Best Books Of 2015

Its crazy that someone who reads as much as I do, have not read any of the books on any best books of 2015 lists.  When I logged into amazon, I saw “The girl on the Train” as the number one book for so long, I don’t know when I stopped noticing.  Yet it was months before I clicked on it and read the blurb.  Even as intrigued as I was, I was distracted with other things, and couldn’t make myself interested.  Until now.

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As I went through the many “best of” list, I felt out of the loop, and well, I like to be in the know.  So I’ve made it a goal to read any books from the best of 2015 list that interest me.  Yes, they have to interest me.  I can’t jump into a book simply because everyone is reading it.  A little pressure and encouragement, may nudge me eventually though.

So I’ve requested “The Girl on The Train” from the local library, which is still hugely popular.  I’m very excited to read it.  I’ve also requested the following two books, “Confess” by Colleen Hoover and “All The Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven.  Both were on best of 2015 lists, and both are very popular.  I’m sure being named one of the best books of the year only added to the popularity.

I know that  I can have these books on my e-book in one click, but I’ve decided to use the services of my library.  I can wait, but once I get those books are in my hand, I am jumping in.

 

 

 

 

 

One Year Blogging

A few weeks ago, I marked my one year anniversary blogging.  I’ve been busy, but I couldn’t let the accomplishment go by with out acknowledging this milestone.  I have been blogging for a little more than a year.  WOW!

I remember thinking about starting a blog, but was so intimidated by the idea of having a blog. I had no expectations when I started, and I’m learning as I go.  There were so any great blogs, and I didn’t have any goals of being the next great blog.  I just wanted to a little space of my own.  Having a small following wasn’t even something I considered, but now consider it a bonus.

What I’ve gotten in this one year of blogging is finding other great bloggers, so many of them new like me.  The feedback I have received has been really encouraging. Something I didn’t expect, but I’ve been really appreciative of.

I’ve really enjoyed this little space I’ve created for myself, and appreciative to everyone who has read, liked, and commented.

So I say Happy Anniversary to this blog, and look forward to more blogging.

Goals Delayed

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I saw this on Facebook, and all I could think was “this is so me”.  I’m sure I wasn’t the only one.  We have a list of goals, we didn’t accomplish them.  So we continue to add them to the new list of goals that we’ve created for ourselves.  Before you know it, nothing was accomplished.

While the quote struck close to me, It didn’t make me feel like a failure.  After sitting on it for a few days, I felt determined.  I felt determined because I set each goal for a reason.  These weren’t things I pulled out of the air.

I’m going to go back to the heart of my goals.  Life can throw many things in our way, and we may forget our purpose.  Once I get back in touch with the heart of my goals, my motivation and drive will flow easily.  I’m sure of it.

Wrapping It Up

The November edition of writing 101 has come to an end.  I always finish these classes with more than I started.  My favorite thing about these classes is the the community of supportive bloggers.  It is so encouraging to those of us who aren’t experienced.  It removes the intimidation that can sometimes come from blogging. It motivates and inspires me to keep going.

I am so happy with the new bloggers I have followed.  Some have been blogging for some time and others are as an experienced as I am.  Finding bloggers like myself, on another continent  or on the other coast, gives me a feeling of familiarity.  It comforting to read a post I was planning to write, or some one going through something that I have been through.  It is my favorite things about finding new blogs.

My favorite thing about this course, is the realization that blogging inspiration and ideas are everywhere.  One of the hardest things about blogging for me has been, finding things to blog to about.  From this course, I realize if you look long enough, there are stories, and ideas in things and places I may have looked past.

I am a work in progress when it comes to blogging.  I want to be a better blogger, and writer.  I want to be a more consistent blogger.  Maybe I won’t be able to blog every day, but a goal of  2-3 times a week consistently is a nice start.

I Should Have

He watches me while I work.  He asks me out the first opportunity he gets.

I should of said no.  Make up a lie about having a boyfriend.

I want to say I’m not interested, but he seems nice enough.  I relented but I’m really not interested.  I feel bad because he’s a nice guy, and that makes it so much harder.

I should have turned him down.

He recognized me right away.  In a city as big as this, what were the chances we run into each other.  He’s polite but obviously wants to keep things short.  I’m not hurt, I understand it.

I should have apologized again, even if it sounds tired to my own ears.

Leaving a mid day conference, he gets on the elevator with me.  I enjoy our talk all the way down.  He was charming, and his confidence took up the elevator.  I knew it was coming before we reached the lobby.  He asks me out, but I worry about leading on another guy, I may not be into.  I politely turn him down.  He hands me his business card, in case I want to talk.  I never use it.

I should have said yes.

 

 

 

 

No Map Needed

I don’t need a map.

I’ve been using the same route for years.

My college wasn’t far from my home, and my job isn’t that far from my college.  The route is similar, and if I’m going to either one, I’ll end up on the same road.

I’m going to the same places, I’ve been going to for years, and even when I’m not going those places, I’m on the same road.

This has been the metaphor for my life thus far.  It feels like I’m going in circles, and going no where.  Even when I’m going some place, it feels like I’m going no where because I’m going to all the same places I’ve been going.

Right now I don’t need a map, but I’d like to need one.


Writing 101: Day 17

Mining My Own Material

Today’s Writing 101 assignment  prompt instruct us to find ideas in places we already have access to.  These places in include our dashboard, our blog readers, and social media.

As a very new blogger, the things I struggle with is finding something to write about.  Sometimes I treat this blog as a journal, other times, I write about other things.  I haven’t decided on what the goal is for this blog, so sometimes, I go back and forth about writing what  I want to write about, and what may attract readers.  It is a balance I’m trying to figure out because I love the feel of community that a post might bring.

As I sifted through my social media accounts, I couldn’t narrow down one thing that I could zero in on, and write about.  I went through my twitter “likes” and re-tweets.  There was good stuff there, but when I tried to figure out why I “liked” a tweet or re-tweet a particular tweet, I couldn’t come up with the reason.  I’m not very active on twitter, so surely there was a good reason, I “liked” or re-tweeted.  What was going on at the time that these things resonated with me.

I had the same experience sifting through my Facebook timeline.  I clicked “like” major milestones of friends, not so great moments, inspirational quotes, and videos.  Yet as  I was trying to zero in on something specific, I couldn’t.

I finally realized  I couldn’t nail down one story or post because there were many posts that could of been written.  Something inspired me to hit the favorite button on this quote:

Learn to trust the journey, even when you do not understand it.

and this:

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going

How did I feel when I “liked” engagement announcements, birth announcement, admissions to graduate, and law school?  Did I make any kind of judgment? Was I happy or was  jealous?  Was I happy with a twinge of jealousy?

In these moments, they may have seemed like nothing, but now I realize there is a story or an idea for a post behind my social media actions.  I didn’t hit the “like” icon, “favorite” icon, and re-tweet just because.  Now I know that there was an idea for blog post in there.  So when I struggle with things to write about, I know that there are post waiting to written in my social media interactions.