I first fell in love with Big Magic on page 9. This isn’t really true, because I was listening to the book the first time around, but now that I’m re-reading it in print, I can tell you it’s page 9. Continue reading
On my running “Best of” List, I had:
- 6 audiobooks
- 3 picture books
- 3 YA fiction (plus one audio)
- 3 adult nonfiction
- 1 middle-grade fiction
- 1 adult novel
- 1 graphic novel
I didn’t listen to audiobooks before the past two years, so it’s amazing to see it have such an impact on my reading life. It really changes the relationship I have with a book – it’s a completely different reading experience.
Before starting the list, I want to clarify that these are the best books I read during 2015. Not all were c2015 — some were published in earlier years.
- Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
- ASPCA kids: Rescue Readers: I Am Daisy: Level 2 by Lori Froeb
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (audio)
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (audio)
- The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (audio)
Are you a resolution maker? A mantra-setter? Or something else altogether?
A few years ago, I was introduced to the idea of picking a single word to direct my year. It was instantly the perfect choice for me, and it’s the culmination of reflecting during the New Year’s season.
So what to pick? Last year, I made a change at the last minute. I loved SHAKE — and I definitely did a lot of shaking things up last year — but I ended with STRETCH. Stretch myself mentally, stretch myself physically (in short, more yoga!), and stretch myself professionally. I learned a lot, I did my first yoga teacher training and started taking multiple classes every week, and I did all sorts of new things at work. It was a good year.
For 2016, my first word is:
Rise up above my perceptions of myself, rise above gossip, and continue to rise up in my yoga practice.
But in an amazing yoga workshop yesterday, I found word #2: FLOW.
Yes, there’s yoga in that word, but more importantly, I need to go with the flow. Let the world flow around me. Ride the waves.
And by doing that, I can RISE in 2016.
What word are your channeling in 2016?
Coworker: This looks hilarious. *holds up Wiener Dog Nationals*
Me: I have to show this to my friend with a wiener dog! *texts photo of cover to friend*
Friend: OMG it’s streaming on Prime. My night is made.
The next installment to The Adventures of Rexy and Blue!
You asked for more, and I just kept writing! My research is getting weaker as the night progresses. There’s only so much Wikipedia I can read in one night.
(Want to learn about dinosaurs with me? There’s a MOOC starting in January!)
Guys, I wrote my first fan fiction! I loved the end of Jurassic World, and I had to know what came next for Rexy, the T. rex, and Blue, the velociraptor. This is their story.