Starting 2019 on the right note
As I mentioned in my previous post, I set a goal of walking more and hitting my 10K daily steps goal more often than last year. To start 2019 on the right foot (sorry!), I wanted to extend my streak that last stood at 11 days. I ended up with 17 straight days for a total of 20 days in January on my 10K steps goal! On six other days, I walked 8000+ steps but fell short of my 10K mark. I realized that wanting to continue my streak led me to even simply walking around the house on days it was either raining or too cold to venture out. It almost is like that Apple Watch alert where your watch is exhorting you to “close that ring by taking a brisk 16-minute walk”.
On another front, although I have not stated it explicitly (deliberately but too late now), I’ve wanted to rekindle (sorry, again!) my reading habit by putting books on hold liberally at the public library. So whenever I come upon a book recommendation either while reading other books or on Micro.blog, I immediately go to the Libby app and search for it. If it is in the system, I either put a hold on it or tag it as “to read” if it’s immediately available. At times, this has led to several books being borrowed at the same time. However, I made a conscious decision not to rush through books just to finish reading them and better still, to abandon books that became too weary to finish. Also, now that I’ve a commute of at least an hour back and forth from work, I’ve re-started listening to audio books and finished my first one this year.
At the end of January 2019, I’ve now read three books - How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery by Kevin Ashton, The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline, and Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark. I am almost nearing the end of the fourth - When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Although I’m more pre-disposed toward non-fiction, I’m trying to delve into more fiction and Sameer Vasta’s recommendations have been useful.