I haven’t been quite as active on here as I want to be this year. I started a new job in January and it has more flexible hours. But when I say flexible, I mean I work a standard 40 hour week but I can work as much as I want. At my last job, I worked 50 hour weeks and really enjoyed the overtime pay. Now I can work more than 50, and it’s awesome.
Honestly, I love my current job a whole lot better than my previous one. It’s more flexible, the environment is more relaxed, and I have the freedom to work at home outside of office hours. I try to get in 54 hours a week, but I average around 50. I don’t feel like I will burn out anytime soon since I actually enjoy what I do. And I’ve worked my ‘late night’ schedule around my husband’s schedule, so I don’t miss time with him.
But I am finding it very hard to read. My usual go to is listening to an audiobook on commutes and at the office. But lately I’ve been adding to my YouTube ‘watch later’ list and listening to podcasts. I find it very interesting, educational, and inspirational.
At home and maybe on lunch breaks, I’ve been working on the 100 Baby Challenge in the Sims 4. I have always had an obsession with the Sims. I could literally create myself and essentially live out my dream life in a simulation. Weird, I know. BuzzFeed has created a YouTube series where a girl is doing episodes of this challenge. And it is hilarious! If you have time and it interests you a little but, I highly recommend it. My coworker and I started watching them on our lunch break and it led to us playing the game. Origin puts the game and expansion packs on sale fairly often. I bought the game as a birthday present to myself last year for $30ish, two months later the game was only $5. Go figure.
I’m currently at 26 babies on my second matriarch. At this point, I’m trying really hard to get those babies cranked out and out of the house pretty quickly. I’m a quarter of the way through the challenge, and I can’t wait for it to be done. I’m determined to finish it, and then get back to my evenings of reading (when I’m not working).
I used to set aside certain evenings where I would just sit down and spend time reading. I really miss that. And if you follow me on Goodreads, you probably see me entering giveaways ALL. THE. TIME. BUT, the more giveaways you enter, the higher your chances of winning a free book! I’ve won about 10 this year, and that pile really is starting to stack up. I have a reading plan to get these done. But we all know how I do with set TBRs. . .
Do you guys have any ideas how to set aside time to read a physical book? I’m definitely in need of inspiration today!