5 For Sunday June 25 2017

Posted June 25, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

1- as you have probably noticed this blog has been quiet the past few weeks. I will be honest I sunk into a deep depression that took mega dosages of meds to pull me out. I know that this was a risk with bipolar, but damn I haven’t experienced that level of depression in YEARS.  To make it worse, I am not even sure what brought it on. I guess the main thing is to be happy that it seems to be over and I am feeling every day back to my old self.
2- I got a new Kitten!  Meet Marbles Icicles Orlando

Marbles is smiling cause he had a whole bowl of kibbles for dinner. #kittensofinstagram

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I don’t have a story of how I came up with that name I met him and that was the name that popped into my head. Thank God my creativity is still intact.
He is supposed to be a therapy kitty, but he missed that memo. He is a wild little kitten. I don’t think I have got a good nights sleep since I got him. But I love his fuzzy butt. I know he will grow out of the kitten stage and be a more calm cat. At least that is my hope. He is still tiny. As of today, he is 13 weeks old. So there is still a lot of time before he is a grown cat. He does bring me a lot of joy though. In the rough days, he was the only reason I got out of bed. So maybe he is kinda living up to being a therapy kitty.
3- During my down time I have listed to a LOT of podcasts. I can understand most of them now. HAHAHAHA TO the Drs who said I wouldn’t be able to. I am an overachiever, and of course, I had to knock myself out listening to podcasts and youtube and audiobooks  I can understand around 90 percent. I will write a post of what podcasts I love. I listen to a LOT of bookish podcasts. The only problem I have is that I am always doing something while listening, like laundry or something and I can never remember the book I wanted to read to put on Goodreads. I have started to read show notes but that is kinda a pain in the ass but I am not sure how else to remember the book. Any Suggestions?
4- I am turning into a planner freak. I discovered they even have planner blogs and now I WANT ALL THE PLANNERS!! I have the Desire Map Planner. I love Dannielle Laporte so hard, and I want to support her. In fact, I think I have just about everything in her shop. Her candles are the BEST! But I see people with the Passion Planner. The Erin Condron Life Planner and I WANT THEM ALLLLLL… Can one have toooo many planners? Heh.
5- I  have restarted my fitness journey. I am doing Weight Watchers along with counseling for my binge eating disorder so I am hoping by December there will be a HUGE improvement. I go to therapy once a week. I went last week, and I am confident that this time I will gain the tools to lose weight and keep it off. I have also started going to the Gym again. That helped my depression and anxiety the last year, so I am hoping the endorphins still work.
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Sunday Salon/Post

Posted June 11, 2017 by Hillary in Sunday Salon / 0 Comments

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I have finally admitted it to myself… I am depressed. I saw my Shrink last week, and she upped some of my meds, so we shall see if that works. I have been reading but just not writing much. My day looks like this..get up… get caffeinated….read some RSS feeds but feel like I have nothing to contribute..take a shower and settle in with a book. Yeah, not much going on there. I agreed to some therapy, but I honestly have no idea what I shall talk about. Ohhhh I have my dream life, and I feel like this is all there is.. Hmmm

Have any of y’all got a subscription to the Bookriot thingie. The epic level is sold out, but I have my eye on the new release calendar. I wonder if that alone is worth the money. Like finally there is a way to see what books are coming out when. I was usually so confused keeping up with book release dates but from what I saw from the demo that would be perfect for me.

I have been putting a lot of effort into my audio training. I have been listening to a LOT of podcasts. I am working on a post of what I listen to soon. I shall defeat evil robot man the next time I got to the audiologist.

I started using Asana as an editorial calendar. I am finding that I like it. I can move topics around to suit my needs without having to write and rewrite them.

I can’t believe that it is June already! The first half of the year has not been my best but am determined to make the rest of the year shine. Need to get through this depression first though.

I have started going to church again. I went like one time n the first half of the year. Many people have urged me to go back to church so last week I went. I am glad that I have gone back. FerVent made me think, and I am reading a Christian productivity book What’s Best Next that is a gold mine of information. I hadn’t thought of being productive could be viewed in religious terms. The book made me reflect and take a LOT of notes. One thing that it said was what we do for a job here we will do for eternity. SO I guess I am gonna spend eternity typing up book reviews. #Kiddingnotkidding In all seriousness both books together has made me reevaluate the way I approach things. I will have a review up with more thoughts on What’s Best Next later this week, and FerVent review is right here.

