New Books on the Way!

Hi everyone!

So… In yesterday’s post I talked about my October TBR… well… One of those books doesn’t hit shelves until 2019 and I was just too amped about the story to notice that…

With that being said…

I just ordered How to Walk Away by Katherine Center, which I had listed as one this month’s TBRs and Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis because it’s been on my TBR for awhile and I’ve heard nothing but incredible things so I thought, why not now?

I am SUPER excited for these to come. I usually go to Barnes and Noble for my books, but unfortunately I’m rather busy this week – my mom is in town from Florida for the week due to a death in my family and I am hosting her.

Now I’m like a giddy little girl who’s going to jump for joy when I get that package and it’ll be like a mini Christmas morning! I would’ve ordered more books but I would’ve gotten myself in trouble AND I’d much rather enjoy a day to myself in B&N soon.

My B&N Membership is my best friend. I love the coupons I receive in the mail and the deals I can get in store. Plus the free express shipping? Yes please!

Also this month, I want to gather supplies for a fresh bullet journal and practice some ideas so hopefully next month I can start! Does anyone bujo? Any tips you can share?

I’ll let you know when I receive my package! I can’t wait to smell the fresh books! (Call me weird, I don’t care)

Short post today! Happy Tuesday!

xo – liv

What Day is it? HUMP DAY!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

We’re at that mid-week point (for those who don’t work the weekends) and getting ready to finish up the week!

I feel like hump day hasn’t existed for me for awhile.

Since I go to school online, assignments are due on Thursdays and Sundays. There’s no physically going to class, there are assignments due on the weekends… so hump day for me is… no where. I also used to work every other weekend since I work in the nursing field – so hump day, for me, changed by the week.

Now that I’m not working (due to my current medical status), every day blends together, I forget the date half the time, and I’m really not on any sort of schedule. I need to change that!

My post about my morning routine is one I revisit often for motivation and encouragement. Certain days, I wake up and feel like I have no purpose since I can’t work, can’t go out and exercise, so I’m basically a sitting duck. I’ll wake up and say “let’s try again tomorrow.” I’d say I’m getting depressed.

Something I’ve learned over the years is if you’re not happy, the only one with the power to change it is you.

So… I’m blogging, keeping up with my schoolwork and housekeeping, and trying to find new hobbies that will make me feel like I have purpose.

So, help a sista out! What hobbies do you all enjoy at home?

I love to read (as many of my readers already know), but even sometimes I say to myself, “I just can’t read another page.” You know, cause the words start to blend together on the page and you feel like you’re going blind…

I enjoy coloring, but I’m not too artistic so I can’t draw. My stick figures are questionable, so anything further than that would be kindergarten-grade work.

I own crochet needles, some yarn, and other crochet tools. I’m not crafty. I suck. Can’t follow anything, not even a YouTube tutorial. I’m a lefty (yup) and everything I learn, I have to learn backwards. When I was in dental hygiene school a few years ago, there were 4 girls out of the 36 in our class that were lefties. Those 4 of us had to learn separately in another clinic with another instructor. That’s how special us lefties are. Let me tell ya.

What other hobbies are out there?!

Talk to me!

Happy Hump Day!!!!

-Liv

 

What’s Your Library Like?

I don’t know about anyone else out there, but I’m a complete bookworm.

Most of my friends like to go out to the bars or clubs on Friday and Saturday nights, some would like to binge watch Netflix with endless snacks, while I like to curl up in a room with cozy lighting, a cup of coffee or wine, depending on my mood, and a good book.

Am I weird because without the right lighting I just can’t get into reading?

I like all different genres of books – Romance, Nonfiction, Fiction, Sci-Fi, Fantasy (to certain limits…….), Self-Help, Adventure, Mystery, the list goes on.

Am I someone who has read every classic novel known to man like Moby Dick and anything Jane Austen? No… But I’ve read a few and I do value certain classics, for example, Catcher in the Rye.

I like current novels. Novels written in the last 5-10 years, maybe 20 years. One of my favorite authors is Elin Hilderbrand. She is a Massachusetts native author on the island of Nantucket. Majority of her stories are based on the island and her writing is so ecclectic and detailed, it pulls you right into the story. You feel like you’ve been to the island and experienced what it has to offer after reading one of her books.

I’ve read 11. I’d LOVE to meet her. She, to me, is a writing icon.

