Why Read When You Can Listen?

Hi everyone!

I have 2 words that explain why I haven’t posted in almost 2 months: writer’s block. One of my goals when I reinvented my blog was to post once a week, so it was disappointing and frustrating when I couldn’t think of anything to write. The letter board below accurately describes how I’ve been feeling the past few weeks. Hopefully I’ll be back to writing more regularly soon!

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My Tips for Writing a Research Paper

With many college students bracing themselves for the end of the semester, I wanted to share some of my tips for writing a research paper! Keep in mind that while these tips helped me, they may not be as beneficial to everyone.

When you first start planning your paper, start broad with your topic. Chances are the research you’ll be doing will help give you ideas on different avenues you can take that will lead to more specific, concrete ideas.

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My Recent Book Haul

A trip to Barnes and Noble almost always results in the purchase of a few books – even though I’m in the middle of reading one and I know I have quite a few at home I haven’t read yet. While there I bought a few books that were on my list and even added a few that I saw that peaked my interest.

The books I added to my list:

  • Sunbelt Blues: Failure of American Housing by Andrew Ross
  • Tainted Tap: Flint’s Journey from Crisis to Recovery by Katrinell Davis
  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
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A Different Kind of Writing

As the title suggests, I recently started learning a new kind of writing: calligraphy! I made it a goal for myself this year that I would learn it, and I started a really great online course earlier this month. How I stumbled upon the course is a funny story – I was looking at Instagram one day and someone asked what was something you spent money on that you regret. The answers varied from an Apple Watch to a wedding (yikes!) The comment that caught my attention was one about a calligraphy course. It got people talking about a course they had tried and really enjoyed called Show Me Your Drills. It’s a free course taught by Becca Courtice, aka The Happily Ever Crafter. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I had followed Becca on TikTok a few months ago after watching her decorate an envelope. I’ll admit that I fell down a rabbit hole and watched probably all her videos on TikTok and then followed her on Instagram.

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Valentine’s Day Reading

Happy Valentine’s Day! Regardless if you think Valentine’s Day is just another Hallmark holiday or you go all out with plans, 5 Love Languages: The Secret To Love That Lasts by Dr. Gary Chapman is a tool that is beneficial for those who are single or in a relationship.

Before writing the book, Dr. Chapman spent years taking notes with couples he was counseling when he recognized a pattern. He realized that the couples were misunderstanding one another and each other’s needs. The basis of Chapman’s book is that different people with different personalities give and receive love in different ways. When you learn your own love language and your partner’s, you’ll be able to identify the roots of your conflicts, connect more deeply, and grow closer.

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My Enneagram Type

Here’s my response to one of the journal prompts from my last post!

What is your Enneagram type? Does it accurately describe you?

Before I begin my response, here is a brief explanation of what an Enneagram is:

An Enneagram is a categorization system that describes human personality as a number of interconnected personality types. In simpler terms, the Enneagram number represents nine different personality types. According to verywellmind.com, “each of the nine personality types is characterized by a set of dominant behaviors, motivations, and fears.” Understanding your Enneagram type can help you realize your strengths and also weaknesses. It can also help you create successful personal and professional relationships.

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12 Writing Prompts to Help You Start Journaling

1. Read the last postcard, letter, or personal email you received, and start a story with the first sentence.

2. What color do you feel like today and why?

3. What was your best year ever so far in your life? Give a timeline of events and describe everything that made it great.

4. If you could “live” in any book you’ve ever read, what book would that be? Which character would you choose to be?

5. How do you relieve stress?

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Journaling 101

I bought my first journal a few years ago. Oddly enough I didn’t buy it with the intention of using it to jot down my feelings or write short stories. Rather, I bought it with the goal of tracking my spending. I was horrible at keeping up with it. There are so many budgeting apps available, so I often asked myself why was I making the task harder than it needed to be.

I got my second journal when I graduated college. It was a gift from my aunt and uncle that I started using to keep track of restaurants I wanted to try, books I wanted to read, ideas for this blog, and my goals/resolutions. It also was a space for me to jot down whatever feelings I was experiencing or things that were on my mind at the time. It was a mish-mash of things and wasn’t very organized, which started to bother me. I knew that if I wanted to create content on my blog more often I would have to get more specific with what I wrote about, and having my blog ideas mixed in with restaurants I wanted to try wasn’t going to be a recipe for success.

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My Reading Goals for 2022 and The Books I Want to Read

My previous post was about the past and this one is about the future! I have quite a few goals for this year that revolve around my blog. I mentioned in my post New Year, New Blog that one of my main goals was to post content more frequently. A few more of my goals include having 100 followers and creating an Instagram account. A personal goal of mine that goes hand-in-hand with my blog is to read more. My goal is to read at least 10 books this year whether they are fiction, nonfiction, or another genre that catches my attention. Although my favorite genre is nonfiction, I’m always willing to read different genres that are recommended to me (except for science fiction – I could never get into those books).

picture of a list of books
As you can see, I have a lot of books I hope to read this year! There’s 22 on this list (is that a coincidence because it’s 2022?)

Here are a few books I’m particularly looking forward to reading.

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