Starting a New Book

I have a general question for you all… Do you have a ritual for starting a new book?

Do you sit down with a hot drink, and two hours to spare? Are you on the train to work, or mid-breakfast for a few minutes before the morning rush to work begins? Are you a pre-bedtime reader… Because I’m always so worried about falling asleep and forgetting what I’ve read!

I like a combination. I won’t start with time to spare, but by the half way mark, when I’m properly involved in the plot, I’ll carve out half a day to work through it. But I’ve just started a new novel… And I can tell it’s going to challenge me.

You see, each chapter is one, long, sentence. Filled with commas and semi colons and dashes, it takes real effort to read and get into the right cadence where you’re not just reading individual words strung together, but are one with the mind that is writing. It reminds me of learning about the ‘stream of consciousness’ in high school and having to practise just writing all my thoughts down in one continuous string. I probably didn’t have much to say then, but even now when I write myself, it’s quite choppy and to the point.

So I’m going to have to really commit to this book. Evenings, weekends. Definitely not mornings, I won’t be awake enough.

I’d love to know how you handle strangely written books!

French books?

Alright, I’m back to books. Sorry for that little personal interlude! I’ll try and keep my stories strictly related to the books I like from now on… I mean, it’s in the name.

I’ve been thinking for a while about learning a new language. Being bilingual is one of those things I’m always jealous of other people for, and multilingual is just awesome. I mean, some people struggle to grasp one language, let alone multiple! I think I’m a visual learner too, so whilst I’m not too worries about being able to write in a new language, I am concerned about speaking. Which is obviously where I had to begin.

Which language am I learning, you might ask?

That’s right, French! I dabbled a little at school, so I’m hoping there’s some residual knowledge that will stop this from being a very steep learning curve. I started with Duolingo, because why not, but needed some reading material… Obviously! And not just some boring dictionary, or those awful workbooks you get in school with the cringe-worthy comics. But I couldn’t just buy a book in French either, so I went with a happy medium! Short Stories, to learn French.

Boy, did I eat that book up. It wasn’t too simple, so I felt like a child, but also didn’t challenge me beyond my means. Plus, I’ve been practising my speech holding the book in front of me, like some Shakespearean actor reciting a play. Some words are a little trickier, like ciseaux pour barbe (or beard scissors), because there are far too many vowels in a row in ciseaux to pronounce normally! My mouth just wants to do a little dance to form ten individual possible sounds, but that just sounds ridiculous!

It turns out that my minimal education in year seven didn’t leave much of a lasting effect! But this book has helped, and my apps. I’m thinking of buying another French book but not sure where to start, any suggestions?

Merci – Thank you in French language. Handwritten modern calligraphy lettering text on multicolored watercolor paint splash background.

A Little Story about my Dad

Hi friends!

This week I wanted to write about my dad. It’s been a few months now since I moved out of home, and aside from all the fun of a new adventure, I have been wowed by how much I miss him.

I like to joke that my dad and I didn’t become friends until I was thirteen, the age when I finally started caring about his holy grail; sport. Granted I was no cricketer or rugby player, he was up and early every Saturday morning to take me to my Netball games. I had never seen him so excited, or heard anyone pick apart the technique and strategy of a d-level team to quite such detail. It’ll come as no surprise to hear that he wanted sons, instead of the two daughters god gave him. My older sister, Cat, was athletic, but a fiery mix of independent and shy, and dad’s involvement in her sporting adventures didn’t always bode well. But I loved our debriefs, and such began our Saturday morning tea tradition. The bakery we frequented made the best caramel slices and vanilla milkshakes, so I probably would’ve accepted the offer even if his thoughts bored me to tears.

Michel's Patisserie (Mascot).

The tradition kept up all throughout my high school and university years, despite some gentle bullying from my uni team mates. I’m just chalking that up to jealousy – no one else was getting a free post-game milkshake!

One of my favourite days with him was when he told me he wanted to grow a beard. I was shocked into laughter… My father has always been a staunch shave-only kind of guy. Even the mere idea that a hairy man was a more manly man in our household was banned, he was that intense. I thought I might fall off my chair, or shoot milkshake out of my nose onto the table. But he was serious, and had tasked me with advising him through such uncharted territory. I did my best, but it was a constant battle figuring out how much he was willing to invest, and what would actually help him achieve something he wouldn’t constantly want to shave off.

