3 Books to Inspire You

We all need some motivation in our lives at some point, so to help make 2018 a motivating and productive year, here are 3 books to help inspire you to use your time wisely, create and live your best, healthy life!

Learn to Manage Your Time by Lucy MacDonald

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This was a book I found while browsing the shelves of my local library and while all of the tips, exercises and ideas on managing your time are ones you should know already, they are ones that you just need to be told over and over until you finally pick them. I really benefited from this book and hopefully I can continue using these time management tips to achieve all my goals in the new year!

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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A creative life is the best life, and this book definitely conveys this! In this book we live through Elizabeth Gilbert’s past life experiences and how she came to be the creative person she is now. This book made me want to whip out my pen and paper and jot down all my ideas and ambitions, and map out how to get to them. And even though this book talks about creative living, and pursuing life as an artist, I truly think anyone could benefit from this book.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

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Sophia Amoruso is the definition of a #GIRLBOSS. She built her business from the ground and up to where it is now, and all mostly by herself. While reading this, I really understood what being a #GIRLBOSS means, and how to truly be one by striving for greatness and pushing yourself to do what you really want to do. I read this book over New Years Eve and into New Years Day, and I can confidently say it still motivates me to reach for my goals after a week of being into the New Year!

Those are 3 books to inspire you for the New Year (and hopefully for longer than two weeks) and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Jan + Feb 2018 Biannual Goals!

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December 2017 Wrap Up!

December was actually a decent reading month and I am proud of what I did manage to read! I do want to start reading more books each month because if I don’t I won’t reach my goal of reading 75 books, but December was a month for me to relax and refresh so I am not going to be too hard on myself for only reading 4 books.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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This was a book I had to read for school and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I read it on my own time or maybe I wouldn’t. Personally, I just thought that it was anti-climatic and while it does go deep into how we all have “darkness in our hearts”, I just thought it was boring! Maybe it is because I am used to reading current YA, but it was really hard for me to stay interested while reading, and some of the descriptions the author used were just a little much. I am glad I had the chance to read it though, but it just wasn’t for me. 2.5/5 stars

I See London I See France by Sarah Mlynowski 

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I was in desperate need of a cute, summery contemporary and I See London I See France was a great book to fulfill that. It did have flaws and it was cliche, but honestly I was all for it! The main character, Sydney was someone I enjoyed reading about and seeing things from her perspective, but her best friend, Leela was someone I just could not stand! She was so disloyal and disrespectful of Sydney and was incredibly annoying. Apart from that it was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed following them around Europe; it gave me a serious urge to travel that’s for sure. 4/5 stars

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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For a few months I had thought about picking up this up, not really knowing what it was about other than I loved the colourful cover, but just kept putting it off. Finally I did pick it up because I found it in the psychology section of the library when I was browsing and I absolutely loved it! It was a witty and valuable read on how to live a creative life, and was something I really needed. I had been feeling a little discouraged writing wise during the last few months, but reading this definitely made my fingers itch for the keyboard. Any creative person should pick this up because you won’t regret it. 4.5/5 stars

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Surprisingly the only re read for me in the month of December, so I call that a new record! I read Eliza and Her Monsters back in July during the BookTubeAThon and just flew through it…just like I did this time! Eliza is an anxious, awkward, creative teenage girl just like me, and it was a story I needed to be reminded of. I am really glad I re read it because I haven’t been feeling that great these past few months but the few days it took me to read this had me feeling a lot better. Another book I definitely recommend! 5/5 stars

Those are all the books I read in the month of December and I hope that you too had a good reading month! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update 🙂

Creative Living

It has been a while since I have done a rant on my blog, and I thought it was due, especially considering that I have felt really passionate about this topic lately, and that topic is creative living. I apologize if this rant is a little all over the place, but I felt a spike of inspiration and just wrote without planning. Please leave any comments or opinions down below because I would love to hear all of your views on creative living!

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Creative living is like falling into a river and letting the water carry you; watching as it leads you towards a sea of unknown. Along the way there are forks in the stream, and once and a while, the water will shift you into a completely new direction. It is a little scary at first, the journey will be filled with uncertainty and hesitation as the roaring water carries you away from your initial destination. You fight it at first, treading against it until your muscles ache, but eventually you give yourself up to the push of the water and it continues to carry you away. After a while though, the water calms down, and instead of fighting against it, you let it carry you to this new place. There are still twinges of hesitation and uncertainty, but they are swallowed by a new feeling; a warm, tingly feeling in your stomach. Curiosity. And that is what you are agreeing to when you travel down the path of creativity.

Creative living is often looked down upon because of its journey, and its usual end result. While the end result of pursuing creativity may not be mounds of money and a big, fancy house, it is usually happiness and fulfillment because creating something that you feel so passionately about will always be worth it in the end…whether the world pays you for it or not. I’m not saying it wouldn’t be nice to be generously rewarded for pursuing creativity if it is what you really wanted, but there is more to life than riches. Besides, being rich doesn’t guarantee happiness. However, creating does.

