“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” -Tom Landry
Jason and I flew to Boston early Thursday morning (Seriously. I set my alarm for 3:50 am) and flew back home to Cleveland at 10:30 last night. I hate to fly and this was the first time I’ve been on a plane in years. When I was pregnant we flew to France and San Francisco and, as hard as it is to believe, that was 6 years ago! I hated to leave Gage but was really craving a mom vacation, so my wonderful parents took Gage in off the streets while we were gone.
Boston was great. I loved the city, the vibe, the history, the water…I told Jason that I would be okay with living there if the need ever arose. In case you were wondering, the JFK Library & Museum at UMass was my favorite thing.
More importantly, I continued to read a book a day! Could I have taken those three days off? Sure, but isn’t that the point of a challenge? It’s so easy to make excuses not to do things, but with a 30 day challenge it’s challenging but doable. I was pretty proud of myself as I finished Tinkers as the plan landed last night. I took short books, one being a book for the younger set written by the author of Wicked.
I Dare Me by Luann Cahn was the perfect choice for the early morning plane ride. This woman did something new EVERYDAY for a year and documented it. One of the earlier chapters was about the things she’d done to conquer her fears and she mentioned flying. I found the book inspirational. Her point, “You don’t have to run away from home to change your life” is one that resonated with me. I think you’ll see a Do Something New Everyday 30 day challenge soon. Anyone want to join me?
I read Seven Spider’s Spinning by Gregory Maguire Friday night after we were back to the room for the night. I must have picked this up at a book sale after I read Wicked and it was a perfect, easy choice for the trip. Seven huge, tarantula-type spiders escape and try to take out the girls at a local elementary school. There were spiders drawn on the margins of the pages and it was creepy, but at 132 pages I wasn’t going to complain.
Tinkers by Paul Harding is a Pulitzer Prize winner and I did not care for it. I was mostly bored out of my mind, with a few pages here and there that gave me a half-hearted reason to continue. If I taken another book I would not have bothered to finish it. But at 190 pages it was an easy plane book.
24/24 with the finish line in sight.