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2019 In Review
Normally, I get all this written out in an end of year post, but since I didn't, here's a newsletter rundown just to make sure you didn't miss anything.
Favorite Reads

   I read less than 20 books this year. I spent the first quarter of the year finally finishing 'War and Peace', read a bunch of books after than in a fast clip, and then just stopped for awhile. I usually love reading; I don't know why I lost motivation to read towards the end of the year. But I know as our schedule remains hectic, I find myself at the end of the day, and in the margins, falling asleep, or watching videos more. It often seems I don't have the mental capacity or focus to devote to reading. Of course I know that only reading can prime by brain for more reading so while I don't want to push myself into any large novels, I'm going to find a few books from some favorite authors and put them in the queue to hopefully get myself on track to read more this year. That said, my top four books of 2019 were:

Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Distracted World

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

Top Posts

   This year I wound up writing mostly Seven Quick Take posts that shared short random parts of my life. No series, minimal reviews, and only a few noteworthy in-depth or funny posts. Behind the scenes I did finish writing my book, so hopefully that counts for something! Now onto my top ten posts by page views!

  1. You Have a Choice: Talk to Those Who've Gone Before You
  2. House Tour!
  3. Spread the Word: Accepting the Gift!
  4. Tiny Tim and the Blind Boy: Why the Stories We Tell About Disabled People Matter
  5. A Book, Some Fish, and A Realization
  6. Our Easter Menu, A Hospital Stay, and Hoping for the Best
  7. #hospitallife
  8. A New Case of the Februarys
  9. Headlines, Drugs, and Cancellations
  10. Festivities, a Procession, and Projects
What I'm still laughing about.
Some of my favorite posts.

  1. The Best Mixed Drinks for Back to School
  2. Your Child Can Attend the Catholic College of Your Dreams
  3. Blogging: the Side Hustle vs Leisure Time (okay, this one is a serious one)
  4. A Magazine-Style Quiz That Offers Real Insight
What does 2020 hold?

   I just hit publish on my New Year's resolution post this week. For the rest of the month, I'll be in author mode again as I work to finish up revisions on my manuscript. After that, I'll be launching a new workbook 'Self-Care for Special Needs Moms' as part of an upcoming Ultimate Bundle sale. (Purchase price will include access to my talk on the same topic from last spring.) When I pitched the idea, I envisioned a quick 10-12 page workbook to accompany the online talk, but it ballooned into a 20+ page resource I'm really proud of. Look for details in early February. After that, blogging will continue at the usual pace, but I hope to really step things up over at Accepting the Gift.

   Thank you dear readers for sticking by my side! Your continued support means the world to me. I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful community of friends and followers. I will remember you all in my prayers- may Our Lord bless you in the coming year!

This Ain't the Lyceum

Hammonton, NJ


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