My book of the month book arrived! This month I picked White Fur as it was getting rave reviews.I can’t wait to dive in. If you haven’t tried Book Of the Month club, I suggest you give it a try.I have been very satisfied with their service so far. I will be writing up on THAT soon also.

I have a lot of plans for writing, but I find it hard to get started. Depression is an insidious illness. It paralyzes you with fear and dread so that you are left sitting there thinking what you have to say is pure and utter shit. It is hard to get over that hump every single morning. I have managed it twice this week, and I am going for every day this week. Can’t let the darkness win.

After Church, I plan just to sit and read. If it is warm enough outside I will sit on my balcony and read. I am in the middle of the Zombie Survival Guide, and I love it so far. I have this morbid fascination with zombies. I have always said that if the dead were to rise, I would be one of the first one’s bit cause I will be trying to Instagram the whole thing.

What Are You Reading?

Hillary

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Book Review: Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer

Posted June 9, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

ISBN: 9781433688676
Book Review: Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla ShirerFervent by Priscilla Shirer
Published by B&H Publishing Group on August 1st 2015
Genres: Religion, Christian Life, Prayer, Women's Issues
Pages: 208
Format: Paperback
Source: library
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five-stars

You have an enemy . . . and he’s dead set on destroying all you hold dear and keeping you from experiencing abundant life in Christ. What’s more, his approach to disrupting your life and discrediting your faith isn’t general or generic, not a one-size-fits-all. It’s specific. Personalized. Targeted.   So this book is your chance to strike back. With prayer. With a weapon that really works. Each chapter will guide you in crafting prayer strategies that hit the enemy where it hurts, letting him know you’re on to him and that you won’t back down. Because with every new strategy you build, you’re turning the fiercest battles of life into precise strikes against him and his handiwork, each one infused with the power of God’s Spirit.  New York Times bestselling author Priscilla Shirer, widely known for her international speaking, teaching, and writing ministries, brings her new role from the 2015 film War Room into the real lives of today’s women, addressing the topics that affect them most: renewing their passion, refocusing their identity, negotiating family strife, dealing with relentless regrets, navigating impossible schedules, succeeding against temptation, weathering their worst fears, uprooting bitterness, and more. Each chapter exposes the enemy’s cruel, crafty intentions in all kinds of these areas, then equips and encourages you to write out your own personalized prayer strategies on tear-out sheets you can post and pray over yourself and your loved ones on a regular basis.  Fervent is a hands-on, knees-down, don’t-give-up action guide to practical, purposeful praying.

I have wanted to get deeper into my faith and to be honest prayer is the one area I suck at. I always feel like I never know what to say. I am always like Hillary your problems are so small compared to millions of other people who have it worse, or Hillary; God has heard it all before. This leads to me not praying anything.

I have seen this book pop up all over the place in the book blogging world, and I had read one of her books before and enjoyed the book. So off I went to the library to get me a copy. Let me tell you to make sure you have a big chunk of time for this book cause once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. There were so many times in this book where I was like YES!! That is me. Or is my lack of passion for going to Church the Devil trying to get a firm hold? This put a whole new spin on things.

One thing that I liked is that she gave us specific passages that we could copy out. Some books tell us to pray, and I am left wondering what do I say? But Shirer gives us scriptures that we can build off. I copied down all that I felt God calling me to pray over. I finally feel as if I have a starting point for a personalized prayer life.

I also loved that she advocated writing down our prayers and sticking them to a wall or and to start a prayer journal. I started my prayer journal by using Day One, and I posted some on the wall in my Home Office corner so that I will remember what I am praying about all the time since I am here most of the day.

The book itself is divided into a chapter that deals with one specific area that Satan tries to gain a stronghold. I was shocked at some. Before when I was sick with Bipolar, and I felt I had something tangible to pray over and to fight off I had a zeal like you wouldn’t believe. Now that I am well and doing well I find myself lacking that same zeal but never did I imagine that it was Satan trying to increase the increasing distance that I was feeling from our Lord and Saviour.

