It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted anything. And even when I was posting, it was pretty sporadic. I thought it was about time that we caught up. So, let’s grab a beverage and chat.
I am currently drinking a coffee out of my new Downton Abbey mug. (one cream, one sugar, in case you were wondering). If you didn’t know this about me, I have a thing for mugs. They are great! You can get them with basically anything on them, in a ton of different shapes, and they serve a really great purpose: They hold the coffee.
I just got this mug the other day at HMV. It was on clearance for $5. It took me all of one second to decide that I had to have it. I also got an Outlander mug on clearance. And some Hello Kitty drinking glasses. So. Happy.
Other than the updating my glassware collection…
Life has been pretty good lately. For a while I had been feeling like life had been pretty stagnant. I had this idea of where I wanted my life to be going, but I couldn’t see how to point it in that direction. I tried to stay positive and keep myself busy, but whenever I had some down time and my mind wasn’t being occupied by people or work or whatever, I would get kind of bummed. I had been praying for guidance, but I wasn’t immediately seeing any results (obviously) so, I continued to feel bummed.
But… For the last month or so, things have been really good. Not perfect by any means, but good. I’ve gotten sick of myself and my attitude, so I’ve decided to be happy and content with who I am and where I am right now. It’s stupid and pointless to be like, oh, when I have this, then I’ll be happy. Or, life will be good when this happens.
There is alwaysgoing to be something else. I just try to keep reminding myself of all the awesome things I’ve got going for me in my life. By focusing on those, it’s hard not to be happy really. I have family, friends, Jesus, a job, clothes, food, a home. I mean, what more do I need? I’m super lucky.
Furthermore, there are some exciting job opportunities that are on the horizon right now. They are shining possibilities and they remind me that things aren’t going to be like this forever. Even if none of these current possibilities come to fruition, I have hope that something, someday, will.
Also in the works, I’m moving out of my parents’ house! Eventually! I’m so lucky that they have let me live here, but I’m ready to give adulting a try. Me and a friend have been looking at places in the city, and it’s so much fun. I’m going to have like no money when we eventually find a place, but I’m pretty excited nonetheless.
Things have also been great on the reading front! I haven’t been reading as much as usual (because I’ve been busy), but what I havebeen reading I’ve been loving.
Last month (April) was sexual assault awareness month. To educate myself further and promote awareness, I read some books about sexual assault, and some of them were even non-fiction. I KNOW. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? It kind of sparked this non-fiction kick for me. FEMINIST NON-FICTION, WOOT WOOT.
Right now I’m reading Everyday Sexism and it’s incredibly horrifying but also enlightening and thought-provoking (if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen many awesome quotes). This line of reading is pretty different for me, but I’m loving it. It’s been opening doors to great books that I wouldn’t have even really considered reading before. I feel like I’m becoming a bit more well-rounded (pats self on back). It’s pretty interesting too because it has been making me form more solid opinions and find my place as a feminist. If you have any recs, hit me up!
I’ve also been reading a lot of comics lately. It had been a while since I had read any and I’m SUPER into them right now. In the same line as the non-fiction I’ve been reading, many of the comics have been awesome feminist ones.
I’m FINALLY caught up on Saga, Giant Days, and Lumberjanes. I’ve also given Paper Girls a try and am working my way through the Amulet series. Do you have any sweet recs for me? I’m super in the mood for comics right now and am looking for some good feminist stories with rad art (preferably not superhero ones. Not that I don’t love a good superhero story, I’m just not in the mood!).
I’ve also been spending a lot of time on Instagram (fuelledbyfiction) and snapchat (bethkitty182) lately! Add me and/or leave your handle in the comments and I’ll follow back! These are def my fav social media thingies lately.
Speaking of which, I’ve been seeing a ton of pics of people having an awesome time at BEA! I hope everyone had a blast. I was bummed I couldn’t make it this year, but that’s just how things work sometimes. I can’t wait to see everyone’s wrap ups and hauls! Did you go? Link me!
So basically, that’s what has been going on in my life lately. What about you? What’s going on in your life? What kind of reading mood have you been in lately? What your favourite hot beverage? Do you LOVE MUGS TOO?
Beth O’Brien is a library assistant and book blogger. Born and raised in Atlantic Canada, she lives in picturesque Nova Scotia with her cat Edith. You can often find her rocking double denim with her nose in a book and a craft beer in her hand. Follow her on Twitter @fuelldbyfiction.