Posted in Books Read

Little Bee by Chris Cleave 

“…I ask you right here please to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. But you and I, we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.” Page 9

I found some books at an estate sale, 5 to be exact, and all I paid was .75 cents TOTAL. Little Bee by Chris Cleave was one of these books. Just within the first few pages I was hooked as the above quote set well with me. The rest of this story is just as beautiful. 

There were events discussed that were hard to read for a super empathetic person like myself, but I understand there is more to this book than the story. Events like these, even if this story is not based on true events, really happen in real life. I urge you to read this if you do not understand illegal immigration, or even immigration in general. I don’t mean the definition of it, I mean the refugees behind it. This will tug at your heartstrings, but it is such a captivating story. I could have easily read it in one day (I read more than half in the first day), but when you have little ones running around reading half is a feat in itself! I did however finish it the very next day! It is hard to put down once you pick it up! 

I wish I could share this book to everyone I meet! Instead, I will share it here, and recommend you read it! ❤️

Posted in Free Writing, Uncategorized

Life Cycle

If a picture is worth a thousand words, why do we even bother talkin’
We scream profanities in each others’ face just cause we’re always arguin’
Why do we have to be the same just to get along?
Why do we all have hate just ’cause we all got somethin’ different goin’ on
You see we all live under the same sky, sharin’ the same atmosphere
We all may be a little different, but we all deserve to be here
So next time you see someone’s pain hidin’ behind their eyes
Tell ’em keep their head up, there’s more to life than what meets the eye

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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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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!

 

Posted in Quotes, What Alice Forgot

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.