2017 New Year Resolutions

Hey everyone! I thought I would share with you my new years resolutions and invite you to do the same if you’d like.

2017 Resolutions

-Exercise more on a consistent basis

-Practice facing my fears on a consistent basis

-Write more and try harder to work on my new story

-Think positively

-Try to read more

 

Ringing in the New Year Book Tag!

My good friend Rae from Bookmark Chronicles just tagged me for the Ringing in the New Year Book Tag! Thanks so much, Rae! I’m going to make the post colorful like Rae did (plus she was the one to show me how to get color text!).

The Rules:

  • Link to the person who tagged you
  • Link to the creator of the tag – Rae @ Bookmark Chronicles
  • Share the tag image
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag friends (or not if you don’t feel like it)

Best book and/or series that you’ve read in 2016:

I read Cradle and All by James Patterson and man, was it good!

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Authors that you’ve recently found and would like to read more of in the new year

None, honestly. 😦

Most anticipated book turned movie/tv show?

Hmmm….I just found out from Rae that they’re supposed to make a show out of A Series of Unfortunate Events. That might be interesting. Other than that, I’m not sure.

Name a character that you wouldn’t mind sharing a kiss with at midnight (if there is one)

I know this is a book challenge, but I’m going to go with Michael from Prison Break. He’s such an amazing character and he’s gorgeous! As for a book, I’m not sure.

What’s on your TBR for 2016? (Top 5 will suffice if it’s an extremely long list!)

Is this supposed to be 2017?

1.) Woman of God by James Patterson – I started reading it but took so long I had to take it back to the library!

2.) More Harlan Coben books

3.) More James Patterson books

How many books do you hope to read in 2017?

No specific amount. I read what I read. At least two or three would be nice.

Will you participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge or any others (PopSugar, Read the Books You Buy, etc.)

No. I’m honestly not really a fan of reading challenges. I think you should read whatever and whenever you want.

Any New Year’s Resolutions? (Bookish, blogging, and otherwise)

Bookish – Just read more in general. I love reading and I think sometimes I just kind of stop.

Blogging – Continue blogging when I want and what I’m passionate about. Continue trying to help people through my writing

Otherwise – Practice getting through my anxiety, exercise more, and work on a story I want to start writing!

Tag you’re it:

The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise

Tori’s Stories

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Anyone who wants to participate!

 

Keeping Promises (For Yourself)

A lot of us make promises. Whether we make them to ourselves or to others, I think it’s extremely important that we keep them (if they’re healthy, of course). However, I think for many of us, the promises we make to ourselves may be the hardest for us to keep. Why? Because it often becomes so easy for us to slack off when it comes to taking care of ourselves.

I’ve said this a thousand times, and I’ll probably say it a thousand more, but consistency when it comes to facing our fears and exercising is so important. With the new year arriving, many of us set goals and resolutions. I know how it can be. We set these goals and resolutions with good intentions and high hopes, but somewhere down the line, we start to slack off. It’s not intentional and it’s not something we want, but we often times fall into that habit.

I’ve also said before that we can’t afford to do this. We can’t afford to give up on ourselves or not work as hard to get through our issues and over our obstacles. We need to work hard on a consistent basis and we need to keep reminding ourselves why we are practicing and exercising: to get better and to be able to manage our anxiety. To be able to do the things we want without our anxiety holding us back.

I know that many of us want to get through our anxiety and other obstacles because we feel that when we go through these hardships, we bring others with us. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get better partially for others, we have to mainly want to get better for ourselves. Why? Because it’s our lives that we are living.

There can be a lot of pressure put on us by others to get better and to do so quickly. A lot of people wonder why we’re not better already or question if we’re even trying at all. We have to try hard not to let others make us feel like failures. We have to realize that if we’re trying our hardest and on a consistent basis, that that’s all that matters. We cannot base our success on the opinions of others. So many of them aren’t going through what we are.

 

Day One Success!

Okay, so as I mentioned in a couple of posts regarding my 2016 goals/resolutions, a main thing that I want to work on is practicing facing my fears and exercising more. I’ve been way to inconsistent when it comes to practicing and exercising on a regular basis.

So today, as I promised myself, I exercised more than usual. While there were times when I didn’t feel like doing so, for the most part, I exercised like I said I would.

I know that not only is it important that I exercised today like I wanted, but that I continue to do so on a consistent basis. However, just because I know that I have to keep up a level of consistency to be as successful as I want to be, this does not mean that each day that I work hard doesn’t matter. Today was an excellent start to the new year and I am quite proud of myself. I know that every moment may not be perfect, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful!

