Monday, August 24, 2020

Monday Motivation- August 24, 2020

 


Happy Monday! 


What a crazy time we are living in. I am back after a few months off, dealing with some issues that have come up. It's been a hard year for everyone, but the most important thing is to keep going. Try to hold on to positivity. Be persistent. Be kind to others, because we are all in a new and scary situation! 


Today's motivation quote is a Japanese proverb that I love. I really believe the key to life is in never giving up. Yes, you will fall or get knocked down a few times, but never stay down. 


Take care and stay safe! 


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Monday, May 04, 2020

Monday Motivation- May the Fourth Be With You!



Good Morning and May the Fourth be with You!

Hope you are all staying safe and well. I know I'm planning on a socially distanced Star Wars marathon. :) Have a great week. 

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Friday, May 01, 2020

Off the Shelf: I, UNICORN: Use Quarantine to Get Enlightened NOW by Natasha Ewendt





Title: I, UNICORN: Use Quarantine to Get Enlightened NOW
Author: Natasha Ewendt
Pages: 27

I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of I, Unicorn to review, and I am so glad Natasha reached out to me! Unlike most books on meditation and mindfulness, this book was so much fun to read. This book a meditation crash course, designed to help those of us struggling with the overwhelming stress (note: it doesn't have to be overwhelming!) of the current pandemic. This book really points out the silver lining of this epidemic, which is that it gives us some much needed time to slow things down and work on ourselves in ways that will benefit us on a much deeper level than the Netflix binges that we may have been indulging in (guilty!). But instead of coming across as somber and preachy, the author is hilarious. This is a rare treat in books on meditation :). The terms used are hilarious, and the basics are explained in an easy-to-understand way that is perfect for beginners. I highly recommend this for anyone who is interested in getting into meditation and mindfulness. You will not be disappointed!  

Get this book and enjoy it! Meanwhile, I'm going to go meditate. :) 
Here are the links:
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Saturday, April 25, 2020

April 25th, 2020- Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon!




Good Morning Readers! 

I have been looking forward to this Saturday for months now! This is the first readathon I've participated in for a couple of years, but I was determined to make this one work out. :D I'm located in Georgia so my Readathon Start Time is 8AM. 

Stay tuned for hourly updates and feel free to comment! I'll also be posting to my Instagram and Facebook pages, so check out the links listed at the bottom of this post. 

Happy Reading! 

8AM Update: Super excited! I'm starting this day off with Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare, the first book in The Last Hour series. Let's get reading. :D



9AM In love with this book already! Chain of Gold is the first in a series about the Shadowhunter generation following those in the Infernal Devices era (my favorite of Clare's series). :)  

10AM One of my favorite things about Cassandra Clare's books is how beautifully quotable they are: 


Memories can be bitter as well as sweet. 


11AM Does anyone else love books that start new parts/ chapters with quotes? I love how Cassandra Clare incorporates literary references and quotes into her works.  There's a lot of Dickens and Wilde in this one. :) 



12 Noon About halfway through my first book of the day! Caught one typo on page 258 (Lucy instead of Lucie). Time for lunch! 

1 PM Another lovely quote: 

All misery passes. Humanity is drawn to light, not darkness. 


2PM Over 3/4 of the way finished with Chain of Gold. What to read next? :) 

3PM My reading buddy is taking a catnap. :)



4PM Less than 100 pages to go! Think I'm going to read The Dracula Dossier next. :) 

5PM Finished Chain of Gold, now on to The Dracula Dossier by James Reese! 






6PM The Dracula Dossier seems promising at roughly 50 pages. :D Cool blending of Dracula and Jack the Ripper! 

7PM Loving The Dracula Dossier. If you like historical fiction, you should check it out! 



8PM Twelve hours in! :) We've reached the halfway mark. 

9PM Callie is snoozing comfortably. :) 


10PM Going to switch over to audiobook for a little while and take a stretch break. :) I'm downloading the first Lore book by Aaron Mahnke. It should be a nice eerie way to go into the late hours! 

11PM Vampires and witch hunters... This is a fun audiobook! Listening to The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke. 

12- Midnight Switching back to The Dracula Dossier.  Less than 100 pages to go. :) 

1AM Completed The Dracula Dossier by James Reese. Awesome book! Onward to my third Readathon book, The June Boys by Court Stevens. 



