the topic.

3) Try Something New
The more I step out of my comfort zone, the more I find to like. I think part of the stagnation in previous years had to do with me reading the same old same old (which for me is a steady diet of heavy international literary fiction, celebrity trash bios, and chick lit – you can’t say the girl ain’t got range). Lately I’m picking up books I never would have thought to (last year’s poetry bender, for example) and watching documentaries on topics I know nothing about, and I’m feeling smarter by the minute.

Looking forward to hearing how you’re all doing with your fiftyfifty.me, and any 50/50-related resolutions you might have. And since I’m on that spy bender I mentioned before, if you have suggestions, send them my way!

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