Bookworm Bloggin’: I’m Still Here

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Elsa has been in a coma for five months. With all hope of reviving her gone, her family and doctors are having to face the devastating fact that it might be time to turn off her life support… They don’t realise that in the past few weeks Elsa has regained partial consciousness; she knows where she is and can hear everyone talking around her bed, but she has no way of telling them she’s there.

Thibault is in the same hospital visiting his brother, a drunk driver responsible for the deaths of two teenage girls. Thibault’s emotions are in turmoil and, needing a retreat, he finds his way into Elsa’s room. Seeing her lying there so peacefully, he finds it hard to believe she is not just sleeping.

Thibault begins to visit Elsa regularly. As he learns more about her through her family and friends, he begins to realise that he is developing feelings for her. And when he talks to her, he can’t help feeling that she can hear his every word…

For Elsa, his visits are like a breath of fresh air. Here is finally someone who speaks to her as if she is a real life person. Who makes her laugh. And who gives her something to fight for…

And so begins a love story that might just save both their lives…

Review

I’M STILL HERE by Clilie Avit is a heart wrenching story of illness, family dysfunction, grief, love and loss. The story follows the lives of Elsa and Thibault by alternating between the two characters’ narratives which allows the reader to experience their feelings for one another from more than one perspective.

What I really enjoyed about this book is that it’s more than just a typical love story. This book is unique in it’s ability to weave so many elements of the characters’ lives into one seamless yet complex tale. The story deals with difficult subject matter such as traumatic injuries, suicide, and grief while also managing to inspire a sense of hope and romance. In short, the story has a tremendous amount of depth for such a short novel.

Additionally, I’M STILL HERE left me feeling an extraordinary amount of suspense. With each new chapter I was left with more and more questions about Elsa’s fate. Just when I thought I had figured out the ending there would be a new detail revealed which would completely throw my hypothesis off course. The unpredictability of the book left me feeling hopeful for a happy ending between Elsa and Thibault while also planting enough seeds of doubt that I really had no idea what to expect. I can honestly say that the last 3-4 chapters of the book completely took me by surprise–I did NOT see that plot twist coming.

Overall, I have to say that I absolutely loved this book. It’s a quick read (4-5 hours for me) and I consider it to be appropriate for anyone fourteen years of age and up. Due to the subject matter pertaining to suicide I would recommend parental guidance for anyone under the age of fourteen. I’M STILL HERE is the perfect blend of tear inducing heartbreak mixed with a sprinkling of laugh-out-loud funny moments. If you’re looking for a light summer read that will hook you in from start to finish then I would recommend you stop by your local bookstore in August when this book is released! It will definitely be worth the wait!

As always, thanks for reading!
Ayla

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest reader review. The edition reviewed above is the English translation of the book which will be available for purchase in August 2016. The thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

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Bookworm Bloggin’: The Memory Book

Synopsis

25988934They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I’ll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I’m writing to remember.

Sammie was always a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as humanly possible. Nothing will stand in her way–not even a rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly start to steal her memories and then her health. What she needs is a new plan.

So the Memory Book is born: Sammie’s notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. It’s where she’ll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime crush, Stuart–a brilliant young writer who is home for the summer. And where she’ll admit how much she’s missed her childhood best friend, Cooper, and even take some of the blame for the fight that ended their friendship.

Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it’s not the life she planned.

Review

I was drawn to this book because, as many of my readers know, I am a sucker for so-called “sick-lit”. Give me a young adult book that deals with heart-wrenching  topics such as terminal illness, mental illness, or grief of some kind or another and I will curl up with my box of tissues ready and waiting for the inevitable emotional roller-coaster that I am embarking upon.

In the caste of THE MEMORY BOOK, Sammie is diagnosed with Niemann-PickC, a disease which will inevitably erase her memories and cause her health to deteriorate. Rather than letting her memories slip away from her forever, Sammie decides to document her life, her stories from the past as well as the present, her likes and dislikes, and information about who she is as a person. She may not be able to stop the memory loss, but it seems she has found a loop hole so that she can still remember who she was even as her memory slips away.

Throughout the book I found myself strongly relating to Sammie’s character. Like Sammie, I have always been a high achiever, I graduated at the top of my class, and I have so many hopes and dreams for the future. Due to this profound feeling of connection to Sammie’s character, I found myself wondering what I would do if I was in her shoes and how I would cope with the loss of both the past as well as a future that I could recall and be present in. While the story is one of great loss and inevitable tragedy, there is an overarching lesson that Sammie can teach readers. That lesson is to live in the moment; all we have is now.

