Mental Health Journal Update

I’ve been thinking over my schedule. I didn’t feel right removing Mental Health Journal. I just couldn’t make a choice for the Wednesday blogs. After much thought, I’ve decided to remove the Weekly Featured Book blog and replace it with Mental Health Journal. I feel like it’s an important blog that will be very missed if I let it go. Thank you all for understanding.

I am also taking the day off blogs. I’m very under the weather. My normal Tuesday blogs will take place again next week. Thank you for understanding and have a blessed day!

A Fresh Start

For a while, I’ve been assessing things I do. I’m trying to figure out how to best maximize my time to do things that I enjoy. I’ve been considering cutting my blogs down to one blog a day with the exception of the days I have promotional blogs. The problem with this becomes that I enjoy doing most of the blogs that I post. So I assessed and evaluated what I have scheduled for each day. I have decided to cut it down to two blogs a day. Sometimes I will not post both. It will depend on my schedule. Either way, I will always make sure that at least one blog is posted every day. The new plan will take place tomorrow, March 2nd.

ALL TIMES ARE IN EST

Monday:
Promo Post (if any)- 10 AM
Weekly Reading Plans- 4 PM
Music Mondays- 10 PM

Tuesday:
Promo Post (if any)- 10 AM
Weekly Featured Book- 4 PM
Weekly Weight Loss Journal- 10 PM

Wednesday:
Promo Post (if any)- 10 AM
Weekly Colorist Project- 4 PM
WWW Wednesday- 10 PM

Thursday:
Promo Post (if any)- 10 AM
Thursday Quotables- 4 PM
Thankful Thursday- 10 PM

Friday:
Promo Post (if any)- 10 AM
The Friday 56- 4 PM
On This Day- 10 PM

Saturday:
Promo Post (if any)- 10 AM
Weekly Writing Prompt- 4 PM
Weekly Book Reviews- 10 PM

Sunday:
Promo Post (if any)- 10 AM
Sundays in Bed With- 4 PM
Book Photo Sundays- 10 PM

I’m appreciative to all those who have been so supportive of me no matter what. The fact that you take time out of your busy day to read my blogs is just so amazing. I’m going to work on getting better at reading more blogs. If you interact with mine, I will be interacting with yours as well. I’m here to make friends with people who have the same passions as me. Connections that will lead to wonderful bonds. I’m thankful for the ones I’ve already started making.

Blog Post Schedule

It has been a very busy month for me. I’m both surprised and not surprised that it’s almost over. I’ve been reading a lot. Working a lot on my daily job and my freelance gigs. I’ve also been planning and plotting a lot. I’ve been doing something that has really worked for me that I plan to keep doing. For those of you who have been reading my blogs for a while, you know that I post several blogs a day. I actually have a schedule for what goes out when. Sometimes these scheduled blogs won’t be posted. I will always try to get at least one a day in though. I just don’t want to force myself to do something I may not be feeling that week. In honor of this decision, I’m reposting my schedule. All times will be EST. Also note that all blogs will be scheduled the day before.

Monday:
10 AM- Promotional Blogs: This will only be posted when I have a promotional blog scheduled for the day. These will include Release blitzes, Cover Reveals, and Blog Tours.
2 PM- Weekly Reading Plans: I will post the books I plan to read every week. There will always be a big list because as a mood reader I like to have a lot of options so I don’t throw myself into a slump forcing myself to read when I’m not feeling a book at the moment.
6 PM- Mailbox Mondays: This will only be posted if I have gotten physical book mail that week. Whether I bought the book or got it as a gift or for a review/blog tour. The post will include the physical books and the ebooks/audiobooks I got for the week.
10 PM- Music Monday: I’ll either post a playlist that I’ve been using to read for the week or one that I typically really enjoy. I don’t listen to music as often as I should, so this may get skipped sometimes.

Tuesday:
10 AM- Promotional Blogs: This will only be posted when I have a promotional blog scheduled for the day. These will include Release blitzes, Cover Reveals, and Blog Tours.
2 PM- Weekly Featured Book: I’ll talk about a book that I’ve really enjoyed recently or one that I’m actively reading. Hoping to find other people who also enjoyed the books I did.
6 PM- Top Ten Tuesday: This is a meme. I sometimes skip this one if I’m not really feeling the topic for the week.
10 PM- Weekly Weight Loss Journal: I once participated in a blog thing I found called FitReaders. I haven’t found anything recent for it. I’ve not been doing this lately. I plan to start it back up on February 8th.

