My Winter TBR 2019 || 12 Days of Blogmas 2019 Day 1

Happy December!! I’m ~sure~ that you all have been waiting with bated breath to see if I was actually going to attempt #Blogmas this year, and I am delighted to annouce that yes, in fact, I am!!! just,,,,very late in the month because college and finals and mental health have all absolutely decked yours truly this past two weeks so I haven’t had the brain cells to put together blogposts oops.

This year, I’m doing a little something different: instead of putting up a blogpost once a day for a month and inevitably failing, I’m putting up twelve posts every day leading up to Christmas, for the Twelve Days of Blogmas! I got this idea from my friend Mackenzie over at her blog Mainly Mackenzie where she’s also doing 12 Days of Blogmas. She puts up great posts so be sure to check her blog out!

Today, I’m going to be sharing my TBR for this winter! I have a month of winter break, and I’ll definitely be taking advantage of it by reading all those books that have been on my TBR forEVER!

My Winter TBR 2019

In no particular order, here are some books I want to read during my winter break this year:

  • Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer- I got this book for my birthday from my friend Hailey, and I’ve been saving it procrastinating it for a while now and should read it soon!
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling- according to last year’s Winter TBR, I’d already read books 1 and 2 of the Harry Potter series, which means I’ve only read book 3 in 2019. It’s not like I’m not enjoying the series, it’s just that the books are SO LONG!! I want to finish book 4 this break at least.
  • Finale by Stephanie Garber- I read Caravel and Legendary right as they came out, but with the busyness of this year, haven’t read Finale yet. I’m looking forwards to seeing how the story resolves!
  • Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark- I listened to almost the entirety of the podcast My Favorite Murder this year after it was recommended to me by a friend, and I got the book for $1.99 on Black Friday, so I’m looking forwards to reading it!
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black- I’ve actually already put up an Instagram post about how I was going to read it . . . but then I didn’t, bc #life. I really want to get into the trilogy though, since Queen of Nothing came out and EVERYONE was screaming about it!
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer- another Brigid Kemmerer book! I’ve started this book already but didn’t get a chance to finish it before it needed to go back to the library, so I want to try to actually finish it this winter!
  • On the Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White- YAY another Roseanna M. White book!! This is releasing in January 2020 and I’m h y p e d
  • A Light on A Hill by Conilynn Cossette- This was the fall book pick for the Biblical Fiction book club I’m in, Biblical Fiction Buffs, hosted by @jennavanmourik (who has a gorgeous Instagram, by the way), that I never got around to reading, so that’s going on the TBR list this winter!
  • Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano- I read the first book in the series already, but haven’t gotten around to the second one. I’d love to actually finish it before the third comes out!
  • The Blood Race trilogy by K. A. Emmons– I’ve read book 1 and book 2 so far, but I have not read book 3, Resurgence, or THE UPCOMING TO-BE-PUBLISHED PREQUEL, Anomaly yet! This winter I’m hoping to read them all and soak in Kate’s beautiful words.

So that’s it! My TBR for the next month-ish or so! What are some books on YOUR winter TBR? What are some books you think I should read! Leave me a comment and I’ll reply, so be sure to check back, for the reply and for another blogpost tomorrow! Happy Blogmas!

What Happened This Month: December 2018 || Blogmas 2018 Day 30

Hey everyone!! We’re almost done with the month, and the year!! Today, I’m doing the last monthly recap of 2018!! So let’s get started!

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Happenings-

 

Awesome-

  • Listening to all of Handel’s Messiah on a Saturday before finals week
  • Setting up your new bullet journal and being aBSOLUTELY PUMPED for the new year
  • Realizing that Instagram has pretty great face filters now????
  • Getting a large mens sweater on sale and it being the ACTUAL BEST THING EVER
  • Realizing the Windows 10 Instagram app has DMs on desktop!!!

Awkward-

  • Realizing you have 21 books to read to hit your GoodReads goal . . . after you lower your goal
  • Watching 7 episodes of b99 instead of studying for your finals
  • Putting the phrase “this one is one about one” in a blogpost, whilst writing blogposts at 1am
  • Hand-writing a card and having the thought ‘I could put an emoji here’ pass through your brain ><
  • This

Blog News-

Well I did Blogmas, so go read through that for a list of posts I wrote. Or come back tomorrow and I’ll have the list too!

