Thankful Thursday: Thanksgiving Special

I don’t know if anybody else has made this a thing. I also don’t know if anybody else will do this with me. If not, it’s completely fine. It’s something I want to do every week. I’m going to think of at least one thing I’m thankful for for the week. I’ll try to do up to four a week, but at least one. I think this will be very therapeutic. We shall see in time.

Note: There may be some things that get repeated now and then. My intention is to talk about things I’m thankful for that week. So some things may pop up a few times. I’m not attempting to be redundant or repetitive. Just trying to be genuine.

Special Note: Today is Thanksgiving. To me, it’s a day we embrace everything we are thankful for. Normally, I highlight four thankful things I’m thankful for that week. This week, I’m going to post ten things I’m thankful for in general.

  1. Being alive. Some days I struggle with my worth. I think that I am a waste of space and want to do everybody a favor and disappear. The fact that I’m fighting it every day is amazing to me.
  2. Family. My family has drastically dwindled down over the years. Some are estranged and some have passed away. I remember a time where I would go to at least four Thanksgiving dinners. I had leftovers sent home from every one. I think I was good on food for a week or two after! In a way, I miss those days. I’m thankful for the family I have left though.
  3. Choosing Holidays. I have the freedom to get to choose what holidays I want to celebrate and what I don’t. I have the ability to learn about other cultures and understand them better. I have the power to hear everything and determine my viewpoint without others telling me what I should think or celebrate.
  4. Freedom. I’ve read a lot of books where women didn’t really have a lot of freedom or say in what went on in their lives. They were married off when they had barely staretd puberty. Some were sold off to be servants. That’s something I will never have to worry about.
  5. Learning. One of my favorite things to do is learn about things. My favorite topics are history and true crime. I guess the easiest way to explain it is I like to know the whys of things that have happened.
  6. Writing. I’m not an author. I will never claim to be one. I do love writing though. I love getting my thoughts out. I guess that’s why I love blogging so much. I have a great space to get my thoughts out any time I want.
  7. Furbabies. Recently, I lost one of my three beautiful furbabies. He’s been gone long enough to where I feel like the chances of him coming home are slim to none. I’m so blessed I had him in my life. He was three when he disappeared. I’ve had him since he was nine weeks old. I’ve had my other two babies since they were six weeks and they will be seven next year. They are as close to children as I’m ever going to get.
  8. Friends. One of the things I didn’t have a lot growing up is friends. I moved a lot and it was really hard to keep up with people back then. It’s amazing how much social media has changed that. I have quite a few friends and acquaintances now. I have people in my life that love to read almost as much as I do. It’s amazing!
  9. Reading. Reading is one of my biggest passions. If I could get paid enough to read and promote authors to make it a full time income, I’d work every waking moment and be okay. I’d probably even allow myself more freedom with creativity. Make more attention grabbing photos and videos. Maybe even start getting more serious about graphics.
  10. You. I’m so thankful that out of all the blogs in the world you took the time to come to my page and read mine. I never expected for my blog to go anywhere. I expected maybe five people to read it at best. I am now sitting at 303 followers. Most people may not see that as a lot, but to me it’s so much. Thank you. You mean so much to me!

What are some things you’re thankful for?

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Mental Health Journal: November 24th

Other than a few minor setbacks, I’ve had a pretty amazing week. I’ve almost established a routine. I feel very blessed. I really feel like the company I’m training to be in is going to be a perfect fit for me! We shall see in time! I haven’t had any problems so far. The only downfall I can say I’ve had is that I haven’t been reading as much as I would like to be reading. This means that I haven’t finished the amount of books I’d of liked to have read either.

Some struggles I faced during the week:

  1. Sleep. I have had problems getting to sleep at least twice this week. Once I was asleep, I was fine and slept just fine. It just took me awhile to get there.
  2. I’ve blown up over stupidly small things. I haven’t gotten violent, but my actions were still uncalled for.
  3. I’ve felt stressed when I haven’t read as much as I feel like I should have a few times this week.
  4. Degraded myself quite a bit this week. I really need to get into the habit of saying three positive things for every negative thing. I’m trying.
  5. I’ve had a few days where focusing was really hard for me. Like extremely hard. Normally I can do 2-3 things at once and be fine. Those days it was taking ALL of my effort to even half focus on one thing.

Please know. You aren’t alone. If you need somebody to talk to, I am here for you. Email me anytime. Or comment. Whatever helps you.

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WWW Wednesdays: 11/24/21

My favorite time of the week is here! WWW Wednesdays. This meme was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm but was revived by Sam from Taking on a World of WordsIt’s a place to talk about the books you’ve been reading, plan to read and have read.

To take part all you have to do is answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?
What have you recently finished reading?
What are you going to read next?

I’d love to see yours! Comment your link in the comments!