It was a long and trying experience, but we got there, and has been a constant source of amusement for the both of us, and the rest of the family, over the years. Which is nice from his usual attempt at humour, which looks like it was gleaned straight from this site.

So I was just partaking in some retail therapy, and came across this beard care kit on Boots, and I cackled like a witch in my little room, scaring both my housemates into thinking I had finally lost the plot. It was the first brand we had ever tried, and came back to time and time again when other products turned the quest into a disaster. Mum has a particular.. fondness for the scent. So I bought it, and sent it to his address with a note: ‘Thinking of your beard.’ I know it doesn’t sound very funny, but I can just picture him smiling as he opens it, and that fills me with warmth every time I think about it. I can’t wait to go home and visit! So folks, appreciate those dads in your life who are enthusiastic and amusing, or have a good chuckle at mine!

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A Book To Educate Myself On Beards

Beards are things that have always been interesting to me. It’s really something that gave me that rare bit of confusion ever since I realized they were a decision for most people here in the west that sports them. Of course I understand when a beard is something of a religious or cultural reason then they aren’t really a decision at that point. What I’ve always been more curious about are those that sport them as a fashion statement. I mean for real I don’t get it. It can look awesome don’t get me wrong that’s not the part that confuses me, the real concern I’ve always had is isn’t just too much work?

I tried looking into it a couple of times but I seriously have no idea where to start. There’s the whole growing it part which in all honesty sounds like the most nerve wracking thing to go through. At least with women growing their hair long the only real opponent is time but for guys trying to grow their beard out there’s the possibility that it won’t all grow in at the same time. I can’t even imagine the daily struggle of watching your face transform into that of a hobo. It can grow in patches or sometimes some parts just won’t grow at all. So what do you do at that point? Is there a way to cover that up or do you just give up on the beard at that point? And then there’s the maintenance and all the styling that you have to do. For the longest time I thought beard oil was a joke term that I just wasn’t clued in on but apparently it isn’t. And then there are tools you need to buy. I don’t know which things you would even need. Are there guides on what you need and how to know if you need them? Like what if you bought the ultimate beard brush but you didn’t actually need one. Or do you always need a beard brush?

Normally my approach is to simply buy a bunch of books on the topic and get reading but in this case I think I have to decide on a specific one. So if there are any beard bibles or any 1 book that you really need for this then I’d love to hear from you guys out there with this knowledge.

Up to my neck in books

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately (big surprise right?) and I’ve kind of gotten a little carried away with it. When I get really into reading I tend to kind of forget a lot of stuff that I should be doing. Thankfully because of some lovely feedback and a couple well timed event calendar notifications I shouldn’t be falling behind in terms of writing something to post on here!

My 3 favourite beauty books.

Just like any other skill makeup has a certain set of challenges that you can overcome over time. There’s learning each individual type of makeup of course, then you’ve got to understand that there are different methods of applying them, and of course understanding the level of variety for each individual product. Then there’s discerning the difference in products and their formulation as far as that goes meaning recommending products such as Lunar Glow’s lunar brightening under eye serum. As amazing as all the guides are on youtube and elsewhere on the internet for different makeup regiments for all the different types of skin type, skin color, facial shape, etc. There’s still something special about studying makeup more traditionally, in this case specifically hitting the books quite literally. So let’s take a look at the top 3 books for chasing that ever abstract concept of beauty.

Face Forward by Kevyn Aucoin

The ideas of beauty haven’t always been the nicest and there’s been the tendencies where the pursuit of beauty have left people feeling judged and overall just not very good about themselves. But Aucoin’s book follows through with some of the nicest and kindest explanations on beauty regimes that you can find. He always makes an effort to ensure that you get what he’s talking about and that even if you don’t you won’t feel dumb because he gets that it can be a little confusing. That being said he goes very in-depth in the fundamentals of makeup application and other techniques to help make sure your path in the pursuit of beauty has the foundations necessary to get what you want.

The Beauty of Color by Iman

It’s a shame but the reality is that the beauty industry’s more inclined to accommodate you if you happen to be white. Iman’s a supermodel who wrote this book to offset that a little bit. The target audience are women of varying ages and ethnicities which makes this book and the things it seeks to teach an overall inspiring message to anyone reading. It’s a great book and definitely worth the read no matter who you are.

Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup by Gabriela Hernandez

As far as the classics go it’s good to know where makeup has come from and moved forward over the years. There’s something important to be learned here not just from a historical vantage point, which this book with its many examples of different looks that have changed the landscape of makeup over the years, definitely delivers upon with step by step guides with period accurate color palettes on how to achieve those classic looks.

Wait For More…

Books are keeping me inspired and motivated every single day!

I have read a many books already in my lifetime, and I intend to read a whole lot more before my time is up. Hopefully I can share quite a few of these good reads with you.

All you need to do is keep coming back and visiting my blog 🙂

Something new will be up before too long!

The Book That Helped Me Fight Depression

Are you a bookworm? I mean, someone who really loves to read. If yes, then you are probably an intelligent person. They say people who are fond of reading books are smart and know a lot of things. Do you agree with this?

I used to love reading books before, but once I started studying in college, I became very busy with projects, reports and other class activities. I rarely had a chance to read my favorite books, until eventually I lost interest in reading altogether.

One day, I experienced the most sorrowful moment of my teenage life –  my mother died at an early age due to a heart attack, that was very sudden and was really unexpected. I was just 17 years old when that happened and that was my first day of school in 2nd-year college level.

I became so depressed that time and my studies were affected and I almost dropped out of school. Until my friend gave me a particular book – “The purpose driven life” written by Rick Warren. She told me I needed to make the time to read it. The book was written as an inspirational book with also some religious content. It contains 40 chapters with different topics and I was instructed to read one chapter every day and should take time to ponder each chapter, so I expected to finish it all in forty days. As I continued to read the book each and every day, I found it more and more interesting and inspiring. It taught me a lot of good things.

That book really inspired me and helped me to recover from the pain and sorrow. I got back to my normal mood and became active in school again. I never thought reading could help me in this way.

Since then, I became interested in reading again, but I am more into inspirational books or articles now. I also got interested in cosmetic products especially skincare so now I am starting to more articles about it, and so far, one of the most interesting topics I found is about a product called masque argile boue. It sounds really amazing –  I never thought that mud could be beneficial to your skin!

I look forward to discovering more interesting books that teach me new things and help change my life for the better.

A Message To My Readers

I really hope you’re finding this blog interesting and fun to read and I’m hoping that it inspires you even in just a small way.

There are still so many different books I want to read soon and eventually write about. I just hope I can find the time to share all of them with you here.

I am quite busy right now but I’m aiming to have another wrapped up very soon!

Reading is not just a hobby

Ever since I was a child, I’ve always loved reading books. The first book I was interested enough to read during my younger years was all about Astronomy – It was about the planets, the sun, the moon, and other celestial objects. This kept me busy until I started to read different books with other interesting topics.

At first, I was just reading books to kill my boredom, but as time went by and as I grew up, I realized I wasn’t doing it just to escape from boredom, but I was doing it for my own pleasure too. I really started to appreciate books and reading became one of my keenest hobbies.

The reasons why I love to read are too many to mention here so I am just going to mention few. First, it helps me gain knowledge and it reduces stress. Second, it helps build vocabulary and improves both writing and speaking skills in English as most of the books I enjoy reading are in English – although I am not perfect yet, I know I am getting better as time goes by. And lastly, reading also gives me motivations and inspirations as well.

Recently I became addicted to cosmetics, specifically, Skincare products, and my addiction has lead me to researching and reading articles about new products to use, benefits of each product and other skincare-related articles.

This was until I came across an article about cosmetics products for men. I became interested in this as I was currently thinking at that time about what should I give to my father as a gift for Father’s Day. Soon after I found out about a grooming product that my father might want – this posh looking beard oil. It is used to nourish the beard and the skin under it, and it mimics the natural oils produced by the skin such as sebum. It’s also mainly composed of carrier oils and essential oils.

I really thought he would like this product, and it turns out he did like it! It had such an effect on my family that when my two brothers saw it, they were also asking me to buy it for them as too.

I used to think reading was just a hobby to do when you’re bored, but with time I’ve come to realize that it actually helps me in many ways.