Atomic Habits by James Clear is the first book I’ve ever read twice in the same year!
I first read this book in February and it was like fireworks going off in my brain. There were logical pieces of advice and applicable examples on every page. I was just in awe of the breakdown of thinking about your goals and working to accomplish them.
The idea is to become 1% better at something each day. 1% doesn’t sound particularly noteworthy, but this small, incremental progress is compounding. It will continue to build until you have no choice but to acknowledge that you have, in fact, grown at a skill or habit.
You don’t have to go for the all or nothing approach! This was an instrumental read for me, as I charted out goals for this year.
I read it again in September *WITH MY HUSBAND* – big deal! He’s not a reader. Podcasts? Loves them. Online articles? All about it.
Until this moment he had absolutely no interest in books – physical or audio.
I had wanted to listen to the book again, just to refresh my mind on these ideas and keep a clear process. I couldn’t help but notice the audiobook length was about the same time it takes to drive to Abilene, TX (his hometown) and back. We took a weekend trip and *gasp* he was open to the idea of listening to the book together in the car.
He was enthralled! I could tell because, while he usually has a heavy foot, he slowed down the drive.
The conversations that followed were great! We set some goals to work on together and some personal goals we’re taking on.
All of that to say, if you haven’t read this book yet, buy it now! I’m typically not a big fan of self-help books, but I highly recommend this one.
It would be the perfect book to read around the time you’re setting goals for the new year. I like to start brainstorming goals in November and December, so I can hit the ground running in January!
This celebratory book deserves a celebratory moment, so I chose to pair it with the classic French 75!
It’s sparkly and strong and clean and fresh – just like Atomic Habits!
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The Classic French 75
- 1.5 oz gin
- ½ oz simple syrup
- 1 oz freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- 2 oz chilled dry champagne
- Lemon twist for garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice
- Shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds. You want these ingredients evenly blended!
- Strain into a champagne flute
- Top with prosecco
- Garnish with a lemon twist and enjoy!
This boozy take on the traditional champagne toast is the perfect pairing for celebrating the new year and setting new goals.
Read it, make a drink, and send me a cheers! I’d love to hear your thoughts on all of the above!