Thursday Things 12/31

Thursday

It’s that time of year, when everyone is thinking about the fresh start looming ahead of us and what we can do differently to make the next year even better than the last. With that train of thought in mind, here are a few things that are inspiring me for this coming year…

Books for the successful woman… I’ve read Bossypants, the next ones up are How to be a Woman, Why Not Me?, and #girlboss. I also really want to read Leave Your Mark and I’ve heard really good things about I Am That Girl so it’s on the list too… I’ve been feeling lately like I have two (or more) paths ahead of me and I need to figure out which one I want to take. I’m hoping that reading these types of books will help me make my decision without wasting more time. I’m taking the Spring semester off from school and transferring in the summer so a lot of things are up in the air right now, so to speak.

I really really love this take on digital detoxing – I think I’m going to talk to the hubs and see if he’d be on board for once a week or once a month digital detoxes – our phones and/or laptops are constantly glued to our sides when we’re at home and I’m over it.

 

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It’s no secret (or maybe it is?) that I have a shopping problem… I spend way too much money on clothes for myself that I generally don’t really need… it’s my way of making myself feel better when I’ve had a bad day and I’d really love to learn how to not rely on that outlet. I’ve heard a lot about no-spending and no-shopping years in the good ol’ blogosphere, and I think 2016 is going to be my year… I’m going to commit to buying no clothes for an entire year. This terrifies me. I really like this take on the whole process, and while I’m not going to go as hardcore as she did, I am determined to end next year without a huge pile of new clothes I’ve collected throughout the year. My only exceptions to the no-clothes-buying rule are going to be (1) underwear and bras (because the size of certain things gets out of control sometimes), (2) if something I wear regularly gets ruined, (3) workout clothes within reason and (4) I will make exceptions for smaller sizes… I’m on a workout program and getting my thyroid medications figured out, so if I lose weight and cannot fit in the clothes I currently own, I will not force myself to deal with them longer than I have to for confidence reasons. I think that’s it though. Wish me luck!

K

P.S. Sorry for this ridiculously long post 🙂

P.P.S. I want to read ALL of these books. Damnit.

P.P.P.S. 2015 is officially over and while I didn’t hit my Goodreads reading goal (50 books… I feel like such a failure), I DID read more this year than last year. For 2016, I’m not setting a number for a goal, my goal is just to read more than I did this year. Happy 2016!!

Forget resolutions, here are my 2016 book challenges

I used to be a real fan of resolutions. Get healthy, be successful, travel more, do fun things…but the problem is, resolutions aren’t measurable, attainable goals. Sometimes they are, but often they’re general. /rant over/

My 2015 Goodreads book challenge was to read 150 books. I was doing pretty well until we bought a house and I lost four weeks of reading time. I hit XXX books (or XXXXX pages), though, which I’m pretty damn proud of.

My 2016 book challenge goal is slightly more attainble — 125 books — but I’m also participating in Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge.

Read a horror book, a collection of essays, a food memoir, a book with a person who identifies as transgender. The list is pretty impressive, and will definitely challenge me to step out of my fantasy comfort zone.

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Anyone else participating?

L

Thursday Things 12/24

Thursday

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?!?! I am probably more excited than I should be, but whatevs. Cannot wait to see it!! & there’s this wonderful list from Buzzfeed to go along with the trailer. As soon as I heard ‘Hedwig’s Theme’ the tears welled up. I wish they would do theater showings of the HP movies so we could get the experience all over again.

Another Harry Potter related tidbit… Hermione Granger was cast for JK’s new play HP & the Cursed Child… and I LOVE the choice. Harry and Ron were cast as well, but I’m not as excited about them… it’s weird seeing HP as someone other than Daniel Radcliffe. What are your thoughts on the casting??

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That’s all from me today, I’m off to spend some much needed time with the family & in the kitchen (all of the FOOD!).

See you next week & have a very Merry Christmas!!K

Top Ten Tuesday: 12/22

Tuesday

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under the Tree This Year

  1. Jessie’s Girls: Muscle Building Edition 2 by Jessie Hilgenberg | Jessie just released this and I’m dying. I just restarted the first Muscle Building edition but reeeeeally want to try MB2.
  2. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard | I would leave out extra cookies for this.
  3. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari | I maybe just accidentally binge-watched the entire first season of his new Netflix show, Master of None and find him hilarious.
  4. Let It Go! Coloring Book by Sherise Seven | I have this romantic idea in my head that a coloring book will solve all of my stress probz.
  5. Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, Seaworld and the Truth Beyond Blackfish by John Hargrove | Blackfish was an intense documentary and I would like to learn more.

6. Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth At A Time by Jeffrey Pfeffer | I’m just kind of obsessed with leadership nonfiction.

7. Start with Why by Simon Sinek | Like, really obsessed.

8. You Need More Sleep: Advice From Cats by Francesco Marciuliano | Meow 🙂

9. AP Style Guide | I desperately need a new edition.

10. You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day | This looks funny and like something I can relate to.

L

Thursday Things 12/17

Thursday

I AM SO EXCITED!!! The first trailer for the BFG has been released!! Sophie’s glasses look exactly like the ones I wore when I very first read the book like 20 years ago. LOVE.

And of course, here are some more really awesome gift ideas for the book lover in your life!

This year saw the release of some REALLY REALLY good books & I’m so glad that Saint Anything made it on this list. There are also a ton of other amazing books too! Any that surprised you?

I may have to recruit Lauren to make some DIY Harry Potter ornaments with me… so adorable!

I am ridiculously excited for the new books coming out in 2016 and this list has SO MANY that I cannot wait for. WHY WHY WHY is Heartless not coming out until next November though?! 😦

K

Thursday Things 12/10

Thursday

Well, we’ve got less than a month til Christmas (just over 2 weeks actually!!!!!) and if you’re doing some last minute shopping, here are a ton of really good ideas for the book lover in your life (or you can just send it to your significant other/best friend/sibling/parent,etc. like I did… 🙂 )

Sorry Lauren, Netflix is my new best friend… 🙂

Proof that Hufflepuffs are the best. Sorry to all you Gryffindors, Slytherins & Ravenclaws!

If I hadn’t already gotten all of my stocking stuffers (I buy my own… it’s more fun that way haha), I would totally be getting some of these. Is it bad that I really want that wand remote?

Even though it’s winter, I’m still loving Lauren Conrad’s Fall reading list… so many good books on it! I love that she includes YA books!

K