Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Rainy Thoughts: Getting Married

Hello everyone! It's been about 2 and a half months since I got married! Yes, time flies by and I have been insanely busy. But I really wanted to do a blog post on getting married and planning a wedding. I know I went on so many forums and blog posts about how they planned, what they did, what they wish they did and did not do, etc, etc. So here are my thoughts on getting married and the whole process and some advice for you!

Planning the Wedding

Planning your wedding is some stressful stuff! I actually didn't choose to have a wedding planner. I have experience in planning events, so thought it would be one of those things that I could cut back on. If you're planning your own wedding without a wedding planning/coordinator, I have some advice for you:

  1. Plan Early. Repeat after me. PLAN EARLY! The last thing you want to do is planning everything last minute. That is just too stressful. Once you have your dates in mind, start planning. First, if you're getting married in a church, get that date done first. If you're not having a church wedding, then get that reception hall down. Those two things are the very first things that need to be booked. After that, you can start focusing on everything else, but plan early. 
  2. Let your wedding party know as soon as you know the date. If you're inviting people to be part of your wedding, then you must somewhat like them...hopefully! But letting your wedding party know early is just courtesies so they can start saving up a fund and getting what they need little by little, getting their dresses tailored, etc. instead of all at once.
  3. Have a signed contract with all your vendors. This is important. A signed contract helped you stay clear of messed up catering orders, mixed-up dates with the photographer, etc. And if someone happens to not show up and you already put a downpayment, you can get your money back. 
  4. As stated in number one, do the big stuff first (church, venue, caterer) and then find the dress and then all the extras. 
  5. PLAN EARLY! 
I was engaged for 2 years and 5 months and I think I started planning about 2 years into it. I somehow still found myself getting things late. That's just life.

Planning the Honeymoon

Planning the honeymoon was my favorite part. If you have read my blog post on my trip to Japan, check it out by clicking these highlighted words. I think I had more fun planning my honeymoon than planning my actual wedding. So when you go on your honeymoon, remember, it's just as much of your trip as it is your partner's. 

When I thought of my honeymoon, I always imagined going to France. But when I suggested it, my husband was fine with it, but he wasn't over the top and I wanted him to feel that way. It was going to be both of our first trip out of the country and I wanted us to both experience that fun and adventurous feeling. So the next place on my list was Japan and he was thrilled. 

So when you're planning your honeymoon, here's some advice:
  1. Plan a trip you both want to go on. Compromise people. 
  2. Try to plan your trip not right after your wedding. I especially advise this if you're going out of the country, even out of state! I know some people who wished they didn't plan their trip the morning after their wedding. I heard horror stories of people missing flights, having to dish out more money and just being mad the whole time. I didn't want to do that, so our wedding was on a Saturday and we went on our trip the following Friday. Gave us some extra time to work and use the weekend to our advantage. 
  3. Remember to book everything in advance. Just like how you want to plan your wedding early, the same goes for your honeymoon. Plan early and get everything in advance. Flights do not become cheaper the longer you wait. I know. We tried. We failed. 

Finding the perfect dress

I knew what I wanted in a dress, but I didn't know how exactly my dress was going to look. I am one of the few who found her dress at the first place she looked. Granted, I did add some of my own special touches, but in the end, I loved my dress. I wanted to look like a bohemian princess and that is what I accomplished. And yes, it is true, you do get emotional when you find your dress. Especially when you had 12 bridesmaids as your audience. 

 I don't really have any advice for finding the perfect dress, just don't settle. You'll find it. But like I've been saying, find it EARLY. Chances are, you're going to need to tailor it and you're not the only dress in the dress shop.


The Day Before 

The day before the wedding is stressful. I don't know what else to say. 

It's going to feel stressful and you're going to feel overwhelmed. Just remember to take a deep breath, get what you need done, send out a text reminding everyone of rehearsals and everything should be fine. Take as long as you want during rehearsal, but not too long and all should go smooth.

The Day Of

It's going to be stressful. For the most part, I was stress-free, besides my contacts suddenly going missing, my hairstylist shoes going missing, a highway shut down on the way to the church, my photographer not showing up and my DJ not thinking logically, I was pretty stress-free.

