Change is Coming!

I believe in growth and change. It’s hard sometimes, but I think as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized a lot about myself and that change has been necessary to bring me to where I am today.

Since I first started this site, it’s gone through quite a few changes. When it started, it was just a place for me to re-post articles that I had written for the Tyler Student Life blog. The intention was that I could then send potential employers the link to my site and they would be able to see samples of my writing.

Then back in 2014, my New Year’s Resolution was to start reading more. I decided that the best way for me to motivate myself to read more (and to keep track of what I was reading) was for me to post reviews of the stories on this blog. I figured it wouldn’t hurt for people to see more of my personal writing if a potential employer did happen to stumble on my site.

I definitely haven’t read as much as I had hoped to in the time since, and there have definitely been long periods of time between posts, but I still try to keep up with reading and posting (and I think I’m doing better with it).

I’ve posted some product reviews and even one (embarrassing) makeup tutorial, but for the most part this site has just been about books.

For a long time, I’ve been thinking about how I want that to change. With the start of the new year, I’ve decided that I’m finally going to start making some changes with the site and posting new types of content.

About 4 years ago I started keeping a bullet journal. It’s something that I really enjoy doing and I’m honestly surprised that I’ve been able to stick to it this long. I definitely get inspiration from others when it comes to my bullet journal, but I love that it also allows me to be creative and make it into whatever I want it to be.

I’ve wanted to post some of my spreads on this site for awhile, but it never really felt like the right time until now. I just started a new journal for 2020 and it finally feels like a good time to really get my creative juices pumping and start posting my spreads.

I also have a job that allows me to travel pretty often and I’d like to start posting about the places that I’ve been. I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to do this yet, but I’ve been traveling for about 3 years now and it’s definitely time to start sharing it before I forget the trips entirely.

I’ll still be posting book reviews, but hopefully this will add a little more to the site. I hope people enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Full disclosure – I can never get through this movie. Literally, I’ve never watched it the whole way through without falling asleep. The good thing about this is that I had no idea what to expect from the book!

I did feel like this book dragged a bit until the end. I didn’t know what happened to Mr. Weasley at all, that was horrible. I felt so bad! Also, Umbridge is the worst. I thought I hated Lockhart, but she’s worse.

I did know that *SPOILER ALERT*

Sirius died. I felt so bad for Harry every time he thought about living with him and finally to be with someone who cared about him, knowing that he was going to die. It was horrible when it actually happened and there was so much action leading up to it. It was actually kind of hard to follow.

I did really like this one, it’ll probably never be my favorite, but it was still a good one.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Okay, so I didn’t remember this movie at all. Why did I think that Neville’s parent’s were dead? I must have just overlooked that in the movie, I actually can’t remember if they ever say whether they’re alive or not.

Anyway, WOW what a crazy book. Not remembering the movie well actually made me keep questioning what I thought happened, and I felt like maybe they changed things in the movie.

I’m not gonna lie, I kind of had to drag myself through the first half of the book. It felt very slow and I really loved the last one so I thought this one would be exciting, but once it got to the the Triwizard Tournament it really picked up and was really good.

It really makes you think that no one can be trusted. It could’ve been anyone who put Harry’s name into the goblet. I felt bad for Harry, that he didn’t know who had put him in this situation and that he was forced into it and people acted like he was just doing it for the fame.

The Voldemort scene was intense and some amazing writing. I was so sad about poor Cedric, the scene was devastating, especially after Harry had told him to take the goblet with him.

I really liked that Harry gave all the money he won to Fred and George, that was a nice little thing to end the story with.

I know what’s coming next and I’m so worried about how I’ll feel reading it. There was so much more in this book than what I remember from the movie, but that’s why I really love reading books that have inspired movies. Even if you know the gist of the story, it takes you so much deeper which is really fun.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Okay, okay…I know I said I really liked the first two…but this one is my favorite out of the three BY FAR. It was so so so so good.

I LOVED that Harry finally gets to learn more about his parents. It seriously made me so happy for him to find out how similar he is to his dad. It really makes you think about the times that you have with your parents and the common interests that you have and how heartbreaking it would be to not experience those things. I seriously loved it.

There was so much more to this book than what they had in the movie. I’ve actually been watching each movie after I finish the book to compare, which has been really fun to see and to compare it to how I’m imagining things in my mind. You also catch little details in the movie that you may have missed before because you just didn’t know about it before reading the book. I really like that.

I’m so sad that it’s taken me this long to read this series. I’ve really missed out, they’re so good.

I’m also sad because I’ve seen the movies and I know how things are going to end for some of the characters. Reading about how happy Harry is when he thinks he can go live with Sirius makes me feel so bad, knowing his fate. I hate that, but I’d actually rather be prepared for it than shocked and upset when it happens in the book.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Just like the first book, I thought that this one was very similar to the movie and I really enjoyed it. I like that these books so far have been so easy to read. I get that they’re “supposed” to be children’s books, but they’re great for adults also. You just want to keep reading, it’s hard to stop. I’ve actually been staying up really late just to keep reading.

Lockhart is seriously so annoying though. If I had to pick something that I didn’t like, it would be him. He’s the worst part of the book.

