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Apr 18

Are you exercising your brain?

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Statistics say that 33% of High School graduates and 42% of College graduates will not pick up another book for the rest of their lives.  Those are amazing and sad statistics.  How can you continuously learn and grow if you do not read?  How do you expect to better your life if you do not learn and grow?  There are so many excuses for everything in life… time and money being the biggest excuses I have heard (and used in the past).  Books can open you up to new ideas, better ways of thinking, and vast new worlds to explore and understand.

 

I have a goal to read something every day.  I wake up early every morning so I can exercise before the kids wake up.  After my physical workout, I get my mental workout in, I read.  I try to get in 10 pages, but really I could be reading 10 to 45 minutes depending on when my kids wake up.  At night, after we put the kids to bed, my husband and I read.  My aim is for at least 30 minutes,  but sometimes I don’t get that much in and sometimes I get more.  We used to turn the television on for back ground noise and surf the web before bed.  Now that we have turned the electronic devices off, I find that I am less lazy at night, get to bed at a more decent hour, and fall asleep a lot faster which in turn helps me wake up more refreshed and ready for the day.

 

If, at the moment, you are not financially able to buy new books, there are great used books in really good condition available for purchase or you can pick one up at the library for FREE.  (Go get a Library card if you don’t already have one!)  Don’t let your finances be an excuse to not read!

 

I personally like to read personal development books.  Novels are great and all, but they don’t help to better your life, just your reading skills. Personal developement books have improved my outlook on myself, others, and life.  Choose a skill you would like to develop or know more about and pick up a book.  It could be anything from gaining a positive attitude to learning how to work on cars.  There’s a book written about everything!

 

Don’t know where to start?  Check out my book recommendations HERE.

 

I would love to hear YOUR recommendations!  Share your favorite books in the comments below. 🙂

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