January Reads


And so my 2018 reading journey begins. I upped my goal this year to 36 books, about one book every ten days. I'm ahead of schedule by one, which is good because I started "Alias Grace" by Margaret Atwood and have a feeling it'll take me a bit to get through.

If you're aiming to read more this year, Goodreads is a great place to start, to find and review books, and track your progress. I also log all of the books I've read here, and recently put up a post of book recommendations for every mood.

Book 1:
"What Alice Forgot" by Liane Moriarty
Plot: After a fall at the gym, Alice wakes up confused and disoriented. But it isn't just because of the pain in her head; it's because in her mind, she's still 29, happily married, and pregnant with her first child, yet everyone else is telling her she's 39, a mother of three, and in the midst of a divorce. Now she has to try to put the pieces together and figure out what happened over the past ten years to get her here.

Sunday Shares | What I've Been Loving


Hi, friends. Thanks for checking in. This weekend has been a good one. Friday I went out for my friend's birthday, first to dinner and then to a bar for a few hours. I didn't know a lot of the people there too well but managed to not be too socially awkward and for that, I'm patting myself on the back. Little accomplishments, man. They're important too.

Today, Sunday, I'm off to an afternoon yoga class at my gym that I've started going to the past few weeks. I do yoga at home every day but also try to go to a class two or three times a week. Even though all of it is still yoga, practicing in the stillness of my own home is one thing, and practicing together with a group of people is another. I try to get the best of both worlds.

Here's what I've been loving lately:

How To Not Feel Boring In The Winter


This post is about how it can feel boring when you're stuck inside and then I couldn't figure out what kind of picture to take because everything seemed boring and then I found this one from January of last year that's kind of fitting so we're gonna go with this one.

Anyway.

As an introvert and as someone who can be a bit of a homebody, I enjoy staying in. Don't get me wrong, I also enjoy going out, but more often than not, I'm more comfortable relaxing indoors, by myself or with some friends.

But here's the thing: I like this most when it's my choice, which is often not the case in the winter. I live in the Chicago area, so it's not unusual to have single-digit temperatures (positive and negative), and when it's that cold, just the thought of leaving my apartment makes me shiver. In that weather, going outside isn't really an option. So while I enjoy staying in, if I'm in a situation where I kinda have to, it suddenly feels boring.

Finding Your Spark: Job Hopping, Listening To Yourself, And Establishing Roots


I decided to start the "Finding Your Spark" series to shine a light on different types of people who are following various paths – their OWN paths, whatever those may be. The whole idea is that there's no single way to live life and a person doesn't have to be "famous" to inspire others. These individuals have found what inspires them, motivates them, makes them happy. And they've run with it.

Read all posts in this series here.

Book Recommendations For Every Mood


A common resolution for the new year is to read more. It's a good goal to have. Reading is a nice hobby, to fill your free time, broaden your vocabulary, immerse yourself in another world.

I didn't do a lot of reading until 2016 when, you guessed it, I made it my resolution for the year. Before that, I made it through four books a year max. Now I'm always reading. In 2017, I read 45 books. Talking books and swapping recommendations is one of my favorite things. So let's do it.

If reading more is one of your goals for the year but you aren't sure where to start, that's what this post is here for. A book recommendation for every mood, all in one place.

(The info on each is brief, but for full summaries and reviews, I log all of the books I read here.)

So what are you in the mood for?

Sunday Shares | What I've Been Loving


Hi, friends. Thanks for checking in. Welcome to my new bi-weekly "series" where my previous 3 Things posts and monthly wrap-ups come together for Sunday Shares (that name could very well change, who knows). This is where I talk to you about what's up in my life lately, what I'm listening to, reading, enjoying, etc. A nice chatty post for us to sit down and enjoy together, every other Sunday.

Here's what I've been loving lately:

The Planner I'm Using For 2018


This post is for all you planner-nerds out there because that's exactly what I'm talking about: The planner I'm using for 2018. Right now, I'm feeling very focused on what tools and strategies to use to achieve my goals for the year. This is one of them.

Inside The FabFitFun Winter Box


So I'm a little late on reviewing the FabFitFun winter box considering I got it in the mail three weeks ago, but it's because I didn't just want to do an unboxing. When I did that before, a lot of my comments were that a product seemed cool and I couldn't wait to use it. This time, I wanted to actually use the products first so I could let you know what I think about them.

By the way, this isn't sponsored at all (unfortunately. I'd totally be down for that.). I'm just obsessed with the boxes and want everyone to sign up, or at least try it out. You can even get $10 off

Also, I took these pictures before I got the iPhone X, which is a bit of a bummer because portrait mode is great and would have made these pictures look way better. Oh well. Let's get into it.


2018: The Year Of 'Release'


Happy new year, friends. I hope you had a great time ringing it in, whether you went out or stayed in, were with people or were by yourself.

I went in to the city to celebrate, first to my friend's apartment, then migrating to a bar a few blocks away. It was my first time being out in a public place for New Year's, rather than somebody's home. It was a lot of fun. We were given a free shot to take at midnight of some beer that smelled like soy sauce. When we got back to my friend's apartment, it was nearly 2 a.m. and everyone was hungry, so we made a frozen pizza and split it ten ways.

It was a very happy start to the year, one that I hope comes easier than the last.