146 Days

It’s been 146 days since I last logged onto WordPress. The app fell by the wayside on my phone and notifications were deleted from my email. It’s not that I stopped thinking about writing; but I was unsure of what I wanted to contribute. I longed to be part of the book and blogging community and I was frustrated by my lack of progress and my inability to put words onto the page.

I could see the hiatus coming from a mile away – the amount of time lapse from post to post, my non-desire to crack open a book. 2019 has been the year of change and growth figuring out who I want to be and for the last five months, books hadn’t been a part of it. I’ve grown to understand that changes looks different for everyone and for me part of the time I felt like I was treading water trying to figure out what the new normal looked like.

But I’m back (again). I wanted this post to serve as a reintroduction to all of my old followers and any new ones that I acquired in my absence.

Things To Know About Me:
– I have a fiancé (Michael) and a cat (Harper).
– Up to this point, I have seen 41 movies in theater this year (an updated Movie Stubs post will be coming).
– I love to cook and exercise; I am getting back into my love of reading.
– I watch a lot of television every week thanks to my DVR.
– My favorite foods are chicken fingers (or wings) and curly French fries, extra crispy.

I scrolled back to my January 3, 2019 post titled Reading Resolutions + Challenges 2019. I am not surprised that I have not met my goals or participated in the challenges that I set out to complete – and honestly, that is okay by me. My resolutions for 2019 are going to roll into 2020 next month. I still plan on being intentional with my posts and my words.

The one thing I’m going to do in 2020 is not actively participate in any group reading challenges. Throughout 2018-2019 when I was picking out items that I wanted to read I felt pressure to read a book that fit the qualifications for those (many) challenges. So in 2020, I am going to read what I want to read. My reading goal is going to be slightly smaller: 24 books in 12 months.

One of the things I realized is that I stopped doing some of the things that I loved (i.e. reading and bullet journaling) because of the extra stress I was placing on those areas to be perfect. That seems unhealthy to me. So we start over from the beginning.

I’ve read two books in the last week:

  • The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders
  • The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

Let me rephrase that – I flew through these two books this week. I couldn’t put either of them down. The Year of Less is a whiny millennial memoir with an undertow of a deep message that brought me back to my blog and The Perfect Couple was a mystery page turner. It no longer mattered the genre or number of pages when I was scrolling through the books available on the library website for online viewing. It was the 1) synopses and 2) covers that carried me in.

I am still sticking with my word of the year: intention. I don’t feel like I’ve done it justice and I want to do better.

I just wanted to thank you for reading my welcome back blog post whether this is your first time visiting Arguably Alexis or you are a returning visitor. I hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday with your families and that you have a safe rest of the Holiday season.

xx Alexis

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