Reading and Cardio

Another Monday and another busy week ahead of me. I have been consumed by life and homework lately that I have been finding it hard to read as much as I would like, however I have figured out a way to get a nice reading session in each day!

For anyone who does their cardio on a machine or would like to start and have a hard time getting through a good cardio session should definitely test this out!

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I always bring something to read during cardio, it not only makes the cardio easier or more tolerable, but it also helps get a good reading session in.

I usually bring my kobo since it is more convenient and can use it on almost all cardio machines, however since A Little Life is a large and detailed read I have been sticking to the stairclimber so that I can read this book during.

My trick is to read a full chapter and then check the time, if they are short chapters then read two!

STORY TIME: When I was reading The Girl on the Train I was on the bike 
machines planning on doing a 20 minute session. The book was that good 
that I ended up sitting down and doing over an hour of cardio. Time well 
spent having a good cardio session and finishing a good book.

Let me know if you try it!

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Superstitions

from this website I searched some common superstitions.

  1. It’s bad luck to open an umbrella indoors – I mean I have heard this one all my life, but I am not too concerned. Maybe because I rarely use umbrellas.
  2. Walking under a ladder is bad luck – I do try to avoid ladders, but I’m not sure how much I believe it. 

  3. Broken mirrors lead to seven years of bad luck – yep, I definitely believe this one. 

  4. When you spill salt, toss some over your left shoulder to avoid bad luck – I always do this one, and I make sure other people do it also.

  5. A black cat crossing your path is unlucky – I have heard if it, but I don’t really believe it.

  6. The number 13 is unlucky – This is my favorite number, so I guess I will have to disagree.
  7. Finding a four leaf clover is lucky – I believe this, finding a four leaf clover is lucky in itself!

  8. Wishing upon a shooting star – Even if you don’t believe, we all still make a wish.

  9. Holding your breath while passing a cemetery – I have never even heard of this one! I don’t believe in it.

  10. Throwing coins in a fountain for luck – The version I know is to throw a coin into a well and make a wish!
  11. Wishing on dandelions – The version I know is to blow on dandelions that have the seeds ready for dispersal, if you make a wish and blow ALL of the seeds out then your wish will come true.
  12. Placing shoes on the table – I actually only heard of this one a couple of years ago when my roommate got mad at me for doing it, I definitely do not believe in it though.

  13. Step on a crack and break your mother’s back – I think this one was just made for the sake of the rhyme, I don’t believe in it.


    What superstition do you most believe in?

An Idea Notebook

One of the hardest parts about writing is coming up with ideas, that is why on this Writer Wednesdays segment I am going to talk to you about the importance of having an idea notebook!

Sadly, I have lost count of the great ideas I have had – and lost – because I failed to record them in a place that I could come back to at any time. I have tried using my phone, but batteries die, phones break, and software crashes. The most trustworthy method of saving your ideas is to write them down in a notebook.

To get my ideas flowing and to prepare for novel November I have chosen a notebook to designate as my idea notebook. It does not require a lot of effort, you just need a space where you can record ideas as you have them.

The ideal idea notebook is big enough that you can record many ideas, but small enough that you can carry it with you in your bag/purse or even in your hand.


Now, anytime you have an idea you can just grab this notebook and scribble your thoughts down as quickly and messy as you want. This way, whenever you are ready to sit down and actually write something you can refer back to this notebook in order to retrieve some of your great ideas!

But, don’t forget your pen!


Maybe sometime in the future I will share some of my ideas from my own idea notebook with you!

Happy Thanksgiving

Here in Newfoundland, Canada this Monday is the holiday of Thanksgiving. Life is so busy we often forget to be grateful and thank others for the great aspects of life we have.

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I had a great thanksgiving weekend, I spent Saturday with my closest friends, Sunday I had turkey dinner with my mother, father, and a couple friends into the cabin and ended off the night playing UNO and headbands, and then I spent today hiking with my parents, visited my grandparents, and then going out to a restaurant for supper.

 

So for today’s Me, Myself, and Monday segment I have decided to make a quick note of some of the things I am thankful for!

