Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Raineedayze Reads: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

I haven't had many 5 star books  in a while, but Autoboyography definitely deserved it.

Autoboyography follows Tanner, an openly bisexual teenager who, after his move to Mormon-filled Utah, goes back in the closet. However, when he enrolls in a class to write a novel in a semester, he ends up falling for his male TA.....who just happens to be the bishop's son.

This book was amazing. Tanner was a hilarious narrator, and I loved his wit. The Scott family was wonderful and flawed but I adored them. There were also SO many tearjerker moments. I finished this book with a huge lump in my throat but I absolutely adored it.

Sebastian's storyline of dealing with who he is and what he has always known broke my heart, and his automatic shifts to being "fine" just tore me up. I was worried this book would bash religion, but I think it dealt with it in a very real way. It managed to deal with being a good person and religion in way that wasn't mutually exclusive and how you can be a person of faith and question different parts of your beliefs.

This book dealt with so many huge and real issues for teenagers growing in conservative/religious settings. The authors (Christina Lauren is actually duo, Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings) did a ton of research and featured a list of LGBTQ+ sources at the end of the book. Christina was also a school counselor who saw many children coming in her office dealing with these same issues.

This book was absolutely wonderful, had incredible bi representation, and I cannot recommend it enough. Definitely 5/5 stars.

Have you read this book? Let's chat about it!

 Always, Raineedayze

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Captain's Log: March Wrap-Up

Holy crap, we are already at the end of March. I have no idea where this year went, but here we are and with it has come some awesome changes.

Before we get into that, let's do a quick recap of what I played, watched, and read this month! 

| Top Ten by Katie Cotugno | All About Mia by Lisa Williamson | I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil | The Sister by Abigail Barnette | The Baby by Abigail Barnette | The Ex by Abigail Barnette | The Bride by Abigail Barnette | Wonder Women by Sam Maggs | Meet Cute by various authors | The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira | Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee | Autoboyography by Christina Lauren |

 This was an excellent reading month for me! I read a total of 13 books, by far the largest amount this year. I continued The Boss series' and am super excited for the new book coming out later this year. I feel like this month also allowed me to branch out from my reading comfort zone as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the majority of the books this month and I look forward to reading more next month.

| American Dad (Hulu) | Glee (Hulu | American Housewife (Hulu) | Bob's Burger's (Hulu) | Family Guy (Hulu) |

| A Wrinkle in Time | Ready Player One* |

*at the time of writing this, I haven't seen RP1, but I have tickets to see it at the end of the month!

I don't really watch a whole lot of stuff. I want to watch more movies but I think I spent the entirety of my viewing on Booktube. Although, I think I'll be hitting the movie theater more next month.

| Mother Simulator (Steam) | Viridi (Steam) | TsumTsum (Android) | Emoji Blitz (Android) |

I didn't play a whole lot of video games this month, though I did find two adorable mobile games that I love. Most of these games were time wasters more than actual games, but I enjoyed wasting my time.

Other Stuff

- I'm treating my depression!

- We celebrated Jonathan's birthday (and St. Patrick's Day = wicked hangover)

- Spring Break!

This month was a big step for me especially, because I am finally treating my depression. My doctor got me on some anti-depressants and though I'm nervous, I feel good that there is a chance I won't have to live under this dark cloud of doom forever. A lot of days have been spent under the blankets, skipping dinner, and staying unshowered with piles of clothes around me. I'm already feeling a bit more of myself and I can't wait to see how I do next month.

I hope your March was fabulous! Now onto April!

Always, Raineedayze

Thursday, March 29, 2018

March Goals Update

I decided to change things up a little bit this month because things were getting a little too redundant having two goals posts every month. So I think I am going to condense all my goals into one post instead. 

1. Write 2 Book Reviews - SUCCESS

I wrote 3 book reviews this month and I loved it. I planned on writing a few more, but because the content of the majority of my books was a little....risque, I stuck to only reviewing a select few. However, I remembered how much I loved it and I'm super stoked to write more in the coming months.

2. Deep Clean the House - Kind of?

I didn't really hit the house hard this month, but I did clean out my wardrobe and got rid of a TON of clothes that were just taking up space. I'm not gonna lie, I may have cleaned up just to make room for more clothes, but whatever works right?

3. MCU Movie Marathon - FAIL

I honestly forgot about this goal. Life kind of got in the way and I haven't been in the movie mood lately. However, I won't say I never will do this. Hopefully, I can catch up before Infinity War.  