Another author I favorite is Danielle Steel. She has SO many books and short stories, a lot of them being New York Times Bestsellers. She, like Hilderbrand, draws you right into her storyline. Some of my favorite books by her are BlueFine Things, andCountry.

I’m also a total chick, and I love Nicholas Sparks. I’ve read many of his novels including, but not limited to Safe HavenTwo by Two, and The Guardian.

I thoroughly enjoy reading series as well. Debbie Macomber writes different series based upon different locations. The character list grows and thrives through the stories and I love getting caught up in them.

I am currently exploring a new series (sort of like Debbie Macomber’s) by JoAnn Ross. I’m enjoying what I’m reading so far, but I’m not completely immersed in the story like I am with many other books I’ve read. I don’t like to stop reading a book unless I’m absolutely dreading it, so I will finish and see how it goes!

 

Share your bookworm lovin’ thoughts with me!

Organize, shmorganize

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I’m really good at organizing, and I mean like, really good. I place all my schoolwork in a binder and organize them by course and date. I organize my pantry by category of food. I organize my refrigerator kind of like a game of Tetris because my fridge is small for my needs.

My problem? I can’t seem to stay organized.

I’ll go on a hardcore cleaning spree and my apartment will be spotless and smell like candles and cleaning products.

2 days later, my laundry is strewn across the floor or over the side of the hamper, rather than in it, my refrigerator looks like a bomb went off, my pantry will look like my dog went canoodling in there when in reality, it was me, and my house just won’t smell fresh anymore.

WHYYYYY?

How can I fix this?

Well, for one thing, I can stop being lazy. I’m pretty bad about putting things back where they belong.

Secondly, I recommend a trash barrel in every room. I often will leave a cup or a bottle on the table because I’m too laaaazy to throw it away in the kitchen. Keep a small receptacle for trash in each room and when it’s full, dump it.

Third, I mean, back to the lazy thing. Just put the damn laundry in the hamper.

Next, I love these bins that you can purchase on Amazon. They’re great for smaller refrigerators that need a little more help in the organization department. You can find the link here – Refrigerator Pull-Out Bin

I love all types of bins and boxes and baskets. I also love lamps! I love this lamp that has a power outlet built in for charging a device, and also has compartments to keep things organized such as pens, coins, or whatever you keep on your desk or nightstand! You an find the link to the lamp here – Desk Lamp with Power Outlet

Also, to keep my apartment smelling fresh, since we aren’t allowed to have burning candles, I have this awesome wax melter that I’ve had for years. You can buy any type of wax cubes you want, any brand. Since it’s the beginning of fall, I am loving these Farm Apple Pumpkin wax melts from Better Homes & Gardens. I’ve provided a link for Amazon, but they can also be purchased at Walmart!

Do you find yourself being lazy too? Share your home organization ideas with me!

Boredom is a MIND REELING Machine

So… I had surgery at the end of August. I’ll eventually post about the how and why, but I’m just currently so done with talking about it.

It’s supposed to be this life-changing process, but so far it isn’t going as planned and I’m not loving anything.

I was supposed to be out of work for 2 weeks… Then that turned into 3… Then 4.. And so on. I’m stuck.

At first I didn’t mind. I thought, “okay, well I’ll be able to do my schoolwork and I can watch movies and binge on some Netflix series.”

As time went on, days felt lonelier, money began to run tight, and I felt like my apartment walls were closing in on me.

A couple days ago I found myself sitting in complete silence and watching the movie of my life play out in my own mind. So fed up with TV and schoolwork and reading and puzzles and coloring and scrolling Pinterest… You name it, I’ve done it. This movie of life I was playing in my mind was more of the life I wished I were living, not the one I’m presently living.

Ever been that down and out to the point you fantasize about what life could be, but isn’t?

I wish I were prettier. I wish I could take some choices in life back. I wish I were born in different skin. I wish my family weren’t crazy and separate.

I was so bored all I could do was dwell on the things I cannot change.

So I’m writing. And I will continue to.

**of course my puppers always cheers me up

Get Outta Bed and Outta Your Head!

Sometimes, we wake up in the morning and think, “nah, let’s try again tomorrow.”

Nope. No more. Life’s too short for that.

Plus this is me, like, almost every day of the week recently.

