2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | August Introduction

RILLA OF INGLESIDE

Good morning all!

Well it’s here! We’re at the last book of the series! How are you feeling? I’m a bit sad to tell you the truth! I’ve so enjoyed this ūüôā

I haven’t read this book in many a year and the only thing I remember is that I think I cried. And back then, it took a lot for me to cry.

Oh good grief. I cry more easily now soooooooo I’m anticipating tears this go ’round.

Break out the Kleenex y’all! Here’s to the last installment of Anne.

Happy reading ūüôā

currently {8.10.16}

listening/enjoying/feeling/planning/waiting/reading

Listening to the book of Ephesians on my Bible.me app. I love this app! It’s my favorite for listening to the Word.

Enjoying the solitude of the early morning and my clean desk. Man, was it haaaaaard to get my butt out of bed this morning but the fact that I FINALLY have a clean desk for the first time since I moved was incentive enough to get up!

Feeling¬†equally excited to get married and apprehensive about the wedding. I so can’t wait to marry the Fianc√©¬†but I always stress before any big event I’m involved in. The fact that it’s my big day exacerbates that a little. BUT! I’m determined to not just survive this season but truly enjoy it ūüôā

Planning¬†new stuff for the blog….I’M SOOOOOO EXCITED ūüôā ¬†I have been slack in writing this year but it’s super hard for me to juggle wedding, work, new projects and blog all at the same time. Bear with me.

Waiting¬†for the weather to cool off. IT’S SO HOT -_-

Reading:

  • Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
  • Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

currently wednesday {6.8.16}

writing/watching/choosing/thinking/wondering/reading

Writing lists. Lists for church activities. Lists for the wedding. Lists for the blog. So much to do, so very much to do!

Watching¬†Little House on the Prairie.¬†I have seasons 1 & 2 on DVD and I’ve been revisiting Walnut Grove this evening as I’m knocking tasks off my to-do lists.¬†One of my favorites ūüôā

Choosing items for the wedding registry with The¬†Fianc√©. It’s such fun planning our new life together! Looking forward to being a Mrs.!! ^.^

Thinking¬†of what to bring to lunch tomorrow. I’ve brought my lunch twice this week already which, considering my usual eating habits, is pretty good! I’m going to try and plan out all of next week so there’s no guesswork ūüôā

Wondering¬†if I want to use a Happy Planner (Amazon) next year or if I should try something different. I really like my Happy Planner buuuuuut there are so many other systems to try out. Buuuuut Me & My Big Ideas¬†just came out with some beeeeautiful new editions and, oh goodness, I can’t decide!

Reading:

  • Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
  • The Battle Plan for Prayer by Stephen & Alex Kendrick

What are you currently up to?

How to Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul | book review

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Okay, I’m kicking myself for not having read this book way back when I first saw it (which is too long ago for me to remember). This book is worth its weight in gold and a must-have for all serious bloggers. For real. Oh my goodness, couldn’t put it down!

How to Blog for Profit

How to Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup

Rating: 5.0-5.0

My Thoughts:

Like I said in the intro, I wish I’d read this book earlier-it would have saved me some frustration and given the blueprint I needed when I started blogging and especially when I seriously began considering monetizing it. ¬†The truth about blogging is that it’s not for the faint of heart. Blogging requires tenacity and an undying love for what you’re blogging about. Soukop is not only honest about the hard truths about what it takes to be a serious blogger, she also shares step-by-step tips and instructions for different aspects of setting up and running a blog.

Over the years, I’ve read many, many posts about blogging and social media marketing, monetizing, etc., hence, I was quite familiar with a lot of the material in this book already. HOWEVER, a writer/blogger/creative is only as good as their resources and reference material. This isn’t a one-time read. This is a break-out-the-highlighter-bookmark-the-important-sections-start-making-lists book. This is very much reference to keep on hand as well as one you can turn to when you’re stuck or need of ¬†inspiration and a nudge in the right direction.

Soukop writes from a lot of experience and a genuine desire for the reader to succeed in their desire to make it in the world of blogging. Honest, friendly, and to-the-point, it’s like sitting with her over a cup of tea and a notebook. Not a lot of fluff and unrealistic expectations, she offers the practical advice you need to blog for profit (without selling your soul, of course).

This print version is the expanded 2nd edition and I flew through it in less than 2 days, yellow highlighter in hand (and I don’t do that unless I really mean business in a book). I HIGHLY recommend this book if you’re serious about blogging and turning a profit from doing what you love. It’s a gem ūüôā Don’t wait and regret later that you didn’t read it when you should have!!