All in all, I think I did a pretty decent job this month. I may not have completed all my goals, but I did enjoy what I was able to accomplish.

1.  Play More Games - FAIL

Is it really a surprise at the moment that I keep failing at this goal? I just haven't been in that mood. I dunno. Maybe things will change next month. Though, I don't feel too bad since I am enjoying my free time.

2.  Get Out More - SUCCESS

I'm super excited that I continue to do more for this goal each month. This month we headed to Six Flags and Sea World, and we got membership passes! So I can definitely see this becoming a usual thing! I also went out of my way to head to the movies instead of staying in with Netflix and junk food.

3. Create - SUCCESS

I bought a sticker machine this month, and I am so excited to use it. I also spent time taking photos and sketching when I could. I'm pretty stoked to do more next month and I have a few ideas. 

4. Treat Yo' Self (Better) - SUCCESS

Okay, so this one was a big one. I finally started working with my doctor and managing my depression with meds and I am so stoked. If you've been a follower on here for a while, you might remember how I was pretty happy to be off meds for years. However, I realized I couldn't deal with it alone and I needed help to get back to myself. It was truly the best decision for me and I am super excited about that. I feel this is best to treat myself and I am very happy.

Overall, this month was pretty good for goals and I am super stoked to continue on in April.

What do you think of the new post format? How have your goals been achieved this month? Let's chat!

Always, Raineedayze

Monday, March 26, 2018

Raineedayze Reads: Top Ten by Katie Cotugno

Recently, I've been on a pretty good reading kick. I read a whole bunch of books that were all fabulous, so I had pretty high expectations for this one.

Sad to say, it disappointed BIG TIME.

This book is about two best friends, Gabby and Ryan, and their relationship as it flows and changes throughout their high school years. This book was told in a top ten list, with the timelines shifting back and forth through their relationship.

The premise sounded super intriguing and since Spring is here, I was all ready for light and fluffy romance but that was not what I got at all in this book.

The timeline shifted way too much. It also didn't seem to have a reason for the shifting. One chapter focused completely on the resolution of a fight, only to have the next be the beginning of the fight. It was super hard to keep track, and since the characters fought ALL THE TIME, I never knew if they were friends or not in the current timeline.

The characters in this book were super one-dimensional, and I hated both of them. Ryan was pretty cool for a little bit but after awhile, he came off as super stubborn and defensive. Gabby was just bitter for the majority of the book, and I wasn't even really rooting for them to end up together because they both kinda sucked.  

This book had some good moments. It described anxiety attacks very well, and Ryan's enthusiasm for consent was awesome (seriously, YA authors, take note). Unfortunately, these things didn't save the book for me. 

Katie Cotugno's writing is fundamentally awesome, but for some reason, her stories have a way of being forgettable and having characters who are super bland. I enjoyed Fireworks, liked How To Love, and was decently into 99 Days. I won't say I will stop reading her books, but I don't know if I will be putting her much higher on my TBRs. Her plotlines are fantastic, but the execution is just done a little weak. 

Overall, I gave this book 2/5 stars.

Always, Raineedayze

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Raineedayze Reads: Meet Cute Anthology

This month, I finally was able to get my hands on Meet Cute, a romantic anthology filled with stories about YA meet-cute themed tales.

I've been waiting forever to finally read this book, because there were so many awesome authors involved in this book.

Sadly, I was pretty disappointed. (Warning: Mild spoilers)

With anthologies, it's pretty difficult for all the stories to be 5 star reads. That being said, there were so much more hits than misses in this book.

Now, I'm not going to review each story individually, just hit the highs and lows. Let's start off with the hits.

The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies
Adorable. Most of the stories required a high suspension of disbelief because they were all "love at first site". This story, though unrealistic, was absolute adorableness! Plus, statistics!

The Way We Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton
This story was my absolute favorite, though I have to admit it had a pretty slow start. It was based in a sort of fantasy/sci-fi world but the love story was the most realistic to me. I couldn't say much about the characters in this book, since the authors didn't have a very long time to build them up, but the love was magical. 

259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan
This was a sci-fi based story (are you seeing a pattern?) and I really enjoyed the world around the story. This story didn't have a conventional ending, but I enjoyed the premise. I will say, this love story wasn't the best LOVE story but more of a good short story.

Now, let's go to the....not so great stories.

Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick
One of the main issues with not only this story, but a couple of others, is that I HATE love stories that  are between someone at work and a customer. It creeps me out a bit because when you are working, you are stuck there, forced to be cordial which is often misinterpreted as flirting. Aside from that, the story had too many creepy vibes and at the same time, I had absolutely no idea what the point of this story was.

