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New Year, New You with Audible

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I have one, fairly simple goal for 2017: to make my life more functional.

Because I’m always the hot mess who shows up 30 minutes late to everything. Always.

Especially since the move, I just have not been able to get my act together! My laundry is always piled to the ceiling (that is, if it actually makes it into a pile as opposed to being scattered throughout the house). I’ve become a master at not dirtying a dish… just so that I don’t have to rinse the dishes; which would, of course, require me to empty out the previous load. 🙄

Seriously. I can go daaaaaaaaaaaaays.

A healthy sleep schedule is basically nonexistent. I use the wee hours of the morning to get my blog work done, obviously. When else would a normal person work?

And don’t even get me started on my inbox/voicemail/text messages/etc. Just no. It’s so bad.

So you see? It’s all those little day-to-day mundane tasks that are piling up over my head. It’s totally unnecessary! A normal, sane person should be able to get those things accomplished in a day. Or a week. Either one would be progress at this point.

But I have a dirty little secret that stands in my way. In fact, I could probably point to it as the source of 99.99% of my time management struggles…

I like to read.

And I don’t just mean a little bit before I go to bed every night.

I mean obsessively like to read. Voraciously like to read. I’ve always loved how Dorothy puts it, “I read like I eat: constantly, without thinking, and to sustain my life.” That’s how I feel about reading. How I’ve always felt about reading.

I’ve been toting around a book since before I can even remember. I was rarely in trouble at school, but when I was, it was always because I got caught reading a book under my desk instead of paying attention to the lesson. Same sort of thing at home. I used to get in trouble for reading late into the night instead of going to sleep or doing my chores or whatever it was I was supposed to be doing. I’d rather read.

So now here I am, 30 years old, and still getting in trouble for the same old thing. Because while I’m curled up on the couch with a book completely transported to an old-timey antebellum plantation or to some fantastical, futuristic, post-apocalyptic society, who’s left doing my dishes? Or my laundry? Or my blog??

Still me. In the middle of the night. When I’m supposed to be sleeping.

Well, not anymore! 2017 is the year that I’m getting my stuff together.

Every day I do a load of laundry, a load of dishes, and make all of the beds immediately after breakfast. And then I spend CJ’s entire naptime working on the blog. Every last minute of it. I’m not curling up on the couch for a “quick chapter” anymore. Nope. That’s not happening over here.

And get this. I’m in bed by 11:00pm. Before midnight! Sunday through Thursday anyway. A girl’s gotta have her weekend nights, amiright?!

The best part? I’m still getting in my reading time thanks to Audible audiobooks.

Nothing about this is news to my husband, of course. He’s always used Audible for all of his reading. He likes to listen to books during his commute and while he jogs.

But for me? This is a recent groundbreaking development. Life changing. Earth shattering. To think that I can pass the mundane hours of housework by listening to my favorite cheesy romance novels while my hands are busy! 🙌🏻

And speaking listening while you jog…

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know of my love for indoor power walking. Go ahead, laugh if you want, but it’s awesome (especially if you’re homebound with little kids). And I’ve been doing the Jessica Smith TV videos for so long, I really don’t need her audio cues anymore. So I just plug in an Audible book and get my workout in at the same time!

It’s a dream.

What are you waiting for?? Head to Audible right now and download any book you want as a part of a 1-month free trial.

If I could make a few suggestions?

The Lunar Chronicles.

Anything by Karen Witemeyer.

The Belmont Mansion Series and The Belle Meade Series, both by Tamera Alexander.

This adorable Culinary Mystery Series by Josi S. Kilpack.

Happy listening, friends! ✌🏻 ❤️ 📚

 

This post was sponsored by Audible, Inc. All opinions and experiences expressed are my own.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.

Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

3 comments on “New Year, New You with Audible”

  1. I knew I liked you for more than you’re super-tasty, yummy, beautiful treats. We’re basically the same person 😉 Great post!

  2. Ugh!!! “Your.” My phone wasn’t keeping up well. Sorry. 

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