5 Fandom Friday: My Favorite Places To Read

5 Fandom Friday is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly and Megan of The Nerdy Girlie!  For more information, here’s our introduction post about how 5FF came into being.

This week’s 5 Fandom Friday topic is our favorite places to read.  As I’m sitting here in our Little Mermaid shell bed at Disney, the first place that came to my mind is vacation… until I realized that I’ve read a whopping 30 pages in the past two weeks so I had to amend my answers.  I usually read A LOT but things have been so crazy with the wedding and now the honeymoon that I’ve taken a bit of a break but once I get back to NY, I can’t wait to resume my reading in these places!

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 10.36.00 AM1) In front of my comic bookshelves on Andrew and I’s super comfy couch that we bought without ever sitting on.  We got really lucky but we could just tell from the photo that it had to be the most comfortable couch ever!

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2) In Andrew and I’s bed! Ever since I was little, reading in bed has been my favorite place of all to relax and get lost in a good story.

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3) My bed at my parent’s house.  Like I said, this has been my longtime favorite and I know I’ll still love to read there when I stay over (especially in the morning because I’m ALWAYS the first one awake)!Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 10.42.11 AM

4) Outside in the springtime.  I love admiring the Cherry Blossom trees and spending time outside before it gets unbearably hot. I’m so happy to have a backyard again so I can enjoy the outdoors in the private.

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5) And lastly, which is the place I read more than any other, is on the train when I’m commuting to and from work.  I love reading on trains (and planes!) because it’s such a great chunk of uninterrupted reading time.

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I hope you’ll be sharing your favorite places this week! And if you want to participate in future 5FF’s, you can find the rest of the June topics listed here :-)

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5 Simple Mid-Year Resolutions

A few months ago I began wondering if people would be more likely to stick to their New Year’s Resolutions if New Years took place during a month with warmer weather.  While I haven’t completely fallen off track (I’ve really been doing fantastically when it comes to my 2015 reading goals!), I have let some of the big ones fall by the wayside.  For instance, while I am creating more in a sense (you may have seen some of my recent BookTube videos), I do feel like I have periods where I’m slacking on blogging and since writing has always been my passion I want to make more of an effort to create and share more original content.  As much as I LOVE doing 5 Fandom Friday and Waiting on Wednesday, I hate feeling obligated to do them or that my blog is just an outlet to produce content for the sake of producing content.  I’ve written some recent posts that I’m really proud of – particularly on relationships, and I want to write more posts along those lines.  It can be scary to get really personal on the internet, but I always find that my most heartfelt posts, whether positive or negative, garner the best responses and remind me of the reason I started doing all this in the first place.  So here are some of Spring resolutions!

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1) Blogging: Write an in-depth post at least once every 1-2 weeks.  I’ve seen so many book bloggers and vloggers create TBR jars and while I love the look of them, I never made one for myself because I’m usually very specific about what I want to read next.  That’s why I decided to create a TBB (To Be Blogged) jar!  My jar is full of post ideas, topics, and memories that will take more thought and help me get back into the swing of things.  I also created a TBA (To Be Art) jar for Andrew so we can plan to have some creative nights together<3

Resolution: Be more thoughtful about posting what I want to, get more personal when writing posts and utilize my TBB jar!

2) Healthy Living: I’m going back to the days where I would start every morning with a glass of lemon water.  I’ve done it sporadically this year, but I want to incorporate it into my routine once again.  I’ve been hydrating better these days but now I always end up feeling dizzy if I don’t drink enough water by the evening.  I think if I start my day with a tall glass of water I’ll be more likely to remember throughout the day.  I also have to give myself credit because I have a standing desk at work and I have been utilizing it to no end.  I stand for the majority of my day every day and I walk in place and even do knee raises since no one can see me!  I think I might look like the crazy exercising woman from The IT Crowd but I’m totally okay with that!  I also walk roughly 2 miles after work every single day which has made me feel so much better about myself.  I feel like I was becoming a blob during the winter and I just generally feel more energized and good about myself since I’ve been able to start walking again.  Anyone who loves dessert as passionately as I do, really needs to get as much exercise as possible.

Resolution: Drink more water and incorporate more physical activity into my daily routine.

