Tag: personal

Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern I loved Morgenstern’s first novel, The Night Circus, when my cousin gave it to me for Christmas when I was in high school. So when I saw on Goodreads that she had published another, The Starless Sea, the memories of how much I enjoyed The Night Circus came to

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Photo by Bonnie Kittle on Unsplash Hello! I thought I’d share a nice, long roundup post of some of my favorite things. It’ll be sort of a get-to-know-the-blogger kind of post. Let me know if any of these are your favorite things, too! My favorite . . . Color: Cerulean Number: 37 Animal: Elephant Season: Spring Holiday: Christmas

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Moving in Together and Other Big Life Changes

Photo by Patrick Perkins on Unsplash Well, y’all, we did it – two weeks ago today, we moved into an apartment! It’s a 660-square foot one-bedroom near the city that’s recently been renovated. There’s a coffee and a pastry shop walking distance from our apartment, which is also near a main road and lots of bus lines, and

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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My Dog Is Weird

My dog is weird. If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know Brie’s origin story: starving, mangy Puerto Rican street dog boards a private jet to a new life in Northern Virginia, where she is nursed back to health, cared for, and adored. You know she’s the most loving, pure, friendly little golden

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September Musings

I’m sitting outside on a lovely September evening. I’ve been out here for almost two hours, and I brought the little Brie out with me. She has been lounging, rubbing herself in the grass, and most recently had the zoomies, which is always adorable. We’ve been playing her favorite game off and on the whole

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Doing Better

For those of you who have been following my blog, first of all – thank you. Second, you probably know that I am trying to love myself warts and all, improve myself, and am also trying to lose weight. In the last almost three years, I had gained about 100 pounds due to a certain

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Amsterdam: Days 1 and 2

Well, friends, it’s officially my last full day in Amsterdam. What a trip this has been! Again I have to thank the boyfriend greatly for making this possible in every way. I thought, since today we decided to spend most of the day camped out in a cafe, that I might tell you about the

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Do Better

Hello! In my August goals, you read that I have been losing weight, and wanted to continue doing it. It was about two pounds a week then. Since the beginning of August, I have lost a total of nine pounds. I don’t eat as much anymore, and I’ve been working a lot, which involves walking

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Amsterdam Bucket List!

Well, friends, it’s real: I’m going to Amsterdam! It’s the place I’ve wanted to visit most for a long time now, closely followed by Paris and Greece. A great big giant thank you to the love of my life for the tickets! (He even made sure I’m flying direct!) I thought I would share my

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Monthly Goals – August

It is August, which means it’s time for my monthly goals. I know I’m late, but I was the maid of honor in my sister’s wedding a few days ago. With my classes and the wedding and working and job applications, my life recently has been a zoo. Still, I’ve accomplished a few things, and

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Learning to Love (Myself)

Awhile ago, I posted that I had never been heavier, and that I was trying to lose weight. Well, I haven’t lost much. But I have been steady, and haven’t gained any either. Recently I was placed on a medication that has a possible side effect of appetite suppression. This is opposite the effect of

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