Books

Currently……… August 2017 Edition

Reading…… Clash of Kings – A Song of Fire and Ice #2Game of Thrones

Planning………My content. Surprised , Me too.

Watching………. Game of Thrones Season 2, Disney Movies , Probably old 90’s classic movies(That statement makes me sound old)

Listening to Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, and  Florida Georgia Line

Cooking Whole 30 approved  stuff, and coffee cake.

Eating Whole 30 Approved stuff , Trail Mix, and M&M’s . You know gotta keep it interesting.

Thinking of a lot of stuff. Life, Blog, Books. Everything and anything . Mostly how does the Solar Eclispe make you blind? , not from a biology standpoint but an astronomical one.

Going to work soon.

Dreaming of Fall nights with jeans and boots and sweaters and sweatshirts and shorts weather. Oh and Pumpkin Spice stuff( Yes, I know its out but it is way to early; at least lets get to September before the whole world goes basic white girl. )

Listening to T-Shirt by Thomas Rhett on repeat.

Annoyed with my split ends – I need to get a trim, the fact that at work we already talking about the “holiday season” , that I haven’t had a chance to go swimming a lot this summer, Having to reread a 900 page book because you waited too long to read the next one.

Drinking Coffee and Water. I like to keep it simple.

Wearing either shorts and a t-shirt or whatever will keep me comfortable at work where i wont freeze or get tooo hot. With a heat index of 100 don’t count out skirts and dresses. Oh and probably my Vans or Sperry’s.

Enjoying my days off, nice weather and taking my dogs for walks.

Asking people if I can anonymously mention people in my blog- but if you know me well enough one would know who I am talking about.

Figuring out how to possibly take #ootd’s and this whole blogging social media system.

Smiling because well I am actually writing again, I look cute.

Grateful for new people in my life, B, and old ones, M&C, that help me keep me from over reacting and realizing I do not have to be perfect right now.

Searching for ways to save money and pay off debt.

Buying foundation, clearance at Kohl’s-there is a great selection of Summer Spring stuff on clearance.

Learning a lot of stuff. Mostly if you don’t listen to your parents you will eventually get the lesson they were trying to teach you- just the hard way. Learning debt is actually really bad and puts a road block to your major goals.

Trying work on my blog, fitness and just life in general. Oh yeah majorly trying to get my finances in order.

Inspired by Bright Colors, good weather

Waiting for whatever is next.

Sitting either at the table or my desk. Right now its my desk.

Wanting to go to the pool after work, yall know with that 100 heat index.

Missing 

Loving  my life right now.

So Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is 20 years old……………..

20 Years of Magic

 

Can you believe that Harry Potter and the Sorcerers’ Stone/ Philosopher’s Stone is 20 years old?? Me either. Because that means I am getting older. I was 7 when the first book came out and probably got it that summer for my birthday. ( I am not entirely sure when I got it because since then Harry Potter has been as much of my life as watching NCIS) Since then I have found my literary doppelganger – Hermione, who also showed girls that it is ok to be the smart one. I know I went to at least one midnight release party for a book and saw one movie the day it came out. I watch at least one of the movies when they are on Freeform/ ABC Family. I am part of the Harry Potter Generation, No shame whatsoever in saying that. The hashtags alone tell you how well loved this series is; #HarryPotterForever #20yearsofMagic #HarryPotter20

Not to mention countless fan Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram accounts that help us to live the magic – because it will never really end.

Thank you, JK Rowling, for writing a series that would help me get through some tough stuff over the years and  for showing me its ok to be a smart girl.

Since its this big anniversary they are reprinting the books but this time in house colors. I already ordered mine and am waiting for it comes. I got a Ravenclaw Blue and Gold hardcover coming and may get a Slytherin one because that’s the other house I got sorted into on Pottermore. Also on Pottermore, they launched a worldwide book club that is going to go through all 7 books and talk about major themes in each over a Twitter chat by @wwbookclub, with the first one today (Friday) at 4 pm BST, which is 11 pm EST. The first topic is Muggles and the magical world.