3) Planning for the ~Future~:  I’ve had lots of life things happening lately and after living with the worst roommate of all time, I somehow ended up with yet another one.  When your living situation is more stressful than your 9-5 job, you know there’s an issue.  I’m just not happy at my apartment and that’s why I need to make a change.  It was a really tough decision, but I’m going to be moving back home where I’ll be able to save the max amount of money until Andrew and I get married and we find a house together<3

Resolution: Save as much money as possible and be happy with my living situation.
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4) Reading:  I’ve been doing so well with my reading goals for this year and I’m also happy with the number of book reviews I’ve been writing!  It’s always been really therapeutic for me to write about my book feelings so I can reference them in the future and I love seeing everyone’s responses and comments!  I’m also LOVING BookTube.  I don’t even care how many people actually watch my videos because I have SO MUCH FUN filming them.  It’s so wonderful to be able to love something so much.  It might be because it’s still “new” in a sense and I don’t feel any obligations.  I just post what I want, when I want and it’s totally freeing and awesome!  So my reading goal is basically just to keep on truckin’.

Resolution: Keep up the great work Kristin! *pats self on back*

5) Staying in Touch:  In the past year or so I’ve gotten bad at staying in touch with people whether it’s online or via text or even in person.  I constantly find myself being busy and even when I see something small that reminds me of a friend I’m likely to think “oh I’ll text them later because I’m busy right now!” and then, I don’t.  I’ve also been tweeting WAY less frequently.  My family would always make fun of me for never being seen without my phone in hand but now, it’s not uncommon for me to go a few days at a time without checking twitter or instagram.  It’s weird.  And then when I do check, sometimes I don’t even feel like I have anything worthwhile to contribute because I’ve been away for so long.  I almost feel like an old person that’s like “what do I do on here?!”  On the one hand I do really love that I’m more present in real life and I’ve been enjoying that more but every time I sign online I do get that ping of sadness and I feel like “omg I’ve been missing out.”

Resolution: Make more of an effort to reach out to people in the moment and get better about checking Twitter!

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New Years Resolutions & Goals for 2013

