5 Things I Love This Month

+J.M.J.+

Hey, Aly here. It’s been a crazy month, and we’re not even halfway through it! We’re currently house-sitting, and therefore, away from home for the next 5 days. I’ve got my mobile office and my Kindle, though, so I can stay on track with my writing and reading. I’ve also got a long overdue appointment with my writing bestie to splurge about our upcoming book ideas, which is also exciting!

So much is going on in my life right now—all good, but all a little stressful, too. Here’s 5 things I love this month that are helping me through this time of big changes!

Using: Kindle Paperwhite

This beauty was a late birthday present from my hubby (thanks, honey!). The first one that came in was a dud, so we got it replaced. So far, this one is working beautifully, and I love being able to take my books anywhere.

My favorite feature: Integration with Instapaper. I can save interesting articles from my phone or desktop, and then send them in a nice, easy-to-read maglet to my Kindle. No more endless web surfing for this girl!

Drinking: Chai Tea Latte

Pregnancy has brought on a LOT of changes, and one of the most notable has to be my love/hate relationship with coffee. Not too long ago, I was singing its praises. Now, it turns me into a jittery mess of heartburn and anxiety.

Cue the chai tea latte. Gentle, smooth, and with just the right amount of caffeine to leave me energetic, NOT frenetic.

Reading: Literally Everything

This one is hard to pin down, as I’m in the middle of several good books this month. Check out my summer reading list for more deets on my current reads.

Listening To: Enya’s “Shepherd Moons”

As part of my prenatal classes, I’m practicing relaxation at home. One of my go-to albums for soothing away my tense thoughts is Enya’s “Shepherd Moons”. It’s an oldie but goodie— my mom used to play this album while cleaning the house when I was younger.

It still brings back peaceful memories of coloring on my bed while Mom dusted the furniture. My favorite tracks for relaxation are the gorgeous title track “Shepherd Moons” and the celestial, rhythmic “Afer Ventus.”

Learning: All About Bullet Journaling

(NOT my BuJo– just an example spread from the interwebs)

My latest research craze has led me down the path of the “BuJo.” Now, I’ve had a steady bullet journal habit since October of last year, and I’ve found the style that basically works for me.

My question now is if a bullet journal specifically for my writing projects would be worthwhile or helpful. I’m exploring the idea by looking at how others put it to work for their writing. (This is another area that makes my Kindle—and its compatibility with Instapaper—so useful!).

I look for a couple new articles a day, and jot down ideas that seem like they’d be useful to me. I plan on trying it out in a barely-used journal before breaking into a new one. Don’t want to waste a whole book if it’s not for me. I may also incorporate what I learn into my non-fiction WIP “Journey by Journal” as well.

These are the 5 things I can’t get enough of this month. They’re bound to change in the coming months, so stay tuned!

Let’s chat! What are some of your favorite things? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you next post!

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