I know this seems like such a cliche message to receive from a book about terminal illness, but it really is such a powerful lesson to learn. I personally find myself worrying about the future so much that I forget to live in the moment and embrace my life as it exists at this very second. I also know that there have been wonderful experiences in my past that I have not been able to fully enjoy because I live so much of my life in the future. But in Sammie’s story, the future is precarious and unknown; all she has is the here and now and she makes a conscious choice to make the most of every single second that she has.

I found THE MEMORY BOOK to be such a heartfelt and truly powerful story about appreciating every single moment for what it is. This book really made me stop and think about my own experiences and the approach that I have to my own life which is something that only happens when I feel a close connection to the character(s). I love a good book that can get my self-reflective mind thinking!

I would absolutely without a doubt recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood for an uplifting and inspiring story about how changing your perspective can change your experience of life. THE MEMORY BOOK will make you stop and think about your own life while simultaneously pulling at your heartstrings. What more could you ask of a great book?

Thanks for reading!
Ayla

Note: I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed herein are mine alone. 

Can we have happiness without sadness?

darkness-lightI believe that the world exists in binaries. Happy and sad, black and white, light and dark. I see these binaries on a continuum upon which individuals shift from one end of the spectrum to another continuously throughout the course of the lifespan. So, with that being said, I believe that you cannot appreciate the value of a thing without knowing and/or experiencing the existence of it’s binary opposition.

I recently came across a quote which states: ” sometimes it takes sadness to appreciate happiness, noise to appreciate silence, and absence to value presence”.

Similarly, (and perhaps less elegantly phrased) if you type the word “hope” into a google image search, you are bound to eventually come across quotes stating things such as “stars can’t shine without darkness” or “when the sun goes down, the stars come out”. The common theme that I see recurring here is that in times of despair, people find hope in the existence of happiness. Conversely, in times of happiness people are able to better appreciate the value of the good because they have known the bad.

The best point of comparison that I can think of to further demonstrate my point would be money. Typically, people who have known poverty in the past and those who currently live in poverty will appreciate the value of a dollar much more than individuals who have never worried about money problems. Think of the stereotypical spoiled rich kid. If you give the rich kid $100 to spend as they choose, they would most likely spend it frivolously on non-essential products or services. If you gave that same $100 to someone living in poverty, this individual would more likely spend the money on essentials such as food or warm clothing because they are less likely to take the money for granted.

In other words, the negative end of the binary of life teaches us not to take for granted the positive end of the binary of life. 

In this respect, I suppose it would be possible for someone to feel happiness without ever having felt sadness (although i’m not sure how anyone would get through life without ever being sad…) but would they appreciate happiness as much as someone who has faced many hardships and incredible sadness? Not likely. While we may not feel the value of sadness in the moment that we are experiencing it, I believe that it does help us appreciate the happy moments of life much more than we would if we had never gone through the challenging parts of life.

When I look back on my own life and the challenges that I have faced it does not “please” me to know that I was faced with things that I would not wish on my worst enemy, but given the chance I don’t think I would change anything about the past. I see the lowest points of my life as moments which required me to discover the strength that I possess which in turn helped me become the person that I am today. I value my ability to empathize with others who have gone through similar experiences and I believe that my experiences will help me succeed in my future career as a therapist. I am certainly not “thankful” for the worst moments of my life, but I can appreciate them for the learning experiences that they were and I am thankful that I am better able to appreciate the good after experiencing the bad.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think people can know happiness without knowing sadness? Let me know in the comments!

Xo
Ayla

Body Image reflection: What would happen if we all looked the same?

Have you ever wondered what our sense of self and body image would be like if we all looked the same? What would happen if there was no “ideal” body to aspire to achieve? Imagine humankind 100 years into the future when science has discovered a way to somehow combine human life with cyborgs to create an immortal body/vessel to contain human souls/minds. What if these cyborg bodies all looked the same or similar? What would we compare ourselves to then? What would we criticize about ourselves and others if we all looked the same?

