Catching up on the year before it’s over

It was January 1 and before I knew it, I blinked and I’m pinning pumpkin recipes to my I Heart Fall Pinterest board. Guys, it’s almost September!

The blog has suffered in 2016 due to life and I have so much to catch you up on: reading goal, books & adventures, and such as.

So, what have I been up to these last nine months?

1. 2016 Reading Goal: I set a goal to read 52 books this year, and to date I’m 71 percent there (thank you Goodreads for making it so easy to track!). Three book clubs and a book study through my church are helping to keep this goal within reach!


2. Pierce County READS: One of my favorite times of the year is the Pierce County Library READS program, which encourages the county to all read the same book. This year’s author was Sherman Alexie and the library chose not one, but FIVE, of his books (which are part of my 2016 reading goal). To dig further, I also watched the film Smoke Signals and even tried Indian fry bread.

3. Books & Adventures: I put it out there a year ago that I would experience what I read by taking more adventures! I am seriously lagging in this, but I have an update! The husband and I did a recent hike to Sourdough Gap and I spotted a Pacific Crest Trail marker! Do you know what this means? I was pretty much Cheryl Strayed for a day on her Wild trek (exaggeration), but I did make the husband watch the film the following weekend (book is better).


4. How Does She Do It?: The secret to my daily reading habit was included in Laura Vanderkam’s article for Fast Company. The CliffsNotes version: setting a goal helps to establish a routine that becomes a habit that will eventually just morph into your way of life. Alarm goes off, the dogs jump on me to prevent me from hitting snooze, and we’re off to coffee and our reading nook.

5. The Most Fun You’ll Have at a Cage Fight: If you haven’t read the debut novel by Rory Douglas, I highly recommend it. You’ll laugh out loud at least four times and you might even learn something new. I did an interview with Rory for

6. New job: One of the biggest news briefs for the year is that I got a job … with World Vision! For those who have been following this blog since 2012 (anyone?), I started this blog because of what was placed on my heart after attending The Justice Conference that year. I wanted to write for a purpose greater than box scores and community news, and four years later, here I am, a writer for World Vision!

New job perk: working with my BFF.

Thank you for sticking with me until the end! I promise to not ignore you for another nine months before sharing with you what I’m reading, where I’m going and what I’m doing.

But before I go, I have 15 books left to read this year, any suggestions on what I should include on my to-read list?

Happy reading, folks!


4 thoughts on “Catching up on the year before it’s over

  1. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Both awesome reads! By the way, Roger makes great frybread!

  2. Small world – was the Justice Conference you attended in Portland? I was there and it was very impactfull to me as well. miss you

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