My Favorite…Art

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it…The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.


Art

My most favorite art in the world is Thomas Kinkade. I will eventually own all of his puzzles, and I already own some 10-15. I love the scenery and the way he paints.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Books I Disliked/Hated…But Really Glad I Read

 

 

What are some books that fall on your bragging rights list?

Beyond the Books ~ Self-Care

beyondthebooks

Beyond the Books is a weekly meme hosted by Karen @ KissinBlueKaren. Each week features a new topic (mostly non-bookish). This meme is a fun, social weekly post.


This Week’s Topic:

Self-Care

Self-Care

I have struggled with self-care ever since I started my career. I was taught that your work is a reflection of you, so if I am not a perfectionist in what I do, I’m failing. I have felt like the shittiest teacher…and yet I’m one of the VERY few who are at my school at all hours preparing and working. Being a teacher is hard, and the work-life balance is harder. I don’t think I could do it if I had a child.

This year I said was going to be the Year of Me. I was going to tell people NO (and I kinda have…and I kinda haven’t), I was going to be selfish and focused on me. So far, I’m doing OK with it.

Self-care is so vitally important to everyone, and especially those in highly stressful jobs that are notorious for bad work-life balance. You can’t continue to give from an empty cup. Some of my favorite self-care things to do include getting a manicure and pedicure, taking the time to style my hair, put on full make-up, a long, hot shower, a night of reading, watching favorite movies, listening to music in a quiet place, cooking a favorite feel-good food.

Take care of yourself!

 

My Favorite…Book Blogger Experience

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it…The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.


Book Blogger Experience

I’ve previously shared some of my greatest moments in blogging, so there are all of those and this new one I’m excited to share.

While I was on hiatus, I was contacted and asked to submit some of my writing to Z Publishing House in a series edition for Texas entitled “America’s Emerging Talent.” I am excited about this but at the same time I am not sure what to submit. I haven’t written anything non-blog in a long time.

I was also contacted about another opportunity in becoming a Lone Star Living influencer. This is a Texas-based floral bouquet brand available at my beloved HEB stores. I don’t know where this will take me, but I am thrilled to be included. You know how I love my own jungle!

Both of these opportunities came my way via my book blog, even though I was on hiatus at the time.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover (or in the Title)

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover (or in the Title)

I have added to my list of favorite colors. It used to be just blue, but now I’ve added pinks, purples, and teals.

What’s your favorite color? 

Beyond the Books ~ Cinco De Mayo

beyondthebooks

Beyond the Books is a weekly meme hosted by Karen @ KissinBlueKaren. Each week features a new topic (mostly non-bookish). This meme is a fun, social weekly post.


This Week’s Topic:

Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a big thing in Texas. In primary school (K-3), I vividly remember having huge ceremonies about Cinco de Mayo where we would listen and listen and listen to Mrs. Haisler talk on and on and on, and then her kids would get out and dance in their bright dresses.

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the Mexican Army’s victory at Battle of the Puebla on May 5, 1862 during the Franco-Mexican War. It is commonly mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually September 16 and happened about 50 years prior. Cinco de Mayo is actually a minor holiday in Mexico. For most Mexicans, it is a regular day. It is not a federal holiday, so all government offices, banks, and stores remain open.

I feel like Cinco de Mayo is more celebrated in the United States to commemorate Mexican culture and heritage. Parties, music, and festive events are hallmarks alongside tacos, tequila, and other Mexican fare.

 

 

 

Upcoming Prompts:

May 10- Self-Care
May 17- What Made You Smile This Week?
May 24- Favorite Cookie Recipe

My Favorite…Thing About Myself

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it…The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.


Thing About Myself

 

My favorite thing about myself is my strength and resilience. Growing up, I didn’t have the best home life. As an educator, I hated having to sit through an intensive CPS reporting and outcry training. I almost got up and walked out. I know the law, I know my obligations. I was that kid. And it really triggered some things for me.

As an adult, I have had a string of bad relationships. Each time I thought I had chosen more carefully, and they all turned out to be L7 weenies. Every guy I have dated has cheated on me. That’s a really hard thing to say. It is like the ultimate rejection…after rejection…after rejection. And I always think the next time will be better…and then it happens again. Even though I KNOW it is not me, that rejection is hard to rationalize between my brain and my heart. Why else would this keep happening? Obviously there must be something wrong with me. I hate that we as women are made to feel this way, and I hate that I have because I KNOW it’s not true…but. It slices away another sliver of your heart. Ironically, every single one of those guys (with the exception of The Man – you know, with all the drama) have come back to me asking me to take them back. What? No. I’m not a person who can give out that trust again. I just can’t. That might be little or petty of me, but I firmly believe once a cheater, always a cheater. That is the rule, not the exception.

Despite my failed engagement, despite this slap in the face, despite my affection and intimacy being turned away for the last four years (yeah folks, that’s right – talk about a patient and frustrated woman), I am a very strong and resilient person. I don’t know if my experiences growing up solidified that foundation, if it is naturally inherent, or if it is from my experiences as a young adult. But that is my favorite thing about myself.