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New Years is always exciting. Not because I party on NYE (not even the slightest interest in staying up until midnight), but because it’s a fresh new start. I don’t know why it feels that way, it really is just another day, but it feels full of hope and excitement for a new year and new plans.
As I was thinking of goals for the upcoming year, I came to the conclusion that my theme centered around the concept of “refocus.” This year has felt crazier than most, with a trip to D.C., a new baby, leaving my job, leaving Washington, starting a new job, having a really hard semester of classes, my toddler breaking her foot, my husband finishing school–it’s tiring to remember everything we’ve done! I feel like a lot of my relationships have slacked, including with myself. So this year I want to refocus. On me, my marriage, my motherhood, my faith, my goals.
Also, I want to read. Like, BAD! I’ve spent all year watching my husband read books while I was trying to squeeze homework in and I was jealous. There have been so many that I’ve come across and kept in mind to read and now is my chance!
I figured I would combine my two goals and read books that will help me refocus on the important things. I’ve got a little list of fiction books too, but I’m feeling really into some self-improvement right now. So here is my current list of books to help me reach my goals for 2018.
I was commenting to someone the other day that my husband and I have been on 2 dates since our first daughter was born. Then I remembered we got a sitter so we could go to a work Christmas party last year, so 3 made me feel better. Except that 3 dates in 2.5 years is not enough! I want to refocus on my marriage and why we became such great besties in the first place.
The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands This isn’t about dinner, ladies!
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work My minor is in Family Life and I learned about Dr. Gottman through that, but have yet to read any of his stuff since I’ve been married. Time to brush up!
His Needs, Her Needs Another highly recommended book that I’ve had to set aside. Supposedly it’s going to teach me about the opposite sex. Growing up with 6 brothers didn’t quite teach me everything I need to know.
Questions for Couples One of the things that drew me to my husband was that I could talk to him for hours. While dating we drove from Missouri to Utah and didn’t turn the radio on once because we had so much to talk about. Kids kinda take that out of you, so I think this will be great for helping me get out of my mom brain and refocus on him.
My two-year-old is giving me a run for my money. I’m not ashamed to say I need some help figuring out how to parent her., and I’m ready to refocus on becoming the mother I want to be!
Minimalism for Families I don’t want a bunch of crap around my house. And I don’t want my kids to want a bunch of crap. And I realllly don’t want to move a bunch of crap again. So we’re practicing minimalism.
Oh Crap Potty Training It’s time, you guys. At least, I hope it is. Kinda.
The Whole Brain Child I love the idea of connecting with my child in a holistic way.
Parenting with Love and Logic How the heck do you discipline a toddler? I’m told this book will help me with that, and reduce behaviors in both of us that I don’t love.
This whole section of books is because I want to be better with our money. We’re not bad, we don’t spend it all. But I know there’s more to being good with money than just not spending. I want to refocus on making our money work for us and create a strong financial future. Each of these books have been recommended by members of a finance Facebook group I belong to.
Broke Millennial Well, I already know it’ll be relevant.
The Richest Man in Babylon This was written in the 1920’s, but supposed to be really applicable still today.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad It really does make sense to learn what rich people know about money and teach their kids to keep the wealth they’ve earned.
The Millionaire Next Door More characteristics of rich people
Personal & Career Development
There are so many fascinating aspects of our relationships with people and ourselves. This is my catch-all list of books to help me refocus on developing things in myself to strengthen those relationships and career goals I have.
Present over Perfect I’m not much of a perfectionist, but I would like to feel more “present.”
How to Win Friends and Influence People I may be the last person in the world to read this classic. And a girl could always use some more friends.
The Power of Habit Giving some attention to habits so you can better utilize them in your life and work.
What if it Does Work Out? How a Side Hustle Can Change Your Life Everyone can use some extra cash for some reason. Susie Moore teaches you how to make money with side work, so you can pay off your student loans faster. Or whatever you need to do with that money.
Reading People You don’t need to get a Psychology degree to learn how to understand people and their personalities!
Rising Strong I know, I know, I’m late on the Brene Brown train! Apparently getting vulnerable is scary, so I’m going to baby step it with some of her earlier work before I jump into her new book that came out this year
Give and Take In your interactions with others, are you a giver or a taker? Is there a better one to be to help you be successful? Yes, and I’m going to learn how I can be more like that!
19 books isn’t really that many, but it’ll be a stretch to get them all in. I’m planning a mix of reading and listening to them on my commute. I’m excited for a new year and a break in my school schedule to give me some time to relax and refocus on what matters most to me: my family and myself.
What books are on your list for 2018?