“She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” -Ann Dillard
I am a bibliophile, a person who collects or has a great love of books. And since today is National Book Lovers Day, I just had to share some of my favorite reads for 2017!
Trying to choose my favorite books is like trying to choose a best friend. Great books can be there for you at different times, in different seasons. I was browsing through my Goodreads profile and just kept jumping back and forth between recommendations. I finally came down to five. While I refuse to say these are my top five favorites, I will say that these are books I highly recommend for you to check out this summer!
It’s been a long time since I’ve written here. That’s a shame. But if I’m being honest, it’s been necessary. I’ve been going through a transition, which usually means trying to tackle too many projects at once. It’s been a whirlwind of planning, jumping around, making things happen. But when the dust settled, I had too much to do and not enough energy to do it. So nothing started happening at all.
Dreaming that hard was exciting. But it made the work seem exhausting.
My biggest concern with developing this blog was my focus. Every blog expert will tell you that you need to find your “niche” in order to be successful. I jumped around from topic to topic, hoping something would stick. It didn’t. It hasn’t. I’ve decided that that’s okay.
I love Beauty & the Beast. It’s my favorite Disney movie of all time, which is difficult to say, because I adore a lot of Disney movies. But there is something about Beauty and the Beast, the story, the characters, the plot development, the musical numbers, that is too perfect to ignore. It’s no mistake that it was the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. It’s perfection.
And that’s why my Mom took my sister to see it five times in the theater, singing every song that they learned from the soundtrack. It’s why there’s a home video of me singing, “Tale as old as time,” as a toddler. That’s why I walked into my wedding to an orchestrated rendition of that incomparable song. It’s why I have a throw of the stained-glass window, and all my computer desktops are scenes from the movie.
So, when they announced the live action version, and who the cast would be, I was spellbound. I watched the teaser trailer repeatedly, followed by watching the final trailer daily for several weeks. And last night was finally the night.
I’ll never forget my first panic attack.
We’d decided to explore Red Rock Canyon while we were on vacation in Las Vegas. Spencer wanted to go bouldering, and while a bit nervous, I thought it sounded adventurous. What could go wrong?
Well it went wrong almost immediately. We climbed up a rock to take a picture, and the sky started to move sideways. Growing up, I had a reasonable fear of heights, but I’d never felt dizzy only six feet off the ground. I sucked it up to take the picture, but scrambled down quickly.
It got worse from there.
I love to read about marriage; marriage research, marriage blogs, marriage tips. I especially like to look at how couples make their relationships last a lifetime and use that information to build that same future with my husband.
Recently, I was reading articles from my favorite marriage expert, Dr. John Gottman. He pointed out that one of the indicators of lifelong marital success is when couples turn toward one another more often than they turn away. This means that when one spouse make a “bid” for the other spouse’s attention (which could mean smiling at them, asking them a question, or telling them something interesting to us), their reaction to that bid can either build, or break down, the relationship.
Happy New Year! It’s been awhile friends. I’m sorry I’ve been a stranger for the last few months, but I’ll be honest – I am grappling with what to do with this blog.
I’ve been wrestling with two sides of myself, the two sides that inspired my blog’s name. My wild side wants to just write about whatever speaks to my heart, to simply express and share. My ocean side is deeply concerned with stats, projections, and the probabilities of failure. It’s telling me to pick a niche and stick with it, to increase my chances for growth and success.
I am a proud, proud American.
We may not always live up to our standards, but the standard is still there: liberty and justice for all. Each and every day offers us the opportunity to take one step closer to that ideal. And part of seizing that opportunity includes voting.
I’ve wanted to publish a novel ever since first grade. Our teacher gave each us folded pieces of printer paper in the shape of a book (stapled and everything), and I was instantly hooked. Since then, I’ve known deep down that I was a storyteller. I haven’t been able to get enough of stories, books, and writing ever since.
Problem is, I’ve never been able to actually get a novel down on paper. It’s time to change that.
Two years. That’s how long Spencer and I ended up being in a long-distance relationship. Two years of painful, mind-numbing separation, broken up by small interludes of reprieve in the form of visits, college breaks, and summer vacation. While I never had to go months at a time without him (my deepest sympathy goes to you, military significant others), six weeks was still too much time for me.
I was a big wimp when it came to a long-distance relationship, sure. I was in two LDR relationships before Spencer, and I promised myself I would never do it again. I knew my limits. But when Spencer decided to quit college, I had no choice. If I wanted him, I had to do the time.
It may be a little late to set goals for back-to-school season, and too early to start planning New Years Resolutions, but goals are still on my mind. If you’ve read my about page, you know that I’ve set out to design a life I love, which means pruning the waste and adding the imperative. Well, I’ve been slacking on that lately. Instead of chasing my passions and hobbies, I’ve been on autopilot.
Now, it’s time to step up to the plate and start tackling these dreams! That’s why I’m going to talk about how to set goals you can achieve, and plan out my goals for the rest of October.