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Earlier this year I started my Podcast, Geek Responsibly, my website, Geeks & Garters, was updated and I began outlining a novel. Yet, I am now working on building my Twitch Stream! I have hit Twitch Affiliate within my first month!
Though, something that crosses my mind about this new venture is:

Is it too late to become a Twitch Streamer?

From my experience so far, I will go with NO! It is never too late. Some key points on how you can stand out in this bustling, over populated streaming world would be:

  • How do you stand out?
  • Find your niche ( what games do you play?)
  • Work hard
  • Time Management

The internet is endless! There are so many opportunities and many new ways to approach something that seems ‘too hard’ to be successful. Don’t let the fact that Twitch is popular and there is already people doing what you wanted. Also, don’t let your thoughts of not feeling good enough be an excuse to stopping you from living your dreams and passions.

How do you stand out?

This may seem difficult. However, there is a simple answer.

As long as you are creating entertaining and authentic content that is somewhat different to other’s streaming the same games. You Will Stand Out From The Noise!

Honestly, you do not have to recreate content. You can be incredibly successful doing something similar to others -just be yourself! This is the same when authors write books that are similar concepts as others. Though, they write the way they interpret which catches the eye of their followers.

Now I am not saying to go copy everything that another streamer is doing, because they are not you. You can take certain points, techniques or how they play the game and incorporate this within your own. This is a great opportunity to show the followers who you are! Your catchphrases, emotes, badges, sounds, and alerts can all be unique to you and your “theme”.

Similarly, you play Farming Simulator like Empyre. If he is not currently on, who says his audience is not looking for somebody just like you?

Find Your Own Niche

This will be a phrase that you will hear often. If you notice that there are gaps within the Twitch Market you should be looking to fill these gaps! What is the value you bring to viewers?

Are you an incredible painter? Do you love health & wellness? Why not incorporate these into live streams? You can paint and talk about techniques, brushes, and do giveaways.

Build up a community, you could start moving those live streams into YouTube channel which you can start connecting to even more parts of the world. If this continues to grow, who says you cannot write ‘How to’ PDFs and sell them!

There are ways to find your niche:

Who are you?

Just be yourself. Yes, people fake characters just like DrDisrespect, yet that is 100% him acting as his character! Which he has roughly 3million followers. Clearly, he is doing everything to entertain and engage his followers.

Study other’s Stream!

Read, watch, listen to everything that other streamers are doing that are similar to you and your stream. In this case, watch a ridiculous amount of Twitch streamers to understand what ‘niche’ they are working with. See which streamers are standing out on other platforms, such as Twitter, Instagram, YouTube. While you watch, critically dissect what they do and what made their stream funny? What is their branding? What makes them stand out and engage their audience?

Just because there are 127 streamers doing better than you, doesn’t mean there is no room for you to become successful.

Simply put, get ready to work your socks off. Consistency is key. Get a schedule down to stream 3 times a week and 1 day jump into other streamers chat and watch. Yet, don’t work too hard…

Time Management

I understand it is overwhelming thinking of adding a Streaming schedule and dedicating 3 or more days to this platform. It isn’t easy to balance life and adding a side hustle. Time must become something you plan for! I added it to my Google Calendar.

Make sure to give yourself some free time to also relax. Note, if you are willing to drop 5 hours a week into a Netflix binge, that is 5 hours you could have spent creating or improving content…

I hope this helps and gives you a bit more confidence to jump into the Twitch Streaming world. The internet is endless with opportunities. I mean the other day I stumbled upon ASMR. I do not recommend looking into this, though now that I say this I am sure you already clicked out of here and searched for it. It was terrifying and confusing. Yet, seeing the amount of people following these Streamers built my confidence that I could make it with better content I just need to make the time and create the content!

These aren’t your typical maidens in Damsels in Excess #1

When you think of Damsels in Distress you think of ladies who are unable to handle themselves. In Damsels in Excess #1, this is not the case.  In the land of the Five Realms, the existence of men has long since been evaporated from the hearts and minds of women. Princess Bethany–ruler of Evanfar, the largest and most prominent kingdom, finds herself at the center of a vast conspiracy that could not only threaten her kingdom-but also her life!