When I realized that I had lost my zeal for God, I made sure that I got my behind BACK to Church. And no my life is not perfect but I know I made a tiny step in the right direction and I actually could feel God again for a brief moment during Communion, so I know He was pleased also.Click To Tweet This is the chapter that struck me the most out of the whole book.

I highly recommend this book if you are looking to jump start or to start an active prayer life. It will give you guidance and wisdom that you need to craft your personalized prayers so that you don’t feel like you have nothing to say. My prayer life has been full(er) and has picked up speed in the two weeks since I read this book.

 

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What I am Reading

Posted June 5, 2017 by Hillary in it is monday what am i reading / 3 Comments

 

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I only read one book this week but I got big plans reading plans for the upcoming reading week. Scribd gave me a free trial and I saw that you could read 8 books at the low low price of 25 dollars a month ha. You get some audiobook credits but I emailed and asked since I am Deaf if they could transfer that into book credits. crosses fingers

So What books did I read last week? Here it is:

 

 

It really got me thinking. I am glad I read it. I want to go deeper into my faith so I am gonna make it a point to read books that will help me with that. I finally made it to church yesterday and I felt really good about that. I am going to start going every week. I used to be really into my faith but I feel as I have let my intellect take over and you know what? I am at the end of my rope. I can’t do this all by myself. I need God to take over and steer me into a better place than I am now. I mean I am not in a bad place but I feel like I am in the middle of the ocean and I am treading water and I am TIRED AND I am slowly going under. I need God to come and put me in his boat and do the steering. I am willing to do whatever he wants me but he gotta take me there.

So I know you are wondering what I am reading next. Here they are

what i am reading week of june 4

 

I am in the middle of the Zombie Survival Guide. I needed escapist reading. It is my life jacket so to speak. I know zombies are a made up phenomenon and I am part of the zombie fandom so this is just what I needed. Then I was watching an Ellechat and she mentioned What is Best Next. It is a Christian productivity book. It talks about how we focus on doing a lot of things but not the RIGHT things that are why we always feel as if we did not get anything done. I am reading that on Scribd. Then I want to read Tools Of Titians. I bought it when it first came out and it has been just sitting on my Kindle. It is almost 600 pages so that will take up a big chunk of my week.

Tell me in the comments what you are reading. I am always looking for recs!

Hillary

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I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Sunday Salon/Post

Posted June 4, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

 

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Hi, Everybody!!

I actually read a book this week! Fervent By Priscilla Shirer. It made me think a lot about my own spiritual life. A review will be up this week.

I really need to get back into a routine. I had the perfect one for me before I tore the tendon in my foot. It seems recently I am all over the place and I have lost my focus. I really need to get it back.

It finally warmed up here in Cleveland and I have been enjoying reading outside. Even though I only got to read one book I really enjoyed that book. I have big reading plans for this week though. I will post about that tomorrow.

When you are reading this I will be in church. Yes, Fervent touched me so much that I am getting my butt back to church. I haven’t been in months so it will be an experience. I used to go every week but it seemed that I lost the motivation to actually get up and go. I did find myself spiraling into the dark abyss of depression but My shrink upped my meds and now I am better. So now I have the motivation to actually get up and do stuff besides eating pizza and watch panda videos. Nothing wrong with that but when that ALL you have the motivation to do and you are trying to get your writing biz off the ground then you need help.

It is not often that a book touches me THAT much but it got me thinking that maybe just MAYBE part of the problem is that Satan is trying to sabotage me and I need all the help I can get to fight him off. So off to church I go.

I had a visit to the audiologist on Thursday. My word recognition is up to 70 percent! It was 60 last year and now it is at 70. I was HOPING for at least an 80 but my Dr told me that for someone born Deaf that a 70 percent is almost unheard of so I should be really proud. I am still practicing for my July appointment though.

After church, I am gonna read  The Zombie Survival Guide.  I really need an escapist read at the moment and I am a part of the zombie fandom so I figured this book would be just what I needed. I know my hermity ways are not that good and I am trying to change them but as an extreme introvert, it is hard. I am fine online but when it comes to in-person meetings I feel like I usually totally bomb them.

