Taking Stock: January 2017

Hello loves! 

This is the first taking Stock post of the year and I plan to be more consistent with these. 2016 was not exactly pleasant for a lot of people. Here’s praying that 2017 turns out to be a great year and way better for everyone. 

So here goes…

Making: Freezer dinners. They are a way to help me save and make sure that I don’t go hungry. I can be pretty indecisive when it comes to food sometimes, so double win for me.

Cooking: More pasta. With tons of cheese. 

Drinking: A lot of water. It’s funny because the weather isn’t even hot but I can’t seem to help myself. 

Reading: Biostatistics and Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella. 

Wanting: to fix my sleep pattern. My circadian rhythm is out of control. 

Looking: forward to February. January has been so long. 

Playing: nothing really. I’m good with the silence. 

Deciding: to be more minimalistic with everything. I tend to hold on to stuff for too long and I think it’s bordering on hoarding. 

Wishing: that the world was a better place. Sounds cliche but really it’s tiring turning on the news and feeling every time like the world is going to shit. 

Enjoying: My Alone time. 

Waiting: for when I get to see my husband again. 

Wondering: if I’d look good with a faux lip ring or nose ring. 

Loving: A lot of things. I can’t seem to pick just one thing. I’m really grateful. 

Hoping: that things turn out for the best soon. 

Watching: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 1. I’m still not sure if I like it or not. It’s just really silly and a tad annoying. And Adult Swim. 

Needing: to plan my time better and figure out a proper schedule.

Smelling: like coconut oil most of the time. 

Wearing: warm fuzzy boots because my feet can’t stand the cold at the moment.

Knowing: that I’m where I need to be right now ❤. 

Thinking: about how and where I can get new outfit pieces on sale. 

Bookmarking: Nothing really. I’m actually clearing out old bookmarks. I had like a 100 old things lined up in my browser I didn’t even need. I’m such a tab hopper it’s annoying.

Preparing: for new beginnings and sunshine. 

Giggling: at my own cheeks. Then they look funnier and make me giggle more. Haha. 

Reading Challenge 2017

I’m not about making resolutions per se anymore. I’ve got two New Years and my birthday and every Sunday for do overs. I could wake up at 12 o’clock and decide to start something new. I’m all about being a better person each day, any time. 

I do set goals however, (duh!) and try my best to achieve them. Last year, I challenged myself to read 100 books but what with school, moving, starting a family, there was no way I was going to complete it. I barely even went passed 10%. Shame!

This year, I’m trying to read 50 books for my challenge this year.  But January is almost halfway gone and I’ve spent all this time binge-watching tons of silly stuff on Netflix. God help me. I don’t have any specific criteria on what books I want to focus on, although I am leaning towards more fiction this year. I need to unwind without thinking too much. 

I noticed for the first time that there are tons of reading challenge ideas floating around on the internet. Like this one from PopSugar that @thegirldorian on twitter showed me:


“A story within a story”? Lol, I have no idea how many books fall under that category. 

Personally, I just log in my progress into my Goodreads account. I’m open to recommendations from my fellow book lovers and if any happen to fit into any of the categories above, I’m willing to give it a shot. 

Id like to know what your reading challenge is like for the year, assuming you have any in particular. What’s on your shelf? 

Until next time loves, 

Hadiza❤