The second half of my New Years blog post is the obligatory resolution portion.  It’s always been a tradition of mine to write down a list of goals more so than resolutions for the upcoming year.  A lot of people feel as though resolutions are broken so easily that it’s pointless to waste time creating them but I disagree.  Even if you set goals that are too high or you’re only able to follow your plan for a short time I believe it is better than to have not spent any time trying at all.  Anything you accomplish in the short time you try is still more than if you hadn’t tried at all.  I think I did a pretty good job last year of accomplishing the goals I had set for myself with one major exception.  The one goal that I considered to be the most important and wanted to complete above all was the only goal that I wasn’t able to check off on my list.  But mark my words, it will happen in 2013.  I will have a completed first draft of an original work.  In 2012 I was only able to make the time to write half of a screenplay and 100 pages of an original novel.  Having written both towards the beginning of 2012, I was forced to put my own stories on the back burner as the year progressed.  But not this year.  I’ve outlined the rest of goals below.
Things to Accomplish or Change in 2013
  • Write a Complete First Draft of an Original Novel – A few years back I had been accepted to go back to school for screenwriting but due to a scheduling conflict with work I was unable to attend.  Since then I’ve been spending a lot of time writing for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink, and while I would never in a million years give that up, I am going to make a conscious effort to spend time on more personal works as well.
  • Read More Books – A couple of my friends and I have decided to keep a collaborative spreadsheet of the books we read as a way to motivate ourselves to read more.  It is by no means a competition because reading is an enjoyable pastime, but rather a reminder that if others can find the time to read, so can we.  I had been worried that I didn’t read enough in 2012 until I tallied my list and realized that I had in fact surpassed 100 books/graphic novels.  I may post my list in the upcoming week.
  • Save More Money – As I’m sure everyone in the geek community can relate to, when new things are released whether it be books, movies, toys or whatnot, I can never resist supporting my favorite fandoms with my hard earned salary.  But sadly, I think it’s time for me to become more selective and attempt to be a fiscally responsible adult.
  • Move to NYC or Brooklyn – This is going to be the big motivator to force me into my last goal.  I lived in New York City during college and it was the greatest experience of my life.  Ever since I graduated and moved back home I’ve wanted nothing more than to move back to the place I feel most at home.  I spend a ridiculous amount of money commuting back and forth since I’m there 3-5 times a week every single week and train ticket prices are increasing yet again next year.  Luckily I do have plenty of friends that let me stay with them, but I would really like a little place to call my own.
  • Be Healthier – I am in no way stating that one of my goals is to lose weight because I’m quite happy with my body just the way it is.  I have been a vegetarian for almost 4 years now and in that time I have learned the types of foods I need to eat to get all of the nutrients my body requires.  I’ve read several books about the food industry and it’s a topic that I find fascinating.  Towards the end of 2012 I started eating more sweets than ever and even some unhealthier meals which I am not proud of.  I’ll be getting out all of my cravings today and starting the New Year by reverting back to my usual food choices.  I have always relied on walking around Manhattan (I walk at super speeds) to be sufficient exercise, but I am also considering giving yoga a try.
  • Take Some “Me” Time – This has always been something that I have struggled with.  I am ambitious and enthusiastic and when given the opportunity to do anything I leap at the chance.  I need to learn to not feel guilty about saying no and to remember that it’s important to take some time for myself as well.  It’s this time that will allow me to focus on my novel and on reading more books.  Both of which sound like the ideal way to spend extra time.
Things to Continue Doing in 2013
  • Making New Friends – I think it’s important to have a core group of people you can rely on and who can rely on you.  I very lengthily touched upon the friendships I have cultivated in 2012 in my previous post and I plan on continuing this trend for 2013.  I would definitely classify myself as a people person.  Everyone is the main character in the story of their own life and I find it fascinating to hear all about others experiences.  Fiction is absolutely wonderful but it is romanticized and I think it’s important to stay grounded in the real world instead of living solely in a deluded false reality.  Life is all about connecting with others and sharing in experiences together.
  • Maintaing a Positive Outlook – Yes, I’m an optimist.  No, I’m not planning on changing that, even after the chaotic previous year I had.  I had a conversation with my best friend Melissa (@mechamelissa) this past year that I stand by wholeheartedly.  After some of the experiences I had, I began to wonder if I should be more skeptical of people instead of being my usual trusting self.  But then I quickly realized that I am never going to change who I am and what I consider to be one of my better traits because of other people.  Things happen, not everyone is genuine,  and some people have bad intentions, but I’m going to continue to take everything in stride and never lose faith in my belief that people are generally good.  I am still going to behave in the same manner upon meeting new people and treat them with the same kindness, respect, and trust that I think everyone is entitled to until they may prove otherwise that they are undeserving.
  • Regularly Updating My Social Media Sites – The internet in all of its forms provides endless hours of entertainment.  I love my twitter, I love my tumblr, I love my blog and I love my instagram.  I update each of these on regular basis (twitter being the most up-to-date and linking with all of the aforementioned sites).  This blog was only launched in September but I have already written a number of posts, and I am going to continue to do so, at a more frequent interval throughout 2013.  I do however, tend to neglect my Facebook, Goodreads, GetGlue, and This is My Jam accounts, but I am going to make a strong effort to keep them more up to date as well.
  • Traveling – After a few years of taking a hiatus on vacation travels due to a terrible fear of flying, I overcame my fear and I traveled more in 2012 than I had in the past six years combined. I went to Florida twice, Atlanta, and Baltimore all within a span of 3 months.  It was a lot of fun feeling like a jet setter and now that some of my very best friends are scattered throughout the US between the East and West coasts I plan on continuing my traveling trend.  My top choices for travel destinations in 2013 include LA to visit Jen, Boston to visit Betty, Florida again to visit Kristin, her husband Patrick, and my cousin Rachel, and either Chicago for the Wizard World convention or San Diego (finally) for San Diego Comic Con which always occurs right around my birthday weekend.
And so, I wish all of you my dear friends, family, twitters and tumblr’s a very Happy New Year.  I’d love to hear the resolutions and goals for 2013 that you have set for yourself in addition to your progress and efforts to maintain them throughout the year.  As always, feel free to drop me a line anytime and I look forward to sharing in good fortune with you all for the entirety of 2013 ^_^
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