For my Advice: Even though I had some hiccups, the day of my wedding was awesome. I learned that everyone has hiccups, and you just got to roll with the punches. It's not about the things that went wrong, it's about all the things that went right. I had a kick-ass cake, a beautiful ceremony with all my close friends and family, a gorgeous venue at Old San Francisco Steakhouse, good food, good drinks and a husband. I loved my wedding. 

Oh, and don't forget your marriage licence! That's kind of important.

And yes, you are going to feel emotional. You promise you aren't but then you're walking down the aisle and all of sudden all the feels come out and you don't know what just happened. But it's all right. You're that's how you're supposed to feel. Feel away. 

The Day After


It all felt like a dream. Like a stressful, fun-filled dream that you've been thinking about since the moment he put that ring on your finger, and in the morning, it's all done. 

Was it worth it? Yeah. 
Would I do it again? Honestly, I would just do it in Vegas. 

As the wedding day came close, I was pretty sure I was going to be sad that I wasn't planning my wedding anymore. It wouldn't come up in any more conversation and that would be that. I don't know why that made me sad, but it did. Then the day after came and I was so glad it was over. 

The Day After That

Okay, the day after that and after you come back from your honeymoon, you're probably going to need to do a few things, especially when you're the one changing your name.

Quick advice, but more like tips:

  1. The first thing you have to do to change your name is to change your social security card. Without that, you can't get anything else done. Once your marriage licence comes in, take that and your old ssc to the ss office and they will order you a new ssc.
  2. After your social security card with your new name comes in, you can go ahead and change everything else. I personally went to get my driver's licence done and then my bank, and then changed the name on my credit cards, made it Facebook official, etc. 
  3. It's all free. At least in the state of Texas, mostly all of this is free. I did pay go just go ahead and renew my licence, but that was my choice. I don't have to go to the DMV for another few years hopefully.


Overall

Overall, I'm happy with my wedding and I hope you have fun planning yours. Remember to have fun.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this post and that I helped you somewhat in your own wedding planning. As always, if you'd like to be the first to know when my posts come out, follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!





Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Book Review: To The Nines by Janet Evanovich

Hello Everyone! Just a quick update, my self-publish book is coming out this month!I'm so excited and I want you all to know to know that I am having a giveaway right now, so head to my author website to check that out and consider signing-up for my newsletter (I promise I don't spam), Anyways, it's been a while since I reviewed or even read a Janet Evanovich/Stephanie Plum book. I've been trying to read different things and have been asked to review some more local books (which means double book reviews this month!), so I haven't gotten the chance to read my favorite series. But for the month of June, I decided it was time to read on, so read on I went. Onto the review! SPOILER ALERT!


A Little Bit of Background


Janet Evanovich is a New York Times Best Selling author for plenty of her works. Her Stephanie Plum series started back in 1994. This book is her eighth installment out of 24 (I know, I'm a little behind). This book came out in 2003 and follows directly after the 8th book and the Christmas special book, Visions of Sugarplums.

As for Stephanie, she is on another round about chase to find a missing fiance and dog. Mainly the dog. She ends up finding out that the missing fiance is in some crazy cyber game. Stephanie ends up on a whirlwind chase that will take her all the way to the casinos of Vega. Typical Stephanie. 



What I Enjoyed


What can I say? It's definitely a Stephanie Plum novel. What do I mean by that? Well, first off, I was laughing right from the first few pages. My husband came in and asked, "Is it really that funny?" I looked at him and said, "Yes, yes it is." One can feel that all the Stephanie Plum novels are funny ad number nine is no exception.

The other thing I really enjoyed was the growth of the side characters. Sometimes in books, or even in some shows, it can feel like everyone is stuck in one place. But in this book, SPOILER, Stephanie's sister is pregnant from the guy we meet with in the last book and she does give birth. Having this development in Stephanie's surroundings, gives Stephanie a chance to interact with her normal environment and let's us know that she is not just stuck in the same family scenario.

I really enjoyed the plot line of this story. The story involved both a cyber and real life chase. And with the cyber aspect, it keeps you from finding out who the real killer is until the very end, which makes you keep reading. 


