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The time is now

The time to start is now. What is it that you have been putting off? What have you been wanting to do, but are too scared to do? 

For me, I had been wanting to make a change in my life. I wanted to go back to school. It took a night out at the bar to realize that I wasn’t doing anything with my life. I NEEDED that change. 
So, I hastily sent in my application to grad school and was accepted a month later. 

Now, I am entering my second year in grad school. Going back to school was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. And all of the homework and late nights studying are worth it. 

So what’s holding you back from living your purpose? 

I am trying

How many people are going to do NaNoWriMo this month?

50,000 words in 30 days. Which ends up being 1667 words per day. I have to say… I think I am going to try it. Although I am already dreadfully behind. I have written about 1660 words and it is November 5th. So really, I am only four days behind the trend.

The only problem that I seem to have is: I have no idea what I am writing. It’s kind of a fly by the seat of my pants. Literally have no idea what the next scene is going to be. I feel like the first half of the month is going to be writing that will be trashed. The second half of the month I might end up with something usable.

The point is…. I am trying. And that is more than I can say for years past. So what if I don’t write 50,000 words in a month. At least I can say I can try. Maybe I will do a NaNoWri3Mo and I will be done in January.

Book Bag: What I’m Reading Now

Where the Heart Is (Oprah's Book Club)
Where the Heart Is (Oprah’s Book Club)

Currently Reading: Where The Heart Is by  Billie Letts

I am a little over halfway through the novel and so far the movie is a good representation of the book. Sure there are some differences, but overall they tell the same story.

It has much more depth than the book. It is sugary sweet, but in a refreshing way.

It’s a very fast read. You sit down to read a few pages and suddenly you are almost finished. It is engaging and hard to put down.

Book Summary:

Where the Heart Is: Talk about unlucky sevens. Seventeen-year-old, seven months pregnant Novalee Nation was heading for California with her boyfriend. Stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, with just $7.77 in change, Novalee is now homeless. In Oklahoma Novalee finds a group of down-to-earth, deeply caring people willing to help a homeless, jobless girl living secretly in a Wal-Mart. From Bible-thumping blue-haired Sister Thelma Husband to eccentric librarian Forney Hull who loves Novalee more than she loves herself, they are about to take her on a moving, funny, and unforgettable journey to . . . Where the Heart Is.

Summer Reading List

The book that started it all for me this summer. I wasn't really reading until I picked up this book.
The book that started it all for me this summer. I wasn’t really reading until I picked up this book.

There’s only a few weeks of summer left. Although some people are going back to school already, the unofficial end of summer isn’t until labor day.

Recently I got back into reading– surprisingly enough it was a movie that inspired me. I wanted to watch The Fault in Our Stars, but I wanted to read the book first. I downloaded it onto to my kindle… and I haven’t really stopped reading since.

I am not going to sugar coat it. I honestly didn’t think it was an amazing book. It was sweet, but predictable.

Yet this sweet, sappy book got me reading again. To make sure I don’t step reading any time soon, here is my list of “summer reading” that I hope inspires someone to pick up a book.

Five Books I Hope to Read this Summer

  1. Looking for Alaska by John Green. John Green has a wonder way with words (as you can tell by the following behind The Fault in Our Stars)
  2. The Divine Comedy: Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso by Dante. This one has been on my list for years. I know that I will probably never read it.. but the English Major in me knows that I really should read it.
  3. The Dante Club: A Novel by Matthew Pearl. A crime story about a series of murders inspired by Dante’s inferno in 1865.
  4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. Now this one just seems awesome. Blade Runner was loosely based on this dystopian novel. Heck yeah.
  5. Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts. This seems like a book with a lot more heart than the movie based on it.

In the next month I know there is no way I can read all five of these books… but it is always fun hoping.

What book do you plan on reading this month?