Writing

Vince Hernandez has colorfully constructed the beginning of an intriguing series. This issue is mostly for building the characteristics of what he refers to as the Five. In Damsels in Excess #1, there is the five royalty that we meet. The Damsels are coming together to celebrate the Princess Bethany’s name day. As the story begins, we are brought up to speed on why there isn’t one man within the five realms.

Damsels in Excess #1

Damsels in Excess #1

Each quirky and royal damsel is introduced within this first issue. Allowing us to see how strong and confident some are where others are backstabbers and reminded me of Cersai from Game of Thrones. Reading through the story you will connect with certain Damsels hoping that their stories are happily ever after. Even if there aren’t any “Princes”.

Hernandez gives personalities to these Damsels that many of us can relate to. Also, he adds some cattiness to certain ones that will start creating some rifts throughout this issue. Furthermore, there are certain situations that are placed in this issue that brings unanswered questions between the Five and also potentially small child that is found.

ART

Mirka Andolfo brought the heat on these covers/interiors. To begin with, the cheery colors and scantily clad ladies perked my attention. Though, what won me over was Bethany and her punk rock, gypsy look with badass hair and piercings.  Damsels in Excess #1 brought a brighter outlook for a medieval time and Andolfo helped bring this to life.

Though it was heavily brought to life by colors and the ladies themselves, Simone Di Meo helped shape these ladies with some helpful ink-work.

Final Thoughts

As a result, I was thoroughly impressed and intrigued by this interesting story line. In the beginning, reading that there were not any male characters I had to let go of my usual romantic excitements within stories. Or do I? There are many twists, turns and troubles that appear. I was not to fond of certain characters especially those that you could tell were up to no good.

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.0.76″ custom_padding=”0px|0px|0px|0px”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.76″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.92″ text_font=”Aclonica||||||||” text_font_size=”16px” header_text_align=”center”]The awareness of Leaky Gut Syndrome is growing, yet the understanding of what this condition is or how important our gut is to our overall health is alarmingly low!

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome, or Intestinal Permeability, is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, causing undigested food particles, toxic waste products and bacteria to “leak” through the intestines and flood the bloodstream”

Anyone hearing this description about their own intestines might be a little alarmed, but this is becoming an extremely common condition thanks to the varying foods we all eat, the busy lifestyles we lead, and even some medications we might be taking for other ailments.

Nevertheless, there are many tips available to help heal Leaky Gut Syndrome, and to have a healthier lifestyle over all.
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Try an elimination diet

Eliminating certain foods that are commonly known to cause problems, like dairy, soy and gluten, can help to pinpoint which foods are triggering problems with the gut; thus letting you know which foods to avoid in the future. Going through the elimination period for two weeks can make a world of difference to mind, body and soul! Furthermore, by keeping a food diary of what you eat, and then paying close attention to how your body reacts and keeping notes on that, you can be much more strategic with what you remove from your diet, and what you reintroduce.

If you feel bloated, fatigued, or gassy, add that food to your elimination list. “Most likely,” says Lipski, “your gut is telling you what foods it is sensitive to. You just need to listen.”
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Work on reducing your stress

Research has shown that stress can affect us physically as well as emotionally. In relation to Leaky Gut Syndrome, stress is a common cause; it increases fatigue and interrupts sleep, which the body needs to heal itself. Luckily, there are lots of ways to reduce stress with these small steps – go for a 10 minute walk, take a quiet moment with the some herbal tea before bed, or even just sit by yourself quietly for 15-20 minutes. All of these strategies have been proven to reduce stress and will help improve any stomach issues you’re experiencing.
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Hydrate!

You hear it everywhere you go – drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, stay hydrated, water is good for your skin and your digestive system. Well it’s all true, and it’s one of the easier things to do when you’re stuck at home dealing with a tricky gut, going back and forth to the bathroom.
[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.76″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.92″ text_font=”Aclonica||||||||” text_font_size=”16px”]By drinking plenty of water regularly, you can lubricate your insides, and stop your gut problems from getting worse.