Oh! I have finally discovered the joy that is Halo Top ice cream. I had heard about it in my weight watchers meeting but had not been able to find them. I was at the store beside my apartment and I was looking at the ice creams to see which one would do the least damage when I found they FINALLY started stocking Halo Top Ice cream. I almost cried with joy. They are only 6 Weight Watchers points for the whole thing!

Well, I am off to update my reading spreadsheet. I need to keep it updated so I can do best of the year lists in December.

 

Hillary

About Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

review of queens of geeks

Posted May 25, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ISBN: 9781250111395
review of queens of geeksQueens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Published by Feiwel & Friends on March 14th 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Loners & Outcasts, Romance, Contemporary, LGBT, Social Themes, Mental Illness
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: netgalley
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Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.
"Full of irreverent humor and in-jokes, it’s geeky and funny, with a heavy dose of self-discovery. . . . . Seeing girls and women uplifting, protecting, and loving each other is extremely powerful especially in the context of fandom." Teen Vogue
"This is the geeky, queer book of our dreams." —SeventeenCharlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family.
Praise for Queens of Geek:
"Seeing girls and women uplifting, protecting, and loving each other is extremely powerful especially in the context of fandom. The book deals head on with issues of mental health, body shaming, sexuality, and internet celebrity, handling them with a delicate and skillful touch." —Teen Vogue
"This is the geeky, queer book of our dreams. . . . This fluffy, nerdy book is perfect for cosplayers and convention-lovers." —Seventeen"Jen Wilde's book about two best friends—one a bisexual young woman of color, the other a young [autistic] woman . . . dealing with anxiety—will be a favorite of anyone who is a fan of geek culture. . . . This fun book about fierce friendships gives voice to a group of diverse female characters who are so defined by so much more than just their mental health and sexuality." —Bustle
Queens of Geek is an emotional, lively story full of characters that leap off the page and slip their hands into yours, inviting you into a world where the geeks and nerds are royalty and fandom is court. Richly realized and defiantly affirming, Queens of Geek reminds us that adventures and romances aren't limited to archetypes but are, in fact, for all of us.” —Katherine Locke, author of Second Position, moderator of #GayYABookClub
"The characters’ diversity provides natural opportunities to explore a number of contemporary teen issues, including race, sexual orientation, feminism, and body image. Some of the most compelling chapters are told from the point of view of Taylor, who fears change, hates crowds, and is on the autism spectrum. . . . Part of Macmillan’s crowdsourced imprint, this celebration of geek culture and fandom promotes diversity and being true to oneself." —School Library Journal
"Queens of Geek is full of book and movie references and is a fun look at the fandom convention phenomena. Taylor's anxiety and experience with Asperger's are treated with sensitivity. . . . Queens of Geek is a fun, quick read that will appeal to romance readers and self-proclaimed geeks." —VOYA
Praise from the Swoon Reads community:
"[Queens of Geek] was an incredibly compelling read, just because it contained a storyline I ABSORBED, and characters so diverse they were a pleasure to read! . . . Mix that with the romance, self-discovery of self-worth, and all the geeky references, this made for a perfect read! I honestly couldn't put it down, reading late into the night to see what happened next! " —Zoie K, reader on SwoonReads.com
"I love how interesting the story was and how the author addressed the characters' diversity without glossing over it or making it all about that. . . . It reminded me a little of Fangirl." —Lizzie, reader on SwoonReads.com

 

When I first saw this on NetGalley I had no idea that it was gonna be such a huge hit in book blogging circles. All I saw was geek in the title and I was all like

fandoms and other nerdy things.

A girl with anxiety HEY THATS ME!!

 

 

And I was so overjoyed when I got approved for it. Then I forgot about it until I saw it popping up on alllll the book blogs and I looked on my kindle and I was all like I HAVE IT yay! So I started reading and this book..was…so..good. I read it all in one sitting.