Stats-

  • Views: 227
  • Visitors: 98
  • Countries Viewed From-
    • United States
    • Germany
    • Canada
    • United Kingdom
    • India
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Ireland
    • Czech Republic

December Goals WrapUp

  1. Finish out finals! Done.
  2. Less than 4 hours on my phone every day.  Done.
  3. Read a book every day  (finish out GoodReads challenge). Lol no, and no.
  4. Do blogmas! kiiiiinda???
  5. Do something productive everyday. … … … that goal was as sketchy as my accomplishment of it

January Goals


And that’s a wrap for the year! I’ll be back tomorrow to wrapup Blogmas, but aside from that, I’m done for the year! What was the best thing that happened to you this month?

Media This Month: December 2018 || Blogmas 2018 Day 29

Well, December (and thus, Blogmas) is coming to an end, and I figured we’d wrap up this month as well! So here we go, fun media things this month!

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Playlist-

Cool Musical Finds-

Cool Blogposts Read-

december 26 by Sarah

Do YA Books Have Too Much Romance? by Cait

Great Videos Watched-

The internet LITERALLY BROKE in December 2018. HOLY HECK.

Colleen Ballinger (Miranda Sings) gave birth || Cole and Savannah also gave birth || Oscar and Kyra got engaged || (as well as that other youtuber but I don’t watch her lol) || my brain is BROKEN || and of course, there was just VLOGMAS

and then there’s also this one

Twitter Finds-

(language warning)


What was the biggest thing (in your opinion) that happened on YouTube this month? What cool media thing did you see this month? Let me know!

January 2019 Goals || Blogmas 2018 Day 27

Hey everyone! Guess what, it’s another wrapup post! Today, I’m setting my goals for January: it makes my yearly goals that much more easy to work towards.

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So my college does this thing that’s really nice where school doesn’t start back up for me until the 28th???? Which gives me a WHOLE MONTH OF BREAK still???? Which is SUPER nice???? That means that I have nearly all of January to do ALL THE THINGS: artsy things, crafts, blogposts, ALL OF IT.

So, with that, here are my January goals!

  • read 25 books
  • write a blogpost every day
  • finish out college work from the first semester
  • 5 blogging comments a day (4 blogs that I already read and 1 new one!)
  • 7 arts projects
  • purge and clean room

What are your goals for January? When do you start school back up? Let me know!

2018 Reflections/2019 Resolutions || Blogmas 2018 Day 25

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! I hope your day is filled with loveliness, warmth, and love!

Today, we’re recapping how I did on my 2018 goals, and also setting my 2019 goals!

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Bloggy Stats:

  • 257 posts (47 posts written)
  • 5178 views
  • 3193 visitors
  • 166 followers
  • Visitors from 81 different countries
  • 392 blogstagram followers
  • 339 Twitter followers
  • 53 Pinterest followers
  • 17 Facebook likes

Blog Highlights

  • Ran an interview series, where I interviewed 14 different creatives
  • Started a Facebook page for the blog!
  • Finally changed my blog name to something that people will remember: Losing the Busyness!
  • I also did my first Q+A!
  • Also started college and ran out of time to blog for 3 months #oops

Most Popular Posts

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2018 Resolutions

  1. Do monthly goals. Vaguely: I kept a list of goals in my bullet journal every month . . . whether I actually accomplished most of these is a different story. Success.
  2. Read my Bible daily and also keep a journal/prayer journal daily. Yikes. I definitely did Bible reading more than half the year . . . but that’s the level of certainty I’m at, and I most certainly didn’t journal. Fail.
  3. Get out of bed for the day (aka don’t get back into bed once I get up in the morning). I think overall, I did pretty well on this one: I don’t have exact statistics, but I definitely spent more time AWAKE than I did the end of last year, so I’m going to count that! Success.
  4. Spend more time unplugged. …ooF. I don’t have a way that I measured that, so I can’t tell much either way. I suspect I failed this one. I’ll do it again next year, but with an actual measurable way to do it this time! Fail.
  5. Brush my teeth before I go to bed at night. I think I actually did this! At the very least, I missed a lot less than I was at the end of last year, so I’ll count it! Success.
  6. Give up carbonated drinks, bread, rice, chips, and cake. Yes! I actually managed to cut out these things from my diet (though on occasion, chips and cake are HARD), and I’m very happy with that! Success.
  7. Make money with one of my hobbies (art/blogging/etc). oof, not yet! Still a dream of mine, but just . . . not yet.  😦 Fail.

