Weekend Musings

Virginia Woolf

One of those weekends where I felt super blessed to have so many people in my life who genuinely care about me. Thankful for everything in my life right now โค
I wish every weekend was like this one. The energy and the light of the weekend ensured that I was on cloud nine all weekend.

Work is going to be busy this week but looking forward to it too. Have to drag myself out of bed at 7:30AM for a medical appointment, so I should probably head to bed. It is currently past 1AM where I am but obviously WordPress will show a different time stamp.

Weekly finds:
I found this incredible website (thank you Traci) to kickstart your morning with Short Stories each AM, if you are into that sort of thing!ย https://goo.gl/Tkn3zn

Things I am looking forward to this week:ย 
I think I mentioned this earlier on here that I am taking a novel writing course with Don Gilmore and I couldn’t be more stoked! I look forward to the class each week but I think I am going to volunteer to have my work critiqued for the week after.

Aspirations:
I want to start writing every morning,ย not specifically things I want to post on here but taking a piece of writing and improving on it every morning per week for 30 minutes each.
Let’s see… We have a spare room right now that I can turn into a writing nook for the meantime but I also have my desk set up in our solarium where I can easily write.
It doesn’t have to be fancy, just a space that inspires.

Perhaps I will ask my husband to write with me as well.

Does anyone have a morning routine that they use for improving their writing? Let me know!

January Recap

I want to say Happy February and hope your January has been great but to be honest it hasn’t been that great. Just take a look at the executive orders from Supreme Orange leader.

What is this world coming to? I don’t really know but I really hope we don’t get to see World War 3.
Well to be honest, our world, as we know it, has been at war for a while. Look at the situation in the Middle East. But now, more than ever, it is even harder to not think about it.

However, here’s to hoping that February will be way better than January.

Also, it is our 2nd wedding anniversary this month. So I am hoping for a miracle ๐Ÿ™‚

Books read in January:ย I started a few and I am almost at the end of 5 of them. Does that count?

 

The Diaries

I am thinking I should split my diary like content from bloggish things by tagging all my personal ramblings with “The Diaries” – though isn’t everything on here, technically, my personal ramblings?

Anyways, weird week. I decided to say goodbye to something I perhaps, in retrospect, should have said goodbye to a long time ago because I was clearly not appreciated. To me it felt like I have done everything I possibly could to set it up for success but apparently I am a disappointment because I am leaving after having dedicated 3 years of my life to it as a volunteer. (I hope you can hear my eyes rolling to the back of my head) Ah well you can’t please everyone now, can you?

I wonder if years from now I’ll look back at this and laugh because it won’t be significant in my life at that point. It does happen to me a lot… When I read my old diaries, a lot of the stuff doesn’t even make sense to me anymore.
Of course that could be due to the fact that I chose to write with a fountain pen in my old diaries and the ink has simply vanished in many places.

Also I used a lot of aliases for people in my old diaries – just look at me referring to my journalsย as old diaries, as if I am an author or something.

Anyways, as I was saying, I used a lot of aliases and frankly I don’t remember half the people who were mentioned in those entries. Will I forget more as I age? I am not even that old, I am only 29!

Maybe I should choose an alias for myself for now so it can help me forget that I am upset. And then when I forget the alias, I will also forget the fact that I was / am upset at this point in my life.

Side note: Writing always helps me focus and calm down. So I am hoping to get some done over the weekend so I can just relax and be back to my normal self.

Currently Reading: Virginia Woolf in Manhattan by Maggie Gee

#currentlyreading I am feeling extremely #bookish today and hence the barrage of posts๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿค“ This is my current read! Soooooo good! Virginia Woolf comes back to life because an author in 21st century wills her back to life through her imagination… these are their adventures through Manhattan, while Mrs. Woolf gets used to modern life!๐Ÿ’• nope there is no black magic involved, it is sheer will power. I wish I could bring Charles Dickens to life this way!๐Ÿค“โœจ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ . . . . #library #book #read #currentreads #bookstagram #books #bookshelf #bookworm #bookaddict #bookaholic #booklover #feminist #virginiawoolf #manhattan #tea #mug #society6 #maggiegee #virginiawoolfinmanhattan #fiction

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The story revolves around a 21st century author who wills Virginia Woolf back to life. Actually, Woolf just materializes out of thin air in New York Public Library one day and she is a hoot and a half!
Not only does Virginia has to get used to modern life, she has to figure out how to earn money and get a room of one’s own.