 

So, I’m listing 7 things that can help sit yourself up, turn, put your feet on the ground, and kickstart your day.

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  1. Hit the bathroom first.

I’ve recently discovered that the most refreshing thing to do when I wake up is to go in the bathroom and have a few minutes of me time. Wash my face to awaken the senses, brush my teeth to feel fresh and clean, and whatever other morning duties you may have, but those are my two. I’m not one to wash my face in my sink because our town’s water is VERY chlorinated and it dries out my skin. I am ADDICTED to these face wipes. I’ll admit, I’ll even randomly use them to wash my face mid-day because I love the feeling and the smell. They get rid of ALL the oils and dirt from my face, they’re great at removing makeup, and they’re cheap! Who doesn’t love cheap?!

2. Drink water.

Your body has been resting for 8 hours (maybe more, maybe less depending on who you are). It is ready for some hydration and probably some fuel. I’m really bad, and I mean really bad at drinking water and staying hydrated. One of my favorite things to do is first thing in the morning fill up my Nalgene water bottle with ice cold water. The bottle has track marks on it that can show you how much you’ve consumed throughout the day. For me, it’s a nice little push that feels like an accomplishment at the end. AND it’s healthy so… let’s continue.

3. Breakfast.

Make a hearty breakfast. I don’t mean a big bowl of sugary cereal or a stack of pancakes. Cook some basic eggs for protein and some toast for carbohydrate energy and some fresh fruit. When I don’t eat breakfast, I get grumpy and ordinarily will be nauseous by the time lunch comes. If you’re in a rush, this Hamilton Beach Sandwich Maker for your quick-and-easy breakfast needs! I’ve had mine for 6 years (yes 6 years) and I STILL use it all the time when I need something quick on-the-go!

4. Make some coffee (or tea, or whatever you prefer… no cocktails).

I’m not a Keurig fan. I can’t just have one cup of coffee. Like, sorry, don’t bother me ’til I’ve had my 2, maybe 3 cups. Not healthy, I know, but when you’re an online student full-time and ALSO a full-time employee outside the home, well, caffeine becomes not only your best friend, but a part of you. I love my cheap little Mr. Coffee. I’ve had it for a year now and it’s still kickin’! If you prefer quality in a coffee maker and also some people prefer not to use a glass carafe, this Mr. Coffee Stainless Steel is a little more pricey, but a great buy!

5. Do something productive. 

I find myself saying, “I have nothing to do right now” a lot. FALSE! I HAVE PLENTY TO DO! I just don’t do it. Fill up those empty minutes of your morning folding that laundry you left hanging, or perhaps actually doing the laundry that’s been in the hamper for a week. Do your dishes, sweep the floor, clean your refrigerator (because really, who keeps their fridge perfect). If it sounds super un-fun, listen to some music or throw on an audiobook. I’m obsessed with Audible and if you sign up with that link, you get 2 audiobooks free!

6. Read something, anything! (Ok, not your social media feeds.)

I often find myself scrolling my Facebook and Twitter feeds like it’s the morning paper. Then I find myself really pissed off when I don’t know what’s going on in the world. I grew up watching the news and reading. Read a book, a newspaper, a magazine. Something to stimulate the mind! A great self-motivating book to jumpstart your day is You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. She writes directly to her readers and uses raw, real-life stories integrated with humor. I read it twice. and I hate reading things twice.

7. Write!

Ok, I know some of you are thinking “really?” Really! When I was first told to start writing my feelings first thing in the morning, my response was “I have no feelings first thing in the morning.” Like I exclaimed earlier, FALSE! Everyone has feelings all the time. I free write. I love to doodle. So I’ll write about a dream so I don’t forget it, or I’ll write about what I feel like doing today, or I may write about why I feel like not doing anything today. My favorite notebook to keep my writing in is this one! It has thick paper, which is perfect for me because I love inky pens. It’s small so you can fit it in your purse and take it with you and it’s even got a pen loop so you’re always prepared. My favorite pens to write with are these finepoint pens. I love to doodle with them and make funky letters. I’m not quite at the bullet journaling level yet since my stick figures are even questionable, but maybe someday!

 

This is my morning ritual. It has helped me gain a sense of purpose other than school and work all the time. I feel like I have time for me and to discover who I am as a person. I have time away from the obligations and requirements of life and have that time to choose what I want to do.