Print Shop by Nina Lacour
Another story that dealt with meeting at work, this story was also creepy for the main character using a business Twitter account to stalk the love interest. I just didn't vibe with it.

Siege Ettiquette by Katie Cotugno
I love Katie Cotugno but this story made no sense. The main character would randomly get really mean, and then quickly apologize. This story also seemed to do something a lot of the other less than stellar reads did. It seemed like the authors tried to leave a lot of unanswered questions in order to make the reader want to read more of it, therefore convincing the reader that they liked it more than they actually did. 

In all honesty, this book didn't veer too much towards really good or really bad. I rated it a 3/5 stars. It was meh, though I enjoyed the LGBTQ representation in many of the stories.

Have you read this? Let's chat about it!

Always, Raineedayze

Monday, March 12, 2018

Raineedayze Reads: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

I finally was able to read The Cruel Prince after MONTHS of lusting after it. It had been on hold at my local library for nearly 2 months, so I had nearly given up hope on reading until April. Here's my non-spoilery review.

This book was FANTASTIC.

The Cruel Prince follows Jude, a mortal girl thrust into the world of the Fae. After her parent's death, Jude and her sister Taryn are brought along with their fae-born sister Vivienne into the world of Elfhame.  But in a world where mortals are seen as inferior, Jude is determined to forge her own destiny.

This book has been described as Game of Thrones meets faeries and I have to wholeheartedly agree. A fight for the throne, a kingdom of secrets, this book was filled with so much drama and magic. I couldn't put it down and finished it in 2 days.

Holly Black has always been one of my favorite authors so I am so excited for the rest of this series! 

Jude is such an interesting character because throughout the book, we glimpse a little more of her true personality and it makes her more of your typical fantasy character. 

The secrets, betrayals, and eclectic cast make for a book that keeps you turning the page, desperate to figure out the truth of who is good and who is hiding behind a mask.

I gave this book a 5/5 star rating. It is definitely a new favorite for me.

Have you read The Cruel Prince? Let's chat about it in the comments!

Always, Raineedayze

Friday, March 9, 2018

March Mini-Goals

It's March and the world feels a bit greener today! 

This month, I have so many things I'm looking forward to! Jon's birthday, A Wrinkle in Time, and spring break, just to name a few. 

I've been doing monthly mini-goals in addition to my yearly goals, because I feel it keeps me on track. February had a few stumbles, but I feel pretty good about this month.

1. Write 2 Book reviews

I miss reviewing books. I loved writing them because I feel they help connect me to the book community. I always feel a little behind when I do them because I rarely read new releases, since most of my books are from the library. However, I want to do this more for me and for my personal enjoyment. 

2.  Deep Clean the House

I have a really cute makeup vanity in my bedroom that I adore. For the past 3 months, it has taken the place of a nightstand, closet, medicine cabinet, and art supply crate. My kitchen is filled with stain build-up and the floors are in desperate need of a scrub. My car is filled to brim with wrappers and receipts. I feel like the mess in my life is being exacerbated by the physical mess in my life. So I really want to deep clean the apartment and start fresh.

3. MCU Movie Marathon

Infinity War comes out April 27th, and I am so excited to see it. That being said, I need to catch up on the MCU so I can be completely up to date on the complete storyline. I've seen all the films, except for Doctor Strange and Spiderman: Homecoming, so I plan on marathoning MCU to refresh and get pumped for Infinity War.

I usually like to have 4 goals for a month, but this month, I know I'm gonna be pretty busy with finishing up school stuff in preparation of graduation, so I'm gonna stick to these three ambitious goals. 

What are your goals for the month of March?

 Always, Raineedayze

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March TBR

I actually have a bit of a TBR this month that I'm super excited about. 

If you've been a regular reader, you know I usually don't make a TBR for the month because I like to read based on my mood. But there are actually a few books that I am so ready to read this month.

1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black 

This book has been on my TBR for the past two months because it came out in January. My library copy finally came off hold so I can finally take a look at it. I hear so many awesome things about this and my year has been pretty lacking in terms of fantasy. 

2. The Bride by Abigail Barnett

This is the third book in The Sofie Scaife/The Boss series. These books are very much like the 50 Shades of Grey books but with way more consent and healthy relationships. Is the series amazing? Not particularly, but it is the kind of easy drama to get sucked into and I love that I just fly through them.

3. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman 

This is one of the books for March for one of the book clubs I am in. I am pretty excited because I just finished American Gods last month and absolutely loved it. Anything Neil Gaiman is an automatic insta-read for me so I know this book will happen soon.

4. Meet Cute by Various Authors

This is another library book that came off hold this past week. This was supposed to be one of my February reads for the cute love story vibes, but in a big city, library holds are pretty long. Either way, I am super excited to get into this book. It is an anthology of meet-cute short stories by authors like Nicola Yoon, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Katie Cotugno, Sara Shepard, and more!

I hope to read more than four books this month, but these are the ones that I want to get to first this month. What's on your TBR?

Always, Raineedayze

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Yearly Goals Check In: February

I talked about my monthly mini-goals last week, but for my yearly goals, I feel like I've done a bit better.

1. Play More Games - FAIL

I talked about this a bit before, but this month was not the month for me doing anything, including playing video games. I still have barely made a dent in my pile of shame, but I know once spring break comes in March, I will be able to finally sit down and enjoy myself.

2. Get Out More - Success 

Jonathan and I have been spending way more time out of the house instead of in front of the TV every weekend.  We actually found a few places we love to go and it's been really nice to not be cooped up in this house 7 days a week. 

 3. Create - Success

I've been steadily working on switching between traditional and digital media and I am loving how much more natural it is becoming. I'm also loving how much I can see myself improving.

4. Treat Yo' Self (Better) - Success

 Between drinking more water, eating less carbs, and cooking at home more, I've been feeling so good. I feel more energized and my skin and hair are feeling great. Mentally, I finally started some progress on getting myself back in therapy, and that's gonna be really good for my soul. SO this is definitely a win.

February was actually pretty good to me in this journey. Let's hope March allows for more goodness.

 Always, Raineedayze

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Captain's Log: February Wrap-Up

I talked a little bit about my month in my monthly goals post, but in short, February wasn't the most productive of months, especially when it came to free time.

With graduation looming, I am spending most of time finishing up school and related college things instead of doing anything fun. But I am told it will be worth it.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman | Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu | My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier | The Boss by Abigail Barnett | The Girlfriend by Abigail Barnett

This month wasn't the best reading month numbers-wise, but the overall quality was pretty good. I had planned to read 9 books, but the 5 I read were generally great. Any month when I read Neil Gaiman is a good month for me. Also, I fell into The Boss series by Abigail Barnett. It's like the 50 Shades series but with more consent and actual healthy relationships. 

The only book I wasn't a fan of was My Sister Rosa. I left a review on Goodreads that you can check out here, but in short, the book was just so dull. I'm kind of bummed it took up so much of my reading time this month.

Heroes of the Storm (PC) | Cat Goes Fishing (Steam) | Kitty Powers: Matchmaker (Steam) | Orwell: Ignorance is Strength (Steam) |

This month, I did a lot of small gaming sessions when I had free time, usually only for an hour or so. Luckily, Cat Goes Fishing and Kitty Powers, were both pretty short daily games that I could kill a few minutes with. The new Orwell game came out halfway through the month and I was able to spend a day with it. The rest of the series comes out later in March but since the game is so short, I may wait until the whole game is out to play it. Overall, the games were mostly just time-wasters and nothing I really immersed myself in.

How I Met Your Mother (Hulu) | Daria (DVD) |

Harry Potter (rewatch) | Black Panther |

The stress of this month extended to my media habits. No matter how many times I've seen it, I am always bingewatching HIMYM, especially in times of stress. 

I also picked up the Daria box set and have been rewatching the episodes with Jonathan. The show has been one of my absolute favorites for years, and I love the nostalgia. 

For movies this month, we finished up our Harry Potter rewatch and many tears were shed. I also saw Black Panther and wrote a review for it, which you can find here.

Other Cool Stuff This Month

* I turned 23!

* Valentine's Day was a thing!

* More dates!

* Healthier diet and upping my water

* Starting the process of getting back into therapy!

All in all this month was stressful, but I feel like the gave me a chance to reflect and make March even better. 

Always, Raineedayze

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Monthly Goals Wrap Up: February

It's hard to believe we have reached the end of February. This month has been pretty insane for me and it wasn't my best month for doing anything besides school. It's been....a month.

1. Draw 4 digital pieces (and upload 1)

I actually did a pretty good job with this one. For Valentine's Day, I made Jonathan the Pokemon drawing that I featured in my Valentine's Day post. I did want to include a time-lapse, but if you read the post, you know what happened there. I feel pretty good with working digitally and hope to renew this goal for next month.

