What I Got For Christmas 2018

December 29, 2018

Wishing all of those who celebrate a very merry belated Christmas! I hope you were able to spend time laughing with family and friends and indulging in all sorts of delicious, festive foods. I am incredibly grateful that I was able to be with my loved ones on this special holiday. Celebrating my mom's birthday on Christmas Eve, waking up late the next morning and eating a yummy breakfast in fuzzy pajamas, getting dressed up in festive colors to reunite with family, and eating a delicious Italian Christmas dinner all make this holiday so enjoyable. 

Reflecting on 2018 Goals & Setting 2019 Goals

December 28, 2018

As I pondered the goals I wished to set for this upcoming year and reflected on my resolutions for 2018 that I created around this time last year, I thought it might be interesting to evaluate my 2018 goals and analyze which techniques worked and which did not in hopes of creating more achievable resolutions for 2019. The image below is of my new year's resolutions for 2018.

My Blog | Reflecting on 2018 & Goals for 2019

December 26, 2018

After perusing through my old blog posts that I created around this time of year to get some inspiration for future posts surrounding the theme of the new year, I came across the post I created last year in which I reflected upon my blog and shared with you all my goals for the upcoming year. Seeing that a lot can change over a year with regards to my blog, I thought it would be enjoyable to re-create the post and reflect on my blog in 2018 and share my blogging goals for 2019.

Best Memories of 2018

click HERE to see my best memories of 2017

Books I Read in 2018 (for pleasure)

December 24, 2018

1. The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown

I absolutely loved The Boys in the Boat. The story alone is absolutely incredible, and the author does a beautiful job capturing the story and delivering it to the reader in a truly meaningful way. 

2. We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

This novel I actually finished in a single day, partly because it was a fairly easy read but also because it was incredibly engaging.

3. Ape House, by Sarah Gruen

Read my review HERE.

4. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen

Read my review HERE.

5. The Diary of Anne Frank

I have always wanted to read the dairy of Anne Frank and finally got around to it this summer. It is fascinating to learn about what life was like for Anne, a young Jewish girl, living in secret at the time of World War II. While it is an absolutely incredible read not only because you learn so much about what the war was actually like from a perspective of a young Jewish girl but also because Anne has such a strong personality and her love for writing truly shows in her diary, it is somewhat difficult to read, especially toward the end, because we know of her eventual capture and terrible death.

6. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika L. Sanchez

This novel is very similar to one mentioned below, The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. A young adult novel, it explores themes of self-identity and what it means to grow up as a Mexican-American.

7. And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini is one of my all time favorite authors. I highly recommend reading this novel as well as his others, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.

8. Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann

Let the Great World Spin was another incredible read. Set in New York City in 1974, McCann's novel is multi-narrative that beautifully weaves together stories from disparate characters and captures both the beauty and ugliness of NYC life in the 1970's.

9. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is a must read young adult novel focused on a teenage girl split between two separate worlds. Grappling with the death of her friend who was killed from police brutality, Thomas meaningfully paints a powerful narrative that delves into systemic racism and promotes youth activism. 

10. Shattered Secrets, by Karen Harper

I actually picked this book up at a flea market for only a couple of dollars. While it was not one of my favorites, it was an easy, enjoyable read. 

time for a health kick.

December 21, 2018

it's time for a health kick. 
As a teenage girl attending a boarding school, it can be very difficult at times to maintain a healthy lifestyle. With an intense homework load, often unhealthy dining hall choices, and breakfasts that are often microwaved, it can be a challenge to make healthy choices. The past couple of weeks, I've struggled to maintain my usually healthy eating habits and have started to feel sluggish as a result. 

Thankfully, I am officially on winter break as of yesterday afternoon and cannot wait to start eating healthy during my time home. Though I am generally a healthy eater at home anyways because I love to cook my own food and have unlimited access to healthy options unlike in the dining hall, I am very excited to get back on track and start eating healthier.