• Books I Read in May 2020
    Books,  Wrap Ups

    Books I Read in May 2020

    Back at it with a total of NINE books read this month. Who even am I? I have never read this much in my entire life. I truly chalk it up to adding audiobooks into my routine. I got through three audiobooks in May, four e-books, and two physical books. I read a range of YA books, fiction, and non-fiction over the last 31 days. Let’s get started! 1// Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (E-Book) Anna and the French Kiss is problematic to say the least. But, it’s a fun read when you’re stuck inside on a rainy day. Anna is shipped off to school in Paris (the reason is…

  • Personal

    #BlackLivesMatter

    I’ve stayed mostly quiet about everything going on in our country right now for a myriad of reasons — which I admit, are excuses. I don’t have anything of value to add to the conversation. I don’t want to offend anyone. I don’t want to seem uneducated. I don’t have all the information. I don’t want to detract from what other, more important voices have to say.  I’ve seen a lot of Instagram stories and had a few conversations in the last couple of days that have encouraged me to use my voice — that my voice matters more than I can imagine — that every voice speaking out against…

  • Uncategorized

    Catching My Eye | 5.29.20

    Another week in has come and gone, and boy, was this one a doozy for me. I’ve been relatively steady throughout this whole experience (except for the very beginning before we were under any stay-at-home orders — I like certainty, and the back and forth and the unknown was more stressful for me than just knowing what to do), but my emotions were all over the place this week. Instead of beating myself up, I really tried to just let myself feel whatever emotion was working its way through my mind and body, and start fresh. If I needed a break, I took a break. If I needed a piece…

  • Post Quarantine Habits
    Personal

    Habits I’m Carrying Into My Post-Quarantine Life

    I’m looking at at least three more weeks of working from home, likely longer, but I’m still trying to prepare myself for life on the other side of all of this. I know things won’t go completely back to normal even when I’m back at work, but my social life is already picking back up with park hangouts and socially-distanced walks with friends. Staying at home for the better part of two months with only my roommate and my boyfriend to hang out with was quite the eye-opener. While I kept mostly a normal schedule (waking up and working out at 6 a.m. and working from 9-5), I didn’t have any of…

  • Books,  Recommendations

    Beach Read Recommendations

    It is officially summer in Nashville, and while I can’t really get to a beach from here, I’ve definitely been soaking up the rays in parks all across town. I’m still social-distancing, but hanging out with friends six-feet apart in a park has been the perfect way to catch up. I’ve also been loving bringing my books along and getting a few pages in while also getting a little vitamin D. Here’s a list of my favorite beach reads. Let’s get started! 1// The Unhoneymooners by Lauren Christina I couldn’t have picked a better beach read than this hilarious rom-com by writing duo, Lauren Christina. The Unhoneymooners follows Olive and Ethan, sworn…

  • Catching My Eye,  Personal

    Catching My Eye | 05.22.20

    Another week, come and gone. This week felt like it flew by. I started watching Hannah Montana while I worked, and before you laugh at me, it has been the perfect companion. It’s pure background noise, and it makes the day go by so much faster since it’s essentially broken up into 30-minute chunks. I also realized how important working out is to my mental health. I usually start my day with a workout because if I put it off until the afternoon there is a 1% chance I actually commit to doing it. I think rest days are super important, but I can’t lie. I felt really off Thursday morning (the…

  • Anticipated Summer 2020 Books
    Books,  Recommendations

    Anticipated Summer 2020 Book Releases

    The weather seems to finally be warming up for good here in Nashville, and I am stoked for my summer reading lists. Everything seems to slow down in the summer, and I expect this year to be no different. Even though things are slowly opening up here, I think it’s still going to be a slow summer with more outdoor hangs and fewer nights down on Broadway. That obviously means more books being read! Here are a few books I’m excited to pick up once they are published this summer. Let’s get started! 1// A Burning by Megha Majumdar After a terrorist attack on a train in Indian, Jivan, PT Sir, and…

  • Catching My Eye 051520
    Catching My Eye,  Personal

    Catching My Eye | 05.15.20

    What a week! One of my clients had their second busiest week ever, and boy, am I ready for the weekend. I know they are kind of the same as before quarantine, but I still look forward to the unstructured time. I plan to get in lots of reading time this weekend (like every other weekend of quarantine, ha). Something I’ve been thinking a lot about this week as we slowly come out of quarantine here in Nashville is time-management. I feel like these last two-ish months were a great time to take stock of what has and hasn’t been worth my time — what do I do that makes me…

  • My Reading Habits
    Books

    My Reading Habits

    I saw this tag circulating on booktube and figured I would give it a shot! I know I love watching these videos, so who’s to say I can’t do it in blog form! I’ll be the first to admit I have some pretty weird book habits (I’ve been known to read like five books at the same time), but I’ll let you be the judge of that. Let’s get started! 1// Do you have a certain place at home for reading? Usually, I read in bed. I have a roommate, and I like it to be almost silent when I read, so my room is the best place for that.…

  • Quarantine Book Recommendations
    Books,  Recommendations

    Top 10 Quarantine Book Recommendations

    I don’t know about all of you, but Nashville is still shut down for the most part. We are reopening in phases and staying at home as much as possible is still highly encouraged, so I figured it was still appropriate to share a list of books to read while stuck social distancing. This list is compiled of books I read in days and got lost in. It’s all stories that spoke to me in different ways and inspired me somehow. Let’s get started! 1// The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo takes place in modern-day New York as Monique writes about the life…