2.  Read 9 Books

Ha....Haha....HAHAHA. I totally failed at this goal because I spent the majority of time working on college stuff so my free time was extremely limited. I think I only read about 5 books this month, but I thoroughly enjoyed the books I did read. 

3. Drink a Bottle of Water a Day

I actually did  a pretty good job with this. I had been a bit dehydrated in January, so I switched to solely water this month and I can feel my skin loving this. I definitely need to be more conscious of my water intake because I actually felt really good this month.

4. Post Twice a Week

As you can tell, I was not successful in this. But I do feel the posts that did get uploaded had more of myself and were quality posts. I was able to take a look at my posting and realized that I was kind of losing myself in tags and posts I felt I "should" do. Don't get me wrong, I still love tag posts but I want to spend more time making posts unique to this blog and my own voice. 

All in all, even though this wasn't the most successful month in terms of goals, I feel like this month was necessary for personal growth and reflection. It may have been full of stress, but I can only go up from this next month.

How did your goals go this month?

Always, Raineedayze

Monday, February 26, 2018

Black Panther: Spoiler-Free Review

I saw Black Panther this weekend, and I immediately knew I had to tell the entire internet about it. Let me tell you, the hype was well worth it.

I am a pretty big fan of Marvel comics in general, but I never really read any of the Black Panther comics. I have to say, this movie made me want to immediately pick up the story and immerse myself in the entire history of this character.

This movie had an incredible cast of characters, including such an amazing group of some badass women. The women made so much of the story and were the majority of the warriors in Wakanda, which was so inspiring. Between this and Wonder Woman, my body is ready for the gym.

One of my absolute favorite characters in the movie was Shuri, the hilarious tech goddess sister of T'Challa, played by Letitia Wright. She was so funny and her gadgets were incredible. 

Also, can we talk about the casting of this movie?? Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya, and Martin Freeman? And the music was done by Kendrick Lamar. So much talent in two hours was just insane.

One of the greatest things to me about this movie was that it was completely self-reliant. There was one reference to Captain America: Civil War, but for people who are just entering the MCU, this movie was fantastic as a standalone. I was really glad that the movie didn't rely on other heroes because, for many, this is their first introduction to Black Panther and MCU. 

This movie was so good and it hyped me up so much for Infinity War. I can't wait to read more into the Black Panther comics after this because I can definitely tell this hero will be a new favorite.

Always, Raineedayze

Sunday, February 18, 2018

VDay Celebrations

Valentine's Day was this past week (did you check out the playlist?) and even though I had to spend my morning in class, I was determined to go all out in celebrating!

We started the morning by heading to a small taco place to get some breakfast before I headed to class. It was so tasty and really made my day 15x better. 

After class, we headed to the grocery store to pick up some stuff for our Valentine's Day dinner. We also had a small food court lunch and brought all our goodies home.

One of the funny things about this year is that Jonathan and I both "messed up" our gift giving, so we went a very non-traditional route. I had planned to make a time lapse of the drawing I was giving to him. I spent a good 3 hours working and finished the piece up when I realized I NEVER PRESSED RECORD, so that was a total bust. Luckily, a very good friend of mine was able to print it out and even put it in a nice sleeve so he still was able to have the printed photo.
My gift to Jon

Jonathan also had a gift mishap. My birthday was the week before Valentine's Day, and he had bought separate gifts for both occasions. However, he is not a patient person and in his excitement, gave me both gifts on my birthday. This was totally awesome, but he wasn't super happy about being without a VDay gift on the actual day, so he went the extra mile by gifting me some GORGEOUS roses and a huge jar of sea salted caramels. I truly was spoiled.

For our dinner, I made heart-shaped sliders and crab legs with some garlic-butter potatoes and a side of shrimp. It was fantastic and we spent the evening eating food and watching movies. All in all, it was a fantastic day and the fact that we were able to spend it together made it the perfect Valentine's celebration!

Always, Raineedayze

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Valentine's Day is my absolute favorite holiday! It's a day for love, happiness, and dessert! Every year, I make a playlist that I share on social media and listen to all day.

 So, to keep you occupied, whether you have a date with a person or a bottle of wine, here's some of my favorite Valentine's Day tunes.

Always, Raineedayze

Sunday, February 11, 2018

My 23rd Birthday

It's a shiny new day on this side of 23.

My birthday was on Tuesday and even though I had an excruciatingly long lab in the morning, I was pretty excited though because Jonathan managed to get  the day off.

