Monthly Archives: August 2014

52 Book Challenge

I’ve recently discovered the amount of free time I now possess as a postgrad. Rather than watching abundant Netflix or lounging about I am going to do something productive! This productiveness is reading. I miss cuddling up with novel and getting completely lost in its pages. So from this day forth I challenge myself to read more. Since there are 52 weeks to a year obviously I cannot do the 52 book challenge without straining my eyes (and brain). I challenge myself to read a book on or about every week left in this year!

Mind and Body

At the beginning of the summer I decided to change my health around. I considered myself to be pretty active and thought I was eating well. After unsuccessfully trying to lose a little weight I felt I was back at square one. Realizing my lack of nutritional knowledge I hit the books.

After finding and reading It All Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig my concept on nutrition was changed forever. I always knew that I had sensitivities to certain foods (esp. breads and anything fried) and It All Starts With Food completely confirmed all my suspicions. Naturally after this epiphany I did some Internet research and found some great blogs and some new recipes. Since then my body just feels better and I am mentally and physically stronger.

So if you really want to transform your body and mind I recommend reading It All Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. After you do that do a little internet research on the paleo eating. Take it with a grain of salt and run by some blogs that will soon become your favs. One of my favorites is PaleOMG which features Juli Bauer. Discover some Paleo cookbooks such as The Paleo Kitchen & Well Fed. Don’t forget to exercise, keep hydrated, and enjoy life!

Life Moments

Do you ever have a moment when your thinking is instantaneously lucid and you have a deep appreciation of the world? I am not talking about sitting around for hours, days or weeks waiting for this moment. I mean when you’re in the middle of a chaotic moment or complete randomness where it suddenly dawns on you that life is beautiful. Not superficially beautiful but actually impressive, tenacious and magnificent.

About a week ago I sat on the train going into Manhattan listening to everything around me. It just wholly washed over me and I felt appreciation in the moment.

Life after College

There are many typical things said by and said to a young post-grad. I will not regurgitate those things. Rather, I will indulge you with what things a post-grad is thinking in the modern era.

Since leaving college, my world is opening up further to the possibilities of life. No, I do not have a job currently but I am figuring out and rediscovering a lot of things about myself. Reading is one of those things. With an abundant amount of free time, I started reading again. At first I read a few historical novels about Louisiana, New Orleans and the French Quarter which were fascinating. (The French Quarter by Herbert AsburyThe World that made New Orleans: from Spanish silver to Congo Square by Ned Sublette)

History fascinates me. Everything from the geography of each piece of history to the impressive family lineages detailed throughout history. Throughout my life I find myself reading and rereading the family lineage and intricacies of Henry VIII’s line. It is even bookmarked on my computer. (

Naturally when I started The Witching Hour by Anne Rice I rejoiced in the combination of history, detailed geography and an impressive lineage. I am completely captivated with the novel when I hold it. I wonder if I can develop enough creativity to make and write about a world of my own invention. A new world takes commitment and such tenacity. I am worried that I would not believe myself or in the world that I create and it would not be believable before it is even written! How did Tolkien devise the Shire, Rowling the wizarding world, Lewis Narnia and/or Anne Rice each secret society? The world within each story is fantastical and a story unto itself!