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All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

This is a book that I will reread in the future. Books that I feel can have a different meaning to you at different points in your life are the books I say I will reread again. It was very enjoyable, and gives you a perspective of a non-traditional lifestyle. I related to this a lot, even though I am in a serious relationship and have children. It taught me that you shouldn’t care what outsiders think, just do your thing and life will happen to you as it always was supposed to happen. We all have different fates, different paths, different stories, and that is perfectly fine. There isn’t a handbook for life.

OK NOT BOOK REVIEW RELATED BUT:

I realized I don’t really have the patience for this book review thing. I’m currently still learning chakra healing (I’m working on my sacral plexus chakra now!) I have also done a beginners course in yoga, and decided to continue! I’m not very flexible, but I am hoping in time that changes some if I keep it up. I also have created a bullet journal and I love love love it! I believe it will be my new obsession. My problem is though, as maybe anyone who may be following me (doubt it but whatevs) has noticed: I tend to pick up things and put them down within a few weeks. I’m manic depressive and bipolar, plus a dash of other things, and yes, I am medicated, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have strange habits sometimes. I also have ADHD which is why this blog will be all over the place most likely…..oh and look at this! It started as a review and ended as this…interesting, but not really.

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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!

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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.

UPDATE: I switched to a more modern chakra guide! I now am using Chakra Healing by Margarita Alcantara.

 

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Absence

Just wanted to pop in and let ya’ll know I didn’t forget you! haha 

I have just been pretty busy with life, and also my kiddos and I had the stomach flu 😦

New content soon!

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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!

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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!