As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a love for reading, and recall one day my mom telling me that if I don’t get my head out of books, and into the kitchen to learn how to cook, I won’t make a man happy cause I won’t know how to cook. Yes, the old saying “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” was a truth my mom believed in. However, it wasn’t enough to pull me away from my love for reading, and thankfully I’m a pretty good cook:)
I grew up in Guyana with no access to TV until I migrated to Canada at age 21, so my entertainment was reading…anything from Archie comics to Western, war comics, Nancy Drew and Hardy boys to sneaking my mom’s harlequin romance, I read anything…even my dad’s carpentry books.
You see reading gives me the ability to travel to places I can explore, learn, grow and as J.K. Rowling said “I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book”
I’m known to juggle 3 to 4 books at a time on topics ranging from pleasure to personal or professional development. I recently finished reading a book that I found both entertaining, funny and educational. It’s the “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes – it’s a book that I feel every woman ought to read, because it’s relatable, it’s raw, it’s real, it’s her truth and it’s practical. I laughed, cried and stood up and applauded because aside from it being an easy read, it’s a combination of empowering and transforming.
Relatable – we’ve all said yes time and again to others while subconsciously or consciously denying yes to ourselves for justifiable reasons. This book encourages you to take a closer look at your life and challenge you to start saying “yes to what matters to you”
To date, one of my all time favorite books, and in my next few posts I’ll be sharing excepts from her book, and you will have the chance to grab a free copy from me – yes, FREE hard copy shipped to you.
Aside from the love and enjoyment of reading, I read because I want to keep learning and that provides the opportunity for me to grow.
Here are some compelling reasons why you should read:
- It provides mental stimulation for your brain to grow and stay healthy
- It expands your knowledge to learn and improve your personal and professional life
- It reduces stress and provides temporary distraction that can help reduce stress
- It helps to improve your focus and concentration
- It’s entertaining
Why would you not want to read? It’s a magical and beautiful journey that can do wonderful things to your life.
Like anything, you can choose to indulge in reading, and maximize your learning and expand your growth, or choose not to and minimize your learning and reduce your growth.
I encourage you to choose to indulge, you’ll be better for it.