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While the air is still spicy here in the Arizona desert, my mind is beginning to shift away from summer activities and toward the things I enjoy doing in Autumn.
One of those things is hanging out with a beverage and a book and learning something new or enjoying a good story. As I griped in my last post, social media fatigue has left me with no mental energy for things I once enjoyed (like reading).
I’m happy to say that after a few weeks without Instagram, I’m feeling less buggered and in a better place mentally. So, I’m putting together my Autumn 2021 reading list and sharing it here in case you’re also looking for some brain chow.
Jettison your attention downward to peep the list. ⤵
I don't think it would surprise anyone if I said the last couple of years have been...less than ideal. My creativity, attention span, and mental health have taken a hit, and this book promises advice on "how to stay creative in good times and bad." One of the things that caught my attention and made me add this to my list was the line "disconnect from the world to connect with yourself." Also, I loved Kleon's other book, "Steal like An Artist." So I'm eager to crack into this one as well.
Unlike some other books on this list, I'm not familiar with this author. I happened to notice this title come across my Libby app as a new book my local library purchased, and the line about reclaiming creativity on the front cover called out to me. I'm hoping this book will help me create a blueprint for opening up more space in my day for "unscheduled thinking," as the author calls it.
Julia Cameron's other book, The Artist's Way, is one of my all-time favorites. So imagine my excitement when I found out she has a new one this year. As the last few years have made my mental health suffer, my ability to listen has also been affected. I'm hoping the tools in this book help me bring a little more clarity and creativity to my usual routine.
I checked this book out from the library about a year ago, but at the time I wasn't ready to commit to digital minimalism. Now that I'm seeing the benefits of staying off my phone and yeeting most of my social media accounts, I hope the strategies in this book can help me stay on the path of keeping my technology under control.
I recently wasted a year of my life waiting for a situation to improve that just wasn't going to because it was bullshit to begin with. Had I been aware of how to detect the warning signs, I might have either avoided the situation or spent less of my time trying to make it work. I hope this book arms me the knowledge I need to sharpen my critical thinking skills.
I’m excited about this list, and I anticipate going into winter with new ideas and tools to help me regain my focus and creativity.
What books are you excited about right now? Leave me a comment below and let me know if there’s anything else I need to add to my reading list!
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