What I Least Enjoyed


Other than visualizing Lula eating on this meat on her new "meat diet," throughout the book, I pretty much didn't find anything wrong with it. Typical Stephanie Plum book.

Overall


Overall, if you're looking for a funny, yet captivating book about a kickass woman who always seems to be in the weirdest positions, then this series is for you. And if you were debating on continuing this series, well, you should. 

Thank you for reading this review and be sure to subscribe and follow me on my author website. And follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Until next review, Happy Reading!


Monday, June 18, 2018

Rainy Thoughts: Airbnb

Hello everyone! It rained last night here in Texas, which is nice because we really needed it. Some quick updates before I begin today's topic: My book is being proofread as we speak (keep up with updates by subscribing to my author website)! I have also become a Shutterstock Contributor, so check out the few photos I have right now of Japan's countryside. Other than that, things have been kind of crazy, but not too bad.

So today I'm going to talk about Airbnb! I recently started using Airbnb and I thought it might be helpful for those of you out there wanting to know how Airbnb works and if it's a good option for your next trip.



Why I first used Airbnb


 I first decided to use Airbnb when my husband and I were planning our trip to Japan. I was in charge of getting our room and I remember seeing Airbnb commercials recently and was hearing more and more of my friends using this service. I quickly looked through the Airbnb's in Japan and compared them to the hotels in the areas we were considering staying at. Overall, Airbnb was much cheaper. I paid $413 for 7 nights and 8 days, compared to everything else which was about $600 and up for the cheaper hotels that were far away from where we wanted to stay.

My husband and I then chose Airbnb again when we decided to move from the city we originally bought our departure tickets from (Dallas). So we had to get a night both the day before we left and the night we got back. In total, we stayed at 3 different types of Airbnb. Here are my thoughts.

Quick overview 

  • Airbnb is typically cheaper. When you book your Airbnb, you will pay a cleaning fee (about $5-$30 depending on the size of the place), which means you don't have to detail clean your area, but you should just pick up before you go. 
  • You and your Airbnb will rate each other on the app so hosts can see how past hosts have rated you (so be nice).
  • As a customer, you have the option to choose someone who has done Airbnb a few times or a "superhost," aka someone who has tons of reviews and has done this whole thing before. I personally only chose superhosts because I watch lots of horror movies, but if you want to support and give a new host a try, more power to you! 
  • There are cancellation fees, but most hosts give you up to a week to cancel, so if you know a month in advance that you can't go on your trip anymore, you can cancel with no fees. 
  • Airbnb's have to provide a lock on their guest room doors for your safety. So if you check into an Airbnb that doesn't have one, question everything.
  • Different Airbnb's have different house rules, but everything is laid out before you book.
  • There is no fee to use Airbnb and all transactions and communications are through the app or the website. 

Private Room In House


The first Airbnb we stayed at was a private room in a house. Check in was at 3pm and we could check in anytime afterward (reasonably speaking). We stayed in a private room in the house with 2 other guests sleeping in their own rooms. Our host and hostess, Peter and Shay, were really friendly and nice to us. They let us have free roam of the living room, kitchen, and two bathrooms. They had snacks set up in the living room with a small coffee bar. Our room was themed and came with a vanity, free Netflix and Hulu, guest wifi and a lock to our door. Yes, like locks you would put on your front door if you didn't want people coming in, which actually made me feel very comfortable. 

Our stay was comfyand even though the guest down the hall could be heard snoring, it was a nice place to stay for the night.

Peter & Shay's Music Room via Airbnb

Entire Apartment  


When we went to Japan, we had a whole apartment to ourselves and I absolutely loved it. Our host was Kaoru and he was so helpful and had such a clean apartment! We were able to wash our clothes, cook, microwave leftover, buy food to put in the fridge to eat later. We also got to sleep on one of a traditional Japanese bed, which actually was more comfortable than we thought it was going to be. 

My favorite thing about having the entire apartment to ourselves, especially in a different country, was that it didn't feel like we were tourists, minus the camera I had around my neck the whole time. We watched Japanese TV in the morning, went to our local 7/11 for rice balls and morning sandwiches. I felt like we were locals, even though I know we definitely were not. 

