Summer Reading List- My Top Picks

My favorite topic to talk about is literally books.

All books.

Books are love, books are life.

Seriously though, Summer is coming and that means beach trips, time off and hours to spend doing nothing but reading. I thought, why not make a list of my top summer reads?! These are all books that I have read and highly recommend.

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1. Girl, Stop Apologizing- Rachel Hollis

This book is Phenomenal. By page three of the introduction, Rachel is already spitting fire.

“Embracing the Idea that you can want things for yourself even if nobody else understands the whys behind them is the most freeing and powerful feeling in the world.”

Yes Rachel, YES! Everyone out there has a dream, goal, hope, or aspiration and this book gives you the motivation and literally a guide on how to get there. I highly recommend this book to be at the top of your list.

2. A Cook’s Tour- Anthony Bourdain

This book guys. It’s non-fiction which I don’t read a significant amount of, but this is one I will continue to reread. Anthony’s personality shines through in this descriptive book about his quest to find the “Perfect Meal”. It almost feels like I am there with him. It really does take you to another world, which isn’t what happens in most non-fiction books. If you have ever watched any of his shows, the way he talks in this book is exactly like that.

3. The Proposal- Jasmine Guillory

A cute chick- lit book that would make my momma and grandma blush if they picked it up. I read this in less than two days because I did NOT want to put it down. The writing is phenomenal and the story is so sweet. It is a little…steamy… but I thought it gave the book another element that made it even better.

4. The Vacationers- Emma Straub

At first, I really did not like this book. It took me multiple attempts to get into, only because the POV changed without warning in the middle of chapters. One minute you were in the mom’s point of view, then all of a sudden, three sentences into a paragraph you were in the gay best friends thoughts. By the third chapter though, I was in love. It’s excellent and I enjoyed the character development as well as the plot of the story as a whole. The ending is sure to make you smile, guaranteed.

5. My Favorite Half-Night Stand- Christina Lauren

Sort of a nerdy, fun, chick-lit novel based in California. I was skeptical, but decided to use a credit I had on Audible and give it a whirl. I was not disappointed in the least. It is an excellent book from the two main characters POV’s, delving deep into the drama, awkwardness, and questioning that sleeping with your best friend is bound to cause.

What is a book you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments!

-Sierra

A Day In Columbus-Things to Do and Eat.

Howdy!

I love living in Columbus, Ohio. The sports are great, the food scene is the best out there and just keeps getting better, and the craft brew is abundant. I figured, why not make a post dedicated to my beautiful city? Here are some places to stop by and some things to do if you’re ever in Columbus and find yourself needing some ideas.

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  • Fox In The Snow Cafe- This is my favorite coffee shop in all of Columbus. The people are friendly, the vibes are awesome and the coffee and pastries are to die for. My favorite order: The New Orleans Iced Coffee and Egg Sandwich.

They have three locations: German Village, Italian Village, and New Albany.

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  • The Book Loft- Holy cow guys. If you are a reader like me, this place is heaven. 32 rooms stuffed to the brim with new books, almost all discounted. They have every book you could think of and getting to each room, and out for that matter is like a giant puzzle. I could, and have, spent hours here. It just feels magical being surrounded by books on all sides.

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  • Stauf’s Coffee Roasters- This is another awesome coffee shop. Their coffee beans are literally to die for. I like buying them in bulk and then using them for my french press coffee in the mornings. They have an awesome selection of roasts when you are getting black coffee, and I absolutely love their cold brew.

    They have three locations: Grandview, German Village, The North Market

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  • Dirty Franks- Holy cow. My mouth is watering just looking at the food above. This place has the BEST hotdogs, french fries, tater tots and corn dogs around. They have a pretty stellar tap list as well. The best part? It is so stinking inexpensive. I get a beer, two hot dogs, and fries and the man gets a pop, a corn dog, a hot dog and tater tots and our meal is only like 23.00! How crazy is that?! For those of you who are vegan/vegetarian, their veggie dogs are so good they have literally won awards.

I hope you all have enjoyed this post about a few things to do in Columbus! Leave a comment telling me your favorite thing to do in your city!

Adios!

Whole30- Seven Day Review

Hey guys!

