Persuasion

Soft whispers tugging at the corner of eager eyes.

Gnarled fingers running through tousled hair.

Rough hands wiping away tears, staining her face.

“I love you”

The only thing she needed to hear in the midst of silence.

The three words to stop her,

dead in her tracks.

Words that don’t quite match up to actions,

Actions that don’t quite match up to the words.

A cacophony of lies litter the floor like broken glass

Stabbing the remnants of a love gone wrong.

I Had a Bad Day

I had a bad day and have probably managed to somehow take it out on any and every person I’ve come into contact with. Maybe I didn’t smile at the last customer who walked into my store this afternoon or I brushed my boyfriend’s hand away from mine because I was irritated. And now that I have a minute to think about, bad days are bound to happen, that doesn’t mean we have to or should take it out on the people who are just trying to make it better.

Without getting preachy, because nobody likes someone who can’t practice what they preach, take a moment to cool off after a stressful day. Could you have been the real reason that you had a bad day? Maybe you woke up in a bad mood and silently or not, told yourself that it was going to be a bad day. If so, from the moment you woke up, you expected it to be a bad day. Therefore, you probably weren’t as nice to your “rude” customer as you may have been if you were in a better mood. That customer may have been in a bad mood because you looked like you were.

At the end of the day, everything happens for a reason. Every action causes a reaction. Now not to say that you aren’t allowed to have bad days, but take a minute to remind yourself that while you may be having the worst day ever, the way you treat other people has a direct effect on the way that they treat you in return.

And while we’re on the topic of horrible days, it really could always be worse. There’s always someone who has less than you or is going through a difficult time in their life. Think about the feelings of others before you go off projecting your negative energy to the entire world. But also feel free to get yourself a pint of ice cream and eat the whole thing because you feel like crap.

Writer’s Block

No sparks.

No words that make you feel alive.

No gut-wrenching passages that make you fall in love

or hate someone who broke your heart.

Just empty space,

a shaky hand hovering over a blank paper.

Eager fingers typing nonsense onto a computer screen, humming with life.

Falling asleep cast in the light of a screen,

waking up only to find that you held the nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

down too long.

No signs of intelligent life here, folks.

Move along.

This is a writer’s block zone and

nobody’s home.

 

 

100 Books in 365 Days

As an avid reader, I always made it a point to carve out time to read books outside of what I was made to read in school. Throughout middle school and high school this was completely feasible and not at all challenging to do.

Then I started college. While I still clung to my love of books, I found myself reading for enjoyment less and less as my work and school schedule became more and more hectic. Then, I received a Kindle for Christmas. While I’ve always been a firm believer in the idea that holding a physical book is much more ideal, the Kindle is amazing. As a commuting student, it’s so much more convenient and I have thousands of books at my fingertips in seconds. However, I still spend a good chunk of time (and money) in bookstores.

At the beginning of 2017, I made it my resolution to read 100 books in 365 days. While this may seem like a small amount, if you factor in work, school, and all the other responsibilities one has, this can actually be a little bit of a challenge. Currently, I am 3/4 of the way through my 7th book and decided to start sharing my opinions on each book. Which brings me to what this blog is about.

Simply put, if you love to read or are just looking for some recommendations, you’re in the right spot. Or if you just want to follow my year long book journey, that’s fine too!

Happy reading and well wishes!