Good Reads for All You Bookworms

Do you prefer curling up in a comfy chair or bed with a good book on a rainy day instead of binging on a Netflix series?

Well, I DO!

Here are some great books I’ve read in the past year that I thought I’d share!

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  1. Danielle Steel – Blue – Screen Shot 2018-09-20 at 1.31.21 PM.pngDanielle Steel knocks it out of the park with this one. I couldn’t put it down! It’s a heartwarming story of a woman who meets a homeless boy and takes him under her wing. Through triumph and tribulations, this story will bring you laughter, tears, and will make you feel like you know the characters.
  2. Ashley Prentice Norton – If You Left – Screen Shot 2018-09-20 at 1.40.40 PM.pngNorton is a fantastic writer. Through a true love story, raising a child, and mental health issues that bring a windstorm to the marriage, this story is one that keeps you wondering after every page you turn.
  3. Allison Leotta – A Good Killing – Screen Shot 2018-09-20 at 1.44.58 PM.pngI read this one in about 24 hours. A true page-turner, Leotta writes a mysterious story that keeps you on your toes. Who killed the beloved high school coach?
  4. Jude Deveraux – As You WishScreen Shot 2018-09-20 at 1.38.11 PM3 completely different women end up in the same summer home. Is there crazy girl drama or does a friendship form? …or both?
  5. M.O. Walsh – My Sunshine AwayScreen Shot 2018-09-20 at 2.13.00 PM A mysterious random attack on a young, popular athlete in a small, quiet town. I promise, you won’t regret this addictive read!

I have a LONG list, but I want to hear any feedback on these (whether you’ve read them already or if you read them after me!)

 

 

What is “anxiety”

Ever experienced a time where there was just so much on your mind you couldn’t even stay asleep through the night? The constant worry is just there in the back (front and sides) of your mind and it can actually alter the way our body functions.

“Anxiety” and “depressed” are such  lay-terms in this day in age. Everyone will say, “I’m having some anxiety over this…” or “I’m just so depressed over this…”

It’s one thing to be anxious or sad or down in the dumps, but that doesn’t mean you have anxiety or depression.

Anxiety and Depression are medical terms used to diagnose patients with mental illness.

I, unfortunately, happen to suffer from both. I have days where I just do NOT want to get out of bed. My mind says “get up, don’t be lazy, just shake it off,” but the rest of me says, “forget about it – nothing great will happen today.” That’s the depression talking.

I overthink everything. I constantly think I’m doing something wrong or that someone is out to get me or that someone is mad at me for something I may have done, even though I didn’t do anything at all.

I have times where I just feel like my mind has so many thoughts at one time I just don’t know how I’ll ever stop and come to some peace. One thought turns into another two thoughts and those two thoughts branch out into just a forest full of thoughts and, usually, worries or fears. Then once you have that forest, you try to find your way out of the forest of thoughts and worries and fears and just as you start to make some progress…

a forest fire.

THAT, folks, is anxiety. I hope that someday people will stop using these terms [depression, anxiety] as lay terms and realize that there really are some people suffering out there.

 

With mental illness comes coping mechanisms. Most people see a psychiatrist to talk about their feelings and find some sort of medium in their struggles. Many may also take prescription anti-depressants or anti-anxieties. But aside from those, there is also the aspect of self-help which I am a BIG advocate of.

When you’re all alone and you’re having these feelings of doubt and despair, are you going to sit there and wallow? You might. But eventually you’re going to have to pick yourself up and conquer the inner demon that’s eating you.

I’m a big fan of books. Especially self-help books. One book that truly inspired me and kept me on track to getting my degree and just keep persevering is You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. Sincero is a phenomenal author who writes with true integrity and a splash of humor and she has that ability to really grasp the reader. I’d consider this book a good one for those of you who really need the help, but have no motivation to get it. She will inspire you! To do GREAT things! And will really explain to you why we should all understand that we are worth something. We are all here for a reason.

If you’re feeling down and you’re sitting around watching Netflix and eating you’re feelings, go buy that book! Then take it to a park and read it in the fresh air!

 

Seriously, I did it.

 

Twice.

 

🙂

These are a few of my favorite things..!

I am a huge fan of Pinterest and I tend to search random things on it when I’m bored or feeling funky. Usually I end up scrolling and saving a bunch of DIY ideas that I think are super cool, but I know for a fact I will NEVER do.