Happy Reading!


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currently wednesday {5.18.16}

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Trying¬†to¬†lock down my sleep/wake up schedule this week. Early to bed, early to rise is my new motto¬†and I’m slowly getting used¬†to a new 9 to 5– 9pm to 5am that is. IT. IS. HARD.

Wearing¬†my scrubs from work cause I’ve been too lazy to change after getting in from work. Oh, and as you can see from the pic above, I’m also wearing no makeup. I wouldn’t mind so much cause I’m comfortable going bare-faced but my eyebrows…I need to get them back in shape -_-.

Working¬†on my summer plans for the blog. Can you believe the summer will be here soon? This will be my first summer as a non-student so I’m looking forward to having some fun (even with my full-time job). Some of that fun will be happening here on the blog so I’m excited! I haven’t been blogging regularly this year and it’s been hard to get on a consistent¬†schedule BUT it’s getting there! ūüôā

Listening¬†to¬†Trashin’ the Camp¬†from¬†Tarzan, the Phil Collins/N’Sync version.¬†¬†Disney playlist on Spotify. Feeling nostalgic this afternoon. And duh, was it not the jam? Lol.

Planning¬†a dual baby shower with my cousin for some friends of ours. A movie night. VBS. Oh yeah, and a wedding! Overwhelmed doesn’t quite do what I’m feeling justice.

Reading 

  • The Battle Plan for Prayer by Stephen & Alex Kendrick
  • Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
  • Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind edited by Jocelyn K. Glei (the photo above is from this book :))
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Yeah cause I can’t just read one book at a time.


So about blogging consistently, I’m going to be doing Currently Wednesday every week from now on. I love writing these kinds of posts and I love reading other posts too. I used to follow another blog that did this weekly but they don’t do it anymore so I’m going to start my own. Feel free to link your post in the comments, I’d love to see what you’re currently doing! You can either use my prompts or do your own. Each post will have about 6 prompts, and the last will probably always be reading ;).

Hope ya’ll are having a fantastic week so far!

5 Books to Read to Jumpstart the New Year

Looking for some inspiration to get you going this year? I read some great books last year that challenged¬†both my faith and creativity and motivated¬†me to pursue good work and cultivate a deeper devotion. If that’s what you need as you work through goal setting and resolutions, then consider the following titles. These are great books to read to jumpstart 2016.

5 Books to Read to Jumpstart 2016

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Start by Jon AcuffStart: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work that Matters by Jon Acuff

I love Jon Acuff! In Start he challenges you to face your fears and pursue awesomeness. We all want to do work that matters in this world and that can only happen when you determine to ditch the mundane and start on the journey to awesome.

I HIGHLY recommend the audiobook¬†(or any of his books on audio for that matter) because Acuff reads his books really well and it’s an extremely entertaining listen!

The Art of Work GoinsThe Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do  by Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins is another of my favorite authors and in his latest book, he talks about looking at calling and creativity and what it takes to pursuing what you were meant to do in life.

When you can take a passion, that thing that you wake up dreaming about every day, and pair it with the mission to to fulfill the needs of others, you’ve got something wonderful. But it takes rising above the status quo and chasing something more than what society expects of you.¬†No gimmicks here. Just hard work, passion, and a love for your fellow man. I read the hard copy I have (which was great cause I did much underlining!) but you can get the audio as well. Goins reads it himself and it is a pleasure to listen to as well!

Tortured for ChristTortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand

Okay,¬†so let’s shift gears to something a bit more intense. I lie — way more intense. I listened to this as an audiobook¬†and amazing doesn’t do this book justice. I’m going to take the liberty and assume that your spiritual life could use some bolstering. Mine always does.

I don’t spend enough time truly considering the religious freedom I enjoy and what Christians have suffered and continue to suffer for the cause of Christ. Don’t start another year forgetting what being a Christian truly means. Start off the year with a spiritual awareness, humility, and boldness to live for Christ in all you do. This book isn’t for the faint of heart but I HIGHLY recommend it. It¬†will give you a series kick in the pants and should send you to your knees in prayer.

Radical David PlattRadical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt

This is another kick-in-the-pants kind of book. Not quite as intense as the previous title but inspiring nonetheless.

It’s easy to get comfortable in our microwaved, mega-sized, over-hyped, suburban church culture. But is what we have what Jesus had in mind when He was here? No doubt¬†our experience is worlds different from that of the 1st-century church.

