Hello Everyone! Welcome back to the blog! I finally had a chance to sit down and write this for you. First off, I want you to know that no matter what else happens in the future I have loved writing these entries for you and having this space on the internet to drop my thoughts. I’m glad that you are here and that you have chosen to spend some time reading these words.
Now as my life changes in 2021 with a new job that I started at the end of last year. A new fervor to run toward the goals that I have set this year and hopefully into the future this space may change. I want to continue to bring you bookish content in whatever form that is, I would also like to bring you other content.
I hope that you’ll continue to follow my journey wherever I may go on the internet and how that might change in the future.
Hey! Welcome back to the blog, I know that it has been a while since you have actually heard from me , but I thought that I would pop in and give you some thoughts, well actually as you can see from the title this is my official mid-year resolutions catch up posts. If you just found me welcome, if you have been here a while, thanks for sticking around.
Like so many people at the beginning of the year, I am full of hope, anticipation, and excitement for what the new year brings and yet sometimes after the first week it is hard to get my feet under me and really get going on those goals. Well, it is just about the middle of the year when this post is going up, so I’m going to update you on my goals for 2019, how I’ve been working on and how we are going to proceed going forward.
The first goal I had planned on is reading 52 books this year. Well, as of writing this I’m not quite halfway to my goal, but I’m hoping that with a little luck and some good motivation I will be able to catch up very soon and hopefully even be a little bit ahead.
The next goal I had was to get a bit more healthy. Well in January, Matt & I did sign up for Planet Fitness since that is the new hot gym in our town that is conveniently located near a mall. I was going pretty consistently until April when I got a second job but since then haven’t been to the gym since. It’s been saddening, but hopefully when my life and finances calm down a bit more I can get back to the gym and hopefully that will be sooner than later.
My last goal that I talked about on the blog was to get this space into better shape and while I have spruced up certain areas and done a few things here and there it most certainly isn’t where I want it to be and where I hope it to be to get better traction on the web. I am still hoping to do that, but I am slowly drowning in other projects at the moment that I can’t even keep up with that.
Privately some of my goals are going a bit better than I had hoped and others are not going so well. There’s still 6 months left in 2019 what are you hoping to accomplish before the end of the year. I know that I will definitely be working a bit harder toward my goals to see if I can get a bit more done before the new year’s rings in. Let me know if you set any goals at the beginning of the year and how you are doing on them?
Hey! So it has been a minute since I’ve written a post here and I do have a few more coming. I think it’s mostly because I am trying to read too many books at once, if that’s believable to say. Currently, I am in the midst of three books and that’s just at the moment. I’m also about to sound like a cliche, but how is it almost the end of February already? Crazy, the first two months of the year have nearly already flown by and I still feel as if I’m getting my feet under me with the start of the new year.
Well, getting back to the topic at hand before I left for a short trip in January, Matt and I went to Book Off a used bookstore to trade in some books and get a few new ones. I found Turn Around Bright Eyes: a karaoke journey of starting over, falling in love, and finding your voice by Rob Sheffield. I was intrigued by the title so I thought why not? Little did I know that the paperback book had been abused with pages torn out and sold like a brand new copy. Yes, I did weep a bit when I saw the bits of paper that showed where pages were meant to be in the beginning 🙁
The book overall was a fun journey of Rob Sheffeld’s life so far. In case, you are wondering who Rob Sheffeld is, he was once a contributing writer to Rolling Stone magazine has written several other books around the same musical theme. To be honest until he mentioned that he was once a writer for Rolling Stone magazine, I wasn’t even sure I would have picked him out on the street, though I probably would tell you that I could recognize his writing from somewhere. I used to subscribe to Rolling Stone magazine in college when, it was still that weird 12 x 12 or so size instead of the current 8.5 x 11 or so? What’s the normal magazine size now?!?
Rob titles his chapters after song lyrics and song titles that remind me of the time when he found karaoke and the songs that he has loved to sing. Rob starts the book at the end where he is karaoke bar hopping with his wife and they are singing their way through their favorite songs. Flash backward in time to when Rob first came to New York and was introduced to karaoke which helped him through a rough patch in his life. As Rob walks you through the songs of his life and how he remembers karaoke and its origins in his life you somehow can’t help but relate to having similar memories or adventures with friends and family.
If you are a music enthusiast, followed Rob Sheffield’s career for a long time or are just intrigued by karaoke you will love this book. If not you’ll at least find a chapter or two interesting but would recommend you put the book down and trying something else. I’m pretty sure that I will be giving another one of Rob Sheffield’s book a chance in the near future. Let me know what you have been reading lately or what’s coming up next for you. I have a few more book reviews in the works in the next week that I can’t wait to tell you about 🙂
Recently I’ve been inspired to write a motivational pep talk to at least convince myself that it’s always going to be worth it! I’ve been reading A Girl who loved to write blog and being encouraged by Rachel Hollis’s book Girl, wash your face ( a review maybe coming soon…)
While I’d like to pretend that I have it all together; living in Hawaii, with an amazing boyfriend, the perfect job and I get to see my friends a ton and it looks like everything with absolutely no work. The truth is that I spend more time being envious of my friends lives even if it is just on instagram than actually connecting with them. I live with my parents and the job that I recently took this year while it’s stable and predictable doesn’t fulfill me like I thought it would. Why am I telling you all this?
Because as much as I want to make changes I spend more time scared of actually doing it than actually taking the leap. I’m hear to encourage you and me to take the leap, do the hard thing be unaware of what could happen and do it anyway. People take small risks every day and nothing happens to them, so why not me.
Rachel Hollis says “Our words have power, but our actions shape our lives.”
I could say a million other things to encourage you right now, but just do it ,try. As my friend Wayde, would say “What’s the worse that could happen? Just take that chance it could be the best thing that happened to you.