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By Joyweesemoll @joyweesemoll

logo for The Sunday SalonI love the week between Christmas and the New Year — a calm oasis of time to close the old year and prepare for the new. In fact, I like it so much that I almost always extend it to the 12th Day of Christmas (January 6) and, occasionally, the whole month of January!

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Are you thinking about New Year’s Resolutions this week? Would a book help you get off to a good start on them in 2015? Join the New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge! There are more details at the sign-up post. Or, you can just jump right in here. The link-up below is for progress reports, book reviews, and your best suggestions of books that support common New Year’s Resolutions. Or, you can play along in the comments.

Watch this week for more details about our January read along of the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield — much wisdom for pushing past the resistance to complete any project.

Also, this week, I’ll set up a year-long challenge to help with those ever-popular “get healthier” resolutions — the Healthy Lifestyle Books Reading Challenge of 2015.

Blueprint for Your Castle in the Clouds by Barbara Sophia Tammes

I love the castle in the clouds in the metaphor and the subtitle

I made some progress on reading two of the four books that I chose last week in my sign-up post for the New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge. Do More Great Work by Michael Bungay Stanier is strong and inspiring, but it didn’t feel quite right in the days around Christmas. So, I switched to A Blueprint for Your Castle in the Clouds: Make the Inside of Your Head Your Favorite Place to Be by Barbara Sophia Tammes and that’s been a lovely experience. It’s already helping with my insomnia — I’m sleeping a bit better and, when I’m not sleeping, I have such pleasant places to visit that I don’t mind so much.

How are you ending 2014 and beginning 2015?

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