2AM The June Boys was an excellent decision! A great fast-paced YA Mystery/Thriller to help me stay awake during the last couple of hours. :D


3AM Getting a little sleepy, but not as sleepy as Merlin! :) On page 176 of 357 in The June Boys.





4AM Almost there! Less than 100 pages to go in The June Boys. Super intense book, for thriller/suspense fans. :) 

5AM Completed The June Boys! Kept me guessing until the end. Now, I'm going to switch back to Lore and get some steps in before I fall asleep ;) 



Readathon Wrap-up! I almost made it!  Last time, I checked my phone, it was 5:28 AM... 

I read three and a quarter books and a total of 1,379 pages. 

Did anyone make it the full 24 hours? What was your favorite book? 

Hope everyone had as much fun as I did! :) 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Adventures in Journaling I



Good Morning!

Welcome to the first part of my new series, Adventures in Journaling.

One of my favorite hobbies is journaling. Journaling has provided a great way for me to keep track of my life's events, given me a place to vent or celebrate, and allowed me to take time to reflect on my day-to-day routines. My first journal entry was jotted down in a composition book when I was twelve years old. My grandfather's dog, Toby, had just been put to sleep, and I was so overwhelmed with sadness and didn't know how to release it, so I just took a notebook and poured my feelings onto the page. 

Little did I know this was to become a lifelong journey for me. Soon, journaling became a daily habit for me. Whether I was excited about a new idea, depressed about a sad development, or just recording the events of another boring day, journaling became a safe haven for me, a place to record my thoughts and feelings without judgment. 

With all the changes in the world, I hope that by doing a series on journaling--including types of journals, the benefits of journaling, and where to begin-- I can encourage others to take up the journaling habit and reap the benefits as well.  Each month, I will also post a list of journal prompts to help you out on the days when you draw a blank on what to write (trust me, it happens a lot :) ). Journaling has been a therapeutic hobby for me. I hope that as you begin your own journaling adventure, it will help you as it has helped me. 

Everyone approaches journaling differently, and indeed, journals are as unique as the journalers themselves. What works for me may not work for you. Your journal may serve a different purpose altogether, but if there's one thing I've learned, everyone can obtain some benefit from journaling. There are many different styles and types of journals that I will discuss in this series. 


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Journaling doesn't require anything fancy, although there are some absolutely elegant and beautiful notebooks out there. You can start with a mechanical pencil and a composition book like I did all those years ago. Now I have upgraded to a refillable journal, available at Amazon or your local bookstore, and use Zebra Sarasa pens (purple whenever possible!). 

There are guided journals, ones that are pre-filled with prompts to get you started, and journals geared towards various topics (fitness, travel, mindfulness, etc.) The best type to start with is whatever you feel most drawn to, remember, if you don't use it, then it is not the right journal adventure for you. 

For the rest of this year, I will be covering different types of journals and journaling techniques, in addition to a monthly list of journal prompts (stay tuned for the first prompts list coming soon). 

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have anything journal related you'd like me to cover or address, feel free to leave a comment. :) 

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Monday Motivation: April 20th, 2020




Good Morning, 

Hope everyone is staying safe and well. As the quarantine drags on, I know everyone is getting frustrated. Times are hard right now for a lot of people. One thing that gets me through difficult times is focusing on what I'm grateful for (cats, books, journals, family, etc.) and taking the time to slow down and re-evaluate my goals in life. Keep in mind that these troubling times will not last forever. One day, we will be able to rejoin the world, so let's use this time for self-growth and personal development so we can be the best version of ourselves when the world returns to normal. 

Take care and stay safe! 

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Off the Shelf: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow





Author: Alix E. Harrow
Pages: 374

While browsing the shelves at the local bookstore, this book jumped out at me and I am so glad it did! This book is simply magical. I could not put it down and breezed through it in two days. January Scaller, a woman of color in the early 1900s, is the ward of an older gentleman who hired her father for his help with a mysterious archaeological society. At age seven, January stubbles upon a Door that takes her to a different realm. She receives a gift that reveals the truth of the Doors, this world, and the worlds beyond. Feeling trapped by the restrictions placed upon both women and people of color during this time period, January seeks the freedom and escape that such Doors would provide. I highly recommend this book for fans of fantasy/ adventure books, especially if you enjoy Erin Morgenstern’s books! 


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