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Lately

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Another installment of what random shit I've been doing lately. I'm happy to say that my funk finally seems to have lifted, and I've been feeling happy and energized. Matching the weather. It's gotten super warm and sunny lately, it feels like summer just in time for June to begin! I realized since (re)starting my blog, I haven't done anything official in the way of an introduction, or "about me" kind of thing. I'm hoping to put together a list of random facts about myself to share for my birthday coming up next month. But anyway, all of that is just random babble. Here's what I've been up to lately...
Reading I hope you saw my May Reading post from yesterday. It was a good month of books, and I recently started The Andy Cohen Diaries which is about as entertaining as it gets. 
Watching Reading Andy Cohen's book got me on quite the Bravo kick, so this Memorial Day, while Jason was away, working, I watched the entire 1st season of the Real H…

May Reading

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I'm amazed by how many books I am still able to read monthly, while working full-time. I guess it's just that time of year. I love sitting in the corner of the couch, and reading with the sliding door open, while the girls sunbathe in the yard. This month I liked most of the books I read, with the exception of Note to Self. I don't know, I just didn't enjoy this collection of essays, photography, and poems written by a "social media celebrity." This was a case of judging a book by its cover which, as you can see, is a gorgeous cover. The insides just did not live up to the outside.
I was slightly disappointed with The Goldfinch, I think just because I've been looking forward to reading it for so long. I definitely enjoyed The Secret History much much more than this one.
I really enjoyed both Steinbeck short novels, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was incredibly fascinating. Reading Heidi was a great experience, as I purchased this incredibly gor…

Sometimes A Break Is Just The Thing

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I was on such a roll, writing every couple of days. But remember that bad mood I wrote about a couple weeks ago? It's been haunting me all month! Finally, mid-week this week, I decided I needed a break. Sometimes when I get in a funk, I stop to take stock of the stressors and triggers around me that I could take a break from, in an effort to find more inner peace. I almost always start with social media. I would guess, about every couple months, I end up taking a few days away from social media. I just ignore it altogether, and it does seem to refresh my spirit quite a bit. I think the negativity on social media just gets overwhelming and exhausting, when you pile it on top of things you are already feeling. Even the "jokes" and the memes have an underlying aura of negativity when you think about it, and sometimes it just helps to turn it off for a few days. I won't even get into the news of the world, which is harder to turn off, though I am trying to read the news…

To the Moms

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we all move forward when we recognize how resilient and striking the women around us are -rupi kaur
All around the world today, we're celebrating moms. Our moms, our moms' moms, our moms' moms' moms, our dads' moms, our spouses' moms, our friends' moms... You get the drill. Without the moms, none of the special people in our lives, not to mention ourselves, would even be here. 
I consider myself lucky to come from a family of some incredible women. The resiliency the women in my family show, and have taught me by example, is invaluable. 
And this year, I also have an incredible mother in law to celebrate. After going home with Jason to meet his parents for the first time, and seeing Jason and his dad together, I commented that I have no idea how his mom has done it! 😄 She's raised the most amazing man that I am so grateful to call my husband. 
I'm so grateful for the moms in my life, and I deeply miss the moms that have gone from my life, but I a…

Just A Bad Mood...

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I've been in a pretty crappy mood for the last three days, off and on (but mostly on), and I'm not even sure what is the underlying cause. It's one of those unexplainable, can't-pinpoint-the-source bad moods, and those are so frustrating because they're mostly out of your control. It happens to everyone though, right? It's not just me? Even though I'm not sure what the cause of my bad mood is, I am hoping that writing about ANYTHING will help ease the weight I'm feeling. Since I don't know why I'm feeling blah, I obviously can't write about it.
So, in other news...
Jason finally comes home on Sunday! He's been gone for two whole weeks, and obviously I am missing him like crazy. His magic hugs would certainly have come in handy the last three days. 
Speaking of Sunday, don't forget this upcoming Sunday is Mother's Day. I'm really excited and proud of the gift I got for my mom this year, and I can't wait to watch her open …

These Words

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Since I can remember, I've been someone who eats words. I digest them, they run through me, and I absorb the nutrients they carry throughout my soul. I've been a quote addict since I was a teen. I have a habit of taking photos of entire pages while I'm reading books. Sometimes they make it to Instagram (see below), and sometimes I store them away in a private folder, like a treasure (see above). I love reading about people who love reading.
I just feel like books and quotations carry all the secrets to life, and all the wisdom needed to survive this crazy world. I'm making it a goal to capture and share more words via Instagram and the blog, in the hopes of enriching your life as well as my own. 

It's completely impossible for me to choose a favorite book, or even a favorite author. But for the purposes of this post, I'm going to try and narrow down to a few authors I heartily recommend: Amy Tan, Rupi Kaur, Paulo Coelho, Maya Angelou, Betty Smith, F. Scott Fit…

Lately

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Another semi-regular post I hope to create a tradition of on Chapters when the right mood strikes... Just a little bit about what's been entertaining me lately. 
Reading I recently finished reading The Book of Joy by The Dalai Lama & The Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. I was so fascinated by The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and I'm sorry it took me so long to get around to reading it, considering I've owned it for several years. I ordered 10 new (used) books on Amazon (I love buying bargains! $85 for the whole lot!), including this gorgeous Puffin in Bloom hardcover copy of Heidi.
Watching Big Little Lies - I finished watching the series this week, after reading the novel just before. As usual, I liked the book a LOT better than the series. 
Party of Five - I cannot adequately convey my excitement that this nostalgic series is on Netflix. 
Listening The only explanation I can really think of for the fact that…

Sunshine Fever

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This has been an absolutely wretched week for productivity. As you can see from the photo above, the weather today was the definition of perfect. Sunshine, warmth, and color everywhere! However, I was stuck inside all day, craving Vitamin D. It was painful.
I guess I'm going to have to somehow force myself to buckle down at work tomorrow, because I have projects that need to be done. Procrastination is no longer an option. But starting at 5 pm tomorrow... We soak up the sun!
Have a wonderful weekend!

It's HOW You Get There

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I had to pause my yoga practice tonight when Adriene said the above quote so I could find a piece of paper to write it down. She always seems to know what I need to hear, and I know I'm not alone in that thought. I belong to an amazing YWA group on Facebook, and it's the most positive, supportive, and generous online community I have ever witnessed. We were all brought together by our passion for Yoga With Adriene, but people share deep pain and intimate moments of their lives with complete strangers, with the assurance that they're not going to be cyber-bullied, but hear only words of support and comfort. It's pretty incredible.
Tonight is a quick check-in. I just felt a strong urge to share this quote that I stumbled upon today, and my love for my online yoga family. A support system is the most important aspect of developing a consistent healthy habit, and yoga has changed me in many ways for the better. I'd love to create more short and sweet posts like this o…

This Evening

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What's this? Two posts in two days?! I was thinking about all my blogs today (Chapters + the two I wrote about in my last post), and how they each serve a different and valuable purpose for me. I mentioned being unsure how active this blog would continue to be, with managing so many blogs simultaneously, but this is really my only personal space, and I want to make use of it. I'm going to give my best effort to check in here more often with updates on my personal life. 
Today's update is about the suckage of Mondays... I just wasn't feeling today. I couldn't find my motivation, and I had a 9 AM doctor's appointment that left me feeling uncomfortable - physically and mentally - for the rest of the day. To elaborate on the mental, I wasn't happy with the number I read on the scale in the doctor's office. I don't own a scale at home, so the only time I check in with my weight is when I have a doctor's appointment. I know it's not a good idea t…