In my opinion, body dissatisfaction stems from the desire to have what society deems to be acceptable or beautiful. We look at ourselves and find reasons to loathe our bodies. But what would happen if every single person in the entire world had a similar physique? Wouldn’t we wish for some individuality at that point? Just thinking about looking exactly like everyone else makes me feel a bit sad; it seems like such a boring and bland way to live. So, why is it that I also ridicule the things that make me different from everyone else?

If I cringe at the thought of conformity, why does uniqueness also seem undesirable?

IndividualityI also find myself wondering whether total conformity (in terms of physical appearance) would eliminate the existence of issues such as eating disorders and body dysmorphia. Science has demonstrated that these conditions are often rooted in genetics; however, they are also significantly influences by environmental factors. If there was no “ideal” societal image to aspire to would these illnesses still exist?

Alternatively, what would happen if individuality existed in the sense that people were actually able to “build” their ideal body? If we had the opportunity to construct exactly what we would look like, how much variation would there be? In my mind, I imagine that most people would desire to conform to the societal “ideal” which would therefore result in an overwhelming amount of similarities between people. But what would happen to self-esteem if we were able to choose exactly what we would look like? Would we still compare ourselves to others? Would we still want what we don’t have even if we chose what we would look like?

This has been a bit of a rambling random post, but I think it’s an interesting topic. What are your thoughts on this? Sound off in the comments below!

xo
Ayla

 

Bookworm Bloggin’: I Crawl Through It

Synopsis

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Four teenagers are on the verge of exploding. The anxieties they face at every turn have nearly pushed them to the point of surrender: senseless high-stakes testing, the lingering damage of past trauma, the buried grief and guilt of tragic loss. They are desperate to cope, but no one is listening.

So they will lie. They will split in two. They will turn inside out. They will even build an invisible helicopter to fly themselves far away…but nothing releases the pressure. Because, as they discover, the only way to truly escape their world is to fly right into it.

The genius of acclaimed author A.S. King reaches new heights in this groundbreaking work of surrealist fiction; it will mesmerize readers with its deeply affecting exploration of how we crawl through traumatic experience-and find the way out.

Review

If I had to choose one word to describe this book it would be “unique”. As is the case with all of the books that I have read by A. S. King, the writing in I CRAWL THROUGH IT was beautifully phrased, very engaging for the reader, and the story itself demonstrates surrealism at it’s finest.

I was drawn to this book initially based on the synopsis which describes four teenage characters who have been faced with various traumatic experiences, grief, and anxiety. As a mental health advocate, I love a good book that deals with themes of mental health and emotional turbulence. I CRAWL THROUGH IT was no exception to this rule as it puts a surrealist spin on the classic YA mental health fiction.

While I was reading this book, I felt as though the author did an excellent job with character development which allows the reader to really get to know the characters in all of their bizarre glory. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with quite so many strange and quirky elements to each character and I absolutely loved that about I CRAWL THROUGH IT! Each character is an individual in seemingly outlandish ways that remind the reader of the individuality of each and every person in the world. For example, one of the four characters, China, has swallowed herself which leaves her body inside-out while another character, Lansdale, is a pathological liar whose hair grows each time that she lies (very pinocchio-esque). While these character traits seemed quite odd at the beginning of the novel, I found them to be very symbolic in their representations of the characters’ traumatic experiences by the end. For example, I interpreted China’s state of being physically inside-out to be a representation of her attempt to escape her mental trauma by turning in on herself.

Furthermore, I really enjoyed the way that this book represents the vast differences between how each individual copes with trauma. I felt as though the author had an appreciation for the fact that no two people cope with trauma in the same way and this really shines through in the novel. While the story itself is very surreal, the underlying messages are extraordinarily realistic and important to understanding trauma and the process of overcoming traumatic experiences. Despite these individual experiences of trauma, the author also did a wonderful job of succinctly demonstrating that the key to overcoming trauma is to face it head on rather than trying to escape it. In this regard, I think the author did an excellent job of recognizing the individuality of the experience while also acknowledging the overarching key to recovery.

With all of that being said, the one potential downfall to the book is that it was a bit tricky to follow. As is the case for many of the surrealist books which I have read in the past, I CRAWL THROUGH IT was a bit confusing at times; however, I really enjoyed this aspect of the book. While some people may not enjoy a book which leaves them feeling confused, I embrace this confusion because it encourages a deeper level of thinking. When everything in the book seems symbolic, there is an opening for metaphorical thinking and interpretation. If there is one thing that I do well, it’s overthinking even the smallest of details. For this reason, I think the confusing plot and structure of the book made me love it even more because it gave me the opportunity to interpret the story in my own way rather than having the author spell it out for me in a simple linear path as other books often do. I CRAWL THROUGH IT leaves so many things up to the imagination and while some readers may not like this, I absolutely LOVED it about the book.

