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

Mary’s Average Adventures

The Bookish Underdog

Anyone who wants to participate!

 

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Serenity Blog Award #3

The third Serenity Blog Award has just been given out! Congratulations to all the nominees!

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Okay, I think it’s crazy that it’s already the end of November! However, it’s also a very exciting time of year. Not only do we have the holidays to look forward to, but since it’s the end of the month, the team here at Serenity will be giving out our monthly Serenity Blog Award which is described as the following:

The Serenity Blog Award is awarded to the authors of blogs whose goal is to spread peace and unity through love and respect, while shining light on important topics.

We ask that if you choose to display this award, you do so with your reasoning of why writing about peace is important to you.

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This months nominees are…

Only See Your Good Side
Sarah Warsi
Healing The Mind’s Lie
Zone of Non-being
femininematerz
idealisticrebel
Doodles and Scraps

Congratulations to all the nominees! We wish you an amazing December!

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Fighting the Mental Health Stigma on College Campuses

Rae shares this fantastic post on attending college with mental health issues and how to be successful! Please check out her wonderful blog!

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I didn’t realize that there was such a huge stigma around mental health until I got to college. It was almost as if everyone believed that if you had any sort of mental health issue, it meant that there was something wrong with you or that you had something to be ashamed of.

This is not true.

What people fail to realize is that everyone has to take care of themselves mentally. Just as they do physically, emotionally, socially, etc.  Your mental health can be affected in a million different ways, especially in college. You’re starting the next chapter of your life and that’s a big deal. It can also be scary. It’s okay to be scared! In fact, it’s normal and much more common than people realize.

Every single person that I know (and that you know) has dealt with some sort anxiety. But it’s important to remember that…

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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day!

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The purpose of today is to raise awareness about mental health and learn how to have an open and welcoming dialogue about it. This is an incredibly important topic that many people shy away from because they don’t know how to address it properly, or they let false assumptions scare them out of talking about it.

The stigma that surrounds mental health is incredibly detrimental to those who deal with it, and unfortunately people fail to realize that everyone has to take care of their mental health just like they have to take care of their physical health. I started a piece a while ago about my experiences as an ally and addressing mental health, so hopefully I can finish it today. Until then, I’ll leave you with this:

“Never give up on someone with a mental illness. We ‘I’ is replaced by ‘we’, ‘illness’ becomes ‘wellness’ “

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The Serenity Blog Award #1 !

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Hey everyone! The team here at Serenity decided to create an award for some of the special blogs out there!

The Serenity Blog Award is awarded to the authors of blogs whose goal is to spread peace and unity through love and respect, while shining light on important topics.

We ask that if you choose to display this award, you do so with your reasoning of why writing about peace is important to you.

We will give out this award at the end of each month.

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The Seeds 4 Life

Peace From Panic

In Silence We Suffer

Up and Down the Rabbit Hole

My Friday Blog

Bookshelves and Paperbacks

This, On Purpose

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Rae’s Rules to Remember #12: Microaggressions

Rae talks about the importance of getting rid of stereotypes!

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Definition of a microaggression:

  • asubtlebutoffensivecommentoractiondirectedatanondominantgroupthatisoften unintentionalorunconsciously reinforcesastereotype (Dictionary.com)
  • everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership (psychologytoday.com)

Why am I writing about microaggressions? Because, quite frankly, I’m sick of hearing them.

Sometimes the person using a microaggression may think that they are being nice, inclusive, or toning down an insult. To be totally honest, you’re just making it worse. Here are a few examples of microaggressions that my friends and I have heard and why they are NOT okay:

“You’re too pretty to be gay” – One of my friends gets this one a lot. Yes, they did say that she is pretty, so what’s the problem? The fact that people…

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August Wrap-Up | 2016

Rae’s Rules to Remember #48: Do All Lives Matter?

Rae clarifies what it means to say that “Black lives matter” and that by saying that all lives matter, you need to mean ALL lives!

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Disclaimer: While I am specifically making a claim on the Black Lives Matter movement. please note that world is so much more than black and white. Unfortunately, so many underrepresented and minoritized groups are often ignored as if they don’t exist. But, that is a discussion to have at another time.


Do all lives matter?

Do they?

I mean, do they really?

Because if they did, people wouldn’t respond to Black Lives Matter with Blue Lives Matter. Don’t get me wrong, they most certainly do. The lives of law enforcement officers do matter. But they haven’t been told since the beginning of time that they don’t. They weren’t systematically treated less than human for centuries.

Many people are under the impression that if you support Black Lives Matter then you can’t support law enforcement. That’s a lie. There’s no reason that you can’t support both. Except for the false and…

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Reminder: We Accept Guest Posts!

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Hi everyone! We just want to remind you that we at Serenity accept guest posts! Our blog is all about spreading kindness and peace, while raising awareness about important issues. Some of the topics we discuss include: intersectional feminism, mental health, physical health and well-being, friendship, loyalty, and other social justice topics. While these are the main topics that the blog focuses on, you are more than welcome to send us posts about other topics that you may find important. As long as your posts are full of love, kindness, and respect, we will consider publishing them.

If you’re interested in sending us a blog post, or if you have any questions regarding what you can send us, feel free to email us at: serenity.wordpress@gmail.com. For more information about our blog, click here! If you wish, we will keep your blog posts anonymous. We will also post links to…

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