4/7, which is more than half??

2018 Happenings

    • Went on a ski retreat with my youth group that was super fun! (Jan)
    • Finished my college applications! (Jan)
    • Got my senior pictures taken! (Feb)
    • Attended my last SciOly tournament (Apr)
    • Confirmed which college I was going to! (Apr)
    • Took my last AP tests, bringing me up to a grand total of 8 (May)
    • Wrote a recap of my time in Science Olympiad that was 10K words (May)
    • GRADUATED (June)
    • Went on a month-long trip to visit family (June)
    • Actually started practicing driving (Aug)
    • Bought 36 discounted fair tickets and finagled getting them out to people (Aug)
    • MOVED TO COLLEGE + STARTED COLLEGE (Aug)
    • Got more involved in the college ministry at my church (Sept)
    • Got baptized (!!!!) (Sept)
    • Realized exactly what growing up meant and dealt with a lot of Feelings (Oct)
    • boy (Dec)
    • Finished my first semester of college! (Dec)

2019 Resolutions

  1. Do monthly goals
  2. Read my Bible and do a devotional everyday
  3. Write in a journal at least 5 days a week
  4. Develop a morning routine (updating monthly) and stick to it
  5. Drink 3 quarts of water every day
  6. Turn off electronics at midnight during college, and by 10pm not during college
  7. Memorize either a Bible chapter or literary work every month
  8. Revamp my Instagram and maybe actually stick to a theme for once
  9. Grow my platforms: Post at least one Instagram story, one tweet, and blog comment a day
  10. Set a daily task and finish that task (i.e., stop procrastinating)
  11. Make 3 fair entries a month
  12. Be more intentional about taking photos
  13. Not take an unplanned hiatus from the blog
  14. Only eat carbs one meal a day (on top of giving up the aforementioned list)

What big milestones did you hit this year? What’s something you want to try next year? Let me know! Merry Christmas!

People From 2018 || Blogmas 2018 Day 24

HAPPY

HAPPY

CHRISTMAS

EVEEEEEEEEEEEEE

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since it’s Christmas Eve, today’s post is me screaming about all the amazing people in my life so that you can spend more time with your family and stuff since you’re not gonna read this anyways XD !!

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For 2018, I’d like to thank-

