Friday Reflections/May 18. 2018

Friday Reflection 18 May

 

Happy Friday Friends! One thing I want to do on my blog is Friday Reflections where I reflect back on the past week. It is ridiculous sometimes how busy we all are. The hustle and bustle can get so hectic and stressful that when Friday comes or whatever your schedule may be–when you know your down time is coming it is such a relief! I am very slowly learning (thanks to my therapist) that taking a moment and reflecting is a good thing.

  • What I’ve been Reading:  I have been reading multiple things this past week. I am currently in the middle of two buddy reads–Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell & The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport which are both FANTASTIC! And my current romance read is Hate To Want You by Alisha Rai. I am at about the halfway point with Hate To Want You and it is SO. GOOD. I have it checked out from the library and am reading it digitally so I have been carrying my iPad around everywhere to sneak and read a few pages here and there throughout my day and let’s just say I hope no one looked over my shoulder today when they walked past me as I sat in the doctor’s waiting room. I was totally in the wrong place to be reading this book but it is so ADDICTING I can’t put it down.
  • What I’ve Been Listening To: I am a big fan of Podcasts and recently discovered The Heaving Bosoms Podcast thanks to two different book tube friends. I have become obsessed with this podcast. I haven’t listened to an episode yet that didn’t have me laughing hysterically in my car. The podcast is hosted by two in real life best friends and in each episode they review and discuss a different romance novel. It’s perfect for a new romance reader like myself. This week I also created yet another playlist on Apple Music titled Be Happy mixed with songs recommended by friends and old favorites of mine. When I feel myself getting stressed out, stuck in traffic or just in a bad mood I go to it, put it on shuffle and blast it! I can already tell the difference since making it–having feel good, happy music truly is a mood changer.
  • What I’ve Been Watching:  This week I went on Amazon and rented “He’s Just Not That Into You,” which is an old favorite that I haven’t seen in years and I honestly forgot how good of a movie it is. If you haven’t seen it, I definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for a romantic comedy (that also happens to be based off of a book!) If rom-com isn’t your thing I recommend revisiting old favorites. (I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have rewatched Sleepless In Seattle!) 
  • Moving Forward: I have got to do better at putting my phone down more and being in the moment. Every weekend I tell myself, “it’s going to be a cellphone free weekend,” and before I know it, I have spent all of Saturday morning scrolling the explorer button on Instagram and have watched hours of youtube. The books I wanted to read didn’t get read, the journaling I wanted to do didn’t get done, the run I wanted to go on didn’t happen and each of these things could have happened, but I just wasted minutes..hours on my phone and playing on the internet. It is hard to truly give your attention to something if you are so wrapped up in your phone. So I am definitely going to continue working on this. I feel so good when I dedicate time to something and actually accomplish it. If I leave my phone in my bedroom and go into the living room and dedicate an hour to reading a book , that genuinely feels good! And I want more of that so I need to make the time for these things a priority and leave the phone out of it!

 

So these are my Reflections from this week heading into the weekend Friends! Let me know what you are currently reading, if you watched anything cool this week or a favorite podcast you listen to. If you created a Be Happy playlist, what is one song that comes to mind that you’d immediately put on there? And moving forward, what is something you could do better at? I hope all is well with you! Have a wonderful weekend!! xoxo Bree

 

Here is a link to The Heaving Bosoms Podcast if interested! If you check it out, let me know what you think!

The Heaving Bosoms Podcast

3 thoughts on “Friday Reflections/May 18. 2018

  1. I could definitely do better at getting off my phone as well. I’m trying to learn to budget my time online so that I don’t get sucked into the black hole of screen time. It’s hard! One thing I’ve found helpful is setting the timer on my phone: Once it goes off, I have to stop. Now if I could just remember to stick to setting it…

    For music on a “Be Happy” playlist, I adore Bach’s Brandberg Concertos. I can’t listen to all those soaring violins and not feel an endorphin rush. 🙂

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    1. I never thought of setting a time Sally! That is such a good idea. I have done pretty good so far today. I haven’t went the whole day without using it but my picking it up has been pretty minimal so I feel like I’m doing a good job. What kind of made you realize you were spending too much time on your phone?

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      1. I think it’s awesome that you kept your time on it minimal. Phone-free is a great goal, but it’s a hard one, realistically, since we rely on them for so much. For me, I noticed time just seemed to melt away. I’d get on for what I thought was a few minutes but was more like an hour. It’s scary how time can slip away like that!

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