*Disclaimer – In the following post, I am going to use generalizations such as “we,” “us,” and “our” – please know that I DO realize, not EVERYBODY feels the same things and the same way. I do, however, have a feeling, that there are more of us that can relate than those who can’t. If you are one of the lucky people who cannot imagine what it feels like to share in any of the experiences below, count your blessings, baby – because you are one lucky girl! xo
Do you remember the first time you looked in the mirror and didn’t like the image staring back at you? What about the first time someone said something hurtful or unkind to you? Probably not. For a lot of us, that experience happened when we were far too young to even realize what was going on, so we put those feeling in our proverbial back pocket and let them stay there. We continue to go through life – experiencing ups and downs. For some of us, there may be more downs than ups, for others, we may just spend more time focusing on the downs then enjoying the ups and after a while, our pockets begin to droop and those feelings begin to find their way out, impacting each of us in various ways. For some of us, we use food (either in excess or in sparsity), for others – drugs/alcohol, for some, we become aggressive, while others completely introvert, some use our bodies for the attentions we felt we lacked, while others try to become invisible to the world around us. We look around and see our friends or our “not” friends, and they seem to be so happy and alive and content and we think to ourselves, why can’t I feel like they do?
The older we get, if we are lucky, smart, and touched (no not in a physical way) by the right people, we can learn to believe in ourselves, start listening to the positive more than the negative, and start to love who it is that we have become. We can also learn that if we don’t like where we are, we possess the strength to change and move on (more…)
Hello my friends, I hope this post finds you all well. I hope your holidays were happy and the year to come holds nothing but health and happiness for you and your loved ones.
I have received feedback from some of you requesting a top ten (or so) list of my favorite books from Lisa’s Reads this year. After giving the requests a lot of thought I came to this conclusion….I CAN’T do it. I just CAN’T. Why, You ask? I’ll tell you. If you read the “About Me” section at the top of the page, or if you have been following this blog over the course of the year, you know that I only post books that I LOVE. I don’t have a rating system…I don’t do negative reviews…I ONLY post books that have won my heart. That being the case, how could I possibly choose ten books that I love more than the rest of the books I have claimed to love up until this point. To me, it would be like asking a parent to choose which child she loves more. I can’t do it. As any good mom would say, while I do love all of the children (or in this case my books) the same amount, I love them for different reasons. So what I thought I would do is list for you ALL of the books I reviewed or even mentioned in my blog this year. However, I will break them into genres/categories to make it a little less overwhelming for you. **Please understand, the books listed below are NOT listed in any particular order!** It is also important to note that while, for the purpose of this post, I have placed the books in one list or another, a lot of them can be in more then one genre. When you click on each book, you will be taken directly to it’s original post, there you will be able to see if the book falls into another genre. Have fun!
“Unbroken:A World War 11 Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand
“Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher
“The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton
“Raising Jake” by Charlie Carillo
“Some Assembly Required” Lynn Kiele Bonasia
“A Grown -Up Kind of Pretty” by Joshilyn Jackson (more…)