Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reading a lot. I’ve tried to mix it up a bit between fiction and non-fiction, and threw in a few audiobooks as well. Audiobooks came in very handy when I was travelling to, from, and around Nashville for a few days. I’ve never been able to read in cars or on the bus, and lately I haven’t even been able to read on planes, so I usually listen to music if I’m flying or on a bus. While I definitely love passing the time by listening to a good Spotify playlist, borrowing audiobooks from the library has kind of changed my world.
I have never been into audiobooks before, because I couldn’t imagine just sitting and listening to a story when I could read the book myself, but I was completely missing out on how helpful they can be in circumstances where you just aren’t able to read. Between my flight to Nashville, walking around and taking the bus in Nashville, and my flight home, I finished 3 audiobooks that I otherwise wouldn’t have had time to read.
I discovered through this process that while I do love the convenience of an audiobook, I’m not a fan of fiction audiobooks. I prefer reading fiction at my own pace, imagining the characters and scenery in my head as I read, and I didn’t feel like I was able to do that as effectively with fiction audiobooks.
Non-fiction, however, was a different story. Read More
Happy New Year! It’s been approximately forever since I published a blog post (although I have a few half-finished draft posts written up…) and I figure the New Year is as good a time as any to buckle down and focus on writing more regularly. As you may have guessed from my last post, things haven’t been 100% great over the last few months, and while I was trying to figure out what to do with myself I kind of got overwhelmed.
A recent example of how much I let my life and goals slip away in the second half of last year is the fact that I spent the last 5 days of 2017 reading 7 books. Why? Because at the beginning of 2017 I set a goal (publicly, on Goodreads) to read 30 books in 2017. I was reading around 1 book a week at the time, and 30 seemed like a safe goal to set. Then “life happened” and I spent too much time doing nothing, and not enough time reading (or doing anything else.) I had a bit of a reading upswing in October/November, and was almost back on track with my goal when life happened (again.) Then the last week of 2017 rolled around, and I realized I was still 7 books away from reading 30 books in the year. Read More
It’s the end of September, and if you hadn’t noticed, this is my first blog post in months. The last few months have been busy at work, and kind of hectic in general, but being busy isn’t actually what kept me from blogging – lack of motivation and the total shitshow that is my mental health are what really did me in. I’m a little bit used to struggling with motivation when it comes to things I don’t always love, like going to the gym or getting laundry done, but it seems strange to find myself struggling to post new content on this blog when writing is something I enjoy.
One of the reasons I started a blog was because I have a lot of thoughts that I find easiest to express through writing (and then editing the shit out of. I second guess and edit almost every sentence of everything I write, including Facebook posts.) I am an expert at writing long-winded text messages and paragraph-long Facebook posts about all of the things I’m thinking all of the time. I can go on and on once I start thinking about something, but over the last few months, sitting down to write blog posts has left my mind totally blank. I have a list of blog post ideas and things I’d love to write about, but when it was time to actually sit and write, it’s like I had no opinion about anything.