What amazes me, is that young people are so often steered towards accessing their creativity in school by having various options of art and music and theater classes to choose from. Yet once you leave high school, creativity is just seen as a hobby. However, labeling your creativity as just a hobby is fine, because you may be more interested in other subjects, but for those who see their creativity as more than a hobby, but a way of life, it is frustrating. Once you descend into post secondary school, there are a lot more options to join classes and clubs on creativity, but if you say you are going to be majoring in art or theater or writing, you will ultimately be faced with the question: well what do you plan to do with that? What stable job could you even get with a degree in art? Well there are a lot actually. They just might not pay as much as a doctor, or a lawyer. When I say I want to pursue writing, that doesn’t automatically mean all I want to do is write a novel. Besides, I know the risks and outcomes that come with wanting that, and only wanting that. Even though I may look it, I am more than a small child with stars in my eyes and a dream that is slightly out of reach. Since I know what a life of creativity means, it means I am open to the possibilities of non-fiction, creative non-fiction and technical writing…really the list goes on and on. The point is, I know it won’t be the easiest career but that’s okay. Its my dream.

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We have to remember that every job is hard, and requires you to work for it. Creativity just happens to be a bit more of a bumpy journey; especially if you go into it with the mindset that you are going to become a world famous artist or an author whose first book is going to sell millions of copies and be turned into a movie…that most likely won’t happen, at least not right away. But if you keep practicing and exercising your creativity, I see no reason why you can’t pursue it as a lifestyle and at least be semi successful, whether that means you make some money off of your art or you just have a blast doing it. Creativity only asks three things of you in return, and those are to never give up, to ignore the negativity of what others say, and to be flexible to whatever pathway of unpredictable and wondrous adventures it leads you down.

That is all for today and I really hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update 🙂

Reading/Writing Update!

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Merry Christmas Eve! This is the second last reading/writing update before the new year which is crazy. I cannot believe we are only a week away from 2018, I am hands down ready for 2017 to be over though, so I cannot wait. Anyways, this week hasn’t been an amazing reading week. I prefer to read right before bed but this last week I have been falling asleep as soon as I touch my bed…meaning I haven’t gotten a lot of reading done. Yesterday was my first day off school so I spent it lounging around and being lazy, but hopefully I have gotten that out of system and am going to make these next two weeks productive reading and writing wise…fingers crossed I can fight the laziness and procrastination. However, I did finish Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert this week, and I absolutely adored it! I will talk about my feelings om it more in my December 2017 Wrap Up which will be coming in a week or so, but for now, all you need to know is that it is definitely worth the read! I have also been re reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling, and am about 170 pages in. I am hoping I can finish it pretty soon because there are so many other books I want to get to but I also don’t want to rush it!

Lately I have been planning a creative non-fiction piece I am working on for a local writing contest. The deadline isn’t until March so I got plenty of time, but lately I have been leaving things to the last minute and while I do think so of my best work is produced that way, I don’t want to get in that habit. So I have slowly been mapping out my ideas and what the goal of my piece is, and I am really enjoying it! I am really glad I have decided to write more than just fiction, because while fiction will always be my favourite to write, I do really enjoy writing essays and creative non-fiction pieces!

That is all for my reading/writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: January 2017 TBR!

Reading/Writing Update!

Happy Sunday! It has been a quiet and calm yet also busy weekend because I have been finishing up homework and studying for my last few tests coming next week. I haven’t done a ton of reading but I have done some over this past week so I thought I would share what I have accomplished so far because at least it is something!

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Currently I am reading two books. Two books that I absolutely adore and am loving reading so much I don’t ever want them to end. The first one is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert which is a non-fiction book on creativity. I am on page 154 of 273 and have found it so incredibly inspiring and informative, that I have enjoyed taking my time this past week reading it. I don’t usually sit down and just read non-fiction books (I usually just scan them and take note of anything I find useful), but with this one I haven’t taken a single note. I’ve just been sitting and down and reading it which is really nice. The other book I am reading is a re read, and that is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! I am not very far in it at all, but I am a good 70 pages into it and I cannot wait to keep diving in. I’ve been distracted with reading Big Magic in the spare time I do spend reading, but once I finish it I will be giving Harry Potter by full attention and will hopefully finish it before winter break starts this coming Friday!

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Lately I have been searching up more essay contests ever since the last one I entered a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed writing that essay and would like to continue practicing and submitting more essays. Other than googling about writing, I have not written much lately…really I just want to get through this last week of school and then once I am on break I want to spend some time outlining because I have a story that I want to explore! It is an interesting idea to me, and I am hoping that it will take me by the reins and guide me to writing it, but you never know with ideas!

That is all for my reading/writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Liebster Awards! 🙂