Tackling Goals with a Reading Challenge!

Happy New Year! 

It's been way too long. I hope January wasn't too long for you? I hope you set some realistic and smart goals? 

I’ve always wondered: when do you stop saying “Happy New Year”? Is it in the first week of January when school and work resumes? Or do you keep saying it every time you see someone you haven’t seen this year? I was in my moms office earlier this week and she said ‘happy new year’ and I wondered is it socially acceptable to still say ‘happy new year’ on January 30th? New Years and Christmas seems so far gone (although my Christmas tree is still up #judgenot). However, we are only on day 31 out of 365 days, after all. 

So anyways, this is my last official new year greeting! I intentionally haven’t posted due to the combination of weddings, festivities and settling into the new year. Plus, I really wanted to strategize for the blog, and take time to set goals and my vision for the year. 

Two goals I set for the year are to: 1) learn continuously; and 2) be happy and do happy. One way I’ve decided to tackle/accomplish both goals is to read more. And not just in numbers or to read what I typically read but to expand my horizon and read about places, peoples, and issues I typically wouldn’t. Most of the books I buy tend to be African literature, which is fine but there’s a world of fiction and non-fiction to discover and explore. Which is why I created this challenge, although it mostly revolves around work by people of color, I still believe the topical books would open a new gateway for me and others who participate. Not only will I learn more, but I’ll also be doing something that makes me happy. 

I’m excited for this challenge and I hope you guys participate. Just because there are 18 prompts does not necessarily mean you will read 18 books. For instance, Kindred by Octavia Butler fits into at least two categories (Afro-futurist and one word title). I’ve put in some suggestions of books, but there are hundreds more for each category. So go ahead, save the picture below or download the pdf here and expand your bookshelf with me! 

If you’re going to participate comment below and be sure to use the hashtags on IG/Twitter! 

Also, I’m considering doing a goal setting post, let me know below if you’d like a post on that. 

I hope your year has been off to a great start and gets better! 

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