In early 2014 I was completely addicted to social media and my phone. To the detriment of my health and my relationships.
A reading challenge that year changed all that and saved me from my social media addiction, and my life is so very different now.
Yesterday I finished reading my 30th book this year.
Last year I read 70 books in the year. A record for me (it's usually 50 something).
I'm not sharing this to brag, to compete or to make you feel bad.
Instead I want to share my reading story with you...
I grew up in a house of bookworms.
I learnt to read early and Saturday mornings were spent at the local library.
The biggest treat before going on our yearly holiday was a visit to the bookshop to buy a brand new book for the journey.
In primary school one Christmas I totally missed my call to go on stage in the nativity play as I was engrossed in a book backstage. My poor parents sat through an hour of kids reenacting the nativity story without my starring role - being in the...
Exactly 19 years ago today I spent my Saturday in a fairly typical way for a recently-dumped, overdrawn 25 year old woman. I went for some retail therapy and bought myself a new outfit, which was cheap, but which I couldn't afford all the same.
I felt a bit shitty about it when I got home, as the high quickly wore off, and I decided to save money and stay in that night.
Then my friend rang me and begged me to go out with her - she was after the bartender who worked in a bar in Nice (France) where I lived at the time.
I told her I couldn't. I was saving money. It was cold. (Even on the French Riviera it feels cold on a December evening!).
But she found the perfect argument to win me round "you can wear your new outfit, otherwise what was the point of buying it?!".
Torn between a night in by myself, watching crappy French TV and cooking for one, or a night out in a bar, with my friend, in my new clothes, I think you can guess which won!
We got to the bar relatively early and were...