The Year of the Audiobook: 2015 in Review

On my running “Best of” List, I had:

  • 6 audiobooks
  • 3 picture books
  • 3 YA fiction (plus one audio)
  • 3 adult nonfiction
  • 1 middle-grade fiction
  • 1 adult novel
  • 1 graphic novel

I didn’t listen to audiobooks before the past two years, so it’s amazing to see it have such an impact on my reading life. It really changes the relationship I have with a book – it’s a completely different reading experience.

Before starting the list, I want to clarify that these are the best books I read during 2015. Not all were c2015 — some were published in earlier years.

2016: RISE and FLOW

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Are you a resolution maker? A mantra-setter? Or something else altogether?

A few years ago, I was introduced to the idea of picking a single word to direct my year. It was instantly the perfect choice for me, and it’s the culmination of reflecting during the New Year’s season.

So what to pick? Last year, I made a change at the last minute. I loved SHAKE — and I definitely did a lot of shaking things up last year — but I ended with STRETCH. Stretch myself mentally, stretch myself physically (in short, more yoga!), and stretch myself professionally. I learned a lot, I did my first yoga teacher training and started taking multiple classes every week, and I did all sorts of new things at work. It was a good year.

For 2016, my first word is:

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Rise up above my perceptions of myself, rise above gossip, and continue to rise up in my yoga practice.

But in an amazing yoga workshop yesterday, I found word #2: FLOW.

Yes, there’s yoga in that word, but more importantly, I need to go with the flow. Let the world flow around me. Ride the waves.

And by doing that, I can RISE in 2016.

What word are your channeling in 2016?