‘“I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed – or worse, expelled. Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to bed.”’

Hermione Granger in  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling

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Gryffindor/ Hufflepuff/Ravenclaw/ Slytherin

And not to mention Illustrated editions started coming out last year so therefore we have other Wizarding World Stuff to look forward- Just keeping the magic alive.

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Philosopher’s Stone/Chamber of Secrets/Prisoner of Azkaban (Release Date October 3, 2017)

And of course, the media had to get in on the magic

 

Time Article
CNN Article

USA Today Article/ First Review of HP and Philosopher’s Stone

And Fantastic Beasts and Where To FInd Them movies keeping the magic alive, along with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando. Been there- done that can not wait to go back and see Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.

Harry Potter was and will continue to be a big part of my life and many other millennials . PS I hate the word Millennials and how it stereotype’s us. That is a post for another day though.

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May Goals 2017

Well Funny story, It is now June 19th and is just now posting this. I apparently wrote it and saved it in my drafts instead of it actually posting. Well, you live, and you learn.

 

 

So for April Goals It was busy and I got sick so that is why they are not posted and there is no recap as to what I accomplished because it was a whole lot of nada. That being said its a new month and It’s time to make it happen in May. I do these goals to help keep me accountable and so I am guaranteed to have at least one post per month on this blog.

So Here we go…………

Monthly Goals

  1. Finish applying for Social Security Benefits, Medicaid, and Snap. #ChronicIllnessProblems #Idontlikeit
  2. Buy a domain, hosting, and WordPress site and transfer from Blogger. 
  3. Get 20 credits at work
  4. Work on and implement a content plan for the next 6 months.
  5. Productivity Challenge( 14 days), Lazy Girl Productivity Course
  6. Have a meeting or two about setting up young adult group at my church
  7. Finally, send that damn letter
  8. Make and Keep monthly savings and Budget Plan
  9. Figure out numbers for Blog and monetizing it
  10. Celebrate Mother’s Day with my Mom 
  11. Blog Learning Wishlist
  12. Traffic Challenge
  13. Currently debating signing up for Branding Challenge – 4 weeks, 150 possible $1000 prize- Lighthouse LLC
  14. Complete SBB Checklist to Launch by June 15th

Weekly Goals

  1. Get 2 Credits a shift at work per shift
  2. Post 4x a week
  3. Post Clothes to BST/Poshmark
  4. Have Blog Office Hours 10 hours a week
  5. Read one book a week that is not Game of Thrones
  6. Keep Room / Bathroom Clean
  7. Pay Down Debt
  8. Complete SBB Checklist to Launch by June 15th – Do a little each week
  9. Complete Paperwork for SS, Snap, and Medicaid 3 hours a week

Daily Goals

  1. Drink 2 Waterbottles Daily
  2. Morning Routine- Update it with Productivity Challenge and actually do it
  3. Be active 30 minutes a Day
  4. No TV/ Phone after 10 pm
  5. Work on Blog 2 hours a day
  6. Read a Book for 30 mins
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March Goals and February Recap

 

March 2017 (1)

So about February…….

Monthly Goals:

  • Call someone regarding starting a Young Adult Group at Church- Kinda did, emailed her on the last day of the month.

  • Finish the 2nd Game of Thrones Book – A Clash of Kings

  • Post Lilly that I no longer wear to Poshmark, Mercardi, and BST Boards on Facebook- Kinda did the opposite and bought from these boards. This is what made me realize that I had a problem.

  • Write THAT Email- started haven’t written in it since. Last night I thought of some stuff but of course I have by now forgotten.

  • Make and Keep 2 Friend dates

  • Get into a routine(Morning)

  • Come up with a Budget –And Stick to it– Contentment Challenge RESTART- Kinda did. Well I am recommitting to it for Lent and no more buying anything.I already blew it at Kohl’s because I was trying to get Kohl’s cash.

