October Reads

Book 31:
"This Is Where It Ends" by Marieke Nijkamp
"This Is Where It Ends" is a story about a school shooting, told from the perspectives of four different students. That's pretty much all there is to say in regards to the summary.

The Key To Drinking More Water And A Huge Thank You | Sunday Shares

Happy Sunday, friends. Last night I was up too late (3:30! Who am I?) and my body insisted on a full eight hours of sleep despite all of my alarms, hence the late start here.

Boy, has there been a lot going on. I had some sort of commitment every day for two weeks straight, which really isn't a lot in the grand scheme of things but felt absolutely draining in the moment. To make up for it, I made zero plans this past week to let myself decompress and, man, it was my best decision. The cleanliness of my apartment is suffering a bit because of it but ya gotta do whatcha gotta do, ya know? (It also allowed me no time to watch any more episodes of "The Haunting of Hill House," which is what I'm most upset about, to be honest.)

On Living In My Hometown

As you may or may not already know, depending on whether you follow me on Instagram or read my Sunday Shares a few weeks back, I recently moved into a new apartment. What I haven't mentioned specifically is that it's back in my hometown.

I've never been far from my parents' place. Everywhere I've lived has been in the same general area. Now I'm in the actual town I grew up in, though, and I've gotten mixed reactions to this. Sometimes it's along the lines of, "That must be so nice to be near your family" (which it is), and others it's a slight change to their expression where I can tell they think it's kind of weird.

Finding Your Spark: Don't Let The Darkness Consume You

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.

Flowers Don't Bloom Year-Round

Believe it or not, I don't always take my own advice. I learn what works for me and then I don't always follow it.

One night, at 9 p.m. on a Sunday, I posted to my Instagram story about how I know that addressing my to-do list first is what's best for me. I know I'll feel better if I get my tasks done and then relax. Still, time and time again, I don't do it. I put it off and then end up staying up too late, being too tired, trying to get things done, like cooking at 9 p.m. on a Sunday.

A friend of mine responded to my post saying she's the same way. I was surprised, because she's one of those people who seems to really have her shit together. What does she mean she also has trouble prioritizing and gets crabby about her own procrastination?

Your Keyboard Is A Karma Machine | Sunday Shares

Weekend mornings are my favorite. I'm not sure if I'd officially call myself a Morning Person, but I'm certainly not the night owl that I used to be and I do cherish my mornings. It's my alone time. No matter how much is on my to-do list for the day, I always spend the first 30-60 minutes of my day with me. Coffee, a book, and a nice view.

I want to write more here but the ironic truth is that I got home late last night and am feeling very sleepy this morning. So I'm going to publish this and then sit and read long enough to finish my book.

Here's what I've been loving lately:

Things To Be Happy About // 08

I had a nice week last week and was in the mood to post one of these again. It felt fitting since it was the first full week of October. Maybe I'll do one of these every month after the first week. 

Read more here.

6 Reminders To Take With You To The Gym

I have a lot of opinions when it comes to fitness, and looking through my archives, it seems like they tend to pop up around this time of year. Not sure why. Maybe it's the transition into a colder season. I start getting the urge to burrow inside instead of going to the gym so I end up giving myself a lot of pep talks.

I wasn't sure how to structure this post other than it being a general collection of thoughts about fitness. So that's exactly what it is. Not advice, just thoughts. Things I've learned, things I'm still learning, things I want to discuss with other people. Gentle reminders for all of us about what's truly important when it comes to working out.