Tag Archives: Cheryl Strayed

New Hiking Spots…

I have been contemplating new hiking spots to walk by myself. I know you’re not suppose to go on hikes by yourself and that it’s dangerous, but I would like to go on small hikes by myself or at least on hikes where I know there is a lot of traffic of people. I would never go on a big hike completely by myself no matter how much I am inspired by Cheryl Strayed’s book. I admire her for what she did and making herself come to terms with her own demons and healing herself. But, I have to admit that hiking the PCT alone was the most asinine thing to do on the planet. Things were different back then in the mid’ nineties, but still a lot of things could have happened.

I tested my blood pressure last week here and there and I have come to the conclusion that it only raises due to stress. I don’t think I need medication for it if my blood pressure only rises due to stress. Therefore, I am going to practice meditation more seriously and hope for the best. I think I should have a better sleeping schedule and get more sleep and have a better diet. I’ve been a bit depressed on and off again for the past couple of weeks. This happens every few years around Valentine’s day. I’m usually ecstatic about celebrating Single’s Awareness Day (S.A.D.) because also the acronym makes me laugh. I am going to try and think more positively to counter the blues this year.

I’ve also started shortening my time with video games and only play on the weekends. The experiment so far is that I can’t wait to play to relax and then yet I found this week was still blah…

Then I ask myself questions of if I am growing out of it, losing my patience with them, or as I try to get healthier my mind and body want to do more productive things. Maybe it’s all of the above? Maybe it’s the depression’s fault. I want things to change. Things are changing. Things have to change. Change is constant.

 

Hiking Trip!

This past Saturday I went on a hiking trip up near Lake Mead on the Railroad trail. I went with a group of very awesome friends and we walked an hour in and then turned around and walked an hour back. I got a lot of dirt and rocks in my shoes and I had to stop to get them out occasionally. I packed stuff that I though I might need in my back pack for the trail. I almost felt like Cheryl Strayed and that I had Monster on my back. I felt it later in my upper back that I was sore. This will take awhile to heal and I can go to the gym and still get exercise, but playing Just Dance will have to wait until the weekend.

The Super Bowl was awesome! I went to my brother’s place and we were all rooting for the Eagles. This game has been the most interesting game in the last couple of years! There was some awesome plays too that were really exciting. 🙂

There was lots of food, rejoicing, cake, and fireworks. This weekend was really great. Also my books that I ordered came in and the covers felt wonderful and the smell of the them was phenomenal! I’m still waiting on one more book to be delivered. I got six new books…two of which I already own on my Kindle, but I love the series so much I am trying to collect them in paperback form. I’m up to “Heir of Fire” now with collecting and I got the “Assassin’s Blade” which is a prequel novella of lots of different stories of the main character from “The Glass Throne” by Sarah J. Maas.

Other than that the new list of books are as follows:

1. Clockwork Angel (The infernal Devices Series #1), by Cassandra Clare

2. Red Queen (Red Queen Series #1), by Victoria Aveyard

3. Anna Dressed in Blood, by Kendare Blake

4. The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson

I’m really excited to read these and I can’t wait! Although, I am going to wait until I have a mini vacation in a couple of weeks to read the Assassin’s Blade cause I heard it plays on the heart strings and I will need to prepare things just in case I wind up an emotional mess. ^^;

 

 

Emotions…and books!

I wanted to do a blog post about emotions and how I am feeling at this point. So far everything is starting to feel better. Exercise and a healthy diet work together to better your physical and mental health, but it is not instantaneous. When people are on any medication or on anti-depressants (and I have been on anti-depressants before when I was younger because my father had passed away.) doctors say you should at least wait six weeks before seeing any changes. I believe that is the same with any new health routine. I am feeling a little bit happier, but I am not perfect and I still have my good and bad days. I do notice that there are changes however small they are and that they are still changes. Slow and steady wins the race yeah?

I think I have mentioned before that I have book ADHD or it is mentioned on my “Bookshelf Life” tab on this website. I am enjoying reading “Heir of Fire” by Sarah J. Maas and “Wild”, by Cheryl Strayed. I am struggling with “Torment” by Lauren Kate even though it is the second book in the series. I like Lauren Kate’s writing do not get me wrong, but she tends to stretch out her stories. Acts one and two when I read them feel like an eternity, but at the same time you really get to know the characters like you really know them. If you read at the pace I do and take longer to read then you will really get invested in the characters. The third act is usually where the climax is and then it is exciting and I get through reading it faster. Another downfall is her chapters are so long (I do not know if it is different in other versions other than the hardcover.) and combine that with the story being drawn out that I wind up stopping in odd places in the chapter. I’m not a fast reader, well I can be, but I would not understand what I have read. Sometimes if I read fast I understand what I have read, but I would not remember it, I have missed a detail, I miss interpret a detail, or I just plain mesh things together. Anyway, I still recommend reading the Fallen series anyway because it may or may not be for you. There are two reasons I’m still reading it is because I collected the series (If I bought one book whether I like it or not I still have a compulsion to collect the rest) and once I start something I have to finish it at some point.

I really highly recommend any YA fantasy novel fan to read the Glass Throne series by Sarah J. Maas. Also, I highly recommend Wild by Cheryl Strayed even though sometimes her writing is literally redundant on occasion, but it is not too bad that it ruins the reading experience. Reading keeps me sane and couple that together with exercise and trying to eat healthy I think is working at keeping me more calm from being anxious.