If you’re looking for a fast paced book that will delve into deep subject matter while leaving you confused and searching for meaning in every aspect of the story, I CRAWL THROUGH IT is the book for you.

Thanks for reading!
Ayla

Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest reader review. The opinions expressed herein are mine alone. 

Bookworm Bloggin’: Dancing Naked

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Kia is sixteen and pregnant. Her world crumbles as she attempts to come to terms with the life growing inside her and what she must do. Initially convinced that abortion is her only option, Kia comes to understand that for her, the answers are not always black and white. As the pregnancy progresses, Kia discovers who her real friends are and where their loyalties lie. It is through her relationship with the elderly Grace that she learns what it means to take responsibility for one’s life and the joy that can come from trusting oneself. Faced with the most difficult decision of her life, Kia learns that the path to adulthood is not the easily navigable trail she once thought, but a twisting labyrinth where every turn produces a new array of choices, and where the journey is often undertaken alone.

Review

Dancing Naked  by Shelley Hrdlitschka is a unique book in it’s ability to be both tremendously heartbreaking while simultaneously being wonderfully heartwarming.
I originally picked up this book thinking that it would be a light read to give myself a change of pace from all of the sad books about illness that I’ve been reading lately. I did not expect this book to be so heart-wrenching and meaningful, but that is really the only way to explain how this book made me feel.
While I have never personally experienced teenage pregnancy, I felt as though I could empathize with Kia’s experiences and connect with her character due to the way in which the author details her emotions and thoughts.
This story does an excellent job of enlightening readers about the ups and downs, the fears, and the moments of joy that are experienced by young mothers. While others have criticized the book for relying heavily on stereotypes, I did not perceive this to be overly negative for the outcome of the book. In fact, I perceived much of the information presented in the book to be factual. For example, Derek, the father of the baby, abandons Kia after finding out that she is pregnant. Statistically speaking, this is not a stereotype; the majority of teenage relationships dissolve during or closely following a teenage pregnancy.
I also loved how this book used the character of Grace as a point of wisdom and guidance for Kia. The book is not just a sob story about a girl who screws up and gets pregnant at the age of sixteen. The story has so many layers and wonderfully demonstrates that there are lessons to be learned from all of life’s experiences, both good and bad. On the surface, Kia’s story might seem to be one of tragedy and loss, but if you look more closely at the messages and learning experiences in the book you might find that the overarching moral of the story is one of hope and personal growth in the face of painful experiences.
To say I “enjoyed” this book would not be the right word. Dancing Naked is not an overly happy story, but it is valuable, important, and engaging. I read this book in the space of two days and I found myself unable to put it down until well into the early hours of the morning.
I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of a good book with an important message to share. Just be prepared to feel emotionally raw and shattered by the time you reach the last page.
Dancing Naked is just such a wonderfully heartbreaking story. Definitely a must-read.

xo
Ayla

New job excitement and coping with anxiety

Hello lovely readers of the internet!

Yesterday marked my very first day of employment at my new job and I think it went really well! I had a lot of anxiety leading up to 5pm when my shift started, but once I got there I felt relaxed, welcomed, and at ease with the environment.

As I mentioned before, I’ve been hired at a bookstore, but not just any bookstore; it’s my favorite store on the entire face of this planet! I love books and I love reading and I absolutely LOVE the atmosphere of the store where I’m working. For me, bookstores are my happy place. Therefore, my new place of employment is my happy place! Now I have an excuse to spend hours upon hours in a bookstore talking to people about books and making recommendations as well as receiving recommendations from customers!

i-can-t-keep-calm-because-i-got-a-new-job-5With all of that excitement out of the way, I’m still experiencing a lot of anxiety in the lead up to my next shift. I work again tomorrow and I’m extremely nervous. The rational part of my brain knows that I really enjoyed my first shift, but the anxious part of my brain is hung up on all of the things that I still have to learn and all of the co-workers that I still have to meet. I know that this anxiety will fade as I get accustomed to the new environment and learn the ins and outs of my role, but I’m still having trouble fighting off the anxious thoughts and I’ve spent 95% of my day today sitting in bed reading and browsing the internet in order to distract myself from my anxiety. Today is just one of those days where I need to take a break from the world and withdraw into my own space to ease my worries and feel more at ease.

