Running & Reading

Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be.


I’ve had a good week. It’s pretty amazing how far eating healthy can take you. I had been eating like garbage ever since Paw Paw died. I felt bloated, tired all of the time and pimples were popping up like crazy. I haven’t had a real issue with ache in years so I knew my diet and depression were having a real impact on me.

I have finally gotten back into the swing of running! I have done 2 miles every morning for the past week. I feel so much better if I’ve gone for a run. And I’m trying to improve my speed and distance every time I run. I need to get back into doing yoga a few times a week to keep my anxiety down. It also helps with running because of the stretching element.

I went to my local library and got a library card on Sunday. I was inspired to do so by the Reading Glasses podcast. I primarily read graphic novels and books digitally and listen to audio books. I learned about the Hoopla and Overdrive app on the podcast. I wish I had known how much money I could have saved by simply having a library card!

I feel like I have fallen in love with reading again. And I am crazy excited about the books I have lined up for October. I actually got so excited I went ahead and started reading one of my spooky reads. I started We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I read The Haunting of Hill House years ago and it terrified me.

October Reads

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (this will be the 2nd time I’ve read this)
  • Five Midnights by Ann Davila Cardinal (I’m reading this for the Reading Glasses book club)
  • Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
  • Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon
  • In The Tall Grass by Stephen King & Joe Hill
  • 30 Days of Night by Steve Niles & Ben Templesmith (I have lost count of how many times I’ve read these. I reread the first three books every year)

I’m finally doing this…

My name is Hope and I have started a blog.

I use to blog and journal constantly when I was younger. There was a point in my life when I really wanted to be a writer. But somewhere along the way I completely lost my confidence in writing.

I am hoping that by committing myself to a paid blog that I will improve my writing skills. I am in the process of making major life changes and I know that writing will help me. I often find myself living in my own head but I need to get it out from time to time.

I’m starting this blog because I need to improve myself. There will not be a theme or a trend to my posts. Sometimes they will be about a great book or movie I recently absorbed. Sometimes it will be generic day to day events. Sometimes it will be about my crippling anxiety or depression.

I invite any advise and criticisms from other bloggers.

This is me.