I like that we’re starting to see the relationships forming between Harry and Ginny, and Ron with Hermione. I’ve always heard people talk about how if you’ve only seen the movies you won’t understand why these couples end up together, but that the books do it way better. I feel like I’m starting to see that and I’m happy about it.

I also would’ve loved to see the death day party in the movie. I think that would’ve been fun, even though it maybe isn’t essential to the story.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Okay, so when I was realllyyyyy little I was gifted the first Harry Potter book. It took me over a year to finish it the first time and I definitely was too young to really pay attention and know what was going on. I got the book before the movies were made, so it really wasn’t this huge sensation to me yet and I never read the others.

As an adult, I’ve seen all of the movies and really love them. I know so many people who have read the books and adore them, so I figured it was finally time for me to get on board.

I seriously can’t believe that I’ve never really read these books before and I’m really excited to have them all finished.

Re-reading the first one was so good. It was a lot like the movie, I feel like they did a really good job adapting it. I seriously loved it so much, it was so easy to read. I finished this one super fast.

Usually I hate knowing what’s going to happen, but in this case I actually loved it because there were so many hints throughout the book and little things that foreshadow what’s to come. I love being able to pick up on that.

Anyway, it’s really good and I’m really late to the game. Better late than never though right?

The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

Before I started reading The Perfect Storm, I read some other book reviews. I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve seen the movie, and the reviews were mostly positive but they did mention that it wasn’t exactly written like a story. It was more of a collection of interviews alongside technical information about what happens to a boat in the middle of a storm.

What I really liked about this approach was that it didn’t try to romanticize the story. In the movie, it’s very much about Mark Wahlburg’s character, Bobby and how he’s dealing with the situation while his girlfriend is home waiting to hear news. The book has a lot about how she was feeling during the whole ordeal, but it felt more like a factual re-telling of the events rather than the emotional story of their relationship and the loss that she was experiencing. It was different, but I liked it.

As someone who studied journalism, I kept feeling like I was reading a long form article on the whole event. The majority of the story was about what happened around the Andrea Gail during the storm, like what other boats were experiencing at the same time and how they didn’t think they were going to make it.

I do think it spent wayyyy too much time discussing the other ships. There were so many details about them that I didn’t care about, I found myself reading/glimpsing through it quickly just because I didn’t care.

I also now know way more about swordfishing than I ever thought I would. Some of the technical stuff was definitely hard to get through, mostly because I wasn’t really interested in it and I really wasn’t trying to learn about it. I couldn’t tell you anything about it today.

While I did like the approach, I really yearned to know what was happening on the Andrea Gail. I know that the author wanted to stay factual, so couldn’t fictionalize scenes from the boat, but it really felt like something was missing from the whole story.

Overall, I think that the book is a good partner to the movie. This gives you the facts and more insight into the technical world of fishing, while the movie gives you the fictional reenactment that you really want after reading this. It definitely makes you care more and understand what it could have been like.

I definitely think that people who like the movie should read the book to have a full understanding of the whole story. It makes it much more than a sad movie starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlburg.

I’m Back!! And I’m Here to Stay

Hey Guys! I’m never sure if I’m really talking to anyone here (and it’s been FOREVER since I’ve posted, so anyone who WAS reading has probably given up hope on me now), but I seriously owe you and myself an apology.

I really made an effort for a while to regularly post on here, whether it be book reviews or little musings or really anything else. I wanted this to be a blog that wasn’t really tied down to one thing and I think I did a good job for awhile.

In the last year, I started a new AMAZING job. I’ve been traveling the world for my job and really living my life to the fullest. I’m so happy with where my life has gone and it’s been really exciting.

The whole time I’ve missed this blog. I’ve still been reading a lot and making notes to *eventually* post the reviews on here. I started bullet journaling and I’ve really been wanting a space to share my pages. Plus, I’ve really wanted a place to share my travels. Seriously, I’ve been traveling around the US, I went to Canada, and even spent 15 days traveling around Europe. I need a place to share this.

I’m going to make a new promise to myself to keep up with this blog. Writing has always been something that I’ve loved and I’m disappointed in myself for not keeping up with it and for being away from it for so long.

I hope that there are still people out there who would be interested in what I’m writing about and I hope that this reaches people who maybe are in the same boat. I don’t ever want to be afraid to admit that I’ve disappointed myself, and I never want to be afraid to pick something back up that I really enjoy doing.

I back and I’m gonna stay for awhile this time 🙂

Shameless Self Promotion Anyone?


Hi Guys!

First of all, I want to thank everyone who commented on my last post with their encouraging words. I really appreciate it and it made me feel a lot better about not doing very well with the job search. Thanks so much ❤

Since my last post a lot of really great things have happened. This past Saturday I went to a graduation party for my (third?) cousin. While I was there lots of people congratulated me on graduating college and asked what my plans were. After telling a few people I was just looking for jobs and trying to have a little bit of a mental break, I was introduced to one of my cousin’s aunts who has a job in communications. She gave me a lot of good advice about what to look for and even said that she would check out some of her own connections for me to see if anyone was hiring. We’ve connected on LinkedIn and have started emailing each other. I’m really excited about this, but I still don’t want to get my hopes up.
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