You know, that's how I am actually. Way too awkward, way too clumsy, way too messy. Over-sentimental, over-enthusiastic, over-loving. That's exactly how I am.
And I used to think that it's the wrong way to live. That it's the wrong way to be. Even now, at times, when I regret being kicked hard by some circumstances, when I regret being involved with certain people, I still think the same. Only at times.
But then, I came to ask myself, one day ~ What Is The Right Way To Be?
I mean is there a rules book to abide by? An instruction manual? On how much is too much? I mean it's us after all, who draw the line somewhere, isn't it? For ourselves. For others.
So, if you are clumsy, so be it. Stop being so embarrassed on tripping. Laugh, stand up and get going.
Messy? Well, Joey approves. Go find your Joey. Heck be your Joey.
Awkward? Ahem. Chandler Bing rings a bell? Isn't he the cutest? So are you! Relax!
Well, my F.R.I.E.N.D.S references aren't going to stop. So let's jump ahead.
In short, be you. And be happy about being you. Nobody can pull an You better than you.
Cherish yourself. You'll see how the labels will start to vanish. You'll see how people will start to value you more than ever.
And even if some don't, well who cares? You cherish you! 💕 .
. ~ u.m 💫 .
“It was never the event - illness, asteroid, nuclear war, whatever - that was the problem. It was what people did after. And people always reduced to their least human denominators when things went bad.”
The Girl In Red by Christina Henry is about a disease which destroys most of the U.S. population, Red and her brother Adam decide to try and reach their paternal grandmother, who lives over 200 miles away. Adam wants to join a quarantine camp, thinking it’s the only way to survive in this new world, but Red isn’t letting herself get shut away. Red is about to find out that the woods are deep and dark, and there are far worse things than wolves out in the world.
I do love a re-telling of a classic tale and this one comes with an inconceivable twist and gore on dark scale. What stood out for me whilst reading this was how emotional the story between the protagonist and her family became. Red is a strong willed character who due to no fault of her own has had to deal with a tough start in life. It’s her tactical way of thinking which takes her on a bumpy road towards her grandmothers house.
Along the way we get to know not just Red but several other characters. The story itself felt thrilling and intense when it came to the parts where surviving seemed like a lost concept. A definite recommend read.
Thanks to @titanbooks for sending me a copy to review and congratulations to the author @authorchristinahenry on a darkly fun re-telling of a classic story.
There are so many things I would tell this new mum on the left. I wish she knew what she would go on to tackle & conquer with two children at her side...soon to be three. I wish she knew that while she felt so broken and so far removed from her old self that this in fact was the most beautiful part of it - a rebirthing. I wish I could tell her that when she is ready and only when she is ready that slowly her body will strengthen and be stronger than ever before. I wish I could give her the guide we have just written to help make taking care of herself in among all of this feel like a possibility with some simple steps. I am also about to be this new mum again in about 20 weeks and will need to be reminded of all of this ❤ It is for all mums no matter where you are on your journey that I wrote our guide 'Get Started' with @cara.drjuliesmumsquad 📚 I just gave a heartfelt thank you on Facebook to all who have pre-ordered this book some as long ago as five months back. You have helped other mums in doing this and helped make this happen - thank you all sooooo much - I am insanely grateful and this will be officially landing tomorrow! 🏋️♀️🥑🌿💚📚 #getstarted#drjuliesmumsquad#strongmums#mumswellbeing#keepingitreal#motherhoodunplugged#author#authorsofinstagram#mumprenuer#entreprenur#empoweringmums
I’m a little late to the party, but two years ago this little book went into the world. I’m grateful to anybody who has read it and found Sam’s heart inside. Thank you for all your support. And hope you enjoy the next one!
I read somewhere that sleep is like an erection - the harder you think about it, the less likely it is to happen. How true that is. The more I want to sleep, the more I try, the more illusive it becomes.
Sometimes I go a few hours before admitting to myself I’m not going to sleep; often it’s only a few minutes. “You’re so aware of sleeping”, my brain will say, “that there’s no chance you’re going to be able to do it”. And from that moment on, I’m stuffed. There’s no coming back. I’ve thought about it - I’m conscious of sleeping - and therefore I’ll never be able to do it.
So I toss and turn; and get up; and try sleeping somewhere else; and try reading; and try listening to a podcast; and try writing; and try breathing; and try reading some more; and try tossing and turning again. I do this on repeat for hours and hours and hours. 1am becomes 2am, becomes 3:30am, becomes 4:15am.
Eventually birds begin tweeting outside, rubbish trucks start zooming up the road, day slowly breaks and I blink my way into it - unrested, sore, knackered, sad.
"All this she must possess," added (.....), "and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading." .
Can you name the Character... and the Book?
Friends. He reminded himself yet again. But the walls; they kept crumbling. Revealing patches of a heart battered and bruised since childhood. And the small boy he used to be shuddered, exposed and naked for the first time since he’d laid the first brick on what had become his protection from pain, but his prison from love. Leaving Logan doubting his choices and questioning a lifetime of decisions that had made sure no woman would ever see him as a potential mate.
~ Wolf Clash, coming Aug 4th
Review: A Cynic's Shadow is a short collection of 64 poems. These poems talk about the various emotions one feels throughout one's life such as pain, depression, happiness, melancholy, joy, courage, fear, etc.
I felt the title is very apt and the cover compliments it very well. Each poem deals with a different emotion which may reach out to each one of us in different ways. There are doodles which accompany the poems. And they are simply amazing! There is a visual representation of the poems themselves.
There is fluidity in the poems and they take you along with their own flow. Some poems are open ended so it is up to your perception and understanding to decode the messages. The poet's imagination is what makes this book standout. When I first picked it up, it reminded of Rupi Kaur's poetry books.
Overall, it is an amazing read. I would recommend A Cynic's Shadow to all the poetry lovers out there. It is a must read!
My favourite poem:
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Something I've always remembered of Nandini from the time we worked together at Google, was her smile. It literally brightens up the room and I'm so glad to see it hasn't dimmed in wattage over the years.
We had the most amazing, centered, and grounded conversation yesterday on pregnancy, motherhood, adoption and the mad world we live in. Thank you @nandinivish for sharing a perspective that resonates so strongly with me.
Getting my scan on down at the local library. All of my little illustrations have been successfully copied to a memory stick, ready for editing and formatting!
Just to make sure that my nitpicking ass didn’t try and make any further manual adjustments to my illustrations, on the way home the heavens opened up and dumped just enough water on my myself and my artwork (bucket loads of the stuff) to render them ruined. Thanks universe! .
Let the editing and formatting begin!!!!
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