I am halfway through the book but I have no idea what the ending will entail and I am trying not to let curiousity get the best of me – so I can enjoy the ride.

What are you currently reading?

Life so far: Pen Pal from Australia, Library Haul and life in general

I am trying to deal with a lot of things on a personal level and taking it one day at a time. Life is good, I am not complaining but when life happens all at once, sometimes you have to take a step back and analyze and make some tough decisions.

So that’s what I am doing right now and trying to deal with itย through reading a lot.
I went to the library today and picked up some really interesting books, well, at least they look interesting, and I can’t wait to read them.
1. Virgina Woolf in Manhattan
2. Design Sponge at Homeย 
3. The Girl with All the Gifts — everyone has been raving about this on instagram and I really wanted to check it out!
4. D.I.Y Magic — I picked up a copy of this for my sister but decided to borrow one from the library to read instead!

(P.S: Follow me on instagram if you want to see photos of these books or books in general! )

I also have a pen pal from Australia now! and I am so bloody excited! ๐Ÿ˜€

I haven't had a pen pal in forever! I love the #bookstagram community! ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ’•โœจ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ“š . . . . #penpal #letters #bookish #book #snailmail #bookshelf

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10 Things I am Grateful For

I was chatting with my mom last night and was complaining about something and mom said, instead of complaining about things that you don’t have or things that are going wrong, be thankful for things you have.

That really made me think. We get so caught up in things that we don’t have that we forget all the blessings bestowed upon us on a daily basis.
With that in mind, here is my list of 10 things I am grateful for. I’d love to see your list too ๐Ÿ™‚

thankful

1. My family
Family is always first. Mom, dad, Hubster, Sisbug…I love you all more than I can ever express and I am extremely thankful to have you in my life.

2. Health – seriously health is everything

3. Good Friends
I am blessed with so many wonderful friends in my life.

4. Love of learning
My parents have instilled a love of learning in me that I am extremely grateful for!

5. Life experiences
I have lived quite the life in my 29 years on earth and I am thankful for every single experience, both good and bad.

6. Books
I mean for real though! Thank the lord for this!

7. The ability to feel
I am an extremely emotional person but I am beginning to realize that is a strength and I am embracing it fully!

8. Career
I have a great work fam and a career I love!

9. Food, Water, Safety

10. Love
I love therefore I am.

P.S: I am back from Vegas! So I will be getting back to my normal blogging schedule – all day errry day!
Should I do a Vegas recap post on here?

Away for Work till Thursday!

I haven’t blogged in the past few days because I am away for work in Vegas till end of week!

This is my first time here and they city is interesting to say the least. While we have mostly been at a conference, we have explored some eateries and went to a Penn and Teller show last night with the team which was pretty fun!

I will upload some pictures tonight on here and write a more detailed post. Hope everyone else has been keeping well.

To keep up with my reads, follow my instagram account —-> Link on the right side of the page!

P.S: I am super happy to report that I haven’t fallen behind on my bookstagram challenge and reading! Yay me!

The Importance of Setting Personal Boundaries

I am happy to report that my sleep schedule is back on track now! 8 hours of sleep looks so good and I have managed to get in to work before 9:30am all of this week except one day when I had a medical appointment.

setting boundaries

One important thing I am doing this year is setting personal boundaries for myself.

Given that my work is in the digital realm, I have to consciously disconnect for a few precious hours at night. I do a lot of volunteer work, which I love, and as a result sometimes I end up working into the wee hours of the night.

I have also noticed that in the past few years, I have gotten so involved with my work and volunteer activities that I have neglected my loved ones. On several occasions, people have pointed that out to me, and I’ve always just laughed it off and said, “yeah I love work!”

And while that is true, I think I really need to work on having time for myself and those I love. The world is not going to end if Iย don’t reply to an email at 11pm.
Even when I am at home with my husband, more often than not, I can be found working. May 2017 be the year of no more of that shit. Putting this here, so I am constantly reminded of it.

Some of the ways I am going to do that is by not answering emails, calls or messages that are either not scheduled in my calendar or don’t require my immediate attention.

I have also noticed that because I reply to stuff right away, I get really annoyed when other people don’t ย and I don’t want to feel that way. People have lives and so do I!

When I die, and we all do, that’s just the reality of life, I don’t want to be remembered as the person who did a shit ton of work and then just dropped dead. I want to be remembered as a person who loved and lived a full life – both on a personal and professional level.

Hope your week was amazing!