 

Those of you who know me know that I suffer from anxiety. It can be debilitating at times and it is so infuriating when an author trivializes that actual disorder.  I have read a book where they make it seem if I just set my mind to it then I can overcome the attacks and that is just not true. Trust me no one WANTSan anxiety disorder. It is annoying and it can keep you from being truly happy

 

it is like you WANT to do things, like in the book she wanted to enter the fan contest to meet the author of her favorite book but her anxiety was so high that the very thought of it freaked her out. I can so relate to that, I mean sometimes I can’t even get up the gumption to leave my apartment. Like her, I also have to prepare for stuff. Like if a friend calls me up wanting to go out THAT VERY MINUTE well it ain’t happening.  Have to have at least 24 hours to mentally prepare me.

 

I loved all of the geeky stuff in it too. I am a big geek. Although my fandoms seem less cool than the people in the book. Like I am obsessed with Zombies. Anything Zombie and I want it. I even have the Zombie Couch to 5K thingie on my phone so I can pretend to be running for an actual reason than to mindless go nowhere on the treadmill. I could so relate to the comic thingie too I have only recently gotten into the whole Comic Scene but I love it. I used to even play games but I had to quit that or I would never get out of the apartment. Hours and hours I used to spend in the land of World of Warcraft.

 

I loved the diversity in this book. It is hard to find the book this well was written that has believable diversity in it. These were not just walking diagnoses but rather people that happened to HAVE anxiety and be on the autistic spectrum. They had a bi person in the book and it was so refreshing not to have the person be all like what is wrong with me but rather view it as a natural and normal part of who she was. I loved that.

 

This is going onto one of my top ten reads this year for sure. In fact, so far this is my favorite read this year. I hope the author writes more soon!

 

Hillary

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I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Sunday Post

Posted May 21, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Hi, Everyone!!! I know I did a disappearing act again but was hard at work getting reading to launch my copywriting website! Head on over and let me know what you think!!

I am part of a group MasterMind and we were discussing which was better, Boardbooster or Tailwind and I had been using Boardbooster but then I thought to myself what if I could use Tailwind scheduler with Boardbooster looping function, would it help me grow faster? So I went and luckily I was eligible for a TailWind free trail again. Then I began hearing about the mysterious and it turns out elusive TailWind Tribes. I looked and looked and couldn’t find it so I contact the help chat thingie and the person told me that it is just in Alpha and it is missing a lot of functions including the ability to get in without someone INVITING you in. Well… I WANTED IN DAMNIT! So began the hunt for someone nice enough to extend me an invite. I finally found a person and now I have Tailwind Tribes!

I have just started playing around with it so I don’t have too much to say about it. It is supposedly like a secret group board that users can pick to pin to their “real” boards. Lucky for you I am a nice person (most of the time) and I created a new tribe for book bloggers, just click here to go join! You don’t need a need an active Tailwind subscription to join but if yu use the link you will get a free month of Tailwind Plus! So what are you waiting for? Come join me!

My new implant is sounding a lot more normal now. Thank the lort…I can’t tell you how horrifying it is to wake up from a tough surgery and then put the implant on and it is all like ahhhhhh…it sounds so fucked up!! WHYYYYY?!? Even with the audiologist assuring me it takes the brain time to get used to it that month between the activation and when it starts to sound pleasant is ab-so-luty horrifying. I mean can you imagine going through a 4-hour surgery then be in pain and it was all for nothing?? It is the stuff nightmares are made out of.

It may even top a ride on the HorrorBus

In book news, I finished Queens of Geeks and The Three Body Problem last week! I was so obsessed with the “Three Body Problem” that I wanted to read the rest of the series so I downloaded the other two books from Amazon. Forget saving money I NEEDED THOSE BOOKS!! I am faced with the question of no sleep til I know what the alien evil overlords do to humankind or do I stretch it out? #bookproblems

Speaking of stretching it out I am doing that with Nasty Gal on Netflix. There is nothing like seeing something for the first time. It is like magic. I know I could always go back and rewatch or maybe there will be a season two? But I am taking my time. I am using it as a reward for hard work. #REWARDS

 

 

 

 

 

Hillary

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I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Sunday Salon/Post May 14 2017

Posted May 14, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 5 Comments

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Guess what y’all?? Today is my birthday!! I had a really good birthday so far my Book of the Month books came in, My Gwynniebee clothes came, my caffeine pills came and family gave me some money so I pre-ordered Danielle Laporte’s  new book “White Hot Truth” and it will be delivered on the 16th according to Amazon. I have also been busy getting my new professional copywriting site up and running. I used to use this blog but my mastermind told me I would get more customers if I had a separate site so we shall see. I have been learning a lot. These implants enable me to hear waaaaaay better than hearing aids. Surgery was a bitch but I am so glad I got both implants. Now I have access to all of the training that people put out. I am excited to put them into practice and see what direction this blog goes in.