  • Mom and dad, of course, for always supporting me, especially this year as I GRADUATED!!!! and left for college!!! and for paying for college 😉
  • my brothers D+P for stepping up to fill the house while I’m not here and for their development into actual people this year and not just siblings
  • my relatives, who I got to see this year–my grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, as well as extended family–for being awesome and inspiring people who I look up to and love seeing all the time
  • “Grandma” and “grandpa” B and “aunt” L, for praying for me always. It really is a comfort to know that there is always prayer surrounding me!
  • MM, for being my brain, for dealing with me as I finished out stuff and Felt Things, for trusting me enough to talk about your Feelsey Things, and for loving me. We’ve both grown a lot this year.
  • MM–the other one–, for being such a great friend, for sticking with me through everything, for dealing with college life with me, for the college phone calls, and everything else!
  • RF, for all the time we spent together this year. I FINALLY got to know you this year, and I loved every minute of it. Thank you, for that, and for trusting me with your Feelsey Things, for being my older sister, and for the memes XD
  • MF, for being an absolute sweetheart. We only got about a week in 2018 to really get to know each other, but no matter what happens, I’m never going to forget you. I love you!
  • KS, for being my sister, for being one of the first people I told about ^, and for good times every time we hang out
  • AS, for becoming a fun hang-out friend this year: we spent a couple years kinda distant, but this year I feel like we actually hung out quite a bit, and it was a great time! Also for letting me sort Things out with you and for being better at dealing with said Things than I was
  • my roommate (!!!) OS, for being an amaZING roommate. College would be so different if it weren’t for you, and I love rooming with you!
  • my college friends–NH, SK, BS, RW, CS, NSD, MS, AS, AY, JK, and SE–for being who you are. Hanging out with y’all has taught me so much, and I’m so grateful to know you guys. Finding friends at college was one of my biggest concerns, and y’all are truly the biggest blessing. I’m so thankful for you all!
  • my church friends–KG, YT, KT, AM, VM, LW, NW, HT, NW, SV, JS, and KC, for talking about God with me, and worldviews and thoughts and stuff this year while I’ve been at college, and for motivating me to keep going to church even while I’m at college
  • my online friends–Hailey, Mary, Vanessa, Charley, and everyone else who I tried to keep up with on top of my college stuffs–for being there and always up for a quick lil message after a busy day, and for checking up on me every once in a while to make sure I haven’t died yet
  • my SciOly friends–KB, DC, AH, SW, MM, and everyone else–, for becoming friends this year, and not just teammates: while it’s been like that for so many years, this year was truly special
  • GM, for also being frienDS this year, thought we’ve gone from seeing each other 5 times a week to just 2 . . . it’s still a lot and I love you!
  • EC, for mentoring me and talking with me about God and giving me advice about growing up and dealing with the world, and just being one text away if I ever need anything
  • SS, FM, WS, and MHC, for helping mama as I grow up, and for always being there for me if I ever need
  • EW, for being actual friends again this year, for dealing with college things, for being brave and going to college, for trying to make my move to college less intimidating
  • and God, of course, for whom I try to live for every day, some days more than others. Here’s to 2019 being a year of growth and a closer walk with you!

I’ve found that saying thank you to people–even if they never see it!–is a really good way to stay humble and to realize how much people pour into you. Who are YOU thankful for this season?

Books I Read in 2018 || Blogmas 2018 Day 23

Happy Christmas Adam, everybody!! We’re freaking out about how far I am from my GoodReads goal talking about books today!

I’m still quite a few books away from my 120 GoodReads goal, but today, we’re talking about the books that I’ve read so far this year!

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First off, GoodReads stats, of course! I did a slightly better job of distributing books among stars than last year, but they are still concentrated around 3 and 4 stars.

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For shelves, I concentrated a lot on Christian Fiction, then books that were part of a series, then YA, then mystery.

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For page counts, this year, I averaged even more pages per book than last year (which is probably why I’ve read less so far).  Like last year, the shortest book I read was a book by a blogger friend–Hailey–and my longest book was almost 300 pages longer than the one last year! Yes, there is a week left in the year, and yes, I still have 20 books I need to read. shh don’t tell me it’s impossible.

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And now for the books I read! The bolded ones are my five star reads, and the links are to books I reviewed.