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Weekly Colorist Project: 11/24/21

While I love reading, it is not my only hobby. I realize that sometimes my love for reading outshines the rest of the hobbies I’m interested in. So, I’d like to start sharing some of my coloring projects every week. I’ll share my favorite four of the week. Typically, I’ll try to do two digital and two physical. However, I will go by the projects I’ve done for the week. If I did all digital, then all four will be digital and likewise for physical. Hope you enjoy! If you’re into coloring too, I’d love to see your projects!

Show me some of your projects!!!!

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#FitReaders: November 23rd

Welcome to #FitReaders2021!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com.

Most of our support is done via our Facebook Group. I will post my weekly check-in posts on Fridays, as it helps me be accountable. You are welcome to do your own check-in posts, check in below, in the comments, or check in with the Facebook group – whatever works for you!

Info:
#FitReaders information page
#FitReaders 101
Facebook Group

My Weekly Goals:

  1. Start getting active goals achieved.
  2. Start exercising at least 30 minutes a day
  3. Remember to keep logging everything.

Overall Goals:

  1. Burn 550 calories a day
  2. 15 active minutes a day
  3. Walk a mile a day or half an hour exercise a day.
  4. 5,000 steps a day.

Current Weight: 235.0

It was an uneventful week for me. Well fitness-wise. I was too focused on getting adapted to my new schedule. It has been really helpful to have a somewhat lax week. When I say that, I mean without feeling guilty for having done nothing. I feel like I did accomplish things. Just not everything I intended. It’s a start. Something I’ll definitely start focusing on.

Goal: Burn 550 Calories a Day:

November 16th: 822
November 17th: 614
November 18th: 723
November 19th: 600
November 20th: 507
November 21st: 483

Goal: 5,000 Steps A Day:

November 16th: 3,675
November 17th: 2,023
November 18th: 3,434
November 19th: 2,010
November 20th: 3,514
November 21st: 2,627

Goal: 15 active minutes a day:

November 16th: 5
November 17th: 0
November 18th: 3
November 19th: 0
November 20th: 16
November 21st: 1

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Love An Update On

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! Thanks Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl for creating this meme.

This Week’s Topic: Characters I’d Love An Update On (Where are they now that the book is over?)

  1. All my favorites from House of Night
  2. Rose and Dimitri from Vampire Academy
  3. Lyra and Will from His Dark Materials
  4. My favorites from the Sookie Stackhouse series
  5. Felicity from A Lesson in Vengeance
  6. Every single character in Paranormals of Avynwood
  7. Mia from If I Stay
  8. All the characters from Complications of Pi
  9. All the Sweeney Sisters in The Sweeney Sisters
  10. Dina from Innkeeper Chronicles

I’d love to see yours! Please feel free to put your link in the comments!

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Weekly Featured Book: White Stag

White Stag: A Permafrost Novel by [Kara Barbieri]

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book at first. It was a little weird if I’m being honest. I stuck with it. I’m glad I did. It is a very unique story and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel. I will have an actual review for it out later this week. This is a spotlight. One well deserved. I fully recommend it. If you’ve read it, please contact me so we can talk about it.

What is a book you’re really enjoying lately?

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Music Mondays: Week of November 15th

Disclaimer: I do not own the music I share. I found it on Spotify or Youtube. The license for these songs belongs to somebody else entirely.

Note: I don’t listen to music often. I do have songs that pop into my head at random sometimes. The week’s I do listen to music, I’ll share the songs I listened to as a playlist. The weeks I don’t, I’ll feature an artist I love.

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Mailbox Mondays: 11/22/21

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Physical Books:

E-Books/Audiobooks:

What books have you gotten recently?

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Readathon News: Christmas Spirit Readathon

Disclaimer: These Readathons are not owned or run by me. I find them by searching the month and year on Google. My main source has been Little Book Owl.

No Weekly Readathons

New Readathons:

Christmas Spirit Readathon: This readathon takes place from November 25th to January 6th. It looks really fun. The group hosting the readathon always host some of the best readathons in my opinions. Most of them are held for the entire month. Some are held for two weeks. I’d suggest following the blog to keep up with their upcoming readathons.

Monthly Readathons:

Nonfiction November 2021: I just discovered this one today. It looks really interesting. It looks like you’re counted as part of the readathon even if you only read one nonfiction book for the month. I am desperately trying to read more nonfiction. Maybe this will be helpful!
ThankfulAThon: Looks like this is a month-long readathon reading books you’re thankful for. The link provided takes you directly to the Twitter page. They have the challenges listed there. It looks like a pretty laid-back readathon.
November Readathon: This is actually a month-long readathon taking place in my group. Someone very close to me is hosting it. This will be the first readathon she’s ever hosted. Feel free to join us! We do laid back and impromptu readathons all the time!

Know of any readathons going on this week that I don’t have listed? Feel free to share! Tell me the readathon you’re most excited for!

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