With setting the goals, dividing the larger task into small ones, and giving myself incentives, I find I complete more reading and learning projects than I would otherwise.

Getting back to my goal of how to fit more reading and learning into my life, I have found that online classes are easy to do and fit in with most any schedule. When Spouse bought me a specialty sewing machine, I was so excited – but it took me weeks to actually sit down and play with it. I just wasn’t sure where to begin or what to make. Then I found a teacher who set up guidelines, deadlines, shared information, and asked us to post pictures of what we made. It took a lot of dedication, focus, and making time to finish – and I couldn’t live with those demands on my time constantly – but I learned so much with the accountability.

In various seasons of our lives, we might not always have time for a coffee klatch with other ladies, or attending the women’s Bible study at church, we can often find room in life for the friendship of a good book. Curling up to enjoy just a few pages can put us in such a wonderful state of mind, we should probably do all we can to make it a habit to read. Wherever we are, whenever we can snatch a few minutes. And keep our minds active in productive ways.

Mark and Kym Wright have been married for 32 years. He still flies and computes, and she still sews and writes. And he’s building her a greenhouse to make room for another of her passions. They have also encouraged their eight children to find and pursue their own hobbies. Visit her at: www.KymWright.com and www.The-Mothers-Heart.com.

Publication date: January 18, 2013