Another thing that I enjoyed about this Airbnb, was that we were in a nice and quiet neighborhood with neighborhood priced restaurants and bars. (We stayed next to a 200 yen bar, which is basically a $2 everything bar). We weren't bombarded by other tourists and skyrocketed prices. 

Kaoru's apartment via Airbnb


Private Room Side of House


Our last Airbnb was in a private room that was technically in-house, but it felt more on one side of the house. Our host, Robert Bo, was great at communicating and let us check in late since our flight was delayed. Our room was pretty spacious and came with an equally big washer and dryer, with lovely decor, private bathroom, mini fridge, and coffee pot. He had a table with a journal that had all of hiss recommendations of the area, plus some other people who have stayed there as well. 

It was such a cozy room and he had said that we could roam around the house, but we didn't have too much time to stay. 

Robert's place via Airbnb

Conclusion


In conclusion, I would highly recommend staying at an Airbnb, especially if you're looking for something for the night, if you want something cheaper, or if you are going to a different country.

Will I continue using Airbnb's? Yes! Will I continue booking hotels? Yes, I would for certain travel areas, but in all honesty, I really enjoyed staying at an Airbnb and will probably be booking more of them than actual hotels.

Hope this has helped you if you are considering staying at an Airbnb. My husband and I actually want to start an Airbnb once we get a house and my parents are into the idea as well. If you want to check out Airbnb to book your next vacation, head to the Airbnb website today! 



Monday, June 4, 2018

Book Review: What's Your Story? by Marion Bauer

So, things in life are happening, so we'll see if this month I'll get back on my usual schedule. But until then, I have a new book review just for you! (and you, and you, and you!). As some of you may or may not know, I am currently writing my book. Actually, it's almost done. I just ordered my draft copy last week, so we'll see how that goes. If you would like to keep up with that new or like to see pictures of cats, quotes, nature and some of the weird and pretty things I find, then subscribe to my author page! So, have any of you ever thought of writing a book? Well, I can tell you reading a book about writing a book was not my first reading choice, but it was a good choice and I'm glad my friend gifted it to me for my birthday. Here is my review of What's Your Story? A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction by Marion Baurer.

A Little Bit of Background 

Let's take a quick look at author Marion Bauer. Bauer has been writing since the high school. She went to school at eh University of Missouri for Journalism, where she quickly realized (much like me) that journalism writing was not the kind of writing for her. She then switched her degree to English literature. Sometime after she briefly worked as an English teacher, became a mom of two and pet and foster mom of many, she decided it was time to write. 

This book is all about how to write a fiction book for beginners. The book goes through all the phases of writing a book, from initial ideas, planning it out, character development, focusing the story, afterwards and so much more!

What I Enjoyed Most

When someone thinks of a "How-To" type of book, they might think it will be boring. That is what I kind of thought how this read was going to turn out. I was pleasantly surprised when I found this book to be pretty enjoyable. Bauer does a good job of wording her book to make it sound like she is talking to us like human beings and not a robot with no feelings. The reader feels welcomed by the first page and stays captivated by the first chapter and keeps on reading because you just want to know her view and opinions on what to do next. 

The reader can also appreciate the topics that Bauer goes over. As stated earlier, Bauer goes through everything, not just certain parts of writing. From pre-writing to post-writing, she goes through the whole cycle.

One last thing that is enjoyable is the honesty. Bauer is honest about everything, even the part where she said that the chances of getting published are very slim, so keep writing for fun.

What I Enjoyed Least


There wasn't anything that I didn't enjoy. As stated before, Bauer goes through everything and is honest. Things the reader can truly appreciate.