  • Come up with a Savings Plan

  • Plan for Blog going Forward- Once again kinda. I knew what my goals are for the year and the next three months , one of them being more consistent in posting is still my downfall. I did get a little notebook to carry around with me for when an idea strikes. I have the ideas I just have to actually write them – plain and simple.

  • Powersheets Prep 2017- Turns out I could put this on the next month

  • Keep up with Cultivate What Matters Book Club, She Reads Truth , and the In The Wait Study

Weekly Goals:

  • Call my Best Friend – Well I have texted her and kept in contact so that is an improvement.
  • Do Blogilates – Yeah did not happen.
  • Go Running
  • Work on Skillshare class- Photoshop- Did not happen. Part of it was I didn’t have the computer that has Photoshop and then I was working a lot.  
  • Get peoples addresses I care about
  • Bi-Weekly Blogposts
  • Read 1 book a week

Daily Goals:

  • Do stuff I know I need to do (Exjade and CPAP Machine)- I have mixed feelings about my CPAP machine and I know I did not take the exjade as often as I should and my ferritin level showed it. This shouldn’t be a problem because if I get too much iron in my body I can basically die- you would think that that would do it. It is just brutal on my stomach.
  • Drink Enough Water – kinda happened because I got a new water bottle and when I used it drank more water and in turn felt better.
  • Write something everyday- Nope
  • Blogilates – Nope
  • Get Up Early (by 7:30)- Not really. I mean I woke up early but then I just went back to sleep.

 

 

So now on to March Goals:

Monthly Goals:

  • Figure out student loan stuff. Reactivate my Payment plan.
  • Post Clothes to Poshmark, BST Boards
  • Read 5 Books
  • Make and Keep Budget and Savings Plan. Continue to work on Contentment Challenge.
  • Contentment Challenge: No SHOPPING, Catch up on the In The Wait Study, Read Nothing to Prove.
  • Finish and send THAT Email
  • Blog Logo, editorial calendar and Posting schedule, List of dream brands people i want to work with.
  • Send BF her birthday present that is like 1.5 yrs old. – whoops
  • Make Progress on Young Adult Group at Church
  • Be more Active.
  • Start and finish Powersheets 2017 Prep.
  • Make and Keep Friend dates  

Weekly Goals:

  • Read Make It Happen, Nothing to Prove, Power your happy and make progress on them.
  • No Spending on things i do not need
  • Pay Down my credit cards (Kohls/Capital One)
  • Get a credit every shift
  • Clean Room and Bathrrom
  • Spend $15 or Less a week
  • Office Hours (10 hours) – Learn Photoshop, Click Funnels, Work on Blog , SBB Classes

Daily Goals:

  • In the Wait Study
  • No Shopping
  • Take Exjade and Do what I am supposed to do ( CPAP)
  • Drink at least 72 oz H2O – Changed to 2 24 oz Contigo Water Bottles a Day
  • Work Out
  • Meditate / Silence
  • Get up early and find a routine that works.

February 2017 Goals

halfway

I am going to try a new thing where i post my monthly goals. I use #powersheets so they will be in the format of Monthly , Weekly and Daily. I know i am doing this all out of order but i am not supposed to start my new #Powersheets till April. Luckily there is nothing magical about January first.

Monthly Goals:

  • Call someone regarding starting a Young Adult Group at Church
  • Finish the 2nd Game of Thrones Book – A Clash of Kings
  • Post Lilly that I no longer wear to Poshmark, Mercardi, and BST Borads on Facebook
  • Write THAT Email
  • Make and Keep 2 Friend dates
  • Get into a routine(Morning)
  • Come up with a Budget –And Stick to it- Contentment Challenge RESTART
  • Come up with a Savings Plan
  • Plan for Blog going Forward
  • Powersheet Prep 2017
  • Keep up with Cultivate What Matters Book Club, She Reads Truth , and the In The Wait Study

Weekly Goals:

  • Call my Best Friend
  • Do Blogilates
  • Go Running
  • Work on Skillshare class- Photoshop
  • Get peoples addresses I care about
  • Bi-Weekly BlogPosts
  • Read 1 book a week

Daily Goals:

  • Do stuff I know i need to do (Exjade and CPAP Machine)
  • Drink Enough Water
  • Write something everyday
  • Blogilates
  • Get Up Early (by 7:30)

Big Magic, Permission and saying yes.

