I aspire to be like The Rock, Will Smith or Chris Hemsworth with their seemingly endless amounts of motivation and positivity. But sometimes I fall short and look for other sources outside of myself to help me out. That’s where motivational podcasts come in. A few years ago I was not a podcast listener at all. But then I discovered My Favorite Murder and was hooked. Now, my podcasts venture away from solely true crime and head over to the motivation, positive thinking and other categories.
If you’re interested in what motivational podcasts I listen to, keep reading.
If you’re in the writing world online you likely heard of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody. There are many different types of writers. Some people don’t enjoy planning their novels and are referred to as “pantsers.” Did you also cringe? Other writers love planning their novels are are referred to as plotters. Then there are some in the middle. Personally, I enjoy plotting but I’m still unsure of what my exact process is.
I don’t plot every single detail but I also can’t go into writing without knowing anything. As I’m trying to improve my craft, I decided to finally purchase Save the Cat! Writes a Novel. The tagline claims it’s “the last book on novel writing you’ll ever need.”
Some people love it, others not so much. Want to hear my opinion on Save the Cat! Writes a Novel? Keep on reading.
Halloween is without a doubt my favorite holiday. I look forward to October every month. Without fail, I binge watch Halloweentown I and II (sometimes Halloweentown High, but never Return to Halloweentown because this blog supports Kimberly J. Brown) and Hocus Pocus. Besides movies, there are also certain places that just exude the spirit of Halloween. Thus, I put together a list of places I’d like to spend Halloween in.
Moving is hard. Also, moving to a new country is hard. Oh yeah, and moving to a country that doesn’t speak your native language is even harder. But there’s no point of living if you’re not up for challenges, right? A while back I wrote a post about how the best way to learn a new language is through speaking. Well, one of the best ways to do so is to immerse yourself in your target language.
This can be as simple and accessible as only consuming media in your target language. However, an even more helpful way to immerse yourself in your target language is to live in the country that speaks it. Of course this isn’t an option everyone can readily do. But I had the option and took it. To be able to immerse myself in my target language is a privilege, one I’m hoping to take full advantage of.
So, if you’d like to read about how I’m doing as I try to immerse myself in my target language, keep on reading.
While in Denver for my birthday, I went to the Tattered Cover Bookstore several times. When I travel, I enjoy checking out their most well known bookstores. I went to Livraria Lello while in Porto, Portugal – an alleged inspiration for J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. I knew I’d be visiting Tattered Cover as well. Unlike Livraria Lello, it did not disappoint and I went back several times during my trip.
If you’d like to know more about my experience visiting Tattered Cover, keep reading.
If you’ve seen photos of Portugal, there’s a great chance you’ve come across the gorgeous castles in Sintra. Sintra is a beautiful town near the capital city of Lisbon. This makes a great day trip for people staying in Lisbon, which is exactly what I did during my Portugal trip. If you’d like to read about how to get to Sintra and how to make most of your trip, keep reading.
Every couple of months I sit down and reflect on my goals. That includes my goals from the past couple months and my goals I want to focus on going forward. As the name suggests, for #GoalsFour I list four things I want to work on. But I also discuss how I did with my last installment’s goals and also four things I did well with.
If you’re interested in this month’s #GoalsFour post, keep reading.