This year, take a counter-cultural look at your Christian experience and challenge yourself to embrace the walk Christ set out for us. I listened to the audiobook version of this one and it was quite enjoyable!

Make it Happen CaseyMake it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take a Leap. Live on Purpose by Lara Casey

This one’s for the ladies. Casey tells the story of her life before she truly got a life. I remember listening to this audiobook in the car and thinking “Yes! I so needed this!”. Life is full of surprises and takes turns that we couldn’t have anticipated. Living in fear isn’t the answer. Embracing purpose and taking chances, trusting God leading and timing is the way to live a meaningful life. If you’re nervous about starting something new, if you’re tired of being stuck in the mundane and don’t know how to get out, if you need encouragement and the assurance that you’re not alone, then read this book. If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m a heavy audiobook listener and can definitely recommend this one!

Lara Casey also has a great website with some great products that are definitely worth checking out!

What titles do you have on your book list this year?

Happy Reading! 


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The 2016 Reader's Notebook Page

My 5 Simple Rules for the Best Morning Ever

It’s the first Monday of 2016. How’s it going so far? Did you start off on the right foot or get up on the wrong side of the bed? Don’t worry¬†if you’re still adjusting to your after-holidays-back-to-reality routine. It’s still a new year and you still have plenty of time to¬†take charge of your morning.

Right now, I’m working on my 2016 early to bed, early to rise goal but last year, I locked down a routine that, when followed, makes for my best mornings. It’s nothing special or new but it’s simple and it works. As you settle into this brand new year, make sure you’ve got your morning routine locked down. It may take some practice to make it habitual but it’s totally worth the work! Need a place to start? I got you. Ready? Here are My 5 Simple Rules for the Best Morning Ever.¬†¬† ¬†¬†

the mornings hours are so important and worth the extra investment. Kick your day into gear with these 5 simple rules and have the best mornings ever!

1. Don’t Hit Snooze

This is my WORST morning vice–I ALWAYS hit the snooze button! It’s the most difficult habit to kick! When your alarm goes off in the morning, don’t think–just get out of bed. On a good morning, my alarm sounds, I get out of bed and make a beeline for the bathroom before I can think about how comfy and warm it is under the covers and I need just 5 more minutes of sleep! Don’t Hit Snooze people. Go to bed early, and get up and get going when the alarm goes off. ¬†

2. Water Your Mind and Body

Once I’m up and sweeping up the cobwebs in my head, I grab a bottle of water and start hydrating my body. Water is purifying, renewing, and invigorating. If weight loss is a goal for you, water first thing in the A.M. will help aid that process. Don’t shock your system with cold water, stick with room temp or even better, warm water with lemon ūüôā The vitamin C in the added citrus will give an immune system boost and promote healthy glowing skin too!

3. Pray & Read

Now you’re up, your mind and body have been hydrated and refreshed and now it’s time to fuel up spiritually. Sitting at the feet of Jesus for some time in prayer and in the Word is THE best thing you can do for your morning. Now, it’s important to note that reading the Bible and studying the Bible are two different things. You may only have time for some prayer and reading in the morning and then Bible study later on in the day. Spiritual growth and maturity doesn’t happen just by reading¬†some passages of scripture or a few pages of a devotional book. Maturity in Christ happens when we study His word. But that’s another post. Whatever you choose to do for your morning routine, do set aside some time for prayer and the Word. Just as water refreshes your mind and body, the Words of God will refresh your heart and soul.¬†

4. Get Moving

I love working out in the morning! Working out in the evening is a great way to decompress and destress but morning exercise is the best way for me to fully wake up and get going. If you think fitness isn’t your, then experiment. Just because your friends are into something doesn’t mean you have to be too. Try new things and find something that you enjoy. The more you like your work out, the more you’ll engage consistently. ¬†

I actually find it easier on myself to exercise¬†before¬†my quiet time. I’m less likely to fall asleep while reading and praying cause my mind is fully awake after working out. However, it is also easier to get distracted. I make sure that if I work out before I read my Bible, I don’t check my email, I¬†stay off most social media (unless I’m posting), and I keep my music or audiobooks spiritual and inspirational. That way, by the time I sit down with Jesus, my brain’s not already cluttered with worldly things.¬†

5. Feed Your Mind and Body

Okay, by this time I’m super hungry.¬†I haven’t eaten yet cause I want to give the water I’ve been drinking time do it’s work in my body. I find that when I follow this kind of schedule, by the time I’m ready to eat, I’m less likely to eat junk. Your body needs a good, solid breakfast to continue the day on the right track you started on. Your mind and body will function only as good as you feed it. Make sure your giving yourself proper nutrients to help your body recover from your exercise as well as aid your mind in tackling the challenges of the day.¬†


Morning routines are challenging because life is unpredictable often gets in the way. But even so, A.M. routines are essential to keeping life simple & highly productive. Without a routine, you are more likely to get distracted and derailed and the less productive. It may take some painful, sleepy practice. It may mean altering your evening schedule so you can get some extra sleep. It may mean sacrifice. But the mornings hours are so important and worth the extra investment. Kick your day into gear with these 5 simple rules and have the best mornings ever!