Leaky Gut Syndrome is extremely treatable, and it starts with what you do at home, including changes to diet, physical and mental lifestyle, and even changing to a different painkiller.

These are only a few of the tips available to help heal Leaky Syndrome, and ideally if you think you have any of the symptoms (bloating, food sensitivities, headaches, fatigue) and are unsure of how to deal with them, then you should consult your local GP.

 

XoXo,
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How do you start your mornings? Is it difficult to wake up?

Do you feel lethargic and fried? This is not a healthy way to begin your days!

Instead of feeling overwhelmed on trying to change your lifestyle drastically! Start slow… Give your self some hope.

Stretching in the morning allows you to ground your thoughts, breath deeper, and obviously increase flexibility. It is outstanding what you can achieve in less than 10 minutes.

Make sure to always be a  tiny bit warmed up before you stretch. I usually stretch after I shower! Yet, if you rather stretch right out of bed make sure to be gentle.

Now, what we all been waiting for! The Main Event: 8 stretches to add to your morning routine to feel strong, flexible and grounded af!

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Upper back release- target is upper back and shoulders.

To begin stand hip width apart, you can bring arms up over head with a slight head tilt upwards. Exhale clasp your hands and lower them shoulder height. Round upper back keeping arms straight and engaged.

Hold for 2-3 slow deep breaths

Chest release – target chest, shoulder and bicep.

This one requires a wall, door frame or window ledge. Hold surface with left arm, step forward with left leg and turn entire body to the right including your hips.

Hold for 4-6 steady breaths. Repeat on the other side.

Side stretch – targets the IT band, obliques and shoulder.

Standing with right hand on bed, cross left leg in front of the right. Shift into left hip and reach left arm up and over head. Creating a long line from the left ankle to the left fingers.

Hold 2-3 breaths. Repeat on right side.

Seated spinal twist – targets the spine, neck and shoulders.

Sitting on edge of bed legs together lengthen spine rotating to the left. Bring left arm to ceiling with an inhale. Exhale place behind you. Bring right hand across body to left knee. Deeper stretch gaze over left shoulder.

Hold 2-3 breaths. Repeat on Right side.

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We are halfway through! Ready? Get some water and deep breaths.

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Standing hamstring stretch – target duh Hammies!

Bring right leg up onto bed supporting your knee. (If flexibility is not this advanced yet use the wall, step, or bench) Keep legs hip distance and parallel. Foot flexed. If you need to increase stretch, hinge at hips keeping spine straight.

4-6 breaths and repeat other side.

Standing quad stretch – target quads.

Brace yourself with right hand on bed. Slowly raise right leg grasping with left hand. Keep pelvis neutral and spine tall raising head to ceiling.

4-6 breaths repeating on other side.

Outer hip stretch – target hips and outer thigh.

Place right leg with knee bent onto bed. Square your hips and make sure front of the knee is outside of the front of your shoulder. Keep spine straight, hinge forward at the hips if comfortable, supporting yourself with your hands.

4-6 breaths other sides.

Standing forward bend – target low back and hamstrings.

Bringing your feet hip width apart knees slightly bent, inhale bringing your arms up over head. Exhale swan dive down to the ground. Allow your upper half to hang freely over your legs.

2-3 breaths you can release your neck by moving head side to side or nod yes and no. To come out of this pose pull in abs and slowly rise up vertebra by vertebra.

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What are other ways you begin your mornings? Do you have other stretches you do in the morning? Do you add healthy food choices?

 

XoXo,
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Hello lovelies!

So, I woke this morning and unfortunately had the weirdest headache… On any normal occasion I  would never EVER take pain relievers. They damage our livers. Yet it would not shake. Sadly, I  took the damn pill…
The headache was still lingering like that damn Garbage song. I decided it would be a great idea to break out my old yoga moves! Duh!

I know the excuses come flooding in. Quite frankly I’m tired of hearing them and I’m tired of making them myself.
I decided on a yoga flow to build energy, relieve stress, and to lengthen my muscles.
Deep breath in and begin!

