Favourite Book Quotes | #1

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I love myself a good quote, and one of the best things about having a kindle is the ability to be able to highlight certain passages from your books so they are stored for later perusal. I enjoy looking back at the things that I have highlighted and remembering what it meant to me at the time. The quotes that I highlight aren't necessarily profound, as much as I may have just found them funny, but I highlight words that just speak to me in one way or another. 

These are a few quotes from fiction books I have read within the last year. I may create another quotes post with quotes that I love from my personal development books at a later date, which speak to me in a completely different way. For now, enjoy, what are some of your favourite quotes?


On that first day, looking back, I was as boring as organic gluten-free porridge with no sugar
All of the Above - Juno Dawson

Someone who understood that using the "f" word wasn't a measure of my lack of imagination. Sometimes using that word just made me feel free 
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Saenz

Even if you do order the wrong thing, it's just food. It's no big deal compared with mistakes in life.
IQ84 - Haruki Murakami

This was, I would later realise, a planet of things wrapped inside things. Food inside wrappers. Bodies inside clothes. Contempt inside smiles. Everything was hidden away.
The Humans - Matt Haig

You don't have to be an academic. You don't have to be anything. Don't force it. Feel your way, and don't stop feeling your way until something fits. Maybe nothing will. Maybe you are a road, not a destination. That is fine. Be a road. But make sure it's one with something to look at out of the window.
The Humans - Matt Haig

Don't feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

There's no creature more amazing than one that can make it's own light.
The Light of the Fireflies - Paul Pen

Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.
Insurgent - Veronica Roth

Do nothing, and nothing happens. Life if about decisions. You either make them or they're made for you, but you can't avoid them.
You Had Me At Hello - Mhairi McFarlane

Brain Dumping My Feelings

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For the past few months, I've felt as though I was just floating through life not really doing anything spectacular, and more than that, not doing anything that I was happy with. I would go to bed late, get up late, spend half of my waking time either on my phone or at work...repeat. Now THAT is a life that I do not want to live!

A few days ago I just let go of any thoughts and feelings that I'd been having recently and just wrote and wrote and wrote in my journal - this is what I like to call a "brain dump". I wrote about things that I didn't want to admit, things that had been taking up too much of my waking thoughts, and I came to some harsh realities about myself that I needed to change - it was a personal wake up call that I, myself, created willingly. 

I feel a lot lighter now that I know what and where my problems lie, and although I may have subconsciously known before, I feel as though I can move forward now that I've admitted it to myself and truly become aware that there is a problem. The first step is always admittance when something is wrong, so now onto moving forward and taking actionable steps towards a better life and a better me.

There's always room for improvement in your life, and it is NEVER too late to stop and start again if you're not happy. Don't feel that because you're at a certain age, at a certain role in your job, or at a certain stage of your life, etc, that you need to stay where you are if you're not truly happy. You're always in the driving seat and you can always decide what YOU want to do with your life. 

Mid-Month Goals | February 2018

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I kinda missed the beginning of February with this one, but it's absolutely never too late to put some goals into place:

CREATE A MORNING/NIGHTTIME ROUTINE
Even though I work shift work in a pub, I want to create a routine, although it may be variable, to help me start and end my day right. I won't go into details just yet, but let's just say that my morning and evening routines at the moment are absolutely nothing to be desired.

POST TWICE A WEEK
I'm never normally someone to stick to a strict blogging schedule, let alone let it be known to the world what my schedule is, but I want to put it out there that this is something that I want to be a constant in my life - I just enjoy it so much, and I need to do more of what makes me happy.

USE MY PLANNER EVERY DAY
I received a yearly planner for Christmas, and so far I've only used, perhaps, a week's worth of the year so far - which is pretty poor for a yearly planner. I need to utilise it more as it does have a lot of really cool features which I can use in my business and in my daily life. 

JOURNAL EVERY DAY
I absolutely love journaling and how therapeutic it is - I can just write all the thoughts that are on my mind so it can leave room for more important things. Like the planner, I haven't been using my journal enough, and my mind recently has become very clogged, so I'm hoping this will help me help me to gain a clearer vision. Maybe I'll learn a few things about myself too.

Why do I put down a book

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I've recently been reading Elantris by Brandon Sanderson which is an absolute mammoth of a book. I got 250 pages in and decided that I wasn't really feeling the book anymore so decided to put it down. So, what makes me put down a book?

"Life's too short to read bad books"

Quite simply, if you don't like a book, then why continue to read it when there are millions and trillions of other books out there just waiting to be read. I generally have a rule of thumb, that if I'm not getting into a book by 100 pages, then I will put it down - I've actually got three quarters into a book before and put it down because I thought it was that bad. 

Some readers are perfectionists; they like to finish every single book they read, even if they don't like it. I respect that opinion, and I understand it to a certain point, but I don't agree - reading is a pleasurable hobby for me that I would rather enjoy than endure. Why force yourself to read something that you're just not feeling when you could be having the time of your life reading something page-turning and amazing. 

Here are a few reasons why I put books down:

☽ I'm glazing over everything and not really taking it in. This could be seen as me being tired, but I can normally tell when I'm about to fall asleep compared to when I just don't care about a book anymore.

