Happiness Is… Using Your Brain

I have been out of school for two years now. The last time I was out of school for this long, I went back. I miss it. Not the politics of academia, but just sitting in a room of people discussing ideas and expanding my knowledge on topics that I do not tend to seek out on my own.

This month, I want to bring a little of that back into my life.

My goals for the month are to:

Read a non-fiction book. I love fiction. I could read fiction all day, especially anything that could be qualified as Chick-Lit. I do not make a habit of reading non-fiction despite the fact that I enjoy learning about new topics.

Read the news daily. I really hate the news. I don’t know why. Probably because it is so depressing. But I also hate not knowing what is going on in the world. I have subscribed to an email list called The Skimm, which I absolutely love. It takes all the news from the day and gives you the highlights in a condensed version. I try to read it every morning, but I have been slacking.

Read the articles in Vogue and Vanity Fair rather than just looking at the pictures. I love magazines, but I pretty much read a magazine for two reasons: entertainment news and fashion pictorials. These “fashion” magazines also have really incredible articles, but I rarely read them. I usually only look through them when I have a few minutes and am trying to unwind my brain rather that use it.

That’s it. That is the plan for November. I will be sure to let you know how it goes at the end of the month.


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