Sursee Gal Needs to Read

Why i am putting read a book on my to-do list everyday

Y’all know that I love goals.  I like making them.  Talking about them.  Asking you about yours and sometimes even making goals for you! Haha.

But I discovered this year whilst making my 2016 Goals, that I make the same goal almost every year.  But I never reach it.

It is: Read More Books.

It is a little discouraging to see that year after year I write that down as a goal, and yet,  I do not give myself permission to read or see it as important in the day to day to pursue.

I think I figured out why the stack of books on my night stand grows and why I never get around to opening up the top book.

Somehow, I feel like reading for pleasure is something I can’t really do.  It feels like it is a splurge or an extra for the end of the day.  Only worthy of vacation hours, not everyday of the week hours.

I have friends who tell me they sit down in the middle of the day and read, and I get a little nervous.  “Is that ok?,” I wonder, and sometimes even ask for more details about how they do that like it is really complicated stuff.

I am trying to see this love for reading as part of what makes me tick and something that is needed.  I tend to do all the other things on my to-do list  and leave the reading and crafting to the ends of the day when I run out of time and energy.

So this year, I have put it on my goals and in my everyday To-do List that I keep in my little journal.  So far I have been doing well. Today after a busy day, I came home and lay down and read for 30 minutes. Ahhhh. Did that ever feel good.

May I encourage you to put reading or whatever it is that is life-giving to you at the top of your to-do list?  Can you see that as just as important as all the other to-dos?  I think the Sursees that bring us life are too important to write down and never do. Is there a self-care goal that keeps going to the bottom of the list? Let’s bring it to the top and keep it there.

Take some time today and figure out what it is that brings you unexpected joy and move it to the top.  I would love to hear from you what your Sursee is.  It encourages me to enjoy and pursue mine when I hear about yours.


  1. janis herbst says:

    just got finished reading “a man called ove” a beautiful story of the power of community. it took joining a book club with gals at our church to get me to start reading some fiction. i felt lazy reading things that weren’t TRUE and teaching me something. but i’ve been reminded that there can be truth and teaching in novels too. 🙂

    • Yes, I love that you joined others. That is good accountability, plus fun! Will check it out. After I finish the bazillion books I keep finding as I clean out. Ha Ha. And yes, there is truth in fiction. xo

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