Someone once said that you feel burnt out not because you’re doing too much, but because you’re doing too little of what makes you spark. Earlier this week, I finally decided to step my foot down and announce to Xav that I needed my “me” time.
That meant that I felt like I was free to do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted, even though I’m sure I would still have the freedom to do that even if I hadn’t made the announcement. But somehow, making it known that I was going to take time for myself made me feel like I didn’t have to justify anything to anybody, and that was actually quite a relief.
I browsed through some titles on Overdrive and added a couple of reads to my bookshelf. I had discovered this app sometime last year (or maybe even the year before). It’s free, so easy to use and is such a godsend for bookworms like me who always end up paying late library fees.
I have always loved reading fairy tales and fantasy stories. My favourites will always be Stardust by Neil Gaiman and Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder. When I saw this title above and the book description, I went on to read a sample to help me decide if I wanted to borrow it.
After reading the first few paragraphs of the first short story, “The Lake Children,” I decided that tidbits of strange tales were indeed up my alley. I’ve since finished the second story in this book and holy moly. Did anyone ever tell you that being a mother messes up with your emotions? Because I ended up crying at the end of both short tales, which revolve around the relationship between a mother and daughter. Thing is, I don’t think having this effect was the author’s intention at all.
In any case, if you’re looking for short fairy tales that you can enjoy just before bed, pick up this book. Who knows, you might finish it in one night. I’m very pleasantly surprised to find a local author in this genre that I actually do like, so I’ll be looking out for more similar titles.
“Live a Little” is about two very different sisters who come together after the death of their other sister. It sounds quite like a fun read, and I definitely need something lighthearted during times like these. While I haven’t flipped through the book yet, I’m sure this will make for an entertaining chick flick and inspire me to go on our next road trip (when we can).
This book was recommended by a friend who’s starting her business in the fashion industry. She had taken a snapshot of part of a page she was reading and posted it on Instagram Stories. I was intrigued by what she shared, and asked her for the book title.
As I’m also running a business and am finally ready to take things a step further, I can’t wait to get started on this book and implement the strategies inside!
Do you have any books to recommend?