The one thing that is really helping me keep the anxiety at bay is the memory of how enjoyable the job was during my first shift. I remember feeling calm and comfortable and I remember being capable of performing all of the assigned duties without too much of a learning curve. I feel as though I will learn the job really quickly and I’m very comfortable talking to people in a customer service role so I know without a doubt in my mind that I CAN do it. I know that I am more than capable of doing the job and being an excellent employee for my new place of employment.

Positive self-affirmations like the latter thoughts are really helping me stay grounded in reality. The anxious thoughts try to pull me into the unrealistic worst-case-scenario and I just have to keep reminding myself of the reality of my experiences during my first shift. My first day of work serves as proof that I am capable of doing well. I will get through my shift tomorrow just as I got through my shift yesterday. I feel anxious now and I will probably feel anxious tomorrow morning, but chances are that I will feel totally fine once I get there and get back into the swing of things.

Plus, this job will be good for me because it will force me to get out of the house. I’ve been off work for 6-7 weeks now and the majority of that time has been spent sitting alone in my apartment on my computer or reading a book. This job will force me to have more social interactions and get out of my apartment into the hustle and bustle of life which will be a good transitional step between now and September when I start my Masters degree.

Here’s to hoping my shift tomorrow goes well and is as enjoyable as my first day!!

Thanks for reading.
Ayla

Daydreaming: An effective coping skill for depression and anxiety?

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Do you ever find yourself daydreaming about your future in order to escape from the present? I do. All the time. My daydream goes a little something like this:

I finish my Masters degree in Social Work and immediately land a wonderful job as a mental health therapist helping people recover and reclaim their lives. My job is fulfilling and enjoyable. It brings me one step closer to opening my own practice.

After work I get in my new metallic green car and listen to my favorite music as I drive home. When I arrive at home I walk through the door to my modern condo filled with furniture that I love because with that wonderful job I’ve finally been able to move into a beautiful home and fill it with good-quality urban furniture and home accents. 

As I walk through the entrance and slip off my coat and shoes, I am greeted by my adorable, loving, energetic little fur baby- a pug! His curly little tail is waging as I scoop him up into a big hug and tell him how much I love him and missed him while I was at work. I find his favorite toy and play with him for a while before changing into more comfortable clothes and take him for a walk to enjoy the perfect sunset and get some exercise. 

When we get home from our little adventure I make dinner for both of us then settle in to watch the newest episode of Grey’s Anatomy. When the episode finishes I am left reeling over the most recent drama that has befallen Grey-Slown Memorial Hospital. I decide to read a book to relax so I go to my personal library (a converted home office) filled with books and curl up in my favorite chair to read. My pug joins me and curls up in my lap while I lose myself in the book before finally calling it a day and going to bed with my fur baby snoring gently on the pillow beside me. 

The perfect end to a perfect day. 

This daydream plays in my head a few times a week and whenever I am faced with something challenging or stressful, I remind myself that I’m working towards a goal. When I’m feeling hopeless and I’ve sunk into the deepest points of depression, this is sometimes the only way that I can start to feel a bit better. This daydream serves as a reminder that things will get better and there is hope for a happy future. I know that my future will not necessarily play out exactly like this, but this dream reminds me that there are so many things that the future has to offer. Daydreaming has become a coping mechanism to pull me out of my depression. Essentially I use escapism to ground myself and bring myself back to reality. Because no matter how bad your depression gets, it’s important to realize that the hopelessness is not reality. There is always hope for a better tomorrow and sometimes it takes a bit of daydreaming to realize that.

Dream on lovely readers, dream on. ♥

xo

Ayla

Bookworm Bloggin’: The life changing magic of not giving a f*ck: How to stop spending time you don’t have with people you don’t like doing things you don’t want to do

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A few days ago I finished reading The life changing magic of not giving a f*ck: How to stop spending time you don’t have with people you don’t like doing things you don’t want to do by Sarah Knight and I have to say, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting.

I decided to read this book after seeing a review on YouTube by Hannah Witton who raved about the humor and valuable lessons that the book has to offer. After hearing such good things about the book, I stopped by my local bookstore (where I was recently hired!!!) to pick up my own copy.