Wednesday:
10 AM- Promotional Blogs: This will only be posted when I have a promotional blog scheduled for the day. These will include Release blitzes, Cover Reveals, and Blog Tours.
2 PM- Weekly Colorist Projects: I will feature four photos I’ve colored. It will be a mix of ones I’ve actually colored and ones I’ve colored from an app I really enjoy. This used to be recent ones, but I decided to keep a backlist of them just in case I don’t color much during the week. That way I always have content to post for this.
6 PM- WWW Wednesday: I do my best to post this every week. I love sharing my reading progress. When I skip a week, the next week I post gets progress for both weeks. This is also a meme. One that I really enjoy doing.
10 PM- Mental Health Journal: I will post a brief journal from the week with the struggles and triumphs I’ve experienced dealing with mental health. For those of you who don’t know, I have PTSD, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I’m currently not able to seek help or take medications for them. It’s a goal to start finding a way to get back to a therapist.

Thursday:
10 AM- Promotional Blogs: This will only be posted when I have a promotional blog scheduled for the day. These will include Release blitzes, Cover Reveals, and Blog Tours.
2 PM- All About Audiobook: I will post about audiobooks that I’ve either recently enjoyed listening to or one that I’m currently enjoying. This will be very similar to the Featured book. The only difference are these are audio.
6 PM- Thursday Quoteables: I’ll post four quotes that I’ve enjoyed. I’ve been collecting quotes for a while. I really do love collecting quotes that are meaningful to me. I also love collecting quotes I find funny or quirky. This is a meme.
10 PM- Thankful Thursday: Every day, I keep a journal of three things I’m thankful for for the day. I will post four of my favorites for the week. Sometimes I think that I dwell on the negative too much. This helps me see the positives of the day.

Friday:
10 AM- Promotional Blogs: This will only be posted when I have a promotional blog scheduled for the day. These will include Release blitzes, Cover Reveals, and Blog Tours.
2 PM- Writing Prompt: I will do a writing prompt where I write a story based on a prompt or words or I will do a Journal prompt where I answer a blog question that I find online. I will be open for suggestions for this post.
6 PM- The Friday 56: I got this from a meme, but I couldn’t find any details on where the meme originates from. I really enjoyed the meme very much though so I decided to adopt it. I do not claim ownership of it, but I do encourage others to join me in participating.
10 PM- On This Day: I used to get an email every day that detailed things that happened on this day in history. I missed it, so I decided to make a blog once a week where I could highlight some things that happened in history on Fridays. I really do love learning about history.

Saturday:
10 AM- Promotional Blogs: This will only be posted when I have a promotional blog scheduled for the day. These will include Release blitzes, Cover Reveals, and Blog Tours.
2 PM- Author Spotlight: I will highlight a different author each week. I currently have authors scheduled until mid-March. This may be skipped sometimes if the author or I have scheduling issues and it isn’t prepared in time.
6 PM- Discussion Questions: I will take a book I’ve read and answer questions about it. This blog will often contain spoilers. Please be advised of this before reading.
10 PM- Weekly Book Reviews: I’m currently behind on reviews. I haven’t really wanted to write reviews lately. However, I will get caught up. Reviews that I have written will be posted once a week. I used to post them individually. I just don’t want to overwhelm people with too many blogs, so I decided to make it once a week.

Sunday:
10 AM- Promotional Blogs: This will only be posted when I have a promotional blog scheduled for the day. These will include Release blitzes, Cover Reveals, and Blog Tours.
2 PM- Book Photo Sunday: I will feature four book-related Instagram posts every week. Some will be a mix of videos and posts. Some will be all video. Some will be all posts. It will depend on what I’ve posted during the week.
6 PM- Sundays in Bed With: This is another meme post. I really enjoy it much. I get the chance to talk about what I’m reading during the day. I like to make Sundays reading days when I can. The one day I can just relax and unwind and do nothing but read.
10 PM- Cinema Sunday: This is one that may not get posted often in all honesty. I don’t watch much television, but I just couldn’t find it in me to replace this with something else. Some weeks may be redundant because I like to watch shows from episode one to the finale. Some posts may be short if I’ve only watched one thing. I will do my best with it.

