Now I know I'm not likely to get through all these in the same year, but I think it's nice to have some goals or a little wish list to start the year off right. It helps to make it really feel like a fresh slate- at least for me it does.
Storm and Fury is a spin off from The Dark Elements series, another one I’d recommend to anyone. It's been some time since I read the original series so I wasn't even aware that there was a spin off due to be released. But I was browsing Goodreads for a new read when I stumbled across this beauty.
With more and more people feeling the stresses of life and actually vocalising their struggles, more attention has been applied to mental health and wellbeing these past few years. We’ve all had an experience with anxiety at some point in our lives and I personally have allowed myself to become aware recently of the state of my mental health and how things affect me in everyday life.
I found this to be a such a profound and heartfelt story that literally took me on a whirlwind of emotions from start to finish. The descriptive nature of Natasha Ngan’s writing literally manifests in the reader's mind, from the simple but worn down land of the Paper castes to the grandeur and dark opulence of the palace and the city that surrounds it.
The inspiration for this post happened as I was researching a Mother's Day blog post for work. I've never really thought much into Mother's Day other than what to get my mum and if my sisters have gotten her anything better. But during my research I discovered that after getting the day nationally established in 1914, the founder of Mother's Day, Anna Jarvis, worked the remainder of her life to get it disestablished after she saw how popular it became- and not in the way she intended it to be.
Blogging isn't just writing content for your site, it's the endless social media promotions, image content and ideas that go into it. Sometimes it can get overwhelming and you can get caught up in it all. If you have a full time job or family then it's even harder to manage your time to make room for the blogging part of your life
The sequel seems to be a lifetime away from the first book. Set in a time of chaos, war and loss, we see the characters take their own paths in this fight whilst dealing with past consequences and new dangers.
You know the saying time flies when you're having fun? Well it pretty much just flies in general cause we’re in March already people! This has been both the longest and fastest few months I have experienced. And if these first three months have taught me anything, it's how quickly things can change in all areas of life. Your perspective on certain things, mood, career, even your mentality can shift on a dime. It's strange to look back and think of how these first few months have changed a lot of things, but have also brought clarity as well.
Recently I've reached my biggest milestone yet...1000 followers on Twitter! Plus I've now got over 200 of you following Simply Chloe Blog! It's funny how it's the little things that make you happy, well not so little seeing as there's hundreds of you now! Despite only starting blogging at the end of October 2018, I feel like I've accomplished a fair amount up to now. So seeing as though there are so many of you now, I thought why not do a little Q&A as a way of re-introducing myself to any new readers and allow my long time readers the chance to get to know me better.
Like everyone else, for me January is a time where you have no money because Christmas has cleaned you out and payday seems so far away. So it's unusual for me to buy anything for myself within this time. I mean, after Christmas presents, there shouldn't be anything else I want right? But this year I surprised everyone by treating myself to a few things, so here are my January buys.