In Conclusion

In conclusions, this was a great book if you are looking to write fiction, whether it's for fun or for a more serious route. The book is fun to read and Bauer does a great job in grabbing your attention every chapter. Will definitely keep this book around to reference back to and look through for my current book and beyond.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Rainy Travel: Falling in Love with Japan

I was on a good schedule, (one week book review, one week rainy thoughts and one week author review). But this month has been hectic! One, I got married! Two, I was in Japan for a whole week! So I'm a little off schedule, but I really wanted to do a blog post about Japan. It was my husband and I's first time out of the country. It was crazy, it was weird, it was hectic and it was the best time of our lives! I'm going to try to go as smoothly as possible, but be warned! This is blog post may be long! (with video at the end). So here are the different categories I will be discussing, in case you are planning a trip to Japan:
Getting there
Day 1
Food
Culture
Disney Tokyo Sea
Akihabara
Mount Fuji/Kawaguchiko
Love Letter To Japan





Getting There

Getting to Japan felt like the longest day 2 days of our lives! First off, we actually booked our flight out of a city we were currently living in, about 5 hours away. We booked the flight before my fiance found a good job back in my hometown (and closer to his family as well). We looked into changing our flight, but it would have cost an extra $1,000 each. Instead of dishing unnecessary money, we decided to take a $2 Megabus ride to get over there and stay at a $50 Airbnb. From the Airbnb, we took an Uber to the Airport. 

We used Air Canada to first take us to Vancouver. From there, we took the plunge for the 9 1/2 flight to Narita Airport. We had never been on such a long flight and I was really nervous going over the ocean. But the flight was nice. We were given two meals, one at the beginning one at the end and we were given complimentary drinks, both alcohol and non-alcoholic throughout the whole flight, which helped put down my nerves. But we made it. And thus started our first day. (half dayish).



First Day

The day was actually only a few hours since we got there about 5pm. Getting out of the airport took a while. We had to go through 3 different stops to get into the country and the lines were like long caterpillars. swooping in and out and all around. 

When we finally signed what we needed too, we took off. Then we stopped because we had no idea where we were going. The airport was like a bunch of ants from all over the world running around, speaking different languages, wearing different clothes. You know, if ants could talk and wear clothes at all. 

Finding our train was actually not that bad. Almost all the train and subway lines are very easy to read. We were, of course, very worried about this part of our trip, but it turned out to be an easier part of it. Now the bus system is a whole different giant!

Once we got on our train and got out of the airport, it was like we stepped into a whole different world. Trees, nature, rice fields, Kanji signs galore. It was wonderful, it was beautiful, it was Japan.



Food

Everyone and their mother told us that all we were going to eat over there was fish and ramen. While Japan has a variety of ramen and fish, that wasn't the only things we ate. 

We had really amazing pasta and fondu, some really fulfilling pizza and very greasy burgers. It was like we never left America! Besides pasta, pizza and burgers, we ate sticky rice. Lot's and lots of sticky for breakfast lunch and dinner. With a side of Miso soup of course! Rice and miso soup are the norms with to eat your meals. 

Each meal was also very satisfying. We were told that the Japanese have smaller portions, but mostly everything we ate filled our appetites. 

Eating Japanese food also made me not be so picky. In Japan, it is considered rude to ask for substitution or for something to be taken off of your sandwich. They might not even do it if you ask. This can seem odd, but it just means that you get to let your taste buds explore.

All in all, Japanese food is kind of like the rest of the world's food. They eat fish, beef, pork, chicken, rice and soup, just like the rest of the world. Also, if you're scared you're not going to know what you are eating, don't worry. Every restaurant has a display case of their food and descriptions on what it is your eating in English. If they don't have a display case, they will give you an English menu. It's normal.


Culture

The culture in Japan is so different from the U.S. in so many ways. For one, they bow for everything. For greeting, saying goodbye, exchanging money or just saying sorry. To bow in Japan is like a firm handshake in the U.S. 

Shrines and temples are everywhere! Inbetween neighbourhoods, in parks, on the outskirts and the inskirts. They are so nice to look at and explore. But if you ever go to Japan, just know it is very rude to take pictures while others are praying. 

Being punctual is key. People really don't like to be late over there. When you get on the escalator, you move to the left-hand side so those who are rushing can move ahead. While we were there, one of the train stations made a public apology for taking off 25 seconds early. I wish the people in charge of the traffic lights here would do that! 

Everyone usually keeps to themselves, but if you ever need help, they are all very helpful and very approachable. At least all the people encountered were anyways.