So I read Big Magic with the Brave love Book club because it was actually one of my goals this month to read 4 books. Well I didn’t make 4 but I did read 2. So that is an improvement from last year and hardly reading any books.
Oh k so back to the book.
The main thing i learned is that you don’t need permission to create , just being alive is enough to allow you to create. This is the truth that hit me like a ton of bricks. I have been wanting to blog and write and do all these things but I didn’t feel like i was enough and good enough. And my word of the year is “YES” , i decided it back in January but wasn’t brave enough to post onto my blog.

You don’t need anyone’s permission to live a creative life.” 
“You will find people who   spent there lives making things. This is where you come from.” , 86 
  “I am a child of God, just like anyone else. I am a constituent
 of this universe. I have invisible spirit benefactors who
 believe in me, and who labor alongside me. The fact that I am here at all is evidence that I have the right to be here. I have a right to my own voice and a right to my own vision. I have a right to collaborate with creativity, because I myself am a product and a consequence of Creation.” 

Another topic I found interesting was how she talked about her relationship to fear. She acknowledged it and said it can come along for the ride but it will not be making any decisions.

Your fear will always be triggered by your creativity, because creativity asks  you to enter into a realm of uncertain outcome, and fear hates uncertain outcome.” – Big Magic, 23 
She basically summed up how i want to live this year, and forever as one without fear. Fear is what holds you back from creating. It holds you back from a lot of good things in life. She also talks about curiosity and how it is better than passion because there is less to live up to. It hit me again, if you have a inkling of wonder go after it and see where it goes. It’s also another reason i am finally writing in my blog. Being curious made so much sense was how one should try to curious instead of waiting for inspiration to strike. If you wait for inspiration you may waiting a long time because you don’t know when it will , only that you need to be ready when it does. Because why the heck not. 
“I don’t want to be afraid of bright colors, or new sounds, or big love, or risky decisions, or strange experiences, or weird endeavors, or sudden changes, or even failure.” 

“For me, a lifetime devoted to creativity is nothing but a scavenger hunt — where each successive clue is another tiny little hit of curiosity. Pick each one up, unfold it, see where it leads you next.
Small steps.

Keep doing that, and I promise you: The curiosity will eventually lead you to the passion.” From her website. 


“A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.”
She gave me inspiration that i need in a time where life is hard, well its hard because of #spoonieproblems. Thank you Bailey for starting this book club and keeping me accountable.Its something that has helped me for the better. 

Blogtember Challenge- WIshlist {Lilly and More}

First, My Lilly Wishlist:

Pink Tusk In The Sun Buttercup Shorts and Delia Dress I could just find a picture of the Dress. Then Next up is another Elsa; I love the one i have , which also happens to be Elephants, and in Georgia you can wear them all year around. Then my final item[I think] is the Marlowe Dress, I have lots of her other Tshirt dresses and I love them. They work for all seasons are normally just the right length for my 4’11” self. 
Pink Tusk in the Sun Delia Dress 

Pack Your Trunk Elsa 

Toucan Play Marlowe Dress 

And now for the Not Lilly Stuff…………….. First Off A prayer journal by valmariepaper

I have had my eye on an american flag scarf for months now. Here’s one from Esty. 
And this awesome incredible Maruader’s Map Infinity Scarf 
#fangirl #HarryPotter #HarryPotterForever #FandomOfTheMonthClub 
And as always I will gladly take a new pair of cowboy boots and books. That is another post though. 