I wish you guys all the luck with your resolutions and goals! Again, thank you for all of your support!

Grains of Sand-December ’15

As many of you know, Sandy from Sandycademy created the inspirational project, Grains of Sand! As my first post of the new year, I will be posting my Grains of Sand for last month!

-Won two-line horror story contest over at World of Horror!

  • This was exciting for me because I love writing and to see how many people enjoyed my story, even though it was only two lines, meant a lot to me. I’d like to give special thanks to Amir from World of Horror for hosting the contest. Also, thank you to all who voted!

-Made some great new friends on WordPress

  • To some people, this might not seem like a big deal, but to me it is. I met a lot of supportive and kind people and while I’m not sure if that’s really an accomplishment, it is something that I find wonderful that it happened.

-Finished reading Nathaniel by John Saul

  • Towards the end of the year, I really started getting into reading again. In December, I read Nathaniel. It’s a great book by John Saul and I recommend that you guys check it out!

-Got a really nice compliment and generous gift from a friend

  • This also may not seem like an accomplishment per say, but it is something positive that happened. This person made me feel really appreciated and I’m very thankful for that.

-Wrote some poetry that I’m proud of and received high praise

  • I’ve said this before, but I think as writers, we all tend to doubt our talent at times. However, through blogging, I’ve gotten some really nice compliments on my writing. Thank you all so very much!

And these are my Grains of Sand for December of 2015! Thank you to all who read my blog and support me! Also, please check out Sandy’s blog if you haven’t already done so! Happy New Year!

 

 

Happy New Years Eve and New Years Day!

Hey guys! I just want to wish you all a Happy New Year’s Eve or Happy New Year depending on what part of the world you live in. I hope everyone has a fun and safe day and that you not only celebrate the joy of 2015 but also look forward to a great year ahead! I’m not going to go into a long post filled with thank yous again, but I do want to quickly thank everyone on here that has supported me. I appreciate your kind words and your constant support. Please never doubt for a second how much your friendship means to me.

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Merry Christmas! / Happy Holidays! / Happy New Year!

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Hey guys! I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, and Happy New Year! Thank you so much for all of your support and kindness. I hope you all know just how much I appreciate your friendship! I hope you all have a great rest of the year! This year, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, give yourself the gift of faith and trust in yourselves!

Special Thanks and Happy New Year!

Today I received my 2014 blogging report for WordPress and I must say it felt good. I know that everyone that starts a blog says that they didn’t expect so many readers, but to be honest, I really didn’t. I’d like to thank everyone that has not only read my blog, commented, and liked posts, but have also wrote posts on their blogs that have really helped me realize that I am not alone in my struggles. For me, reading others’ posts are just as essential as writing your own, so thank you. While as I mentioned, my thank yous extend to anyone that has ever read my blog or shared with me their struggles, I would like to give an extra special thanks to the following:

http://www.marysaverageadventures.wordpress.com: Mary, you’ve been here for me when I’ve needed to talk and you’ve also shared your own experiences. Thank you. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all your help!

http://www.anxiousizzy.wordpress.com: Thank you so much, Izzy. Your blog has helped me realize that people all over the world struggle with anxiety and that there are so many people working to overcome their obstacles. Also, I can tell how hard you are trying to get through your anxiety and it’s very inspirational.

http://thepersistentplatypus.wordpress.com/: Elle, you’ve helped me once again not only realize that I am not alone in dealing with anxiety, but you are proof that anxiety can be managed. You share both your experiences of anxiety taking control and you being successful in working through it. Thank you so much for sharing!

http://soundhippy.wordpress.com/: Becky, thank you so much for reading my blog and posting your own experiences. I read your blog and can really relate, which is extremely important. You are so kind and I really appreciate it.

https://calmkitchen.wordpress.com/: Thanks for all your comments and your advice on staying positive!

http://www.ruledbyfear.com: Thank you so much for being here for me and helping me with my struggles. I enjoy reading your posts and they are a tremendous help. I can’t thank you enough.

There are so many people I’d like to thank and this list is only a small sample. Again, I appreciate everyone who has ever read my blog and has shared their own insights. I hope everyone has a Happy New Year. Also, remember to set goals for yourself. These goals should include practicing overcoming anxiety by facing your fears in small steps and focusing on more positive things. Additionally, remember that you are never alone and that a good support system goes a long way.

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