All The Books I Just Couldn't Resist

Have you ever found yourself online and the book prices are just too good to miss? That is exactly what happened to me. So in this post I am going to list all of the books I received from Book Outlet with a special surprise at the end as well. This post does not include all of the books I purchased for my Kindle as well. We would be here forever if that were the case.

Book Outlet Haul

Time For A Makeover - Come See My Transformation

Welcome my dearies, today we are going to be talking about a new step for my blog and what is in store in the future. If you are a blogger you may know where I am coming from. You find yourself in a rut and you aren't sure how to get out of it. The page views are slowly decreasing, the life is being drained out of your blog. (Maybe I am just being dramatic.) Or maybe your blog just never got off the ground. Some may not feel like their design and their message comes across clear to those that stumble or click onto their blog. I have been having all these thoughts and more lately. I wanted to know how to make my readers want to stay, feel at home, and ultimately subscribe. Keep reading to find out what I am doing about it and how I got to this point.

Just A Little Sand And Saltwater

Everyone has that one place that they want to run to. For some it is Disney World, or even the mountains; however, for me it is more salt water and sand. I am a beach bum. Naturally, when life knocks me down I am ready to go somewhere that I can clear my head and find myself again.

Panama City Beach FloridaFueled by the passing of someone dear to me (possibly more on this in another post), my family wanted to get away for a few days. We were lucky enough to find a hotel on the beach that still had an opening last minute. Everything was rushed and last minute (Remind me never to do that again). We literally packed and left out the same day we found out we were going on a trip. Several stops, a lot of driver switching, and a little over six hours later we find ourselves on the strip with the sound of the ocean to our right.

It was such a sigh of relief to be back at the beach after a little over a year of being away (never staying away that long again). Despite all of my worries, everything melts away once I see the waves. This trip wasn't about going out at night, eating out, or trying new things. My family and I just needed to get away.

Panama City Beach FloridaAfter getting everything settled into the rooms, I find a place on the balcony of the tropical garden overlooking the beach from one story up from the sand (all the loveliness without the sand). I slowly feel myself start to unwind. I won't lie, many of the days after that were spent in much of the same way. I would lay out, read, walk to the shoreline, and just think and clear my head. I needed to find myself and face some of the struggles that had been weighing on me all this time.

I was nervous about going, knowing that something that had been haunting me could be staring me in the face. I won't go into details as I have before, but it was time for me to face it. I had spent so many hours thinking of reasons and explanations. I thought of excuses and what ifs. My best friend had the best solution, I owe this nothing. I am wasting my time and tearing myself apart for something that doesn't matter, for someone who doesn't think twice about it. I made the decision to walk on by, act as if it didn't scare me or hurt me, and let it go.
Panama City Beach Florida Sunset at the Pier
I left many burdens in the ocean after the days I spent relaxing, thinking, and reading. It was a joy to let it all go and to move forward. My heart was lightened. I also got to spend some much needed family time with my parents. Who knew that my father actually likes the beach!

What is your go to place to unwind and relax? Are you a fight or flight person when something happens in your life? Which ever it is, I hope that you are always able to find peace in your life as I have with a little sand and saltwater.

Reading Wrap Up - May 2015

Welcome back my darlings. It is time for another reading wrap up here on my blog today. Depending on how you look at it, this was either a good or a bad reading month. Overall, I read thirteen books; however, only two of those were for my Popsugar Reading Challenge. Why don't you stick around for a little while and find out what I thought of these books. At the end, I am going to be talking a little more about my reading goals, the challenge, and what is coming up reading wise.

Monthly Reading Wrap Up

Overcoming the Struggle - Article Review/Talk

It all comes crashing in at once, the feeling that my body is not good enough or that I will be judged, because I am a plus size woman. I have done several blogs on this topic before and I will have those linked below for you. What kind of pressure are we putting on ourselves when we compare ourselves to others? What are the long term effects of negative body image? I want to talk about an article I read, and how my negative body image affects my life and the lives of those around me.

Body Image

Planner Addict Tag - Collab with The GFA

With the expected release of the new 2015/2016 Erin Condren Life Planner set to release in just under two days now, Hunter from The Girl From Alabama and I thought it would be a wonderful time to do a planner related collab post. Not only is she my best friend, she is also my biggest inspiration for my blog and my planner. We have a list of questions to answer for you during this tag. I will leave the link to her amazing post down below. Who is ready for some planner love?!

Erin Condren Life Planner