Happy Friday

What a week it has been! My kids kicked off a new school year, doing distance learning from home on Tuesday and it has been a ride! My oldest two are 5th graders (I can’t believe it!) and my youngest is in kindergarten. With my oldest two I am really trying to use this year to instill more independence in them; get up on your own, get yourself ready without me hovering, make your breakfast and then we’ll get started. I have definitely been the hovering Mom for the longest and it’s time I put some of the responsibility on them; it’s taken multiple conversations with my therapist about this before it really sunk in.

Last night I finished another book I was granted the opportunity to read early thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley. It is a 2021 release called The Lost Manuscript by Cathy Bonidan. You can read my full review here. It is full of plenty of gorgeous quotes and quotes that had me in the feels such as:

“I’m sure there are many of us who are still holding on to the memory of interrupted love affairs, left dreaming of what might have come next, unable to live it.”

“We dreamed of a text that would divert the anger of wounded hearts, that would shatter the hatred we feel for the unknown, chase away the clouds that leave premature wrinkles on still-young faces, a text that could provoke unbelievable and unforgettable encounters between people.

The story is told entirely in letter format and while it kicked off pretty strong for me, along the way I lost interest mostly because it became a bit hard to keep up with who was who and how they factored into the story. This should absolutely be a five star read for me, so when it comes out I will be snagging a physical copy to give it a reread.

Things that have been making me happy this week

  1. 2020 has been a complete dumpster fire of a year. Literally one thing after another, you don’t have much time to process one hard thing before something else happens. I ordered a Bible Journal and have been following Bible Journalers on Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration but really, it’s your thing! Do it as you choose. I have different Bible Study plans on Pinterest and read a different scripture every night. I mention this to say, this has given me something to look forward to at night before I go to bed and I hope you have something you do for yourself at the end of the day, even if it is only 5-10 minutes.
  2. It’s no secret that I’m a huge lover of Hallmark and I’m obsessed with their Podcast, The Bubbly Sesh! Shawl, who is one of the hosts of The Bubbly Sesh has started a Podcast of her own called Feel The Good Podcast. Shawl has already released three episodes for us to listen to and if you’re in the need for positive conversations to brighten your day, I can’t recommend it enough. Check her website out here for more information and subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen to them.
  3. Chatting with my girlfriends! I don’t think my girlfriends know how much our random chats about books, dinner ideas, jobs we’ve had in the past and whatever other random topics we come up with, mean to me! Knowing that they are only a message away makes this life of self-isolation not so bad.

As for this weekend, I start back to school on Monday so I want to live it up! aka, movie marathoning, coffee and tons of reading! I have about 5 Hallmark movies on dvr I need to get to and a Jill Shalvis romance on my nightstand.

I hope your weekend is amazing! Until next time, take care of yourselves. xx