Tuesday, December 06, 2016

#AMonthofFaves2016: This Is How We Blog

This Is How We Blog #AMonthofFaves2016 – – Essential Computer Programs, Browser Plugins, Websites and / or your blogging routine

My posts for this event may be wayyyyy underwelming. I'm beginning to see a pattern here! 2016 was the year my routine blew up. It was a great year for personal freedom, following my heart, and taking a new direction, but with that, a lot of the old stuff fell off. 

I obviously blog a lot less. I read a lot less. Overall, I'm at peace, so that's all that really matters, but I can't say I've been terribly innovative this year. My planning and organization have reverted to paper. I haven't incorporated any new technology per se. 

The technology that plays the most central role in my life is my podcast app. When I can't read or am having trouble concentrating, when I need to feel engaged but not toooo much, or when I'm out running, I turn to my podcasts!  I have a slew of new ones to try thanks to Heather, but my old favorites are still at the tippy top of my listening list: Note to Self, Lore, and Get Booked

Even though I haven't done much in this regard since March doesn't mean I'm not looking forward to your answers! 

Friday, December 02, 2016

#AMonthofFaves2016: Popular Books Worth the Hype

The year started off with a bang, but my reading has been nearly nil since August. I blame it on the election, thankyouverymuch. Looking back at my books read this year there are a lot of winners. Thank goodness this prompt didn't ask specifically for books that are popular NOW.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I REALLY struggled with this in print, but it was just the fast-pasted escapism I needed on audio.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang. So weird, so good, so much to ponder and discuss.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I need to re-read this quarterly.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. This is an audiobook winner from the April Readathon. Kaling's self-deprecating humor is just so good. I want to be her friend.

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez. I literally want to give this to all my neighbors in hopes of growing some extra empathy in my town.

Check out Tamara and Tanya Patrice's faves, too! Link your own post down below!

 

Thursday, December 01, 2016

#AMonthofFaves2016: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things #AMonthofFaves2016 – eg. to eat, drink, wear, smell, see, do, enjoy, best thing I bought, most used gift received etc, favorite concert, outdoor activity, place visited, most squee worthy moment of the year, biggest change.

2016 has been a bit of a beating, hasn't it? It feels a bit weird to be posting at all, and at times I feel guilty for not reading something serious, making calls to representatives, or some such. But we all need a break. Deserve one even. We must recharge to be effective at anything. 

So, my favorite things you ask? 

And don't forget to visit GirlXOXO and Traveling With T when you're done here. 

My planners. I went apeshit crazy with planning this year, and right now, with my multiple teaching gigs winding down, I could not be more thankful for them. I was sitting around grading a few straggler papers this morning and realized I needed to download a lot of what was cluttering up my brain, so I pulled out my Recollections brand personal planner from Michael's. When I got home I made sure all those bits and bobs were also in my big Erin Condren planner, and that way I can't miss anything. Well, I can, but it's less likely. 

My personal planner this very week!

Running programs. I never would've started running without Couch to 5K because I needed a plan with incremental goals to stay motivated. I might not be running now if it wasn't for Couch to 10K. 

My family. Because at the end of the day I get to spend time with my badass mom, my understanding husband, and the greatest little boy around. 

Happy favoriting, friends! Can you believe it's December? Nope, nope, nope.  

Link up your own post below!



Monday, November 28, 2016

#AMonthofFaves2016 is HERE!

I'm super late announcing this because I put a moratorium on my Internet usage over the Thanksgiving holidays. I needed a sanity break, but now I'm back along with Tanya Patrice and Tamara for another installment of #AMonthofFaves. Here's the schedule for December. Feel free to come and go, dip in and out, and link up your posts on any of our blogs throughout the event!

Thu. | Dec. 1 – These Are A Few of My Favorite Things #AMonthofFaves2016 – eg. to eat, drink, wear, smell, see, do, enjoy, best thing I bought, most used gift received etc, favorite concert, outdoor activity, place visited, most squee worthy moment of the year, biggest change.

Fri. | Dec. 2 – 5 Popular Books Worth the Hype #AMonthofFaves2016

Mon. | Dec. 5 – This Is How We Read #AMonthofFaves2016 – eg. Number of books read so far, genre you read the most from, picture of favorite (or most often used) reading location, most read author, % eBooks, hardcovers, paperbacks and/or audiobooks, hint at what your favorite read of the year is (let us guess), types of books you wish you read more of, month you read the most and least)
Tue. | Dec. 6 – This Is How We Blog #AMonthofFaves2016 – – Essential Computer Programs, Browser Plugins, Websites and / or your blogging routine
Wed. | Dec. 7 – Most Useful Tools For Getting Sh&! Done #AMonthofFaves2016 – Apps, websites, planners – how and what do you use to get life and / or work Shit done?!
Thu. | Dec 8 – Favorite Book to Movie or TV Shows #AMonthofFaves2016 – what were your faves; did you both watch the movie and read the book; which was better?
Fri. | Dec. 9 – #WeekendReading {Picking Favorites} – Let’s support each other by sharing our faves from other #AMonthofFaves participant blogs, eg. your favorite posts, a book added to your reading list, or a blogger you just discovered
Mon. | Dec. 12 – The Most Unique, Weird or Most Memorable Book(s) Read This Year – not necessarily your favorite book because it could be memorable for how bad or how much you liked or disliked the characters.

Tue. | Dec. 13 – 5 Books on Our Winter Reading List  #AMonthofFaves2016 – which books are your must read this winter?

Wed. | Dec. 14 – Best Changes We Made This Year #AMonthofFaves2016 – to your Day / Life / Routines / Blog / Habits

Thu. | Dec. 15 – 5 Fave “New to Me” Author Discoveries or Audiobook Narrations This Year #AMonthofFaves2016

Fri. | Dec. 16 – #WeekendReading {Picking Favorites} – Let’s support each other by sharing your favorite post, book, or something else, mentioned on other #AMonthofFaves participant blogs
Mon. | Dec. 19 – Reading Outside My Comfort Zone #AMonthofFaves2016 – Surprise Find(s) This Year

Tue. | Dec. 20 – 5 Must Haves for Winter Survival – shout out your favorite brand or stores or favorite items

Wed. | Dec. 21 –Keep It! 5 Purchases That Were Totally Worth It #IRegretNothing #AMonthofFaves 2016 – what did you buy this year – big or small – that you love, bought more of, got your monies worth

Thu. | Dec. 22 –  I Love … December #AMonthofFaves2016 – Favorite holiday festivities, favorite ornaments, home decor, places to go, holiday drinks, holiday eats, holiday themed reads

Fri. | Dec. 23 – #WeekendReading {Picking Favorites} – Let’s support each other by sharing your favorite post, book, or something else, mentioned on other #AMonthofFaves participant blogs
Mon. | Dec. 26 – Challenges {The Year End Updates on Reading Challenges, Personal Goals, Resolutions}– how did you do? Are you going to do more challenges next year?

Tue. | Dec. 27 – Top 10 Blog Posts From GXO This Year

Wed. | Dec. 28 – Favorite Book Covers From Our Reads This Year – what did you like about each one?

Thu. | Dec. 29 – Top 10 Books that Blew My Mind This Year – squee worthy reads

Fri. | Dec. 30 – Top 10 Other Sh$t That Rocked in 2016 … Or 5 Reasons I’m Glad 2016 is Over
 
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