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Thursday, October 18, 2018

12 books I plan to read in 2019


As a lot of you already know, I love to read! At the beginning of each year, I open up my little GoodReads app and set myself, what I think to be, a reasonable and attainable goal. How many books can I realistically read in a single year?

Usually I play it safe at a meager 12; one per month. Doable. I did it last year, actually, and I was very proud! So at the beginning of 2018 I set the same goal.

Needless to say, this year hasn't gone quite the same.

See, last year I was single and had a crazy, inconsistent schedule. That made for a LOT of alone time at weird hours when I should probably be asleep. Instead, I read.

Now, I'm engaged and living with my fiance plus, I work the same schedule each day. My nightly routine usually consists of Netflix and popcorn with Sky. My morning routine is usually sleep, eat, get ready for work.

Doesn't leave a lot of time to read.

But recently, since Sky also loves to read, we've been trying more to take the time to read a few chapters now and again. When I went to show him GoodReads and my yearly goal, I was totally surprised to see I had finished a whopping ZERO books.

I'd started one before we started dating. And that was it. Still haven't finished it, and have moved on to a new book. And I think I started something else somewhere in between there that just kinda got lost...Maybe I should finish that one too...

Anyway, this sudden knowledge and thirst for reading has motivated me to ATTEMPT to get a head start on my list for 2019.

When I originally wrote this, I was going to attempt to read ALL 12 books in four months (by the end of the year.) Unfortunately, Hurricanes Florence and Michael took up about a month of that time, so not do I not have the time to read, I'm super behind on everything else in life.

I figure maybe if I tell you all about my challenge that you will hold me accountable and I'll actually do it, instead of telling myself about it and then forgetting about it in a week.

So the collage above features the 12 books I'm going to commit to at least TRYING to get through over the next year. That includes the ones I'm already reading.

1. Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hahn
2. Buddhism for Busy People: Finding Happiness in a Hurried World by David Michie
3. Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy Book 1) by Kevin Kwan
4. China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy Book 2) by Kevin Kwan
5. Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy Book 3) by Kevin Kwan
6. Zodiac (Zodiac Book 1) by Romina Russell
7. Wandering Star (Zodiac Book 2) by Romina Russell
8. Black Moon (Zodiac Book 3) by Romina Russell
9. Thirteen Rising (Zodiac Book 4) by Romina Russell
10. Siren (Siren Book 1) by Tricia Rayburn
11. Undercurrent (Siren Book 2) by Tricia Rayburn
12. Dark Waters (Siren Book 3) by Tricia Rayburn

Follow my progress on GoodReads, here!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Pinspiration: Beach baby

Even though 99% of what I've been pinning is wedding related, there have been a few other gems here and there! These ones just give me major good vibes!




Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A new chapter in a new book


I begin this prose with a very familiar statement: It's been a while.

Where have I been? Creating an entirely new life.

Expect things to be a weeeee bit different around here. It's been a solid 4-5 months since I've posted and for that, I apologize. Between working and being in a relationship, most of my free time I'm either asleep or out with my beau.

In the meantime, I've gone to Savannah, Ga., Disney World and Pittsburgh, P.A. I am also now happily a fiance to the love of my life! So expect to see some wedding nonsense on here in the future. Fun, yet stressful. We're working on keeping it more on the fun side.


Anyway, with everything that's been going on, I've tried to keep up on social media, but blogging just hasn't been at the top of my list. However, I really do miss it.

I write and do social media every day for my job, so coming  home and staring at a computer for hours is just not on my list of things I'm in the mood to do. However, I have learned a lot about those things, so I'm excited to bring that to my blog.

I'm hoping to slightly re-brand the blog and do things a little differently. Seeing as this point in my life is totally new: a new life, a new me, a new blog.

I'm lacking in creative outlets, so I really need to get back to my blog. I miss it dearly. So I'm planning on writing on here a lot more often, but in shorter posts like this.

The way I've always done it, each post takes HOURS to complete. I don't have that time anymore, but I still want to share things with you all, whether it's life stuff, the latest makeup trends or my latest fashion inspirations.

I'm coming back with a bang and I'm excited to share this new time in my life with you all.

XO, Briana