Japan is actually one of the safest places to live in the world! I believe it was ranked #2 I believe. And when I say safe, I mean safe. The whole time, I only saw one person lock their bike to something. Other than that, everyone keeps their bikes unattended without any locks or someone else watching them. And when we visited my cousin who is stationed in Japan, he had let us know that if you drop your wallet, they will go out of their way to give it back to you. And sure enough, I dropped something and a lady grabbed it and ran after me to give it back. We also saw may other's giving lost things to the people at stations or at stores. It was so nice.



Tokyo Disney Sea

Tokyo Disney Sea was just fantastic! We went on a weekday and the lines were not long at all! At least for a Disney park. The longest we waited was a little over an hour. Other than that, lines were about 45 minutes or less. 

The rides are like the ones that you can find at other Disney parks. The only difference is that they talk in Japanese. But even though they talk in Japanese, the pre-recorded songs (such as the show Fantasma) is in English. Not going to lie, it was a little funny hearing Mickey's voice in a different language. 


Akihabara

Akihabara is like an Otaku paradise! It is definitely a place of all things anime, manga, games, maids and fantasy. There were tons of figurine shops, book shops, capsule stops, anime themed cafes and any kind of merchandise you can think of. If you are any kind of otaku, then you definitely need to check this place out n your next journey to Tokyo!



Mount Fuji/ Kawaguchiko

Saved the best part of our trip for last! Of course, we loved the culture, enjoyed the food and appreciated the integrated nature of everything. But my husband and I's favorite part of our trip was visiting Kawaguchiko in the Mount Fuji Region. I was the most beautiful place I have ever seen. It was like something out of a fairy tale. Something so serene and so wonderful. It was the most peaceful place I have ever set foot in and I loved every second that I was there.



Love Letter to Japan

 Oh, how I was taken away by your beauty and grace. Your temples of time, your foods of delicous envy and your ever presence of nature. From the moment I stepped out of the plane, I knew you were meant to be mine. Oh, how I longed to be here when I was a wide-eyed child. And now that I am n adult, it was like I was that same child again. If time could have stood still, I would be entranced forever in ever-flowing and growing gardens. But alas, as all wonderful things in the world, the trip had to end. I fell in love with you and you kept me wanting more. I'll never forget you Japan and I hope to see you again soon. 







Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I was meaning to post this yesterday so that it would be part of April, but I ended up getting all the stuff for my self-publish book out for review! And heads up, you might not hear from me for the month of May, for I'm getting married and going to Japan! But I'll try to post at least once and go back to regular schedule. Anyways, onto the review of Erin Morgenstern's #1 National Bestseller, The Night Circus. SPOILER ALERT!

A Little Bit of Background

Erin Morgenstern is a best-selling author, who is most famous for the book we are currently reviewing. She actually wrote The Night Circus during the span of 3 NaNoWriMos. She never thought of herself as a writer growing up, but did enjoy writing little random things here and there. She does not have any formal writing training, but that doesn't stop her from doing what she is passionate about. 

As for the story, The Night Circus takes place in the late 1800's to early 1900's. It is definitely about a circus, but there's more to it than that. The circus is but a backdrop to the more unknown part of the world. You could call it magic, but not sure that would be the right word. There is an array of colorful characters, but the two you pay most attention to are Celia and Marco. They are children that are destined to have a life-long dual with each other until they decide that they might actually have feelings towards one another. For more on The Night Circus, guess you just have to read the rest. 

What Was Enjoyable

There was just so much to enjoy about this book! First off, I don't think I have ever said this, at least in my book review but I loved the cover. The cover artwork just pulls you right in. I actually remember seeing this book a few years ago and thinking how marvellous the cover was. And when I saw it sitting on the shelf of my local bookstore, I couldn't resist. 

Readers will also appreciate the cast. This book, as stated earlier, has a threshold of characters who are each unique in their own way. Wehn reading, one starts guessing how he or she is going to play in the whole scheme of things and what powers they are able to develop.

