March Things

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

When people ask me what my favorite season is, fall has always been my go-to answer. The trees are pretty, I can start wearing layers, and pumpkin spiced anything is delicious. But I'm realizing now that, as much as I love fall, spring is actually my favorite. The weather is almost identical, except it feels better. Instead of dreading the upcoming winter, I'm looking forward to summer. Instead of trying to squeeze as many outdoor activities in as possible before it's too cold and snowy to do anything, I spend some time outside knowing that soon I'll be able to spend even more. Spring is awesome. I always forget that.

This month's faves are formatted a little bit differently, inspired by Bethan's "Currently" posts. Personal posts like that always draw me in because it's unique tailored content that lets you get to know the person behind the keyboard.

So here's what I've been up to this month:

Kristin Lauria. She is so adorable. Her posts are mostly beauty-related, make-up tutorials and such, but she also recently vlogged her trip to Canada with her boyfriend, which I enjoyed watching too.

Tessa Violet. I watched her videos religiously years ago, and then lost interest in YouTube or something, who knows. Lately I've been watching her videos again and still love her just as much. She seems like such a genuinely nice individual, someone I can see myself joking around with but also having a serious conversation with.

The Serial podcast. I've been trying to get into podcasts lately, and I had heard a lot about this one so I gave it a shot. It's both enthralling and frustrating. I finished season one and am now on to the second. (If you have any podcast recommendations, please let me know!)

Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime. I use the blur + smooth one and am definitely going to stick with it.

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation. My current favorite. I've used a handful of different foundations over the years, but what I love about this one is that it blends well and looks really natural.

Surprisingly, I'm actually looking forward to two 5Ks that I'm signed up for in May (despite my thorough dislike for running). I've been using Couch to 5K, an eight-week training app that gives you a workout to run/walk three times a week. I'd consider myself a couple steps above "couch potato," since I do regularly work out, so the first few runs were pretty easy, but it's still a great way to gradually build up endurance and get into running shape. Plus, it motivates me to actually run instead of putting it off.

The other day I got a text from a friend that made me feel very nice because it ended with this: "Thank you for writing all of your blogs because I learn a lot from them." Getting feedback on a post like that feels so rewarding. Not only is somebody actually reading my blog, but she liked it enough to say something. That's awesome. I'd like to think that I'd even appreciate negative feedback too because it would still mean that people are reading my writing. Go ahead and disagree with me. Challenge me. Open my eyes to other perspectives or opinions that I'm not seeing. Let's have a conversation.

"More Than Just Fertility." An amazing piece about feeling pressured to have our shit together by 30, women's added obligation to have children by a certain age, and how you don't have to own a sofa to be considered a successful adult. I almost wrote my own post about how much I loved it, but it's so good that I don't want to take any attention away from it. 

Meg Fee's post of words to live by. A snippet: "Shame over what you eat only leads to shame about yourself."

"Exercise & Me," about how exercising is not just about losing weight, it's about being healthy.

"Being Happy & Living With Depression." "Depression is not, by definition, the absence of happiness."

"If You Keep Trying To Find Time To Do Something, You'll Be Looking Forever." Because you have to MAKE time. For things, for people, for anything you wish would fit into your schedule. (Sometimes I need to be reminded of this.)

"The Art Of Letting You Go." A beautifully written piece, honestly. 

She Did What She Wanted did a month-long series celebrating strong and admirable females, in honor of Women's History Month. Check out all of their fab posts here.

Markus Zusak's "The Book Thief" tells the story of a young German girl named Liesel living her life during World War II. Liesel steals books, her foster father plays the accordion, her foster mother swears a lot, and her best friend Rudy wants to kiss her. Oh, and it's narrated by Death. It's a story about family, friendship, life and death and the irony in them both, the power of words, the thrill in thievery, and the limits you would go to in order to protect the people you care about.

I absolutely LOVED this book. Read more about my thoughts on it in its own post here.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

When Libby Day was 7 years old, her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered in what would be known as "The Satan Sacrifice." She testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Now, at 32, Libby meets a group of people who make her question her own testimony – The Kill Club, a secret society obsessed with famous crimes. They are determined to prove Ben's innocence and hope that Libby will help track down the information to do so. Has Ben spent 25 years in prison as an innocent man? If so, who was the real murderer?

This is the third book from Gillian Flynn that I've read, and overall, I feel pretty "eh" about it. I didn't DISLIKE it, but if someone asked for book recommendations, I don't think this one would come up. It's an interesting storyline, and the ending was unexpected (in a good way), but I didn't really ever feel too invested in it. I never had that "can't put it down" feeling that I expected from Flynn.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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  1. I loved the style of this post! You should give Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects a try. It is a bit different to Dark Places but I enjoyed it a lot more!

    Emily -

    1. Thanks, Emily! I actually HAVE read Sharp Objects! I liked that one – more than Dark Places, but I think Gone Girl was my favorite one by Flynn.