To start I stepped onto my mat and got into tadasana, mountain pose. Took couple breaths here.
Then:
*forward fold
*halfway lift
*forward fold
*rise to standing
Repeat 3-5x to lubricate the joints

Crawling down to the mat
*Cat Cow
*Thread the needle
*Child’s pose Favorite
*Downward dog
*Plank
*Cobra
*Downward dog
3-5 sun salutations at this time could be optional if you wanted to warm up more

*Low lunge Lovez!
*Half split
*Lizard pose
*Quad stretch
*Yogi squat
*Tree pose
*Seated twist
*Some neck stretches
*Meditation

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Ahhh at the end of this sequence I was refreshed, revitalized, and ready to paaaaartaaaaaay!
Movement, especially in the morning, is essential for a healthy strong body, mind, and spirit. It also leads to a more productive day, for sure!

So how can I make this a morning ritual?
-setup yoga mat the night before
-have yoga clothes on may just in case I need to feel like a”yogi” not just in a tank top and my panties!
-make sure my blocks, strap and meditation pillow are close by

I am so thankful to have such incredible knowledge and tools when it comes to giving my body what it truly needs to thrive!

What are some things you do to stay grounded, centered or balanced within our hectic daily lives? Post within the comments below!

 

XoXo,
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Social Media is an amazing tool, but it’s really the face-to-face interaction that makes a long-term impact. -Felicia Day

As you may already know, Felicia Day is the Queen of Geeks. She has been an inspiration to myself and geek girls everywhere! I have  hidden my geekiness for awhile, due to a destructive and extremely manipulating relationship. I am very happy to say that I am starting to open up again to the world on how amazing it is to be yourself.

Never mold yourself into what you believe is appropriate, appreciated or accepted by others.

I play video games, I read books, I have weird @$$ conversations, and sometimes I like to talk like the cowardly lion or impersonate Sarah Palin. This goes over well in large groups!

I am very awkward…actually people are very awkward and I can respect that. I realize they are just like me. So, let your freak flag fly bitches and raise whatever you want to the sky!

On to the real topic at hand. I had the opportunity to become a full on geek the other day! A month ago a friend of mine messaged me saying that Felicia Day herself was coming to Tempe, AZ! That is my backyard! Usually, at a moment of this magnitude I say how much I want to go though deep down I know I will not due to being embarrassed, anxious, nervous or scared. (Some of you can relate to this).
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Yet, this is Felicia Day we are talking about here!

If I don’t go I will disown myself! My life would be a complete waste. Naturally, I purchased her book which guaranteed me a spot at the book signing! I put it in my calendar. I told everyone and posted it on my facebookWell, now I have to go!

Felicia Day

The weekend before the book signing sh!t started to get real! Oh my gosh… I will be going to a book signing! I will be going to a book signing of Felicia Day’s! WHAT AM I DOING? WHAT IF I MAKE AN ASS OUT OF MYSELF?! I WILL MAKE AN ASS OUT OF MYSELF! At the time, I tell my now ex-boyfriend I was going. (This is another thing I never did because he would make me feel horrible for doing things for myself. As I stated before it was a horrendous relationship). He told me I was a geek… You know what? Yeah, I am!

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The day arrives, Monday August 17th…

I go to work. My insides are tight all morning. My friends message me and see that I am going. I see that there are roughly 500 people signed up on Facebook alone. What if i do not get to see her? No signing, No picture, I don’t get to see her smile… My heart races throughout the rest of the work day.

Finally, work was over. I drive…speed to my house. I sit in my closet looking for an outfit that will complement me the best yet not scream “I AM OBSESSED WITH YOU”. Am I already passed that point? Who cares. Anywho, I then sit in the bathroom.  Indian style it on my sink counter and apply my makeup. From concealer, blush, eye shadow, eye lashes I then began my hair. I decided to curl it. I felt safe. As I was getting myself ready my friends were messaging me asking when I would head over there.

I pulled into the parking lot and wanted to puke!
I pulled into the parking lot and wanted to puke!

Great news was that the book store decided to begin the signing early. My friend and I were in line and I could see her! At this moment, I could tell that I started to sweat. Finally, I was going to meet her. Since I wasn’t next I thought about running. No one would notice. While I contemplated we inched closer and closer to her table.