Blogtember Challenge- Books are my Friends


Well when it comes to books I have to say be prepared for a long list. 
Oh and they are Color Coded: 
Green Is Religious 
Purple is Fantasy/Fiction 
Blue is Political/ Economical 
Currently Reading:
Just Rise Up By Sarah Francis Martin
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: The Alchhemyst , The Magician , The Sorcerress by Michael Scott
Restless: Jeanie Allen
Game of Thrones By George R. R. Martin
Have read lately:
Seventh Son Books 1 &2 by Joseph Delaney 
Make It Happen by Laura Casey 
To Read List:
Plunder and Decit by Mark Levin
The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
Throne of Glass: Sarah J. Mass
All Creatures Great and Small  by James Herriot
The Fringe Hours Jessica N. Turner
Lets all Be Brave By Annie F. Downs 
Zen and The Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss
The Selection: Kierra Cass
John Adams: David McCullough
Bitterweet by Shauna Niequist 
Wild and Free by Jess Collony 
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Warm Bodies by Isac Marion 
Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg
This Town Mark Leibovich
Rand Paul: Taking a Stand 
The Shock Doctrine: Naomi Klein 
The Founding Conservatives  David Lefer
The Presidents Bankers by Nomi Prinz

The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst

Blogtember Challenge- Obsessions of a Typical White Girl

I am about to go Typical White GIrl on ya’ll – Fair Warning 
My latest obsessions include: 
1. Anything Pumpkin Spice #noshame,


 I have already had a Pumpkin Spice Blizzard, Dunkin Donuts Munchins , and of course a Starbucks PSL.
 2. Lilly. I have a Lilly agenda , and just spend too much money there. #afterpartysale #TuskInTheSun is my favorite print. #patriotic #america 
3.  getting better while still trying to live my life #spoonie #spoonieProblems  #DBA #GiveBlood 





4. Game of Thrones: I am reading the books and trying to catch up on the HBO series. Its really good, its just complicated and hard to follow sometimes. 

Oooh Look 2 my latest obsessions in One Picture 


5. Any new fantasy book series I can get my hands on. – This should not be a surprise since the revelation that Harry Potter is one of the four books that has greatly influenced my Life. 


6. And also joining in Twitter chats like #fireworkpeople. 

7. Oh and Bookbub , it’s a website that shows you kindle books and other online books that are on sale. The most expensive I have seen is like $3.99, for the book lover in me it’s amazing


Blogtember Challenge- I’m All Booked

-Creature from Jekyll Island: This one has influenced my life because it tells of the creation of the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve is not as complicated of a topics as it seems. I just liked it because it shown who the major world changers are and how much power the banks have. If you like History and Politics it’s a great book. I know it’s not a book most people have even heard of and if you have you gain major brownie points with me.

Too Big To Fail: This made it on the list for the same reasons of above. It shows just how our economy is controlled by a select few and the consequences of that. It is also an HBO Movie which I have seen multiple times and love. It tells just how the US Federal Reserve and US Treasury are not clearly defined in their powers and whom they get their powers from. Because of this it allowed them to increase their power and take steps in order to keep the economy in tack, or so they say.

 This is also on the list because during that time my father was a builder and the housing industry was one of the first hit so I actually lived through it. I remember my dad actually yelling at the TV as the banks were falling. He only did that one other time on September 11th.

– Harry Potter Series: It is simple why this is on the list, I grew up with Harry Potter and the golden trio. I was the same age as the movies came out and also about the same age as the characters when the last couple of books came out. He allowed me to see magic in the world and I felt like I was always at home at Hogwarts. I continue to watch the movies, I even watched one last night.

– Make it happen by Lara Casey: I just recently got involved with Influence Network and this is the first book club book I participated in. I had already heard great things about the #powersheets from Bailey and I was excited to use them. I got one set last year but really didn’t use it, or tired and my heart just wasn’t in to it. So I started reading and journaling this book and really got thru to the stuff I had been avoiding. I am now on my first set of #powersheet and in the first month and am already more productive and actually making stuff happen. It really help me to understand not to chase perfect and that taking small actions on your goals really adds up. I plan on posting my October Goals and how I did on September goals. So there you have it. They arent the most convential books but they have left a lasting impression on me and have helped inspire my dreams and goals. S S

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