Saturday, January 21, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

On the book nook - an interview with Nancy Volkers

Today on my book nook, I am posting a fun interview that I did with Nancy Volkers. Come check it out!

Interview with Nancy



Some ways to interact with Nancy:

Nancy's Website

Nancy on Goodreads

Nancy on Twitter

Buy the book:
Amazon

Barnes & Noble (Nook only)

iTunes

Smashwords

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New book review posted!

First book review for my new review blog! YAY!!!

Come on over and read what I thought of Nancy Volker's Scotland by Starlight.

(I will be posting the links each time I review for the first few reviews over there, then probably just start doing a monthly roundup of review links over here.)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Here we go...

I promised myself that I would get back in the blogging saddle with 2012. And then promptly ignored my sweet little Just Jump.

Not my fault, you see. First I got hooked on the Sherlock series that is on BBC (and Masterpiece on PBS if you don't get BBC). (Thanks, Tracie!) Oh so good!! Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock is BRILLIANT! And Martin Freeman's John Watson is so utterly charming as well. They have amazing chemistry, the total love/hate relationship. You totally know if given the chance Watson would beat Sherlock to death with the first blunt object he could find, if he didn't really like him as much as he does that is.

Then I spent some time reading. "Darkfever" by Karen Marie Moning. Again with the oh so good! I had a hard time putting it down, in fact.

Throw in work, errands, every day things...and a little dash of my favorite - procrastination. Here we are, January 9th and I'm updating finally.

I do have a little announcement...and that is the fact I am going to move the book reviews off of this blog and onto their own. You can check out Michelle's Book Nook for all my book reviews.

So new year, renewed ambition to get my blogging back up to par. Is there anything you want to see here? Anything in particular that you are wanting me to blog about? Speak now or forever hold your peace!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Hello 2012, you beautiful number!

2011 was an interesting year. It was a roller coaster. 2011 started off on the uphill journey, things were going really well and starting to come together. Unfortunately, when I hit the top of the slope, the dizzying descent was not something I was prepared for and ended up struggling emotionally/mentally for a bit. However, like any true thrill ride, the rails head back up and after a few loops thrown in, the exhilaration of the year paid off.

A new position at work has led to a new outlook on life. I feel that the last five and half years that I have struggled have finally paid off. I am in a position that challenges me and lets me use my mind. I was listless most days in my previous position, now I am amazed at how fast the day flies by.

Luckily the new position came with benefits and a raise! Enough of a raise that I can move out on my own again. I love my parents dearly, but when I moved in here five and a half years ago, it was only going to be for a few months. I crave my independence and I have found the perfect apartment for me. The move in date is a little up in the air at the moment because of being on a wait list, but it will be by March.

I have spent time with good friends this year. I have made some very cool new friends and acquaintances this year. I have had to come to terms with the fact that there are some dead end relationships in my life that I need to stop hobbling along with and instead let them go.

2011 ended up teaching me lessons and that is all you can really ask for in the end.

But now it is time for 2012 to make a roaring entrance (the year of the dragon, after all) and I'm ready for it.

As always, I have had to decide on my word of the year. Last year I chose exploration. It served me well, I think. Now what shall I do for 2012?

Growth?
Delight?
Change?
Adventure?
Focus?
Clarity?
Awe?


It came down to three words that are sticking with me - BLOOM, LIVE, and THRIVE.

My 2012 word of the year is:

LIVE.

It really is that simple - Living my life is what I want to accomplish in 2012.

Life is never guaranteed. You don't know how much time you have on this earth so you need to live your life fully. Do what makes you happy. Be with people that you want to be with and never forget for one moment how truly blessed life is.

Happy New Year!
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