Classic Books: Why to read them and a new free way to go about it.

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Ah classics. As an English major in college I read a lot. I loved some of them, hated others, but like any reader I know they are important.

There was an argument I was reading online about how classics became classics. The person writing it was stating that some classics were simply bad books. I’m not arguing with their point, but I think it’s important to know what makes a classic. Classic books are books that changed the publishing/writing world. They are new, they are fresh, there was something about them that was very important at the time it was written. Whether it was a brave new idea or a new method and style of writing, classics have changed the way fiction is viewed and read.

With that being said, some classics are better than others and some are harder to read then others. That’s just the way it goes.

I like classics while I’m reading them but getting into them has always felt like a bit of a chore. As technology has evolved, I’ve finally found a better way to go about reading them. Classics are great because almost all of them are in the public domain, which means they don’t have copyright laws tying them down anymore.

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How to Embrace a Happy Lifestyle:

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Happiness is not a destination you can reach, it’s a lifestyle you have to live.

Once you realize that no matter what you achieve you always find yourself saying “I’ll be happy when…” you start to shift your perspective on what happiness actually is. No matter what our dreams tell us, we all know that there isn’t going to be a magic point and time where we are completely happy. The reason we hang onto this hope is because looking back at our past we can point out years when we were. Our memory tends to throw out the bad days sprinkled in our good months, and it’s a good thing, looking back we can say that that was what happiness feels like, but you need to have the perspective on those times. Even your best times had nights you cried yourself to sleep.

So, if we can’t all of a sudden make it to happiness how to we become happier? Happy is a lifestyle, and it’s not one anyone can maintain 24/7. What all does this lifestyle entail?

Happiness is hard work, especially when your life isn’t making it easy. I’ve always been amazed by loved ones who are happy while going through hell on earth. You always marvel and ask them how they are doing it. The answer you normally get is along the lines of “I just decided to be happy.”

It isn’t that easy, but it is that simple. Here are some ways to embrace the happy lifestyle:

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Rubbing Oil on your Face? This Face Wash is a Miracle.

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This is NOT a sponsored post.

We’ve been told since day one that we shouldn’t use face products with oil in them, so saying that I have found a face wash that is an oil sounds crazy, right?

You rub oil all over your dry face, then you get your face wet, and wash it off.

When you run your hand over your skin it feels clean, like you washed it with a soap. It doesn’t leave your skin oily or greasy at all. I know you’re probably skeptical, after all, I have naturally dry skin, a little extra oil might be a good thing. I understand why you feel this way, because that’s why I decided to buy it in the first place. The thing is, my mother has oily skin and she borrowed it to try and guess what? It works just the same on her.  Continue reading

Passionate verses extreme: An argument

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I’ve noticed a trend across the board, we’re doing things to the extreme. We are no longer fans of things we are obsessed with them (can we talk about our celebrity problem?). We are no longer just vegans or gym rats, we are trying to convert people to our ways. We are no longer democrat or republican we are alt-whatever. We’re taking our ideals and we’re blowing them up so big that we not only can’t agree to disagree, but we’re taking the good things about our movements and completely destroying them.

When I decided to write this post I had to stop and ask myself if there was anything that should be taken to the extreme. I thought, surely you can take some good things to the extreme. I’m a christian so I wondered about my religion, but the moment I started thinking about that I started thinking about Westboro Baptist church and realized that even something good can turn into something negative if we push it to the extreme, because people always cherry pick which things to push and which messages to ignore.

You can be passionate about something without taking it to the extreme. I think that is something people forget when they push off their negative traits on passion. You can be an activist without being extreme.

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Redoing Introductions: Some things you didn’t know about me.

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I’ve gotten some new faces around here in the last two months so I thought I would do a little introduction! I have an about me page, but there is always more to the story. I feel like this blog does a very good job at capturing parts of my mind, but I feel like some details are lost in translation.

So may I start with my hobbies?

  • I love art but I’m not very good at it, so I went the less traditional route and took up photography and graphic design. I minored in photography in college and I spent all four years working for the graphic/layout department of my campus newspaper.
  • I’m a writer above all else. I mean that word in a few different ways. I love the type of writing I get to do for blog posts and articles, but I first fell in love with words when I started writing my first novel. During high school I wrote five novels, they all read like a high schooler wrote them, but everyone’s got to start somewhere. I am currently working on three manuscripts right now, one that I’m really set on trying to get published.
  • As you probably know by my publications category, I’m a big reader. I started really reading heavily in middle school after a childhood of doing everything I could not to read. Looking back at it I can see that it was the first step in becoming a writer.
  • Oh, and the horse, of course. If you’ve been here a while you know D’Artagnan’s beautiful face. I’ve been riding for over sixteen years now and owned my boy for all eight of his years here on earth. We qualified a few times for Barrel Racing World Finals but very rarely race anymore. Now we’re just training and trail riding.

Now for some more side facts. I’m a twenty-two year old single woman who is about to start looking for a job again. I graduated Guilford College in May 2016 then got sick for a year with Lyme. I’m going to be writing a blog post about my career goals soon, so keep a look out for that. In addition to the horse I have two kittens named Denim and Linen. I love animals and children. My favorite type of food is Italian and I’d happily live off pasta alone for the rest of my life. I live in North Carolina and I’m a Christian. I’m a very loud person who likes to talk an awful lot. I’ve never been one to keep secrets and I’m about as open of a book as you will find.

If there is anything else you want to know just ask! Also, I would love it if I got a little information about some of you I don’t know very well. I think one of the great things about online spaces is the community you can build.

Five Ways to Keep Your Dreams Realistic:

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I wouldn’t consider myself a planner, I hardly ever plan my days, I’m bad at scheduling, and I generally get distracted. However, when it comes to my future I have a few set dreams which are really concrete. I, in all meanings of the word, have a plan. I might not have all the steps figured out, but I’ve identified the big ones and am working my way towards it.

Sometimes when I look at this plan I wonder if I want to much, I think it’s a thought we can all relate too, whether it is in a moment of doubt or whether we actually just have blown our dreams up a little too big. I find myself going over my plan, piece by piece, to see if the overall dream might be out of reach.

I’ve had friends who had high expectations for everything and I’ve watched them get disappointed. So I decided to build a goal into my plan: keep my dreams big but realistic.

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Book Review: The Magnolia Story

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The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.

-Goodreads Summery

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