Use It or Lose It

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“Use it or Lose It” – a cliché that people throw around all the time, so most of us just ignore it.  The thing about clichés, though, is that they become clichés because they’re true.

Today people use their brains less.  How long has it been since you memorized a phone number? You don’t really need to, since all the numbers you need are in your smartphone.  Do you even remember your own phone number?  What about your spouse’s or kids’ numbers?  I can still tell you my previous three landline numbers, even though I haven’t used them in over 20 years.

I’ve noticed this lately because I’ve been spending more time on the computer and so I need to keep more passwords in my memory banks.  I don’t trust those password sites that say they will remember your passwords for you.  I’m sure they will, but I also know that everything can be hacked, so I’d prefer to not have every single one of my passwords stored in one place.

What I’ve noticed is that I CAN actually remember lots of passwords – if I use them on a regular basis.  In a day, I probably use between 20-25 passwords for various websites and apps.  That sounds like a lot, but it’s probably less than a lot of people use, because I assume I use fewer apps than most.

So one of my goals for this year is to spend more time working out my brain – whether it’s memorizing passwords, reading, or whatever – I’m gonna use it so I don’t lose it!

Reading for the Win!

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For the last couple of years, I’ve set reading goals for myself.  I used to read all the time when I was younger, and then as life got busier, reading fell by the wayside.

When I was lamenting this fact, my husband thoughtfully gifted me a Kindle Unlimited subscription for Christmas one year.  Now, I know lots of people don’t like KU, but I have to say, I love it.

I read lots of books I probably would never have tried and have found lots of authors I truly enjoy and would never have discovered without KU.

Last year I set a goal of reading 300 books.  I actually didn’t set the goal until about halfway through the year, but I still made it.  I use a Goodreads account to keep track of what I read, because KU doesn’t.

I started out this year with a goal of 500 books.  Pretty ambitious, I thought.  I met that in June, so I upped the challenge to 600.  I met that in August, so I upped it to 700.

Today, I finished my 700th book this year!!!

Now, of course I’m going to up the challenge to 800.  And, technically, some of the books on the list are novellas rather than novels, but I’m still counting them.

I taught myself to speed-read when I was in high school, and I still tend to read pretty quickly.  Most of what I read is purely for enjoyment, not heavy reading classics, though I might throw a couple of those in here and there.  I only work part-time at the moment, so I have afternoons where I will curl up with my iPad and read.

We also do a lot of traveling since my youngest plays sports.  Reading is a great way to pass the time while my husband drives.

Still, it’s a goal that I set, and achieved, so – win!!