  1. At Bertram’s House by Agatha Christie
  2. King Lear by Shakespeare
  3. If I Run by Terri Blackstock
  4. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  5. Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller
  6. The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson
  7. Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman
  8. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  9. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  10. Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coble
  11. A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
  12. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
  13. Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie
  14. Martin Hospitality by Abigayle Claire
  15. Amish Sweethearts by Amy Clipston
  16. If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock
  17. If I Live by Terri Blackstock
  18. Murder Tightly Knit by Vannetta Chapman
  19. Mary Jones and Her Bible by Mary Ropes
  20. The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson
  21. The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope
  22. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  23. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  24. Hope is the Thing with Feathers by Hailey Hudson
  25. Plain Girl by Virginia Sorenson
  26. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
  27. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  28. Heart on the Line by Karen Wittemeyer
  29. A Mother’s Day Mystery by Dee Ernst
  30. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  31. The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron
  32. Paper Towns by John Green
  33. The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere
  34. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  35. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  36. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman
  37. A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White
  38. Murder Freshly Baked by Vannetta Chapman
  39. Between Shades of Gray by Ruth Sepetys
  40. Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar
  41. A Llama in the Family by Johanna Hurwitz
  42. Room on the Porch Swing by Amy Clipston
  43. A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
  44. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  45. Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie
  46. My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California by Janice Thompson
  47. The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket
  48. Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano
  49. Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  50. Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie
  51. A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden
  52. The Proving by Beverly Lewis
  53. Quest for Leviathan by Amanda Tero
  54. Killer Cupcakes by Milda Harris
  55. The Road Home by Beverly Lewis
  56. Worlds Beneath by K. A. Emmons
  57. An Amish Heirloom by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin
  58. Trust and Obey by Faith Blum
  59. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
  60. Brownies and Betrayal by Heather Justesen
  61. The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket
  62. The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket
  63. The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket
  64. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  65. The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket
  66. The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket
  67. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  68. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
  69. The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket
  70. Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker
  71. The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket
  72. The End by Lemony Snicket
  73. Winter by Marissa Meyer
  74. Peril at End House by Agatha Christie
  75. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  76. The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
  77. Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
  78. The Huntress of Thornebeck Forest by Melanie Dickenson
  79. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  80. Winter Danger by William O. Steele
  81. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  82. Warcross by Marie Lu
  83. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  84. A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
  85. Finding Miranda by Iris Chacon
  86. The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson
  87. The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson
  88. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
  89. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
  90. My Daniel by Pam Conrad
  91. Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak
  92. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  93. The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis
  94. Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie
  95. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
  96. Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
  97. The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill
  98. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  99. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

So! How are YOU doing on your GoodReads goal? What is your favorite read of 2018 (if you can pick one)? What was the longest book you’ve read this year? Tell me ALL the bookish stats below!!

25 Blogs to Follow Before 2019 || Blogmas 2018 Day 22

Hey everyone! It’s Saturday, which means . . . another list of 25 people to follow!! Today, we’re wrapping up this series with 25 Blogs to Follow Before 2018!

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  1. Abbiee by Abbie– writing, music, goal setting, blogging
  2. An Odd Blog by Evangeline– books, lifestyle, writing, more books
  3. Autumn’s Readings and Writings by Autumn– travel photography, lifestyle, food
  4. Beautifully Broken by Kara– thoughts, encouragement, Christian living, book reviews
  5. Between the Pages of This Bookish Life by Shantelle– books, life, storytelling, tags
  6. Close to Nothing by Keira– books, movies, photography, discussions, words
  7. Dreaming of Guatemala by Maggie– lifestyle, decor, family,
  8. February Fairy by Ella– lifestyle, tips, blogging, pink
  9. Inspiring Writes by Savannah Grace– writing, book reviews, book lists
  10. Lady Grace: A Gentle and Quiet Spirit by Grace– discussions, living for God, women’s living
  11. Paper Fury by Cait– books, dragons, sass, color
  12. Paper Pizza by Kenzie– books, fangirling, life advice, yellow
  13. Simply Me by Vanessa– health, fitness, encouragement, a friendly face
  14. Summer of 1999 by Olivia– aesthetics, words, your whole heart
  15. Sunshine and Scribblings by Mary– books, writing, lifestyle, college
  16. Julia Ryan by Julia– lifestyle, hilarious spontaneity, words, thoughts, aesthetics
  17. the goodness revolt by kate– writing, wandering, fire power
  18. The Hardworking Creative by Hailey– inspiration, creativity, tips, young creatives
  19. The Introverted Extrovert by Sarah– lifestyle, quotes, gorgeous photos, coziness
  20. The Miss Charley by Charley– books, movies, lifestyle, honesty, college
  21. This Stack of Books by Grace– reading, lists, tags, recommendations
  22. Totally Graced by Grace– words, writing, heart
  23. Truly Beautiful by Abby Rose– advice, thoughts, God, dating
  24. Twilight To Dawn by Julia– power, photos, poetry
  25. Virtually Read by Shanti and Shar– reading, discussions, reviews, thoughts, life

There you have it: 25 of my favorite blogs! Go give them a follow! Are there ones not on the list that you love? Drop a link down below and share the love! Happy day-before-Christmas-Eve!