I have to admit that I haven’t been reading a lot because I have been listening to alllll the podcasts and alllll the music. I have always wanted to listen to podcasts and before with my hearing aids I could HEAR but I couldn’t understand them. But the implants actually bypass the damaged parts of the ear so that the brain is getting all the information. That means things actually make sense rather than sounding all garbled. SO….. I have downloaded like 91 podcasts so far and yeah….that has taken the place of reading. I have also been listening to audiobooks! I  am not too sure how to review them but I will do my best. So far I have finished “Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair” by Anne Lamott. I will be reviewing it soon. Be on the look out for an audiobook review by a Deaf person! LOL 

As for exercise I haven’t been really doing anything cause my foot hurts I tried running yesterday evening on the treadmill and feel something pop in my foot. One of the trainers said it may be a hairline fracture but there was no way I was gonna pony up the cash for an ER or Urgent Care visit so I am just gonna go to the regular Dr tomorrow and that way if he refers me, my insurance will cover it. So for right now I am just staying off of it and hoping for the best. 

 

I really want to upgrade my phone as this 16 GB phone is not really good for a blogger. I am waiting for the new iPhone in the fall to come out. I remember I bought my MacBook Pro then two months later they came out with the touch bar. GRRRRRR. I am not making the same mistake with my phone. I am biding my time until they release the brand new iPhones. I am anxious to see what they will come up with though.

I plan to get back on my reading streak this week though. I want to want to finish Queens of Geek then read Fervent and Dark Matter. That should be doable.

 

What are you reading?? Do you have any recs on podcasts or audiobooks? Leave a message in the comments!!!

Hillary

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I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

5 for Sunday

Posted May 7, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

 

1-Where did spring go? It was warm then it became cold and rainy. Perfect reading weather yes, but my one million Audiologists appointments have started up again and I WANT IT WARM. I hate going out in less than ideal weather and last Tuesday was miserable. It probably because it was 35 degrees and raining and my dumb ass  was in a summer dress and flip-flops. I have renewed my subscription to Gywenniee Bee and I want to wear all my nice clothes and yes, i like to look good when i leave my apartment and it is hard when you are freezing. You would think after five years of living in Cleveland I would be used to this by now but yet May comes and I am all like  WHY IS IT STILL COLD?!  I had to laugh when my parents came up from KY in summer outfits. I at least still have my winter stuff out but was just to dumb to dress for the weather.

2 I got my second implant last Tuesday and I have another appointment on Monday and a million more for the next year. As with the first I really did not like the sound when they first turned it on but almost a week later and It is growing on me. It is not connected with my bluetooth thingies yet. That will happen tomorrow then I can hear my podcasts and music out of both ears. I now own all the stuff that Advanced Bionics make for their implants. My fave is the TV Link thingies. You hook it up to your TV and it streams straight into the implants. I have been binge watching Netflix with it. Before I was always afraid of annoying my neighbors with the sound turned up but now I can have the TV on mute but It can be as loud as I want it through my implants. I gotta play around with the other toys I got.  I have a microphone that so far I have given my Weight Watchers leader and OMG that person voice straight into my implants. I have thought about going around and handing people the microphone and be all like talk in this please but I havent went there..yet…

3-  Speaking Of Weight Watchers I finally manged to get back on it. After surgery I was eating everything that wasnt nailed down it seemed like. Apparently, when I am in pain I stress eat. I was even proud of myself for getting a small pizza at dominoes and no brownies yesterday. #progress I am waiting to get down to at least 200 before 2017 so I need to get moving. literally. I can’t seem to drag my butt to the Gym so I got a free trial to Beachbody on Demand that I am gonna try again. I ma hoping that with all the workouts on there I will never get bored again. I seem to have burnt out of running to nowhere at the Gym and I get bored fairly easy so we shall see if the workouts on BOD is enough to keep me going every day.

