Reading is one my very favorite things to do…yet I never actually do it. I use the excuse ‘I don’t have any time’ quite frequently (yet I have time to scroll through Facebook, pin some recipes, or catch up on Insta). I seriously annoy myself sometimes. Anyways, I have had a few books on my nightstand for weeks and have struggled to just sit down and read them. At night I am exhausted and, honestly, after the kids go to bed, my brain kind of turns off. My nighttime reward for being an adult all day is usually a sitcom – I would much rather watch a show, laugh a little, then fall asleep. But then I wake up the next day, annoyed at myself for yet again, not reading my books! So the cycle continues…until recently….
My husband and I are taking a Love & Logic parenting class at our daughter’s school (I highly recommend!!), and during one of the sessions it was mentioned the founders created audiobooks – and a lightbulb went off in my head. When I used to commute several hours a day to work I would listen to audiobooks and absolutely loved them. Why I had forgotten they existed I will chalk up to ‘mommy brain.’ So the light went off – and I found my solution – I could listen to the books in the car (to/from school, to/from soccer, sitting in traffic, etc.).
And here’s the best part…the audiobooks aren’t costing me a dime! I’m using the Overdrive App which allows you to check out digital copies of the book from your local library (for free!) and download to your phone or tablet! I immediately put in a request for a few books I have been dying to read (i.e listen to) and within a day I received an email that Yes Please by Amy Poehler was available for me! After the book downloaded, it was ready to go (no wifi or data usage).
So over the past week, the kiddos watched their favorite movie in the back of the car with headphones on, and I enjoyed the best week of driving ever listening to Yes Please. It is by far, one of the coolest books I have ever read (or listened to). If you are familiar with Amy Poehler on SNL or Parks and Recreation, you know how incredibly talented she is, and to listen to her narrate her own story was just amazing. Absolutely hysterical and incredibly endearing, Amy tells tales of growing up, giving birth (which is probably my favorite chapter), and her adventures in the improv and writing world. What I took away from the book was immense inspiration and remember to take life with a little more fun – no one is perfect and everyone has their own path – the trick is to hone in on your passion and just enjoy the ride…but definitely still work your butt off, nothing comes easy.
So for those of you out there that feel there’s no time to read – audiobooks are your answer. Find a book that makes you laugh, cry and leaves you feeling inspired. Since finishing Yes Please, I am now onto Tina Fey’s, Bossypants, and it is equally fulfulling. Whether I’m in the car, on a run, or cleaning the house, my audiobook is playing and I just love it. ♥
So give me suggestions on what to read next! I’m able to read (i.e listen to) about a book a week, so will need your ideas! I’m a big fan of fierce female motivation – so tell me…what should be on my book bucket list?