Happy Monday!

2016 Audiobook Challenge

2016 Audiobook Challenge

Hosted by Jennifer @ The Book Nympho & Melanie @ Hot Listens

For full details, check out the original post.

Levels:

  • Newbie (I‚Äôll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I‚Äôm getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don‚Äôt talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  • Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+

I get a huuuge amount of my reading done via audiobooks so I’m going for the¬†Binge Listener¬†level.

I’ve got a lot to read in 2016 and this will help me keep up the pace!


Completed Books:

 

The Little House Series Read-Along

little house readalong 2016

Hosted by Lynn @ Smoke and Mirrors & Bex @ An Armchair by the Sea

For full details, check out Lynn’s original post or Bex’s original post.

I have sweet, sweet memories of my mom reading the¬†Little House¬†books to me as a little girl. I also have great memories of watching the TV series on sunny afternoons (I’m currently collecting the series on DVD!) Needless to say, the books are a very special part of my childhood. So I’m extremely excited to join this read-along.

Here is the schedule:
January – Little House in the Big Woods
February – Little House on the Prairie
March – Farmer Boy
April – On the Banks of Plum Creek
May – By the Shores of Silver Lake
June – The Long Winter
July РLittle Town on the Prairie 
August – These Happy Golden Years
September – The First Four Years
October – On the Way Home
November РWest from Home 
December – Pioneer Girl/ A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert (we are going to read one each of these and then both if we have time. You are welcome to choose either one or any other book related to Laura Ingalls Wilder)

If you don’t have a set of the books, you can get the entire box set HERE.

Reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic series will count towards the Classics Club Women’s Classic Literature Event.

UPDATE: By request, I made a printable list for this read-along if you’d like to use it! ūüôā

Little House Printable


Completed Books:

 

2016 Reading Challenges

It’s that time of year when book bloggers are gearing up for another wonderful year of reading challenges!

Okay, so 2016 is going to be quiet different for me. I’m not book blogging at Unscripted!! I’m moving my bookish scribblings to this blog. I’m kind of sad but kind of really excited! ūüôā It’s like when you start writing in a brand new notebook and you think of all the words that will one day fill the pages. And those pages smell so fresh and new and you think about how great they’ll smell and feel after they’re covered in inky words… *Ahem* sorry. Writer’s rambling. Anyway, here’s my¬†master list of challenges for¬†2016. I’m just going to post the buttons & the links to my sign up/details posts. If the title intrigues you, CLICK ON THE BUTTONS for¬†the original post!

(Btw, if you don’t know what a sign up post is, it’s the post that I link to a host’s sign up page signifying that I’m participating in their challenge!)

2016 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

2016 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

SIGN UP POST


Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge 2016

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge

THIS ONE’S MINE ūüôā


2016 Audiobook Challenge

2016 Audiobook Challenge

SIGN UP POST


BLOGGER SHAMEBlogger Shame Review Challenge

SIGN UP POST


Full House Challenge 2016Full House Reading Challenge 2016

SIGN UP POST


2016 Grown Up Reading Challenge2016 Grown Up Reading Challenge

THIS ONE’S MINE ūüôā


Hard Core Re-Reading Challenge 20162016 Hardcore Re-Reading Challenge

SIGN UP POST


little house readalong 2

Little House Series Read-Along

SIGN UP POST


OperationDeepenFaithOperation Deepen Faith

SIGN UP POST


POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2016POPSUGAR 2016 Reading Challenge

SIGN UP POST


Women's Classic Literature EventWomen’s Classic Literature Event

SIGN UP POST


12 Months Classics ChallengeThe 12 Months Classics Challenge

SIGN UP POST


There are sooooooo many great challenges out there, it was extremely hard to narrow it down! They add up really fast! Agh #booknerdproblems. Any of y’all tackling some reading challenges? If not, you should give one a try! ūüôā

Happy Reading

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