4- Those of you who have read this blog for a while know that I read and reviewed #GirlBoss a couple of years a ago and loved it.  I was searching Netflix and found out that #girlboss is now a series! I know what I am binge watching next!

5- I realized last week that i need to get my butt in gear if I want the rest of the year to be amazing. Surgery is over and I am all recovered so I am ready to rock all of my goals.  That includes fitness and writing goals. I seriously cant belive that it is May. It is like i blinked and half the year has went by. I am no where near where i want to be for this year bit i got six months to make the rest of this year rock. I intend to do it hard. I have a list of things I want to carry out maybe I should make a vision board thingies and when I am tempted to goof off I will look at that and get back to business.

Hillary

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Book Review: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk

Posted May 5, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk
ISBN: 9780062273079
Book Review: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary VaynerchukJab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
Published by Harper Collins on November 26th 2013
Genres: Business & Economics, Marketing, General, Entrepreneurship, E-Commerce, Internet Marketing
Pages: 224
Format: ebook
Source: library
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four-stars

New York Times bestselling author and social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk shares hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition. A mash-up of the best elements of Crush It! and The Thank You Economy with a fresh spin, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is a blueprint to social media marketing strategies that really works. 
When managers and marketers outline their social media strategies, they plan for the “right hook”—their next sale or campaign that’s going to knock out the competition. Even companies committed to jabbing—patiently engaging with customers to build the relationships crucial to successful social media campaigns—want to land the punch that will take down their opponent or their customer’s resistance in one blow. Right hooks convert traffic to sales and easily show results. Except when they don’t.
Thanks to massive change and proliferation in social media platforms, the winning combination of jabs and right hooks is different now. Vaynerchuk shows that while communication is still key, context matters more than ever. It’s not just about developing high-quality content, but developing high-quality content perfectly adapted to specific social media platforms and mobile devices—content tailor-made for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr.

I have been hearing about Gary Vee for years but have never read him until now. I decided to see what all the hype was. I also follow him on Instagram and his personality is really…out there… So I wasn’t too sure what to expect with his books. I know this one was written a while ago so his later books might have a different tone but the tone of this book was waaaayyyyyy more subdued than how he is on Instagram.

I was also looking to learn more about social media. On that aspect, this book seemed more geared toward beginners. I DID learn some twitter tips and twitter seems to be the place where I struggle most so I did come away with some valuable insight. I am testing them to see if they still work as this book was written a couple years ago and we all know how fast social media can change. I mean he had a chapter on Vine and we all know what sad fate befell them.

He also had a chapter on SnapChat. I have to admit I REALLY don’t get SnapChat. I think I am just getting old BUT I did learn how other people use the platform so I will give it more time. People keep adding me on there so I must be doing something right. I LOVE the filters on SnapChat and now with my implants, I can hear people doing the funny voices and what can I say I am easily amused. I am also testing his recommendations for that platform.

I did find his chapter on Pinterest lacking. I mean he makes it sound like all you need is a pretty board and you will get thousands of followers which we know is not true. There is an art to using Pinterest and if you want people to actually find your pins you better have some keywords and such. I felt he could have done better on that but he is not really in the demographic so I should cut him some slack.

All in all, i felt that the overall tone of the book.  Give …give…give..give…. ask was on point. Too often I see people going straight for the asking when they haven’t really given anything yet. It takes the time to build a level of trust up to the point where people are going to part with their hard earned dollars. I recently joined a mastermind but I watched that person’s blog and stuff for TWO YEARS before I was ready to part with my cash. And this is a blogger that gives almost everything away for free. I watched and I waited……and when she launched a mastermind I decided that this was worth my money. So that tactic does work. I also have my eye on some more courses but as of now, i am just seeing what free stuff everyone puts out before I part with a 1000 dollars. I don’t care how well known they are that much money makes me want to poop my pants so it is gonna take a high level of trust before I hand over my card.

Overall I felt this book had some good tips. There were some areas that were lacking so I would recommend you get this book from a library.

 

 

four-stars
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I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!