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Gratitude  — June 21, 2017

Gratitude 

the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
People always post about how they are ‘so thankful’, ‘so grateful’, ‘so blessed’, etc., but are they really? Or are we just saying it and not mentally checking within and spending the time to truly BE THANKFUL for what we have in our life? 

I am going to get a little personal. I had a breakdown this morning. Luckily my kids were not around to witness it. I just broke down and sobbed on my floor. I tried to figure out why I am feeling this way. I sat down and did some reflecting. I also did some meditating on my new Headspace App I mentioned in my previous post. Today’s session was about stop trying to push things into happening, just stop trying and it will happen. There were examples like – if you are trying too hard to fall asleep and trying to get comfortable you cannot, but at some point you drift away when you are not thinking about it. 

I then was flashed back to a time a few months ago when the word “Gratitude” was staring me in the face quite often. I would see it in an e-mail, I would see it on a social media post, but I never stopped to think it meant anything to me. Today I dug more into the word Gratitude and what it means. It made me realize that I need to practice this more. I always try to focus on the next “best thing”. I need to stop and live in the moment, and enjoy what I have. Just live and BE. 

I felt pulled to share this with you this morning. I hope you have a great day!

Metanoia: the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life. — June 16, 2017

Metanoia: the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life.

I struggle with my world being shook when certain events happen without warning. What I mean by this is, any time some sort of change happens that interrupts whatever routine I have going on, my mind goes scattered and I get very off track.

When this happens, usually life as I know it gets altered in some form . Meaning I have to readjust and recreate a routine that works for me again. The past month has been like this, which explains me disappearing off of here for a hot moment.

So lately I have been making positive changes to my daily routine in hopes to create a new lifestyle. A better lifestyle. This does not mean the one I had was flawed. Throughout our life I feel as though we are constantly evolving. I am evolving, so I readjust as I feel necessary.

Currently, I am studying chakras, and crystals. I am still just on the first one: The Root. I have also begun practicing meditation using an app I discovered called Headspace (found in the Apple App Store if anyone wonders). To study the chakras, I am reading a book titled “Wheels of Life:A User’s Guide to the Chakra System” by Anodea Judith, PH.D.

I know this isn’t what I originally based this blog on, but I am trying not to bother myself with that and just let it all flow out. I am learning to take care of myself mentally as well as physically, because while it is good to do unto others, sometimes other do not do unto you. You cannot pour from an empty cup. I am learning this lesson, and working on it.

I am in the process of transforming my mind and soul. I want to learn how I tick, and what moves me. Life is such a mysterious journey. I want to uncover all it’s mysteries that I can while I have it. So maybe this wasn’t a book review. Maybe I just need an outlet, and my fingers lead me here.

 

 

Absence — May 15, 2017
Schadenfreude, A Love Story Me the Germans, and 20 Years of Miscommunications, and Humiliating Situations That Only They Have Words For by Rebecca Schuman — April 30, 2017

Schadenfreude, A Love Story Me the Germans, and 20 Years of Miscommunications, and Humiliating Situations That Only They Have Words For by Rebecca Schuman

Schadenfreude, A Love Story was a very interesting read, and I mean that in the best way! 

This book is based off of the Author’s (Rebecca Schuman) experiences throughout her 20s when she decided to major in German. I found it a breath of fresh air reading because I don’t typically read non-fiction, but this one grabbed my attention and was thoroughly enjoyable.  I think I am actually going to go back and re-read this book again in a few months just because. 

I related to the author in a few ways: I also always feel as though other people will think I am an imposter (haha); and I also love her quirky, awkwardness because I am the same in that way as well. You can tell Rebecca Schuman is full of personality, and very bright. I learned some new words reading this, and I don’t just mean German. Some would be embarrassed to admit that I’m sure, but I am always learning and growing, so I don’t mind admitting that, plus it’s very hard for me to become embarrassed by something. 

The way the Author tied each experience to a German word and definition was neat. I feel it is fitting for this book since much of the stories were based off her experience learning German.

Overall Rebecca Schuman’s story has taught me that you should continue pushing through life, following your passions, no matter what others’ opinions are. I got great inspiration reading this. I’m not sure how to explain that though as you just will have to read it for yourself and find out. 

I absolutely 100% recommend this book to anyone!

Happy Hump Day! — April 26, 2017
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn — April 25, 2017

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

I really did enjoy reading this book. However, there were a few things that bothered me about it:

  1. I feel like there were new characters still being introduced too late in the story. I know at least one was introduced more than halfway in. I felt it didn’t give much time to further explain these characters or their stories. An example of these characters I am talking of are Dirk, Susan Howard and Rowan.
  2. The only quotes on this topic were from Constance Waverly. While I loved them, I feel there has to be more people who have commented on this topic. Maybe there should have been a better variety of quotes?

