Thankful Thursdays: 6/17/21

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.

  1. Big plans! I have somebody very special coming to visit tomorrow. I am so excited and happy! I’m also going to be going out of town next week for about a month and a half. It’s so nice to be able to plan things out without worrying.
  2. Sales! I know this one is a bit shallow and materialistic. I get that. I also get that nothing that I’m using now will follow me into the afterlife. I get it! But I really am so thankful for sales. It helps me get things that I would normally want to get, but I’m not able to get normally. I got many games and books recently because of this!
  3. Communication. I’ve found lately that I’m able to get how I feel out more easily than I used to. It’s felt really great. Maybe starting my journaling thing has helped me.
  4. Reading! I know I’m constantly saying how thankful I am for reading. I have read so much in such a short time period. It’s really given me more confidence on getting back on track. I think it will help me get further in getting caught up. Maybe even get ahead on reading! We will see!

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Thursday Quoteables: Betrayed

Thank you Lisa for hosting this great meme!

Welcome to Thursday Quotable! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotable is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

It was like I was inside a fishbowl in the middle of a typhoon, and everyone else was on the outside cluelessly enjoying lovely weather.

This one really hit me hard. It’s stuck with me since I first read it. To me, this is what having depression, anxiety, and PTSD feels like.

A big, studly football jock like me? I got plenty of blood to spare. For you, I have anything to spare.

Heath is one of my favorite characters of all time! He’s just so adorakable! And yes. I said that right.

“Your way of life is sinful and wrong,” he said fiercely.

“Thus says a man who admits to worshipping a God who vilifies pleasure, relegates women to roles that are little more than servants and broodmares, though they are the backbone of your church, and seeks to control his worshippers through guilt and fear.”

Parents day did not go well for Zoey thanks to her stepfather showing up and being his usual self.

Remember, darkness does not always equate to evil, just as light does not always bring good.

This was also in the first book. It’s a very powerful statement if you think about it. Interpret it as you will.

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Blog Prompts: A Book or Film That Stayed With You

Weekly Prompt: Write about a film or a book that has stayed with you.

This one was really easy for me. The Help has impacted me in major ways. It helped open my eyes to things that are still going on to this day. Just because they are more veiled than they used to be doesn’t mean they don’t exist. I’ll leave it at that. This is a blog post prompt and not a political statement. What I will say is that I have my beliefs and I am firm in them. That doesn’t mean I have to go flaunt them around and make others feel bad about theirs. Everybody is entitled to believe what they want to believe. But I digress. This book is powerful and strong. I still remember the quote that hit me the hardest. I believe I’ve referenced it on my blog a few times now. I could be wrong. “You is kind. You is strong. You is important.” Writing this up actually makes me want to reread the book.

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WWW Wednesday: 6/16/21

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?

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Weekly Colorist Project: 6/16/21

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!

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#FitReaders: June 15th

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!

#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 500 calories a day
  2. Get up and move around 12 times a day
  3. 30 active minutes a day

Current Weight: 232.8

June 8th: 590
June 9th: 566
June 10th: 536
June 11th: 371
June 12th: 411
June 13th: 641
June 14th: 549

Losing my job has taken a toll on me. During work, I would use my desk elliptical frequently during the day. I’ll have to find a way to use it even though I’m not working. I’ll also need to find a way to make sure I’m more active every day as well. I have some dance games on my Switch. I’m hoping to try to at do them every other day. I’d prefer every day, but baby steps. I know this is a minor set back. I’ll get back on track. I have faith!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Summer 2021 TBR

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

This Week’s Topic: Books On My Summer 2021 TBR (or winter, if you live in the southern hemisphere)

The Twisted Tales series by Liz Braswell, Elizabeth Lim, and Jen Calonita
Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson
Alex Cross series by James Patterson

All Natasha Preston books
The Delerium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver
Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide

Witches Steeped in God by Ciannon Smart
The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He
Dragonfly Girl by Marti Leimbach
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

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Thoughts With Star: Pride Month

I don’t really have anything to talk about this week. Other than the fact that I’m so shocked that we are halfway through the month. This is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s Pride month! I have always been interested in Pride month. If I’m being honest, I’ve also been afraid of it as well. I always knew I wasn’t normal. My very first crush was a girl. I was nine years old. I was so ashamed of myself. It took many long years to realize it wasn’t a bad thing to be attracted to the same sex. The shame of waiting so long weighed heavily on me for a long time. I still question a lot of things about myself. I still face a lot of guilt. I’m getting better. Slowly. While I face a battle every day, I’m becoming more and more comfortable in my skin all the time. If anybody is struggling with their identity or who they are attracted to, I’m here for you. Anything you say to me will stay with me. It’s a terrifying feeling and I know I’m not the only one who goes through it. Just remember. You are loved. You are blessed. You are amazing.

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Music Mondays: Maximum Ride

Welcome to Music Monday! I’ll share a song that means a lot to me and why I am sharing it. This meme is hosted by The Tattooed Book Geek.

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.

This week’s pick: Maximum Ride Playlist

In all honesty, I haven’t read this series yet. It’s one on my list. I read a book that I believe that this series is based on. One of Patterson’s earlier works called When the Wind Blows. It was a very intense and thrilling read for me. Patterson is one of my favorite authors of all time. I won’t even lie. My two favorite series by him are Alex Cross and Women’s Murder Club. I hope you enjoy the playlist! What kind of music have you been listening to lately?

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Mailbox Monday: 6/14/21

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.

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