Or maybe that will be a goal?! Something to look forward to?! Actually do one of those DO it YOURSELF things…? That’d be cool.

 

So… anyways… I was on Pinterest earlier and I was searching “blog ideas” and one of them was to write about your 10 favorite foods.

WELL… this is a blog about seeking happiness and food does WONDERS for the happies inside (at least for me, anyway), so I guess I could do that!

Seriously, though, I love food so this will be fun. Not to mention I also have a board on Pinterest of about 200 recipes that I definitely will try one day when I have my own place (goal!).

Ten foods… hmm… is “foods” in reference to meals? or individual food items? Let’s go with individual.

 

  • 10. Cereal – call me crazy, but hands down, cereal is a GREAT go-to for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. There are bazillions of cereals out there (some diabetic shock-inducing, some really great for ya, and some inbetweeners). There is ALWAYS a different option to choose from.
  • 9. Burgers – now… some may say, ‘how is that only #9?!’ … two reasons. First, while I love a good burger, I have a GI condition that restricts me from red meat consumption, so I’ve decided to try and dislike burgers (tried…) and secondly, ever since I was VERY young, I’ve always hated when my food falls apart or makes me messy. I used to cry when my PB&J would leak from the bottom or a wrap didn’t stay together… burgers can be greasy and sometimes can fall apart, so call me weird, but that is definitely a reason I leave it at #9.
  • 8. Pizza – I’m Italian. It’s a staple. No matter where on the list, it’s a favorite.
  • 7. Smoothies – does this qualify as food? Well… sure! To me they do. I love anything frozen, but especially smoothies because they are fruity and made with yogurt. I like my milkshake here and there, but I’d rather a smoothie (plus, you can add whey protein and make it a meal if you’re on the go!).
  • 6. Veggies – any veggie. Most veggies can be eaten raw or cooked and they can be cooked in so many different ways! They make a great snack, side dish, or main course. Versatile and full of color!

**I’m sure my first 3 food choices make me look like a seriously unhealthy eater, but I do care about what I put in my body! Everyone should.**

  • 5. Yogurt – Full of probiotics, calcium, vitamins, and protein! Great source of the nutrients we need and also beneficial for the digestive tract (especially for people like me with GI issues). It can be eaten alone, but also used for dressings, dips, smoothies, and more.
  • 4. Fruit – I like all fruit and am blessed to not have any allergies. I love being to explore the different types of fruits out there. If I had to pick favorite fruits out of the hundreds, I’d say apples, oranges, bananas, and berries.
  • 3. Cheese – that is all.
  • 2. Coffee – not a food, but a BIG part of my daily intake 🙂
  • 1. PASTA  – again, that is all.

 

Well! It’s been fun! Hopefully someday when I accomplish one of those DIY’s or recipes I can share with you, but until then, I’ll keep living vicariously through Pinterest. Hope you enjoyed my food splurge. I’m hungry 😉

 

Later!

 

 

Another day, another…

Here we are – Labor Day.

Feels like just yesterday we were ringing in the New Year and coming up with our resolutions. How are we almost done with 2017? Did any of you accomplish anything you said you would?

I feel like I’ve done NOTHING this year!

 

I want to do something great. Something that makes me feel accomplished and complete. Something that gives me a purpose! I go to work sometimes (I’m a nanny) and swear to whatever higher power is out there that I have absolutely NO purpose. I love being a nanny, don’t get me wrong… but when the parents are home and the kids are sleeping where is your purpose?

 

I’m seeking stability – a stable home, stable income, stable relationship, stable emotions… but I’m not sure where to find it.

 

And that’s why I’m here on this journey and sharing it with you (whomever this audience may be).

 

I’m hoping this Fall I make progress and come closer to what I’m looking for and working for. Fall is my favorite season – the air cools down, the leaves change colors, not to mention Pumpkin Spice Lattes are just… (call me basic, I don’t care). I’m trying to find joy in the changes I’m seeing and feeling and I feel like Labor Day always marks the start of a new season. Some people say, “No! It’s Summer for another 3 weeks!”

Don’t hold on to the past! Move forward with a spring in your step as we fall into the new world of color and light. I look forward to the upcoming season and hope I can come back with positive vibes in the next few weeks!

Another day… another step on this walk of life…