Despite those two issues though, this book was easy to get hooked to, and had some, overall, great messages. This was not one of those stories though where you read them and felt inspired, or feel you have much to say about. It was funny and interesting, and sweet. But that was about it. In my opinion when I read about it and decided to read it, it was lead on to be deeper than it actually ended up being.

I do not regret reading this story, but for me, there was nothing gained from it. 

Feel free to reach out if you’d like to discuss more in-depth!

 

Briefly Forgotten Love Quote — April 23, 2017

Briefly Forgotten Love Quote

So I know I finished What Alice Forgot on Thursday,  and am already currently more than halfway done with The Arrangement, but I forgot to mention this quote from What Alice Forgot. 

Let me first tell you, I am not one of those people to take notes in the margins, or in a notebook while I do my reading. It makes me feel like I’m back in school doing an assignment. Plus, I like to fully engulf the story I am reading, not pause and jot something down. This is not me knocking anyone who does this, or who that method works for, I just would rather read, reflect and write what comes out instead. But sometimes when reading I do come across something I want to remember that sticks out to me and I highlight it. This quote was one of those times:

She had always thought that exquisitely happy time at the beginning of her relationship with Nick was the ultimate, the feeling they’d always be trying to replicate, to get back, but now she realized that was wrong. That was like comparing sparkling mineral water to French champagne. Early love is exciting and exhilarating. It’s light and bubbly. Anyone can love like that. But love after three children, after a separation, and a near-divorce, after you’ve hurt each other and forgiven each other, bored each other and surprised each other, after you’ve seen the worst and the best–well, that sort of love is ineffable. It deserves its own word.” (What Alice Forgot, Page 457)

Sappy, I know, but it made me happy so I wanted to share it. 

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty — April 20, 2017

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

What would you think of yourself 10 years from now if you got a glimpse of the future you? This story urges you to think about your lifestyle and the choices you have made along the way to where you are in the moment.

For those of you who have not read this yet, here is what the back of the book reads:

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, Nick, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and is whisked off to the hospital, where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over: She is actually thirty-nine years old, has three kids, and is getting divorced. That knock on her head has misplaced ten years. Now Alice must piece together the events of the lost decade, and find out if it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She needs to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse — and how to start over…”

This book was easily addicting. I finished it within 6 days, but very well could have sooner if it weren’t for ya know work, my kids, errands, LIFE. After each chapter I kept needing to know more, to find out what happens next to discover more about Alice, her life, her sister Elizabeth, will she get back with her husband, or won’t she? Even learning more about Frannie! I enjoyed the excerpts of Elizabeth and Frannie’s point of view. I really think that pulled the story together rather nicely. I feel as though I were reading three different stories, and eagerly wanting to know more about the characters’ lives. The author did a great job making the reader feel the confusion Alice was feeling. I was entirely pulled into the emotions of these characters, and in the end it makes you ponder your own life and what differences you can tell from the version of yourself from a decade ago.

What I thoroughly enjoyed about this book was the discussion questions at the end in the Readers Guide. I took some time to sit and write a response for myself for each of the 13 questions. It really helps you if you’re wanting to sit and take in all you have just read. There was one pretty fun question that I would like to share my answers on because I found it amusing. One question asks ‘The film rights to the book have been sold to Fox 2000 – who do you think would be good in the lead roles?’ Don’t judge based off my responses, because I didn’t give this too long of a thought! haha

*Alice – Natalie Portman; Nick – Bradley Cooper; Elizabeth – Anne Hathaway; Ben – Seth Rogan; Barb – Goldie Hawn; Roger – George Clooney; Frannie – Cloris Leachman; Gina – Linsday Lohan; Madison – Abigail Breslin; Tom – Asa Butterfield; Olivia – Aubrey Anderson-Emmons; Dominick – Hugh Jackman*

To wrap this up:

Did I enjoy this book? Yes, I did.

Was it a book I feel I need some time to let sink in, or do I think I will be reflecting on it for the next week?  I will think about the characters and the personalities I have of them formed in my head for the next few days, but I wouldn’t say I will be reflecting on them for the next week. This was a great book, I enjoyed it, I don’t regret reading it, and there were lessons to take from it.

Would I recommend this book?  Yes. Especially if you find yourself questioning who you are lately.

I hope you enjoyed reading this! Feel free to reach out if you would like to discuss this book more in-depth!

Quick question: —
The Agony! — April 19, 2017

The Agony!

I so badly want to stay up to finish “What Alice Forgot”. I am on chapter 23 of 35. One more hour and I could finish it! However, I also have to be up early to get myself and my kids ready for the day….adulting sucks!

*Am I the only one who does this?

*Also, since I am new to this, what are some things you look for in a book review?