Bullet Journal – March 2020 Cover Page & Monthly Spread

You’d think with all the time I’ve had being home because of the coronavirus that I’d get this post done before now, but here we are!

I decided to make March’s “theme” the Salem Witch Trials. I’ve always been interesting in witchcraft, paganism, wiccans, etc. I wouldn’t say that I practice any of them, but I burn sage occasionally and put my crystals outside during full moons. I’m sure there are other things I do that would be considered “witchcraft” but they’re not coming to the top of my head right now.

This month has gone completely differently than I thought it would. I’ve been terrible with my trackers and it’s been 8 days since I left my house. I’m not really sure what’s going to happen, how secure my job is, or if I’ll be able to pay my bills in the coming months. I’m worried about people that I care about who still have to go into work and I’m scared that I’ll get sick.

I know pretty much everyone is in the same boat. It’s all just really scary and I feel like my anxiety is through the roof. Sorry for the kind of depressing post, but it’s a little hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel with everything going on.

I have had some time to organize my house a bit and I cleared all the weeds and dead plants out of my garden this past weekend, so I’m making an effort to be productive. I definitely need to do more though. I need to get exercise. I need to finally post more about my travels. I need to figure out what’s next once this is all over.

Really hoping things start to improve in April!

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I’ll admit, I was only interested in reading Wuthering Heights again because of how often it was mentioned in the After series. Honestly, I think I’ve been assigned to read this book probably at least 3 times throughout high school and college, but I’m not sure I ever actually read it all the way through.

I feel like I could probably write a whole essay on how I feel about this book, but I’ll try to keep it short.

From the beginning I felt bad for Heathcliff. Cathy is kind of a spoiled brat and the way that she puts on a different face for everyone else is pretty annoying. She clearly loves Heathcliff and can really be herself with him, but seems to care more about money and that Edgar will be able to provide the nicer life.

She’s honestly a pretty terrible person and does/says things that she knows will hurt people. It’s interesting that she ended up this way and that Hindley was a terrible man, especially because their father was so nice and they had Nelly around their whole lives, and she should have been a good influence.

Cathy and Heathcliff are a good match because he is equally as terrible as her. It’s kind of her fault that he ended up this way, but he also only seems to do things that he knows will hurt people. It’s terrible what they do to Isabella and I’m glad that she runs away from him.

It’s pretty drastic that Heathcliff felt the need to destroy the entire Linton family just because Cathy decided to marry someone else. At the end it does seem like he starts to realize that it was all for nothing, so I guess that’s good.

This story is really just about people causing each other pain and suffering because they were more worried about their social status, which is pretty sad.

I was glad that Catherine (the daughter) ends up with Hareton at the end. Those the close family relation between everyone in the second generation of Earnshaws, Lintons, and Heathcliffs is super weird. The only character I really felt sorry for the whole time was Hareton. It made me really sad when Catherine made fun of him for trying to learn how to read to impress her. He was honestly the other character that tried to improve his situation instead of hurting other people.

The ghost element to the story was interesting, but I kind of felt like it wasn’t necessary. I think it would’ve been better if Cathy was just gone forever rather than Heathcliff searching for her ghost. I guess I just wish it would’ve been more important to the storyline, than just something that was at the beginning and the end.

It’s definitely a complicated story. I’m glad that I’ve finally actually read the whole thing. Probably won’t do it again though.

Bullet Journal – Self Care Reminders

My goal for 2020 is to focus more on my overall health. The last few months of 2019 were pretty rough for me and I felt like I was at a really low point. I don’t really make specific New Year’s resolutions, but for 2020 I really wanted to take better care of myself – mind, body, and soul.

Self care has definitely become a trending topic recently and I think that’s a really good thing. It’s definitely important to make time for yourself, and to do things that you enjoy. It’s kind of amazing the peace of mind you can get from just spending a few minutes doing something that you really enjoy.

I’ve seen spreads like this one before, but wanted to make it my own. I made a list of things that I like to do to “refresh” and this is what I came up with.

Reflecting on it now, I like that there’s a mix of things that I do for my own personal self care. I like that I can do something productive like read a book or journal, but also that I’m happy with just spending time listening to music or setting aside some time to take a nap.

It kind of shows that there’s a wide range of things you can do to take better care of yourself and that you don’t have to spend a lot of time on it. Making myself a cup of tea literally takes less than 5 minutes, but it makes me so happy to hold that warm mug and sip something delicious.

Hopefully this spread helps remind me to do these things more often. 🙂

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.

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 🙂

Room by Emma Donoghue

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Okay, so let’s just assume from now on that if I watch a really good movie I will eventually read the book it’s based on. Room was such a good movie. It made me happy, it made me sad, it made me laugh, and it made me cry. I honestly didn’t know that it was based off of a book until I saw on Goodreads that one of my “friends” had read it and decided right then and there that it was next on my list.

I love when there are little differences between the book and movie versions of the same story. It kind of helps me to separate the two in my head and enjoy and appreciate both without comparing them to each other too much. In the book version of Room, the biggest differences to me were that Ma had a brother and that it was revealed she had given birth to another baby before Jack.

I think both of these aspects added interesting twists to the plot. The parts with Jack’s other family, like his grandparents and his uncle, really showed how difficult it was for the adults to understand what he had been through and how they had to adapt to understand what it was like for Jack to be outside of room. This actually kind of made me angry at times because it was so difficult for them to understand what the world was like for Jack, and I felt like they could have been nicer about it instead of getting angry at him for doing something wrong.

This story was so, so heartbreaking and hard to read at times. I absolutely loved Jack and loved to see the story from his point of view. He’s such a smart kid and it’s really interesting to see him experiencing the world for the first time. You really want to root for him and Ma. Which brings me to Ma trying to kill herself. That whole situation was horrible and I couldn’t help but feel like she was being selfish. I understand that everything would have been incredibly difficult for her and that she would probably be extremely depressed even after the escape. However, she knew how much Jack relied on her and he would have been so lost without her. I’m glad that she did make a recovery for Jack’s sake.

What’s really scary and eye-opening about this story is the realization that situations like this have happened in the past. Oftentimes when girls have been found after spending years in captivity it is revealed that they had children or had been pregnant. This book really makes you wonder what kind of life people in these situations have as they continue to grow in the outside world. There’s something seriously wrong with the world and it seriously breaks my heart that people go through situations like this. It makes me feel so blessed to have what I do in life, even if my life isn’t perfect.

The ending of the story really made me happy and I felt like it was a perfect way to have this chapter of Jack’s story end. It really felt like Jack would be able to let go of Room and live his life in the outside with his Ma.

I’m Still Reading, I Swear!

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I know that it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted, but I’ve still been keeping up with my resolution and reading. I’m making my way through the Pretty Little Liars series, and instead of having a ton of posts about the same series I decided that I’ll read a few and then do a post with my thoughts about all of them at the same time.

So even though it may seem like I’m not keeping up with my resolution, I swear I am.

I do sort of wish I hadn’t started reading this series though. Not because they’re bad or anything like that, I just have this sort of habit of having to finish a series once I start it. It’s taking more time than I wanted it to and there are other books that I want to read.

Maybe at some point I’ll take a break from them and read something else, but they are pretty quick to get through if I dedicate the time to it, so we’ll see.