The Countdown to Reading Days

If you joined us last week on The Rebecca Project, you might remember that we talked about this little thing known as the October Slump.

You know that feeling when your motivation starts falling faster than the leaves and you just want to sleep until the Christmas music starts blasting in department stores (which, let’s face it will be November 1st, but that’s another blog post). It is something that is pretty common among most University students. You start seeing it in their face, the dread surrounding mid-terms mixed with long sleepless study sessions, they are beginning to burn out.

Luckily, there is a cure to this October Slump, the three glorious words known FALL READING DAYS. This quick Thursday & Friday school hiatus might not seem like a big deal (I’m aware it is really only 48 hours), but I am telling you, even just the idea of a getting a “break” makes a world of difference.


Here’s a list of things that I’m looking to doing over upcoming Reading Days:


  1. Read

I won’t lie, I’ve been attending the school of SparkNotes recently and it is time that I explore the worlds of Eliza Doolittle and Sganarelle for real. Though it might seem like a bit of a drag, actually reading on Reading Days (what a concept) always makes me feel better as I head into the second half of the semester.


  1. Spend time with my family

I am lucky in the fact that I live close enough to Glendon that I can come home for a Sunday night pretty much whenever I feel like it, however it is always nice to spend those couple extra days at home soaking in the love (and the free home cooked meals).


  1. Treat myself

For the past few years I have made it a tradition that I get a full mani pedi to celebrate that I have made it though the first quarter of the year. I find it really important to take care of myself during this time of year so that I can start feeling less blob-like and more like a regular functioning human being. Self-care can prevent many a breakdown so indulge in it frequently.


  1. Plan for the rest of the semester

I am someone who LOVES goal setting. I will write lists upon lists of various things I want to accomplish… and then not look at them for months at a time. So I like to take the Reading Days to reevaluate my plans in perusing my Ph.D in Personal Success. I make sure that the goals I set in September still align with the person I want to become (I’ll make cuts and/or adjustments if needed) and then create a game plan on how I intend to move each goal forward.


As someone who is always go, go, going (like most University students) I very rarely take proper breaks, which means I end up running out of steam sooner than I wish. This is why I am incredible grateful for these few days that allow me to catch my breath before pushing through ‘til exams. Thank you Reading Days!

So let’s countdown the days my friends, ‘cause if we’ve made it this far there should be no stopping us! Let me know what you are looking forward to doing over Reading Days!

À la prochaine,


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