What I read: November 2021

What I read: November 2021

This time of year is always so hectic- mostly in a good way though! The holiday season has arrived and so have parties, trips, family time, and more. This also meant a slower month of reading, but I did still manage to squeeze in five books.

It was definitely a fiction kind of month with a mix of romance, horror, and fantasy:

-The Shining
-Blood of Elves
-Chasing the Boogeyman
-Dial A for Aunties
-I Let You Go

Let’s get into those reviews!

3 Lessons I Learned From My First Half Marathon

3 Lessons I Learned From My First Half Marathon

I did it!

I survived 13.1 miles– something I could have never imagined doing just a few years ago.

It wasn’t pretty or easy (thinking of you, side cramp at mile 12), but I pulled through and couldn’t be more proud of myself! Now that it’s all over and I’ve had a few days to recover, I’ve come away with four key lessons.

5 Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts (That Aren’t Pies)

5 Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts (That Aren’t Pies)

In my opinion, no Thanksgiving is complete without pumpkin pie. Though, sweet potato pie is an acceptable substitute.

But once the classics are covered, it’s nice to have other options on the table (pun intended). That’s where this recipe round-up comes in! I’m sharing 5 recipes that still deliver all the traditional fall flavors in less traditional ways.

What I Read: October 2021

What I Read: October 2021

After the whirlwind of reading in September, my pace slowed down a bit this month. (Probably because I took a break from audiobooks after discovering Morbid: A True Crime podcast) That said, I still managed to squeeze in 6 books covering everything from personal finance to YA fantasy.

Here’s the full list:
-Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio
-I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
-Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
-Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
-Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah
-Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Let’s dive into the reviews!

October 2021: What I’m Into

October 2021: What I’m Into

With Halloween this weekend, I’m a bit sad that ∼spooky season∼ is coming to an end, but it also means we can all get into full holiday mode! (Not like I need more candles.)

I haven’t shared a round-up in a while, so I figured it was time to share my latest joys & interests.

BEAUTY REVIEW: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

BEAUTY REVIEW: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

If you’ve spent anytime scrolling through Instagram, odds are you’ve seen the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask.

With its cute pink packaging, the lip sleeping mask looks great in pictures and seems to have a big following.

In today’s post, I’ll share my experience with the mask and whether it’s worth the $22 price tag.

What I read: September 2021

What I read: September 2021

September proved to be a BIG month of reading for me! Though, to be fair, a few of the books I technically started in August.

From fantasy to science fiction to extreme athletes, my book choices were all over the place this month.

Here’s the list:
-Deep Work by Cal Newport
-Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard
-Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
-Verity by Colleen Hoover
-Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
-Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor
-Why Fish Don’t Exist by Lulu Miller
-The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig
-Finding Ultra by Rich Roll
-Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight

Let’s get into those reviews!

My favorite FREE meditation app

My favorite FREE meditation app

Have you ever noticed the more you try to fight an idea, the more it fights back?

Like let’s say you hate carrots and refuse to eat them, and then suddenly, you start seeing articles spouting the health benefits of carrots everywhere? (Maybe, you have no idea what I’m talking about and that’s OK too.)

But this is the relationship I have with meditation.

I hate the idea of being quiet, sitting still, and focusing on my breath. Yet, all of the life-changing benefits of practicing meditation keep popping up for me.

What I read: August 2021

What I read: August 2021

I feel like I’ve been on a reading roll lately!

In August, I read an entire trilogy, listened to a 23-hour long audiobook, and finished a book I’ve been reading since April.

Here’s the list:
-Big Macs & Burgundy by Vanessa Price
-Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
-The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
-Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
-Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
-Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
-10% Happier by Dan Harris

Let’s get into those reviews!