It’s a full schedule I know. I listen to audiobooks while I schedule posts for the next day. I do want to reiterate that not all posts will be posted every single week. It really just depends on how the week goes and how much I have to post. I do promise to get at least one in a day though. I sincerely thank you all for reading my blogs. I am truly honored to have you as a reader.

My 2022 Goals!

Another year has come to a close. I’m both shocked and relieved. I have met some amazing people this year. I’ve worked some amazing jobs. I’ve read some amazing books. I could go through my year, but it would almost be a novella. I am thankful for everybody that reads my blogs. I’m thankful for my family and friends. I’m thankful to have the freedom to do what I love without worrying. Here’s to a wonderful 2022 for all of us!

Personal Goals:

  1. Finish to do list every day as best as I can.
  2. Exercise more often.
  3. Try to reach out to people more.
  4. Cut back on soda.
  5. Spend more time with family and friends.

Reading Goals:

  1. Make a reading list every month to stay on track.
  2. Read one nonfiction book a month.
  3. Read one LGBTQIA+ book a month.
  4. Read one Book of the Month book a month.
  5. Get my Netgalley ratio better.

Blogger Goals:

  1. Practice on making graphics.
  2. Reach out to bloggers more.
  3. Branch out and read more blogs.
  4. Learn to make eye-catching social media posts.
  5. Promote myself more.

Mental Health Goals:

  1. Keep a daily journal.
  2. Fill out gratitude journal every day.
  3. Help those in need.
  4. Stop bottling things up.
  5. Learn to express myself better.

I’d love to see some of your goals. Just know that I think you’re going to be amazing at everything you put your mind to. Happy New Year!

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Christmas Bookish Treats!

It’s Christmas Day! For those who celebrate, Merry Christmas. May you and your family have a blessed day. For those who don’t, I hope that you have a wonderful day on whatever Holiday you celebrate and every other day. I love learning about different cultures, traditions, and holidays. If you are up for sharing, please comment one of the three. I’d love to read them.

In honor of this wonderful time of the year, I’d like to share an anthology that somebody special to me is a part of. I’ve started reading it already. I’ve read a few of the short stories. They are very adorable so far! I can’t wait to read the rest!

Sweet Treats: A Limited Edition Collection of Short Holiday Romances by [Katy Rose, Sofia Aves, Anna G Berry, Pandora Snow, Natalie-Nicole Bates, RK Phillips, Monique Brasher, Sunny Abernathy, Alys Fraser, Laurie Treacy, Tracy  Broemmer, Brigitte Ann Thomas, Sunny  Abernathy, Ainsley Jaymes, Katherine Moore, Kimberly  Gray, Maya Lemaire, E.S. McMillan]

Warm the cockles of your heart, and experience the true magic of Christmas with SWEET TREATS, a Limited Edition collection of short holiday romances!

If you love sweet romance then you’re in for a treat. From snowy ranches in the United States, to the small country towns in Australia, this collection will leave you sighing dreamily, and believing in the simple, and beautiful miracles of the festive season.

So sit back, relax, and be swept away in a flurry of snowflakes, red dust, and romance; and it’s all for a good cause! Proceeds of this collection will be donated to Beyond Blue, anxiety, depression and suicide prevention, to help those that need it most. Visit their website to learn more about this important organisation: http://www.beyondblue.org.au

Featured Authors:
Katy Rose
Sofia Aves
Anna G Berry
Natalie-Nicole Bates
RK Phillips
Monique Brasher
Alys Fraser
Laurie Treacy
Tracy Broemmer
Brigitte Ann Thomas
Sunny Abernathy
Ainsley Jaymes
Katherine Moore
Kimberly Gray
Pandora Snow
Maya Lemaire
E.S. McMillan

The best part is that it’s currently $0.99 and on Kindle Unlimited!

Another present for you!

Claiming the Owl Shifter by [Sofia Ann Hoffman]

My name is Ava Jensen, and I’ve been hiding out for many years. If you find this message, you need to hide as well. They are after us all. It doesn’t matter if you shift or not, you are fair game. Use your wits, keep yourself hidden as best as you can. It doesn’t matter what race or religion you are, or even where you live. Everyone on Earth is a target. But, we won’t go down easy. Prepare to fight or die trying.

This book is currently free! I believe it will be free until the 26th I believe. I know it’s at least free until the end of today! Enjoy!

I hope you all have a wonderful day and rest of the year!