The imagery in this book was to die for! Whenever I read, I always paint a picture of the scenes, the characters and so forth. When reading this book, my imagination completely ran wild! There was just so much to picture and think about and I found it very cool that Erin was able to come up with these places and people. It's a true talent!

What Was Least Enjoyable

One can appreciate when time is important to the story. I know that I like to know when things happen at what age the character is, etc. But, I felt like I got lost with the time jumps. At first, it was a problem. But then we started moving back and forth in the middle, and I found myself looking back at the previous chapters to figure out the age of the characters and the circus. It wasn't the most horrible thing, but I felt like there was a little much, but it did not take away from the story.

I'm not going to lie, I was a little confused on how Celia and Marco fell for each other. They knew each other on occasion, but I did not understand how their relationship went from "you are my rival" to "I love you."It kind of felt like a Romeo and Juliet type of situation, a more love at first sight kind of deal, which I'm not the biggest fan of. I wish there was more build up to that relationship, but it was nice seeing how they were growing after they came to profess their love for one another. 

Other than that, it was a really good read.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I highly recommend this book. I'm not someone who is into reading about mythical things, but this one really surprised me. I enjoyed every chapter and it was definitely something hard for me to put down. I'm glad I was able to read it and I hope you will get a chance too! 

Let me know your thoughts on The Night Circus! Did you enjoy it? What was your least and most favorite? And, if you're not already, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube! Until next time, Happy Reading! 





Monday, April 16, 2018

Rainy Thoughts: Staying Healthy Needs Motivation



So, there was a thunderstorm not too long ago, but since then, not a cloud in the sky. Wish the rain would come a little, but at the same time, I would like for it to be sunny so I can tan, but then again, I don't want it to be too hot the wedding. But now I'm just blabbing on. Anyways, speaking of wedding, I have to try my hardest to stay healthy and let me tell you, it's not easy, but it is doable.

Going to the Gym Needs Motivation


I love going to the gym. I feel like I'm getting stronger, I''m healthier and the gym can you feel like you did a great job. The thing about going to the gym is that you have to keep motivated. some days, I'm hyped and ready for the gym. Other days, I just want to stay on the couch watching Judge Judy or continue playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. 

What I do to help me stay motivated for the gym is to remind myself why I'm doing this in the first. Of course, I want to look good on my wedding day, but I also want to look at pictures of myself in the future and not go "ewww."

I also mix up my work out routine. When I do cardio, sometimes it's with the elliptical, sometimes it's the treadmill. When I'm doing squats, sometimes it's with barbells and other times it's with weighted balls. Either way, I try to mix up my gym time so that I'm not bored doing the same routines.

Eating Healthy Needs Motivation


I actually enjoy eating healthy. I can really feel the improvement in my body, inside and out. I'm not
bloated, I have more energy and my waistline has gone down. And the scale has been pretty nice to me lately. What sucks about eating healthy is staying motivated to eat healthy! There's so much temptation everywhere!

For example, at my last job, I would bring in salads and healthy meals every day. Then, there were my co-workers, bringing in Wendy's, Canes and Pizza Hut every day. It was so hard to say "no thank you," when they asked if I wanted anything. But I resisted (most of the time). 

The trick is to not give in to your temptation. Better said than done though right? I resisted temptation by eating on the other side of the office or just simply closing my door. I also added spruce to my salads to make me excited to eat it, instead of complaining how boring it is. Healthy food doesn't have to be boring, and once your body is starts being trained on the foods you will eat, that knawing desire for sugar and everything fried slowly goes down. 


Treating Yourself Sometimes Needs Motivation


Yes, sometimes you need to motivate to treat yourself. Sometimes, when you are out being healthy, going to the gym 4-5 times a week, you forget that sometimes it's okay to treat yourself. It's okay to have a rest day from the gym. In fact, it's good to have a rest day. It's okay to order off the regular menu on Saturday night instead of the 600 calories or under menu. It's okay to treat yourself once in a while. One time is not going to kill you. Going back to old habits might though. 

In conclusion


In conclusion, we all have our reasons for staying healthy. And we all need the motivation to get us through. It's okay to treat ourselves too. Staying healthy is a commitment and one that you will be happy to benefit from. in the present and future.