As the title suggests, the self-proclaimed parody of Marie Kondo’s The life changing magic of tidying up is a how-to guide of sorts which details the steps one must take to reclaim their joy and eliminate things that annoy. What’s more is that the author presents this information in such a way that teaches you how to do this in such a way that you do not become a total asshole. While the title of the book might suggest a F***-the-world-esque approach to finding happiness, this is not the case. Instead, Sarah Knight demonstrates how readers can respectfully decline experiences and opportunities that annoy them rather than bringing joy. She highlights the importance of respecting others and reclaiming your happiness without risking the total demise of your relationships with others. Basically, you get to learn how to set boundaries without becoming a jerk; you get to have your cake and eat it too!

Personally, I would classify this book as one which should be read in small doses. The book is hilarious and packed with information, but I found that I had to take breaks and read only 15-20 pages at a time because there was just so much information that makes you want to stop and reflect on your own life. The book really makes you stop and think about how to spend your time and how much enjoyment you are currently getting out of your life. In order to facilitate this deep thought process, the author included interactive pages which encourage you to complete activities (i.e. making lists of things that bring joy versus annoy) in order to get a better grip on how the book applies to you specifically.

I think that this book is something that everyone could learn something from, but I don’t think the book will be everyone’s cup of tea. The reason I say this is because the writing style and humorous nature of the book may come across as offensive to some individuals. More specifically, as the title of the book suggests, the author uses the F-word A LOT. And when I say A LOT I mean that some pages use the work 20+ times on a single page. With that being said, if you’re not offended by the title of the book, I would make an informed guess that you won’t be offended by the use of explicit language within the book either. Therefore, if you’re someone who is offended or annoyed by the over-use of cuss words then I would suggest that perhaps you not read this book because you will most likely not enjoy the book; thus, reading the book would be the exact opposite of learning the art of not giving a f*** about things that annoy you.

With that being said, I am someone who is not offended by course language in books and other media content, yet, I found that the frequency with which the author used the f-bomb was a bit over the top and unnecessary. At times I found it a bit annoying while I was reading the book which is also one of the reasons which I had to read the book in short bursts rather than reading it in only a few sittings. Granted, I’m not usually a huge fan of humorous books (I prefer the more serious books that pull at your heart strings) so this is not necessarily a poor reflection on the book itself, but rather a personal preference for non-humorous literature.

Overall, I would recommend this book to people who are not offended by the abundant use of potentially offensive language. While the book annoyed me when I tried reading a lot all at once, I found it much more enjoyable when I read fewer pages spread out over the course of 2 months. The book will almost certainly make you think about your own life and how you can improve your own happiness.

If you find yourself spending the majority of your time doing things that you would rather not be doing, this book is going to be great for you!

As always, thanks for stopping by and reading! Sound off in the comments below!

Ayla

 

 

History Repeats Itself

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Have you ever noticed how history tends to repeat itself when it comes to trends?

I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix over the past few weeks (and I do mean A LOT) and among my top choices for shows to binge watch is the popular sitcom, Friends.

What I’ve noticed which watching the show is that much of the popular fashion from the 90s has made a comeback. We’re talking RayBan sunglasses, crop tops, leggings, leather (or faux leather) clothing items, maxi dresses and skirts, high-waisted pants and shorts, bold floral patterns, mixing patterns together…the list could go on for quite a while.

I’m no fashion blogger, but for some reason this trend relapse has really caught my attention.  I mean, if you think about it, this could save a lot of money! If you have clothing that is popular right now and you notice that fashion trends repeat themselves then realistically you could save your clothes and pass them on to your children in 20 years when they’re fashionable and ‘hipster’ again!

I have no intention of having kids (at least not biological) so this observance doesn’t really do much to save me any money in the long run, but hey! If you’re someone who likes to be environmentally friendly while also saving yourself some money, maybe you should hang on to your favorite fashion pieces. You never know when they could be all the rage all over again!

This has been a bit of a random post and admittedly it isn’t exactly the most insightful or high-quality post, but I felt like writing and I was lacking in inspiration for other topics.  I hope someone enjoys this! Have any of you noticed the cycle of fashion repeating itself? It’s entirely possible that this is a widespread piece of information and I’m just cluing into it now…like I said, I’m no fashion blogger 😉

Thanks for reading lovely people of the internet!

xo
Ayla