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As a result, I was next. 

I walked towards her, smiling from ear to ear. She spoke to me! “I love your hair! You remind me of Jenna Marbles. You look like her” I lost it. I love Jenna Marbles and Felicia Day is even cooler than I thought! I couldn’t even talk. We got our picture taken and I was shifted to the side to wait for my friend to talk to her next.

WOW!

Felicia Day Book Tour

That was the greatest experience of my life! Looking back at it now I wish I didn’t become startstruck. I wish I would have talk to her about the 1,000 topics I had in my head before I got in front of her. Yet, it was still something I did and survived. Anxiety and all!

Who is someone you saw and became star struck?

XoXo,

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Four Health Benefits of Marriage

 

A camera is a save button for the mind’s eye 

I began my journey within photography three years ago. Needing an outlet for my creative side it fulfilled just that. Loving the experience as well as the final product photography is a process that will always be apart of my life. When Jodi Lynn of Photography by Jodi Lynnpresented this incredible opportunity to become an Intern at Le Boudoir Studio, I jumped right in!

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -Scott Adams

What brought me to enjoy photography?

Photography was something I have had immense passion for since High School. I received my first digital camera in 2009 and annoyed everyone with taking their pictures and took pictures of everything around me.

Boudoir has definitely been the one that has caught my attention. Even when I was younger I admired all of the beautiful women, the makeup, the outfits, the poses.

Who doesn’t want to feel like an Angel in the Centerfold?

 

It tells such a gorgeous story through the eyes. The way someone can be captured with not only outer beauty yet also inner. My favorite person, whom I’d watch movies as well as look at her photos, is Marilyn Monroe. No matter, what she could catch anyone’s eye and tell a story through her own!

I will continue to practice photography and better my skills. I cannot wait to continue sharing with you the incredible things I capture.

You should check out some of my other posts such as Felicia Day Book Tour! Enjoy!

XoXo,

Four Health Benefits of Marriage

By Jenna Clark

A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.

At times married life can be less than exciting and making you feel very testy towards your significant other. Yet, even when your partner is driving you up the wall, it turns out they might actually be improving your health.

It is true! Turns out that those that are married may have the advantage of health benefits over someone who is single. Now, that does not mean that tying the knot automatically creates a happier healthier you. Clearly divorce rates have sky rocketed. Though some studies show that relationships are at the root of finding joy.

 

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Health Benefits Of A Happy Marriage

Numero UnoLower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease. Considering heart disease is one of the main causes of death this is a pretty important factor.

Your stress levels will be lower. It may not seem like it at the time of an argument, but being married actually creates a hormonal change that directly affects stress levels.

Beat it Cancer! This is a bit dramatic yet equally as important, being married boosted survival rates of cancer patients in one study.

You will live longer! Finally, getting hitched could mean that you will live a longer life.

Downside of Marriage

Not to be all against singles by any means. There is one case which marriage doesn’t help: OBESITY. People who tend to be married suffer from higher rates of obesity than singles do. Now we all know obesity is connected to so many health concerns so this can create the opposite affect. It is always important to make healthy choices once you are married.

 

Final Thoughts

  • Being in a safe, stable marriage can help you live longer, reduce risk of heart disease and reduce stress levels.
  • For those with cancer, being in a healthy loving relationship can increase the odds of you living longer.
  • Con of relationships increases your chances of being obese. So make sure to adopt an active, healthy lifestyle and motivate each other!:)

What are some positive benefits within your relationship? Make sure to comment below and also check out How to Identify & Release a Toxic Relationship.

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Tell me about your energy.

Statistically speaking, Americans feel 44% more stressed than they did 5 years ago. Then, 1 in 5 Americans experience “extreme stress” and 3 out of 4doctor visits are stress related ailments!

This brings us to energy zapper numero uno!

Mistake #1: Stressing out.

Everyone feels it, experiences it, yet very few of us take our stress seriously and understand the true threat it has on our overall health. When we go day in and day out with stress, it sends our cortisol through a roller coaster. This in turn weakens our immune system and wreaks havoc upon our energy.

Have no fear! We can learn to relax!

