Why I Prefer Paper Books

I’ll admit it: I’m a book snob.  That doesn’t mean that I only read bestsellers or classics or prize winners, but I’ll tell you what it does mean. It means I prefer paper books. I know, I know, I’m a 23-year-old dinosaur. I have tried reading on my phone, and I owned and used a…

Grace Potter and the Comeback

I’ve been a fan of Grace Potter since high school, when someone in honors choir with me raved about her and her then-band, the Nocturnals. We covered one of her songs, “Tiny Light,” and I was in love. So, I was excited to learn that she had released a new album, Daylight, and that she…

Winter Date Ideas

Photo by Mateusz Majewski on Unsplash Wintertime is in full swing. It’s finally truly cold in the D.C. area, and the weather doesn’t make me want to go outside without proper clothing. The thing is, I hate the process of putting on and taking off winter clothes: scarves, hats, gloves, coats, anything. It’s just inconvenient; I’d rather put…

Sh*t Just Got Real

Well y’all, it’s happening: Ben and I are getting married! He proposed Sunday night, and I couldn’t stop saying yes.  Between the wedding (though it’s admittedly not for a year or so) and a certain medical procedure I need done, it’s time to get, and more importantly, stay committed to getting fit and losing weight….

A Few Things You Should Know about Anxiety

DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional in any sense. My name is Grace, and I have anxiety, among other things. I’m so lucky, that I have two types of anxiety! My particular brands are social and general. My social anxiety makes me constantly paranoid that people don’t actually like me, or are pretending to…

My Three Favorite Books I Read in 2019

Photo by Ed Robertson on Unsplash As stated previously, I read thirty-two books in 2019. Some, obviously, were better than others; some were dreadful, but a few were wonderful. This list includes my top three favorite books that I read in 2019. I hope, if you choose to read them, that you enjoy them as much as I…

The Bookshop of Yesterdays Review

I told you in my last few posts that I’d been reading, a lot. I beat my Goodreads reading challenge last year by a dozen books. I had set it low (twenty books), but I’m proud that I not only finished it, but surpassed it significantly. The first book I’ve completed in my 2020 Goodreads…

Be More Joyful – Monthly Goals

It’s that time of the month again – time for my list of monthly goals! This month, I want to start – and restart – positive habits. I think these habits will bring much more joy into my life, and I am ready to receive it.  Work out (nearly) every day. Before November, I had…

Don’t Wait until the New Year to Change Your Life

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash New Year’s resolutions are stupid.  Let me elaborate. Resolutions themselves are not stupid. Changing your life in a minor or significant way is not stupid. By all means, please, take the actions you want and need to improve yourself and your life.  What is stupid about New Year’s resolutions is when people…

Christmas Swag

Well, hello! It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? I’ve been taking the last week or so to focus on reading, and friends, and family. It’s been lovely. I’ve tried to be less on my devices; I didn’t even take my inevitable laptop any of the places we traveled. To be fair, I knew there would…

Hello There – Update

Jen P. Hello all! It’s been awhile, again. I wanted to update you on what’s been happening in my life, and perhaps explain why I’ve been so absent for so long.  First things first – I got a job! I’m still working my first job in bridal, but now I have a second job as…

Grief as a Part of Life

Grief seems like such a simple concept, but the truth is, it isn’t. Grief isn’t a simple concept, or a simple feeling. It is composed of a range of human emotions: anger, regret, sadness, and more. Many of us think of grief as something that happens only when a loved one dies. While it is…

How to Rock Gift-Giving Every Year

As a quintessential broke college student, it can be tough for me to get people gifts for the holidays. I glory in finding the perfect present, and if I had my way, I’d get gifts for everyone I like or love. That being said, I am still a broke college student, one doing her best…

Begin Again

I’m back into the writing. I’m back to working on the novel, still untitled. I don’t think I’m far enough into it to figure out the overarching theme of it, and I haven’t written anything clever enough to pick it for a title. Hence, it remains unnamed. Aye, that’s the rub. I keep seeing, on…

How to Give the Best Gifts

The holidays are coming up, and coming up fast. No matter what you celebrate, or if you celebrate at all, you likely have some kind of obligation to give someone a gift. It could be for a religious or cultural holiday, or for a birthday, or a host gift for a party. If you’re totally…

Three Best Current TV Shows

I’ll admit – I’m not a huge streamer or TV-watcher. I’m more of a movie or book person, to be completely frank. Lately it’s been books. I haven’t been able to focus on books for years, so the rediscovered ability to do so has led me to more reading than watching in the past few…

Three Life-Changing Self-Help Books

It’s obvious that the book market has been inundated in the last twenty or so years with self-help books. I’ve read a fair few of them myself. I went through a phase where self-help books were almost the only kind I would read. Thankfully, I’m back to fiction, but I thought I’d put together a…

Everything Is Temporary

Hello, all. I know it’s been awhile, and I’m sorry. Life has been busy. But that’s not an excuse, and it’s not the reason I haven’t been posting here. Sure, there’s been a lot going on – working about twenty hours a week, plus classes, plus self-care – but that’s not it. Despite my medications,…

What I’ve Been Reading Lately

Well, it has been awhile, hasn’t it? I’ve been up to a few things, mostly school and reading. I’ve been trying to focus on school, but I’ve also been reading voraciously. In the past month I’ve finished so many books that I’d started in the last year and never finished. This month’s include Under the…

Edible Bucket List

If you know me, you know one of my favorite activities is cooking. If you know me well, you know that my favorite thing to cook is something that will be shared. I love quality, seasonal ingredients and unusual flavor combinations. There’s so much I don’t know about cooking, though, and I’m eager to learn…