☽ Too many information dumps - the author literally tells you EVERYTHING about their books world, religion, politics, etc, in one big swoop, or multiple swoops as you will. I prefer books where information like that is worked into the storyline, or you learn as the main character learns.

☽ Talking of religion and politics, any book that is too heavily focused on any, or both, of those two areas. (This was one of the reasons why I stopped reading Elantris!)

☽ I'm just generally not getting into it. Plain and simple.

I think it goes without saying, that this is a very personal topic, so I'm interested in hearing why other people put down books, or if they even do put down books.

Decluttering my life

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I've been going through a massive rut as of late, so I decided to declutter, organise and reset my surroundings to try and give me clarity. I went through everything in my room, from art supplies, books, clothes, stationary and random stuff that I haven't looked at for months - the things I don't want will more than likely be given away to charity shops as I'm not all too bothered about gaining any profit off anything.

This has definitely been my biggest cull yet, and because of that, I feel that this one has also cleared out the mess that has been in my mind too. I habitually clear out my belongings every six months or so, and in the past, there have been items that I've clung onto in the hope that I will someday use them again - my art supplies being the biggest anchor.

I'm a massively creative person, and I used to be big into art and design with masses of paints, pens, pencils, and other general art supplies. Unfortunately, I haven't used these items in years, so I decided that now was the time to part ways with them and pass them onto someone with a bit more of a passion for it that I have right now. It's sad, but I'm moving on, and making room for things that I am passionate about.

I feel like a massive weight has been lifted off my shoulder just by that one little decision to remove a few material objects from my life. Those items were subconsciously taking up a little compartment in the back of my head that can now be used for more productive things. I don't know whether this is all psychological and will wear off within the week, but I feel more motivated already, with a fresh new space and with minimalised belongings.

I love the feeling when you have just finished tidying and organising a space. Ironically, I'm quite a messy person, but can't properly concentrate on anything unless the space around me is tidy. Let's try and keep it this way for once, hey?

Things people say in pubs #2

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I really enjoyed writing my number 1 instalment of this post, so I decided to create another one after being in this job for another year now, so here we go:

*Customer looks at reserved sign on table* "Is this table reserved?"
Nah, we put that sign there for shits and giggles!

Me: "Okay, here's your water bottle, I'm just gonna grab you some glasses!"
Customer: "We're gonna need some glasses!"
...I literally have no words...

"Can I have a virgin bloody mary?"
So...you literally just want a tomato juice?

Drunken customer: "Do you want a shot? Have a shot with me!"
Yeah alright then, I'll just have a shot on shift and get fired!

"Can I have a J20 in a wine glass"
Drinking a soft drink out of a wine glass doesn't make you seem anymore sophisticated fyi - who're you trying to impress?

*Stands in front of the menus* "Can I have a menu!"
If you use your eyes, you will see wondrous things!

Clicks fingers/whistles/waves money in your face
Not today, Satan, I'm not serving someone that treats us like animals.

"Why don't you have that one deal on anymore, I'm gonna complain"
Wait...I'm sorry? You're gonna complain because you can't get a discount on something? That makes zero sense - goodluck with that! These 3 ladies came into the pub wanting the 20% discount of bottles of wine we used to do on Thursdays, and said they'd have water instead because we didn't have it on anymore. Talk about dramatic 🙄

Me: "That'll be £2.25 please!"
Customer: "I'm sorry I've only got a £20"
Now, this is a VERY British thing to do. When I was in Australia I noticed that nobody did it or even cared - I remember buying a soft serve ice cream in McDonald's for $1 with a $50 note, and nobody even batted an eyelid. We seem to always apologise when we give the server way too much money...but the thing is, there's generally always change, so why do we feel the need to apologise?

I'm a thinker when I need to be a do-er

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I literally cannot stop thinking about absolutely everything that I want to do with my life; I plan every detail in my head...and that's where it stays. I'm in a constant state of thinking about what I want to do, rather than putting anything into action at all. I'm a thinker when I need to be a do-er!

I am constantly reading these articles on how to get inspired, how to live a creative life, or how to get and stay motivated - but that's all I do, read. I'm reading article upon article on how I can live my best life but I'm never actually taking any of the steps in order to achieve that goal. I'm a perfectionist, I want everything to be perfect; including myself. I don't wanna commit to doing anything unless I have the perfect plan, the perfect way of doing things, and the perfect mindset, and this is what has stopped me from doing so many things that I've been wanting to do.

Let's chat blogging as an example; I've got so many ideas of posts that I'd love to create, but every time I look at an idea, my mind just goes into thinking mode. I blog because I enjoy it, I blog because it's fun, I blog because I want to blog and I've no idea why I'm making this (and so many other things) so difficult for myself. 

I feel like I'm just getting out of a funk that I'm partially blaming on the winter blues; I'm starting to find my rhythm again, my motivation, and I'm starting to realise the fun I've been missing out on by holding myself back. This has been the story of a lot of my life, and probably one of the reasons why I never committed to anything for more than a couple of months before I gave up. My business and my blog are big examples of things that I most definitely do NOT want to be giving up anytime soon.

I always hate myself when I give up on things, so why then do I always do it? Not this time though! In the past I've had to force myself to work on things that I know I enjoy and it's always paid off so I'm gonna start creating habits to get myself back into the swing of doing