I am a major fan of Hayao Miyazaki (Japanese filmmaker). He builds these wonderful worlds of magic, fantasy, and whimsy. He reflects a representation of life onto the animated characters that becomes close to a representation of reality. He has created many notable movies and gain awards around the world. His fanbase stretches over the globe and are made up of people from different walks of life. I love his work, but my most favorite creation he has done is Howl’s Moving Castle.
The Power of Habit has been circling around my to-read-next list. It has been on some of the top reading list and book clubs have been raving about it. I finally sat down and spent some time completing The Power of Habit. In my opinion, THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC! If you haven’t picked up this book, you are missing out. I believe that everyone should read this book at some point in the new year. Why? I will give 5 simple reasons.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I decided to cover a beloved romance series that I have read but now I can say I have watched as well. The romance series that I am discussing is the Outlander series. (If you remember I had covered the book in an earlier post, Outlander: Take off the shelf or beloved series?) Thanks to Netflix, I have watched all the latest episodes of Outlander, the TV series, and can now compare the show to the book.
The best way to describe manga is the Japanese version of comic books. They come from all different genres. It can be dark or playful. I was first introduced to this style of story telling in middle school with the series, Fruits Basket. (I think everyone remembers their first fondly.) I reminisced on this series when I saw a news article talking about an animation company trying to reboot the series into a modern version. It brought back memories of the story that I followed for so long.
A goal of the new year is to be healthier. One way that I hope to achieve it is by making healthier choices when it comes to my sweet treats. One way of doing that is to include some whole grains in your recipes vs. only using all-purpose flour. I turned to the flour company that I trust for my baking needs, King Arthur’s Flour Company. I love the gingerbread cookie recipe I found on their site. The company has an entire cookbook dedicated to the use of whole grain in recipes. It is called King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking. I have a sweet tooth so I decided to focus on sweet treats that I can make and hopefully change out for my regular baking treats.
A goal of the new year for me has been to work on being happier and healthier. One of the ways I hope to accomplish that goal is by learning how to erase the negative voice in my head. But it is easier said than done when it comes to erasing self doubt.
Then I was gifted with the book, The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. She has been featured on Oprah and TED Talks. She is a writer and research. She breaks down the shame and fear we face in life such as the fear of standing out or being enough. She explains the psychological why along with how we can reverse the process. In the end, readers and practicers of these steps will move toward what she calls “wholehearted living” or simply embracing who you are.
Love can come when you least expect.
It may make you cry or laugh.
Love can open doors.
It can help you move on.
Love is powerful, and maybe that is why romance books are so popular. If you love romance books, might I suggest The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service by Beth Kendrick.
As a blogger, writer, and marketer, my goal is to always make an impact. But how can one make an impact with the less words? Joseph McCormack decided to address this in his book, Brief. He wanted to explore making a bigger impact in our over sensitized world. We are constant assaulted by numerous distractions from our phones to life events. He says the key is to say less.
Christmas movies easily gets anyone ready for old Saint Nick to make his annual trip. They make you smile and giggle. You bond with family and friends while watching them as well. So this Christmas Eve, I have decided to compile my top 5 Christmas movie list that I would recommend for a movie marathon tonight.
When I came across Le Cordon Bleu’s Pastry School cookbook, I was excited to advance my baking knowledge. I thought it may even a cool gift for fellow cooks and bakers. It was full of colorful photographs of the creations along with photos depicting each step of the process. Each recipe was labeled with a taste description along with a difficulty level. So with my baking level only at the beginner’s stage, I started with something easy. Or was it…?