I am a voracious reader and have been reading magazines since I was a child with my Nat Geo for kids.
So when I found out I could get free magazines on my Kindle because I am an Amazon Prime member, I was giddy. No paper! No clutter! Tons of information (see my Information Reduction Plan).
I started reading magazines on cooking, health, women’s interest, fashion crafts and anything else that was out. I had canceled most of my paper magazines as I didn’t want the clutter. Currently I just have Reader’s Digest that my Grandma gets me and my husband & I enjoy.
I would read magazines at night before bed or in downtime. Then I started noticing how they were making me feel. I was feeling not good enough about my weight, my home, my cooking.
Each magazine included tons of projects that I didn’t have time to complete and that made me feel badly as well. I wasn’t going to make that recipe, do that 30-day fitness challenge or make that paper craft. But, I felt I should. It’s interesting. I may even want to do it. But, I have lots of other things I want to do that weren’t dictated to me by a magazine.
There was the time I was using the pick out a magazine to read and all the reading time for things I don’t intend to do.
Plus, with all the advertisements I was enticed to buy things I didn’t need like expensive face cream or the latest home gadget.
I decided no more magazines besides Reader’s Digest.
I want to read things that are helpful and deep. I don’t need someone living on one of the coasts telling me what should be important to me.
I feel freer already.