Weekly Wrap-up – March 8th, 2020

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Happy Sunday, y’all! I’ve had a fun morning filming and editing a new video for my YouTube channel. This was my second choice for thumbnail, and I think it’s too hilarious not to use somewhere.

It’s been a strange week for me as I’ve been sick and my moods have been all over the place, but fortunately, I’m feeling better now. I actually have more energy now than when I was experiencing the worse of my oxcarbazepine withdrawal.

From this point on, I’m going to be doing my weekly wrap-ups through my YouTube channel, but of course, I’ll continue to link them here. Keep scrolling for my favorite links of this week!


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Weekend Update – March 1st, 2020

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I’m finally back!

It’s been a much longer hiatus than I thought it would be, but it feels so nice to finally be back to blogging! My mental health is in a better place now that my psychiatrist has weaned me off the oxcarbazepine and upped my dose of Wellbutrin. The withdrawal process was rough. I missed a lot of work, had bad side effects, and felt foggy for the few weeks that it took to reduce and finally stop taking my daily dose. It was worth it though because now I have a clear mind and enough energy to get things done.

I uploaded my very first YouTube video last night, and I have an afternoon of filming planned out for today. I need to figure out what to do with my arms while I’m on camera. No wonder most people rely on holding up books!

I got a bonus at work in February, and I used some of it to sign up for a variety of subscription boxes. I love subscription boxesI’ve always been the type of person to love surprises, and it’s like opening birthday presents all month! My actual birthday is March 19th, so most of my first boxes from these companies will be arriving around my birthday, so I’m super stoked about that. I’ll do unboxings on my YouTube channel, but here’s a random sample of boxes you’ll be seeing soon: Owlcrate, Unplugged, Therabox, and FabFitFun.

For my birthday weekend, my boyfriend and I are going up to Charlottesville, VA for the Virginia Festival of the Book. It’s my very first book event, and I’m so excited! I’m going to film and photograph as much as I can so that I can share the experience with you guys! We’re still figuring out which days we’ll be there (Saturday for sure, at least) since it’s only a couple of hours away, but even more than the book festival I’m loving the idea of seeing mountains again. I miss them so much.

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I’ve been living in Virginia Beach for years now, and it’s definitely not the place where I want to spend my life. I need those mountains I just mentioned. However, I did get to explore a few new-to-me places this past weekend with a friend, and finding cute and fun places to go definitely makes living here less terrible.

We went to Leaping Lizard Cafe, which had so much of an Asheville vibe that it cured a bit of my homesickness! The food is all high-quality and at a really doable price. My doctor recently recommended that I try going gluten-free for both my bipolar disorder and PCOS, so it was lovely being able to go to a restaurant where I had a ton of options.

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Asparagus and goat cheese omelet. I didn’t eat the bread, but everything else was amazing.
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A completely raw chocolate peanut butter pie that blew my mind.
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Mimosa, of coursa!

We also went to one of the most beautiful plant shops I’ve ever seen. McDonald Garden Center was full of all types of healthy plants and it smelled amazing just walking through them all. In the past, I’ve killed every plant I’ve ever had very quickly, but I’m determined to keep all four of the ones I bought alive (which shouldn’t be too hard; all but one is either a succulent or an air plant)!  If I manage to keep everything alive until the end of March, I’m going to allow myself to get a larger, cat-safe houseplant.

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I want to thank all of you for being patient during the hiatus! You guys make all of this so much fun to do!




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Weekend Update – 4 Jan 2020

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The first few days of 2020 have been… interesting. Not quite what I was expecting.

I received a book from a publisher that made me realize that the reason I often feel burned out is due to overstretching what I’m actually capable of, both mentally and physically.

Fuel Your Fire

I received a copy of Fuel Your Fire: 200 Ways to Instantly Beat Burnout and Reignite Your Passion from Adams Media at the very end of 2019. It was the very second book that I read this year.

I’m so glad to have read this book when I did. 

I’ve talked before about burnout. Burnout, in all areas of my life, is something that I deal with pretty much constantly. While reading Fuel Your Fire, I suddenly realized why.

I set my expectations of myself much too high and overstretch myself between large projects that I have no time or energy to complete. 

At the end of December, I announced that I was going to be posting my first BookTube video on the first of January and that didn’t happen. The reason that it didn’t happen was that I made that commitment before knowing how to edit videos. Which, as it turns out, is pretty damn hard for a complete beginner.