We headed to lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings, where we tore through a ton of Carribean Jerk wings and fried pickles. After lunch, we drove around town for a bit and then headed to watch Winchester. The Drafthouse gives members free movie tickets for their birthday and since we went during the work day, it was nice and empty.

Winchester was pretty bad.....well really bad. But after a bottle of wine and a FANTASTIC boozy milkshake, I was feeling pretty good.

We ended our night at the pub where we got to watch some pub trivia and got a nice buzz.

Jonathan picked up an ice cream cake and we headed home to order some pizza. However, as soon as the pizza guy knocked, I was ready to crash out.

I ended up with leftover pizza and cake (no worries, they made a great after school snack the next day) and a bunch of fantastic memories!

I'm pretty excited to see what I can accomplish this year and hope to make 23 a great year!

Always, Raineedayze

Friday, February 2, 2018

February Mini Goals

Happy February!!!

Now, I may be a little bit biased because my birthday is in February, but I absolutely adore the month of February. Valentine's Day is my absolute favorite holiday, and I love how this month is when we actually start getting into the swing of things. January is always the trial month, but February is really where you can see how your year is going.

That being said, I spent so much time working on this list of monthly goals, and I can definitely say they build up from last month's goals. 

Last, month I focused on goals in terms of 4. I used this because it gave me a chance to complete one item on the list per week. Since most of those goals went by pretty successfully, I wanted to add a little more to my plate. February is a shorter month but I think I can handle it.

1. Draw 4 digital pieces (and upload one!)

It's no secret that I have been working hard on my art. Now that I am nearing the end of my academic career, I wanted to focus on what I actually enjoy doing and I have a huge passion for art. I want to build up my work ethic with it and hold myself accountable for completing pieces I am proud of, so hopefully you guys can see a piece this month!

2. Read 9 Books

My goal for the year is to read 100 books. In January, I read 9 books and I want to keep the streak up and stay ahead. I am nearing the end of my tenth book and one of my books came off hold at the library so I am pretty stoked to finish them by the end of the week. 

3. Drink a bottle of water a day

I have a huuuuuge issue with not drinking enough water. I really need to take care of myself because kidney issues are no joke and I have already had a few health problems stemming from my poor water intake. A bottle of water is still lower than the recommended amount, but I need to start somewhere!

4. Post twice a week

I managed to successfully keep the blog running last month, but I could feel the urge to slack off in the back of my head. I'm not sure why I have been in a super meh mood, but I want to make sure this blog is productive because I love connecting with people through it!

These are my main goals for the month and I'll be checking in with you guys later in the month to see if I was successful!

What are your monthly goals? Let's chat!

Always, Raineedayze

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Monthly Goals Wrap Up: January

It's the first day of February and I am posting this January Goal Wrap-Up late because....

I did a dumb thing.

A few days ago, I posted a Goals Check In where I discussed my monthly goals and how successful I was at them in January. (You can check that post out here!)

I have no idea where my brain was because I talked about my yearly goals in that post instead of my monthly goals. So if you were confused, I totally get it.


I edited the post but man, I felt pretty silly. So here is my check in for my January Mini Goals! 

 1. Read My 4 TBR Books

On my TBR for January I had The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Warcross by Marie Lu, Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, and The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Unfortunately, The Cruel Prince was all cleared out at my local library, so I wasn't able to get it this month. However, I read the other three books and loved them all! I was also able to read a few other awesome books (you can check the full list on my Captain's Log for January).

2. Draw 4 Things

Holy moly, did I rock this goal. I drew daily this month, and nearly cleared out a sketchbook! I moved my sketchpad to right in front of my computer, so I spent many a day sketching out random doodles while watching Supernatural or random Youtube videos. I was super proud of how much I actually got done!

3. Make 4 Blog posts.

Woohoo!! I was pretty happy that I uploaded 3 times that amount this month! I want to keep this blog running because not only is it a great escape for me to get all my thoughts out, I get to connect with so many people in the blogging community. Plus, I can look back at these posts as a digital scrapbook and see all the great memories of the year!

4. Walk 4 Miles

I have to be honest. I didn't keep track of this goal at all. While the start of school meant more walking around the campus, I don't think I moved around much more outside of that. Although I did head to the park trails a few times with Jonathan. So I guess this was a half-success?

Overall, I think I rocked my January Goals and I am super excited to build upon these for my February goals. I also loved keeping track of them in the spread I made in my planner, so I plan to continue that since it helped me keep track!

How was your January? Let's chat!

Always, Raineedayze