Here is a list of things (big and small) that I am forever thankful for

  1. Health
  2. Friends and Family (here and gone)
  3. University
  4. My Pets (here and gone)
  5. Music
  6. Access to Clean Water
  7. Nature
  8. Food on my Plate
  9. The Endless Opportunities I Have Access to
  10.  ..and of course BOOKS

Poets,Artists,Lovers: A Novel (2017) by Mira Tudor

★★★ 3.5/5

IMG_3820PAL is a fast-paced yet poignant character-driven novel riding waves of romanticism, drama, and wit in a manner reminiscent of David Nicholls’s books (One Day)—and set in the exciting world of several vibrant Romanian artists and musicians. Henriette, an accomplished sculptor, seems to find more joy in her feminist-inspired work and her piano playing than in the people who care about her.
Ela, a piano teacher turned book reviewer, hopes to discover the key to happiness and a more meaningful life through studying the workings of the mind and crafting poems about emotions she trusts will lead her to a better place. Joining them in beauty and blindness is Pamfil, a violinist who dabbles as a singer and lives mostly for the moment and his monthly parties. As they follow their passions, they find themselves on treacherous journeys to love and happiness, and are slow to figure out how to best tackle their predicaments. Fortunately, their lovers and friends are there to help . . . but then a newcomer complicates things. – Goodreads


Fiction/Contemporary/Women’s Fiction – can be read in a few good reading sessions

This read consists of characters that are artists in many different possible forms; sculptors, violinists, poets, and more. Somehow all their paths cross through a man named Pamfil whose charm makes them question what type of passion they seek in life.

Pamfil stimulates the discussion of what is lust, and what is love. Each lover endures different personal struggle identifying with what they feel for Pamfil and what it means for their relationship with their current/past partner.

I really enjoyed Mira’s writing style, there was so much insight and emotion in the writing I always caught myself writing down favorite quotes. The flow and beauty in the writing made the story so much more pleasurable to read.

The discussion of lust,love, and relationships is important in life and if you can relate at all then this read will definitely get you thinking about the kind of passion and stability you seek in your own life. Seeing Pamfil through the eyes of Henriette, Ela, and Anca and reading about the impacts he had on their lives provides us with different perspectives on the love/lust conversation and emphasizes that the impact of such a relationship is different depending on who you are and what you value.

My only problem with this read is that there was not enough action for me. Towards the middle it seemed to be very slow with a lot more discussion about weight than necessary. I would of enjoyed more events that caused interaction between all our poets,artists, and lovers. The beginning and ending were very well done and strong, however I did have a hard time staying engaged in the middle.

I definitely hope to read more from this author.

You can get her book here

"There is no routine with a loved one. Lovers are supposed to change each 
other all the time."
"He had only one heart and couldn't trust a woman, any woman, with it."
"'At twenty-four you should be looking resolutely ahead,' Pamfil said, 
'and not into the past. There will be enough time for that later on.'"
"And life wasn't only music and sunshine."

New Writing Segment !

ANOTHER new blog installment is here! I was going to wait until November, but in preparation for Novel November which I will discuss in a minute, I decided to start in October.

Writer Wednesdays!

I really want to start writing again and to make more time for it. Having a scheduled day every week should help in reaching that goal.  I have a really busy October, so I may be slow really getting into this installment.

Things I may post:
Writing tips
My writing activity
Some of my writing
My journals, which may eventually evolve into its own segment


So, Novel November

Using the National Novel Writing Month organization I am planning on dedicating November to writing a novel. In preparation for this they like to get writers involved in October.

If you want more information click here!


Stay tuned for next Wednesday!

If there is any content you would like to see, contact me! I will make it happen!

October’s TBR!

A Little Life is definitely going to take me some time to finish, and I am also trying to get through an ebook so September’s TBR is slowing me down

HOWEVER, after careful consideration of your suggestions I have picked some spooky halloween reads for this month!

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The Shining by Stephen King – I have been dying to read this book, but I wanted to save it for October!

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – I am a little embarrassed to say I have never read this yet, but it fits right into my Halloween theme!

The Shack by William Paul Young – I have chosen this read for now (mostly because I need to finish it so my mom can have it), but it doesn’t exactly fit with my theme so I may change my mind when I get around to it.

Because I still have some September reads to clue up I have chosen only three books besides for my TBR – hopefully I get to read more.


Have you read any of these?

My Favorite Month is Here!

Today’s Me, Myself, and Monday post is going to be short and sweet because I have a midterm tomorrow – and guess who hasn’t studied yet!

October is my absolute favorite month! I get to wear my long socks and sweaters while getting in the spirit of Halloween.

I find this type of year everything feels different and I spend the autumn season getting more in touch with myself.