Learning how to relax can be a powerful tool. We can even train our bodies to handle stress with more ease. Meditation is one of the many tactics I utilize to reduce stress. Check out my article on 4 ways of Meditation Here!

Mistake #2: No Movement. 

Our bodies are not made for inactivity. Back as far as we can research, man was hunting, running, gathering, etc. Our cells contain spunky little engines called Mitochandria. These tiny powerhouses are responsible for turning our food into fuel.

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Now this is truly important:

The quality and quantity of these engines, determine the quality and quantity of energy we possess.

So, how do we build these little guys up? Through healthy lifestyle practices, duh! Exercise is right at the top of the list. What is one small change you can make that will add movement to your day?

Some examples you can find are within this article I wrote about Yoga to energize your mornings!

Mistake #3: Ignoring your gut.

In my most recent article, 5 ways to maintain gut health, I discuss how important the gut is to our overall well being. This is also directly related to our energy.

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There are 5 simple ways you can

start to heal your gut.

#1 Eat your fruits and veggies! Think of your gut as a garden. It needs proper care to thrive. The fertilizer that feeds your garden is fiber. So, eating more of a plant- based diet helps the good guys do their job and you feel fantastic in return!:)

#2 Reduce inflammation. This is a bit more difficult for our Standard American Diet (SAD). Honestly, there are way to many processed foods and especially refined sugars. This creates an imbalance in your gut which leads to inflammation. Replacing those foods with plant foods keeps harmful organisms at bay.

#3 Drink WATER. I couldn’t begin to tell you how important water is. This means ZERO soda, NO energy drinks. Rock that H2O!

#4 Chew your food! Beyond popular belief, your stomach is not equip with teeth. *Mind Blown* Use your teeth to help your stomach out. Digestion actually starts with the enzymes secreted within your mouth.

#5 Move your body. We already mentioned this one. Exercise actually increases the diversity of probiotics and also helps you poop! Woo Hoo:)

Now it is your turn. What is one thing you will do this week to begin healing your gut? 

Mistake #4: Chasing Perfection. 

This has to be my personal struggle. There is nothing fun or pleasurable about perfection. It is controlling, boring, and rigid. In fact, it is not even doable because perfection is a myth. What is one thing you’ve been beating yourself up for not doing “perfectly”?

Write it down and then cross that shit out! You’ve got more important things to do than worrying about being perfect.

It’s not about getting more energy. It’s about uncovering the innate energy and well-being that’s already inside you.

Again, make sure to leave a comment on how your energy has been feeling as of late and the things you will be doing to help increase it.

 

XoXo,
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Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. -Albus Dumbledore

It is finally here! I have been waiting for JK Rowling to continue the series that had filled and shaped my childhood. The continuation of this story grows with the characters and also us as readers.

Harry Potter is back!

This book came out when I was in fifth grade. I remember, back in Sheboygan, WI, having my parents drop me off at the Walden Bookstore. There, I had met some friends from school and we were picking out the next book for our “book club”. We were walking to the register when it had caught my eye. What was this? A boy on a broomstick!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

When I read the back of the book, it had created excitement and wonder. I begged for us to read this one instead of the utter crap we probably picked out. And so I traveled home with a book that would forever change my life!:)

Now, my fellow wizard mate is back!

The eighth Harry Potter story is finally out. Though it is not a novel, it is a rehearsal script for an actual play that has opened in the Palace Theatre in London’s West End. It has been said that a regular script will be released later this year. *Squeel*

The book has upset, confused and disappointed many people. It is just a small part of a whole experience that Rowling is envisioning. Even though it does not feel connected with the glorious story that Rowling created within the last seven books, it does, however, provide an interesting sight into what adventures Harry and his mates will unravel in the future.

Honestly, I cannot wait to finish my copy. It is intriguing to see how much I truly missed this story.

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

-Albus Dumbledore

Terrorism, our country turning on itself, and violence is everywhere we turn. Yet, it is empowering to see that we are still able to be dreamers, wishers, and adventure seekers (pun-intended) through the pages of our favorite books.

If you have yet to get a copy of this book, wait for no further click on one of the links below:) ACCIO POTTER!

XoXo,

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