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    Book Lists,  Books

    Best Books to Kick Off the New Year

    There’s no better way to kick off the new year than with some inspirational books, right? Here are a few recommendations to help you start your year off on the right foot. Let’s get started! one | Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert Get your creative juices flowing for 2021 with Elizabeth Gilbert’s inspiring book, Big Magic. Gilbert explores the nuance of creativity and inspiration in this non-fiction book, and it is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Gilbert approaches conversations about creativity by talking about how to face your fears and tackle your passions. This book is now in my rotation of annual reads, and I highly recommend picking it…

  • Lifestyle,  Weekly Outfits

    Week of Outfits | 1.10.21 — 01.16.21

    This was another quiet week (aren’t they all in COVID). I had a few small girl’s nights with my quarenteam. I’m so bad at getting dressed in the winter — especially when I’m working from home — but I’ll keep trying. Let’s get started! Sunday, January 10 Today my boyfriend and I set quarterly benchmarks for our goals, set up a check-in system, and watched football. (I read while football was on in the same room, so that’s kind of the same thing, right?) Sweatshirt – Gift from my company, but it’s Comfort Colors Leggings Slip-Ons Monday, January 11 On Monday, I decided to get all dressed up with no…

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    Catching My Eye,  Lifestyle

    Catching My Eye | 01.15.21

    TGIF! I don’t know about you, but this week felt like it was a million years long. I had an overwhelmingly productive beginning to my week, and all of a sudden, I crashed yesterday. I couldn’t focus on any of my tasks, and all I wanted to do was take a nap. Believe it or not, I think all the events of the previous week had finally hit me. Sometimes I can take longer to process upsetting incidents (this has happened before with loved ones’ deaths, family drama, and news items). I’ll be completely fine when it’s happening, and then a week, maybe weeks, later, I’m a mess. It’s definitely…

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    Book Lists,  Books

    Top 10 Anticipated Book Releases in 2021

    Despite having made a highly curated TBR list for 2021 I am obviously still very excited for all the new releases coming out this year. I always make a list of new releases I’m looking forward to each season — rarely do I ever read all of the books, but it’s nice to add to the TBR isn’t it? Here are only some of my most anticipated releases of 2021. Let’s get started! one | Bride of the Sea by Eman Quotah Muneer and Saeedah have settled into their life in America and are expecting their first child, but everything is not as lovely it seems. Soon, the pair are…

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    Book Lists,  Books,  Reading Challenges

    2021 TBR List

    I participate in POPSUGAR’s reading challenges every year, but this is the first year I planned it all out. I picked a book for (almost) every prompt, and I have a stack of those books that I already own sitting on my dresser, easy for the picking when it comes time to choose my next read. I didn’t want this post to be 800 pages long, so I left off the description of the books, but I linked everything, so you can still read more about it. Let’s get started! one | a book published in 2021 TBD. I’ll probably instinctively pick up a new publication, so I don’t want…

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    Lifestyle,  Weekly Outfits

    Week of Outfits | 1.03.21 — 01.09.21

    Fair warning, I didn’t change out of my leggings or put shoes on all week. It was a very quiet week of working from home and running one small errand each evening. Let’s get started! Sunday, January 3 My boyfriend and I spent the day goal setting, both as a couple and individually. It was such a great exercise, and I recommend it to anyone with a serious partner in their life. Henley Leggings Monday, January 4 I spent the day working from home — it was a super busy day, so I didn’t really leave my computer all day. Headband Glasses Flannel Leggings Tuesday, January 5 Just another day…

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    Catching My Eye,  Personal

    Catching My Eye | 01.08.21

    How’s everyone doing? There’s no denying that this was a tough week. I am once again saddened to my core about the current events in this nation. I can’t put into words what I am feeling, though words should be the one thing I have. I want to give everyone a giant group hug right now. I hope everyone can take a moment this weekend to hug their loved ones a little tighter and decompress from this sad event. Let’s get into what’s been catching my eye this week… one | a breakdown of what happened at the capitol on Wednesday… If you somehow missed the news, here’s what happened…

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    Personal

    2021 Intention & Goals

    I know it’s cheesy, but I love a new year. I love turning to a blank page in a notebook. I love setting goals and benchmarks. I love feeling like it’s a fresh start. My boyfriend and I actually set goals together this year (this was great for us individually as well as a couple, in my opinion), and we plan to hold one another accountable to achieving our dreams. We are both very driven and want to accomplish a lot in our lives, so having a built-in accountability buddy is very helpful. I’ve listed out ten goals below (it’s a lot, I know), but some are one-and-done, some are…

  • Books I Read in 2020
    Books,  Monthly Wrap Ups

    Books I Read in 2020

    2020 was both my best and worst year yet for reading! I read more books than I ever have before, but most books were of a lesser quality in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I still read some awe-inspiring books, but I was mainly reading for escape, so while a lot of stories were entertaining, they didn’t have that 5-star pow I usually expect. I made a heavily curated 2021 TBR list (look out for that next week), so I’m hoping to read some more amazing books next year. In 2020, I read… Seventy books 28.5% audiobooks 35.7% e-books 35.7% physical books 30% non-fiction 70% fiction Five anti-racist education…

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    Lifestyle

    Week of Outfits | 12.27.20 — 01.02.21

    I’m starting a new series on the blog to chronicle every single outfit of 2021. I noticed myself getting very lazy with my wardrobe in the last few months, and I want to cultivate my own style in 2021. To hold myself accountable, I’m posting a round-up of all my outfits the previous week each Sunday. I promise to get better at the selfie-taking as this goes on! Let’s get started! Sunday, December 27 I spent the day running errands and hanging around the apartment. I had spotty service and no wi-fi for most of the day as an aftermath of the Christmas bombing in Nashville, so I got a…