Autumn is my favorite, however it does not last long in Newfoundland – winter may come at any second. I am going to enjoy it while it lasts!

I am starting off my favorite month with this read (and this outfit)

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October Goals

September was my first month of sharing goals and making a plan to meet them. It was successful and really helped me focus on reading related goals

This month I need to focus on the goals I didn’t reach from September and add some new goals to make October successful.

Reading Goals

  • Commit more time to reading and less to sleeping/netflix/phone – The main goal for this month’s reading is to spend less time on my phone/netflix and more time reading. Although I am reading at a decent pace I have noticed I have been wasting a lot of time with netflix or napping, so I would like to commit more of this time to reading instead.

Blog Goals 

  • Stick to my schedule – This month I really need to focus on reaching my planned schedule of posts, last month I was very late posting most of them. I realize now the time and effort I need to commit so hopefully this month I can get on track

Bookstagram Goals

  • Interact more – Stories and interaction is my biggest focus. I need to be more social on my instagram page by posting stories and interacting with others through their posts.
  • Improve photography – Putting more time and effort into my pictures is very important to me this month. Since I have been rushed or late to post I end up using mediocre pictures and I want to address this ASAP.

Journal Goals

  • Worry less, journal more – This month I am going to focus on just adding more to my bullet journal. I am always too concerned with how artistic and perfect a spread looks and I end up waiting and waiting until I have enough time to do it good – which means I never do it. SO this month I want to stop being a perfectionist and just embrace using my bullet journal for whatever I want, whenever I need.

Writing Goals

  • Write down your thoughts – I am having trouble finding time and my spark for writing. October is a very busy month school wise, therefore I am going to keep it light and commit to writing down thoughts and ideas in a notebook.

September Wrap Up

It has been a hard month adjusting to being back to school and sticking to my blogging schedule – and on top of all this I have been sick for the past 2 weeks !

However, even with some setbacks I still think I have had a pretty productive month. So, let’s see how well I handled my goals.

I have not yet viewed my goals/achievements until writing this right now so that my reactions to how I handled my monthly goals are sincere and unprepared.

Reading Goals

I DID IT! YES, first goal achieved. It was my easiest goal for sure, but I celebrate all achievements – even the smaller ones.

I wanted to read a few more books since August was strictly dedicated to reading IT.

This month I was able to read:
The Giver – Lois Lowry (review here)
Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom (review here)
Everything I Never Told You (review coming soon)
A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara (in progress)
Poets, Artists, Lovers: A Novel – Mira Tudor (in progress)

Definitely conquered more than one book this month!

Blog Goals

YES ANOTHER GOAL ! This is going great so far.

Although I have often had to push dates of my scheduled posts because I have been sick or wrapped up in school, I have still managed to be more active on my blog. Now that I understand the time and effort I need to reach my deadlines for my scheduled posts I can apply that next month and increase my frequency and timing again!

Bookstagram Goals

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3 for 3 so far!! My first goal this month involving my bookstagram was to test out a theme and try to make a pattern when I take my pictures. I have chosen a soft, faded, and orange color filter for my photos which I felt was appropriate for autumn. In addition to that, if you have noticed I also began to try to have some consistency in how I take my pictures. I take my TBR pile held in my hand against a solid color wall, my book reviews are always stood up in front of my bookshelf, bookhauls are spread out on my mat, and the rest of my photos usually have a white background. I am not sure if this is exactly the theme I am always going to stick to, but it works for now.

Oh no.. first goal not achieved.. 

I intended to communicate more with my followers by using instagram stories more frequently. This is my own fault, I have had plenty of opportunities to do this I just have not went out of my way to do it. This will definitely be something I will improve on in October – you have my word!

Journal Goals

Okay I achieved it, but I would only say barely. 

I have definitely dedicated more time to my journals and planners, but most of this is because I am in school and absolutely need to. My more personal journals and planners have still been slightly neglected. I am making progress, however I need to focus more on this in October.

Writing Goals

My weak point for sure.

I neglected writing this month, big time. I have to make time for it if I ever want to make progress with my writing. I will not act like September has been all that horrible for my writing because I have been thinking more about types of writing I can do, and out for a walk the other day I felt inspired and even typed up a little something in my phone!

Overall

This month was successful, I definitely achieved some goals and made progress on others even if I didn’t reach the exact point I wanted to be. Balancing my time is one of my biggest issues and will definitely be my focus for October. Stay tuned for October’s monthly goals!