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End of the Year TBR Pile

It is Christmas Eve. I can’t believe we are here! I feel like I was preparing for the summer just yesterday. I digress. It’s time to finally get into crunch time and read as much as I can between now and the end of the year. It’s going to be a very laid-back holiday here. No gifts. Just sitting around reading. I’m looking forward to it!

That being said! I want to share the books that I hope to finish before the end of the year! I’d also love to see yours as well!

Some of these I already started. Some are in ebook. Some are in audio. Some are paperbacks. I have my doubts that I will finish all nine before the end of the year, but I am excited to try! The reading is the part I’m looking most forward to!

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2022 Bookish Reading Goals

It’s hard to believe that we are less than two weeks away from the new year. I wanted to go ahead and plan out my goals for next year. If I don’t, time will slip away from me. I’m definitely no stranger to letting time get away from me. Anybody else planning their reading year out?

Reading Goals:

  1. One nonfiction book a month
  2. One LGBTQIA book a month
  3. One Graphic Novel a month
  4. One Book of the Month book a month
  5. Read more Netgalley books
  6. Read more book subscription books
  7. Try to be better at following reading schedule for ARCs

Review Goals:

  1. Review as close to finishing the book as I can
  2. Get in habit of reviewing across platforms. Including Amazon review account
  3. Get in habit of doing video reviews

Posting Goals:

  1. Get better at posting updates
  2. Start making graphics for my reading progress
  3. Interact with more people on mine and their posts

Reading Routine Ideas:

  1. One ebook for work/bedtime. I can read between calls and I’m trying to get to where I lay down an hour early and read until I fall asleep.
  2. One physical book/ebook.
  3. One audiobook.

Lately I’ve been attempting to read multiple books at once. It’s drug my reading down drastically. I’m thinking if I cut it down to the three listed that I will pick up speed a bit.

What are some of your goals for next year?

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Book Sales for Black Friday!

Notes to mention:

  1. Please pay attention to the price before you buy it. I know I have all the prices listed on the blog, but that doesn’t mean they will be that price when you read this blog.
  2. If I leave out a link on the graphic, please let me know so I can get on and correct it.
  3. Enjoy and happy reading!
Impact (Strategies of the Heart Book 1) by [RM  Alexander]
$0.99
Northern Echoes (Web of Echoes Book 2) by [Melody Ash]
$0.99
Dino-Rift
$0.99
Taming His Pet
$0.99
Demon: Dream Holidays Collaboration (Steel Skulls MC Book 1) by [April Lynn  Baker]
Free! (Ends at 23:59 PST on November 27th)
Forge of the Heart (Twisted Rebels MC Book 1) by [April Lynn  Baker]
Free! (Ends at 23:59 PST on November 27th)
Outcast: A Rejected Mate Shifter Romance (The Pack Prophecy Book 1) by [R.L. Caulder]
$0.99 until 23:59 PST on November 29th
Cruel Black Hearts: A Dark Reverse Harem Romance by [Candace Wondrak]
Free!
Shadow Athame (The Oddities Emporium Book 1) by [Kimbra Swain]
$0.99 for the next three days
Piercing Jordie: A Fantasy Romance Novel (A Castre World Novel Standalone) by [E.A. Shanniak]
Free!
Legend of the Stone (Sword of Ages Book 1) by [Jenee Robinson]
$0.99 for the next four days
Goddess of Storms by [Jenée Robinson, Blood Moon Rising]
$0.99 for the next three days
Lights, Camera, Daddy!: Action Daddy Book One by [Kessily Lewel]
$0.99 for the next six days.
Cyborgs on Mars: Boxed Set 1 by [Honey Phillips]
$0.99 for the next four days.
Blood Fugue (Tales from the Gaoler Book 1) by [Amber Anthony]
Free!
Blood Legacy (Tales from the Gaoler Book 2) by [Amber Anthony]
Free!
Christmas Writing Prompts: 12 Creative Activities for Kids (Aspiring Author Series Book 3) by [WJ Scott]
Free

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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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Veterans Day 2021

What Veterans Day means | Henry Ford College

Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, who are people who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

I wanted to take the time away from the planned out to honor this wonderful day. I also want to remind everybody that Veterans Day is different than Memorial Day. On Memorial Day, we honor those who were killed in action. On Veterans Day, we honor those who served. There are many veterans out there who are homeless and struggling. Those who never fully adapted back into normal life. They deserve our thanks and they deserve our honor. Today and every day, they are in my thoughts.

Mental health is important. Click here for a link to a VA Suicide Prevention Page.

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