11 Ways High-Functioning Depression and Anxiety are Present in My Life

Posted July 20, 2017 in Life / 16 Comments

Note: I wrote this and then typed it up. I haven’t edited it extensively and I don’t want to. This was me just writing some things down that I decided might be worthwhile to be shared. If it helps even one person, then this post has done its job.

Originally Published: June 30, 2016

11 Ways High-Functioning Depression and Anxiety is Present in My Life

Let me tell you a bit about my mental illness. You might be surprised and you might learn something. I can tell you right now, this illness isn’t exactly what you think it is.

Remember, this is all just experiences from my life. I’m not a doctor, just a crazy young woman who prays quite a bit and reads quite a few books.
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State of the Blog Address

Posted June 27, 2017 in Faith, Life / 0 Comments

I just wanted to take a little bit of time to tell you the state of this blog. My life has gotten very complicated this past year with graduate school and my health challenges have been acting up. I have been very busy with graduate school courses and then my health issues have made it hard to keep this blog running. That being said, I do not want to abandon this blog. It will need to take a slightly different turn.

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The End of a Trilogy – The Black Key {Review}

Posted May 8, 2017 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

The End of a Trilogy – The Black Key {Review}The Black Key by Amy Ewing
Series: The Lone City #3
Publisher: HarperTeen (2016)
Audiobook
{8 hours and 9 minutes} (295 pages)
Rating:
Also by this author: The Jewel, The White Rose
Also in this series: The Jewel, The White Rose
Reading Challenges: Read 2016

Synopsis

For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived in service to the royalty of the Jewel. But now the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power.
And while Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it—her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return to save not only Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.

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A Sweet Christian Romance – Once Upon a Prince {Review}

Posted May 1, 2017 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

A Sweet Christian Romance – Once Upon a Prince {Review}Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck
Series: Royal Wedding #1
Publisher: Zondervan (2013)
Audiobook
{10 hours} (343 pages)
Rating:
Reading Challenges: 2016 Re-Reading, 2016 Royal Challenge, Read 2016

Synopsis

Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.
Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess---just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn't going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.
The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon's Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family's tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna's aid under the fabled Lover's Oak, he is blindsided by love.
Their lives are worlds apart. He's a royal prince. She's a nordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel's coronation. It's the ultimate choice. His kingdom or her heart? God's will or their own?

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Russia Folklore Retelling – The Bear and the Nightingale {Review}

Posted March 8, 2017 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

Russia Folklore Retelling – The Bear and the Nightingale {Review}The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Series: The Bear and the Nightingale #1
Publisher: Del Rey (2017)
eARC (322 pages)
Via: NetGalley
Rating:
Reading Challenges: 2016 Retelling Challenge, 2016 Royal Challenge, Read 2016

Synopsis

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

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