I have a tendency to get ahead of myself and commit to way too much at once. I’ll take a look at what I want to accomplish without taking into account the fact that I still have to work a full-time job, spend time with my loved ones, take care of myself, do chores and errands, and, you know, live. 

I love this blog, and yes, I’m still planning on uploading that BookTube video as soon as I figure out how the hell to edit it properly. At the same time, however, I need to be realistic. I can’t commit to posting fifteen articles and reviews a week, three videos a week, maintain social media constantly, and still have time to do everything else that needs to be done in my life.

Now, don’t take this to mean that this is the end of my blog. What I can commit too is posting a couple of reviews per week as I finish books and a few unique articles every week. Once I teach myself how in the hell to edit a video, I’m pretty sure I can commit to one BookTube video a week. Those goals are realistic.

I’ll have a review of Fuel Your Fire coming soon, but I wanted to take this time to just write about the revelation that this book woke up in me. Our world today is a constant whirlwind of information, to-do lists, and activities, and it’s so easy to forget that you can’t do everything. I’d rather be able to relax and enjoy life rather than constantly stressing about the next thing I need to get done. I doubt I’m the only person going through this.


Do you ever find yourself over-committing or feeling burned out? Let me know what you do to combat those feelings down in the comments. Let’s work through this together.





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Thoughts

This past week, my blog hit 10,000 overall views since I started it back in September. I’m also nearing 1,000 subscribers, and my mind is absolutely blown by all of this. It’s surreal.

I started Read Yourself Happy because I was lonely and didn’t have any bookish friends to talk to in the city where I’m currently living. I wanted to share my love of reading and discuss books I read. A blog seemed like the perfect way to do that.

Since September, this website has become one of the most important parts of my life. While my day job is mind-numbingly boring and I spend my days getting screamed at by angry customers (I work in an insurance-related call center), my days off and nights are filled with writing, reading, and digitally connecting with so many new, wonderful people.

It’s hard for me to believe that there are people who enjoy my content and regularly read my blog. It’s wonderful but just doesn’t seem real sometimes. However, I am so, so, so thankful to every single person who has read a review, liked a post, or left a comment. It means the absolute world to me and has been a bright spot over the last few months when I’ve been struggling with job-related burnout and dealing with my bipolar diagnosis.

I love all of you guys so much. You’re all bringing so much joy to my life.

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Bookish Spotlight

I recently discovered the book blog Novel & Waffles, and everything about Kat’s blog is amazing. The aesthetic of the entire website is delightful, and her content is on point. For an example of what I mean, check out her review of Marie Lu’s Champion.

Here are a few articles from Novel & Waffles to get you started:


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Things I Love


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(Note: I apparently forgot to post a Friday Wrap-up last week, so this will be a little longer than usual.)




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Thoughts

I’m not sure what I want to talk about here this week. This past week has been a mental struggle for me. The thing that drives me crazy about being bipolar and that has driven me nuts long before my diagnosis, is the inconsistencies of my mood. It’s exhausting to wake up and not know if you’re going to be super motivated and productive that day, or so depressed that you can barely get out of bed. I’m constantly thankful for the support I have from friends and co-workers though.

Since Ian and I are moving at the end of the month (same city, just new place), I’m slowly starting to organize, purge, and pack. I hate moving (who doesn’t?), but I love unpacking. I always start packing way before moving day, and by the time I get around to unpacking everything, it’s almost like opening presents because I’ve forgotten where everything is.

I hope all of y’all have had a good week, and are doing something fun this weekend! Let me know in the comments what you’re currently reading!


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Things I Love

  • After we finished watching Star Trek: Discovery, Ian got to pick the next show we watch, and he chose AMC’s Into the Badlands. I’d never heard of it before, but holy shit, it’s incredible. It’s post-apocalyptic, has martial arts and sword fighting, a cacophony of styles and cultures, and lots of gore. It’s exactly the sort of television show that I’d like. I’m upset there are only three seasons though.
  • I desperately want this crystal dragon artwork to hang on my wall from artist Katie O’Neill. All of StrangelyKatie’s art is amazing. If it looks familiar to you, she’s the artist behind The Tea Dragon Society.
  • The region of the mid-Atlantic where I live is miserably hot for 70% of the year (one of the reasons Ian and I are looking to move far, far north), but one of the few things that makes it a little better are the spring and summertime thunderstorms. I missed thunderstorms when I lived in Asheville, NC because we rarely got them. I’ve always loved thunderstorms, and there are few things better than watching lighting over the ocean.

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