Last Saturday I had my first Self Care Saturday Challenge. I spent some time getting my hair cut for my birthday on the 22nd and the next Saturday I went to a coffee shop and drank some coffee while I worked on my blog. Each of those breaks was fabulous and really made the following week so much better. I went away, took some time for myself, and was refreshed for the following week. So this week is Self Care Saturday Challenge Grow Your Mind.
How do you grow your mind?
I’m so glad you ask. You do this the same way you did when you were in school. Read a book. I’m not talking about some romance fluff either that is written at a 5th-grade level. I’m talking about a book that will truly enhance your life, and that means non-fiction.
There are a wide variety of books out there that you can read. I have a stack of about 30 sitting next to my bedside table that is waiting to be read. Every time I hear of a book that sparks me, I start looking for it. Half Priced Books is my favorite place to grab my books.
I’m done with school, why should I do this?
I was smacked in the face with my why, about 5 years ago. I saw my grandparents in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s. My grandparents were both done with school by 6th grade, and they did nothing to continue growing their mind. While they loved to read their Bible, they did nothing else. Their brain was deteriorating right in front of me.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body and prayer to the soul. We become the books we read.- Matthew Kelly
When doing research about it, I found that the brain is a muscle and those that work that muscle are able to use their brains longer. While my dad’s family don’t have this problem, it had me concerned. I wanted to keep my mind for as long as possible. So I began to spend some time making my brain work.
When am I going to find time to read?
This has always been my struggle. When you have little ones under foot ALL DAY LONG, it is hard to find time to sit let alone read. Most of my reading was done either in the bathtub or when the kids went to bed, but by that time I was so exhausted all I read was fluff. Now I read during Quiet Time.
A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.- Mark Twain
About 6 months ago I heard about The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I was in a place in my life where I was ready to begin making some changes. Hal talks about the Life S.A.V.E.R.S. This consists of 6 different activities that you spend an hour total doing in the morning before you start your day. That’s right just 10 minutes each. I know when my kids were little getting up early was impossible, but I know I could and did, sneak in 10 minutes of reading during the day.
You’ve convinced me, now what should I read?
I read a wide variety of books, as I have a lot of things going on that I really want to work on in my life. My library consists of about 10 floors to ceiling bookshelves of books that are for myself and my children. Yes, our own personal library of great literature. In my post about Summer Reading List 2016, I give a list of books that are on my side table. But this isn’t what you are asking for. You want to know where to start.
What to read is very personal. I don’t know where exactly you are in life. You need to take a few moments to think about what you want to do. Do you want to start a blog of your own? Are you a homeschooler who needs hope? Do you struggle with setting boundaries with your children? Is your marriage struggling? Have you lost your joy for life? These are questions only you can answer, but those answers can give you a direction.
If nothing else, go into a bookstore and browse, find something that grabs your attention and starts there.
These are the top books I recommend to my friends when they ask. Since you are my friends, I’m going to share them with you as well. Honestly, these books are life changing for me. Each has impacted my life in a different way and helped make me become the woman I am today.
Self Care Saturday Challenge Grow Your Mind
As I said early it doesn’t take much to do this. If you read 10 pages a day that’s 3,650 pages a year which equal about 18- 200-page books. That’s more than when I started Miracle Morning. If you need any more proof here what changed my mind from Hal’s book.
When I got to his section called the Life S.A.V.E.R.S. and he talked about R which is reading, my outlook on reading became different. Hal said about a man who didn’t read self- help books, “he’s missing out on the unlimited supply of knowledge, boundless growth and life changing ideas he could gain from some of the most brilliant, successful individuals in the world.”
How much could your life change by reading 10 pages a day? I know how much mine has changed in the last 6 months. The change has been extraordinary.