Happy Monday, friends! I’m enjoying a special day today with my cousins Makena & Bianca, who are off school for a teacher inservice day. We baked delicious apple cinnamon muffins this morning, and this afternoon we’re going to the movie theaters to see “Frozen.”
Last night we had a lovely family birthday celebration for my cousin Arianna. I really liked this new tradition we started while eating dinner: everyone went around the table and said one word they would use to describe Arianna. It was such a sweet & heartfelt way to celebrate her!
This year I am doing “a year of Wooden” following the teachings of Coach John Wooden, and in particular his 7-Point Creed.
I’m beginning the year with the Creed’s first item:
- January: Drink deeply from good books.
This past week I read Coach Wooden’s children’s book, Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success. Even though I’m not a child anymore, I still deeply enjoy this book. I think sometimes grown-ups — more than anyone! — need to be reminded that true success isn’t money or material possessions or the amount of Instagram followers you have. True success trying your best, day by day, little by little, and being authentic to your own unique self. This charming picture book is perfect for the child in all of us.
To summarize this month’s challenge of “drinking deeply from good books” we read:
– Wooden & Me: Life Lessons from My Two-Decade Friendship with the Legendary Coach & Humanitarian to Help “Make Each Day Your Masterpiece”
– Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off The Court
– Inch & Miles: The Journey to Success
Since Coach Wooden was also a devoted Christian, I’m also going to work on reading more of the Bible this year. I’m participating in #SheReadsTruth, an online community of women that sends out a daily email with a Bible verse and contemplation questions.
Next week, moving into February, we’ll move on to the second monthly challenge in this year of learning from Coach Wooden!
Questions of the day:
- What are your final thoughts on the books we read this month?
- What is your personal idea of “true success”?
- Do you have any fun birthday traditions in your family?