I totally plan to write another blog post about writing this week but I feel like my life has been overtaken by Whole30. Totally in a good way…. mostly…probably…

So I am now on day eight, and let me just tell you, seven days of no sweets, or mac and cheese, or burgers has been downright hard. About every ten minutes I am craving something new. Right now it’s a cinnamon roll, mac and cheese and a giant double cheeseburger from Five Guys. Last night all I wanted was to take all of the icing off of the cakes at the grocery story and eat it. I haven't gone this long without sugar in I can’t tell you how long.

It’s gotten easier with my main meals and snacks and figuring out what to eat for sure. The hard part is when I’m crying at the grocery store because I want all of these things I can’t have. It sounds pathetic but it truly is a mind game, at least that’s how I feel. I can’t have sweets and that’s all I want. I can’t have anything greasy and now it’s all I can think about. I have dreams about cupcakes and cheese sticks. It sucks man.

Real talk, I don’t eat mac and cheese, or cheese sticks, or icing, or cinnamon rolls or any of this junk every day or once a week, or even once a month. I eat unbelievably clean unless it’s a cheat meal. It’s weird having all of these cravings for things I literally never eat. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m used to being able to say, “Hey I am cheating, let’s go get doughnuts.” I can't say that right now.

On the positive side:

I will say that my head feels so clear, I am not bloated in the slightest, and I have so much energy. These things have been awesome benefits to this whole30 thing and they are what’s keeping me going. Well that and I can’t quit when I am literally documenting this for the whole internet to follow.

I am very anxious/ excited to weigh in when this is all over.

Another side note, I have been SO SICK. I am really excited to see how I feel when I am back at 100% and crushing my workouts and doing this Whole30 thing.

Okay that’s all for now.

Adios amigos!

So You Want To Be An Author- Day Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven and Twelve

Hey there!

I hope your new years is off to an excellent start!

I wanted to give you all an update of how this book is going since I have clearly missed a few days….ooops.

I haven’t done a ton of writing lately but I have gotten a lot of the key components squared away in my notebook. I have an outline, the names of places, the names of some of the characters and even some of their characteristics/mannerisms figured out, it is all coming together slowly but surely! Dreaming this stuff up is how I stay sane at work to be honest. It also helps immensely that I follow so many amazing authors on blogs and instagram.

BUT…

I wish I had more actually written. If I had to be totally truthful, and I like to be on here, I have been a little..upset with my work? Is that the term I am looking for? I just reread what I already have written and it just flat out makes me so sad. Am I that bad of an author? Why do I spell so horribly that not even auto correct can save me? Why is my grammar like a four year olds? WHY? WHY? WHY?

I have read a lot of blog posts though, that say to not get discouraged over your first draft, and to NEVER REREAD IT. Not until you are done writing it at least. I am going to try that from this point forward. I’ll keep you all posted.

My goal is to have the first three chapters done this month and I am not sure if I am on pace to hit that goal or not. I do have a few days off coming up where I am going to literally lock myself in my office and just write until I have no more word flow. I am also going to make sure I have an abundance of snacks and coffee. (DUH)

I will be back on in a day or two with another update. You guys rock.

-Sierra

Thankful lil Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope your day is filled with family, memories and lots of excellent food.

I wanted to jump on here for a moment and share a few things that I am thankful for. 2018 has been a wonderful year full of growth, opportunities and friendships that unfortunately I take for granted sometimes. Not today though, because I have so much to be thankful for.

  1. Having the most wonderful boyfriend. He listens, teaches, forgives and loves me and I am so grateful for him and all that he does.

  2. My family. We have gone through a lot these past three years and that has just helped to strengthen our bond. I don’t know where I would be without their love and support.

  3. My doggo. I love my June dog and how she can make me happy even on my saddest of days.

  4. Coffee and books. I am thankful for them because they keep me sane.

  5. Finding the job I have now and leaving a toxic one behind. I was mistreated and emotionally abused at my last corporate position, and on the verge of losing my job for reasons I didn’t understand. I am now at a new company where I have been treated like I matter and have had the best managers literally ever.

  6. My friends. I have lost a few this year but from the friends I have lost, I have gained so many more. I am thankful for them abundantly.

  7. Traveling. I have gotten to travel all over the Untied States this year, and even out of it for the first time. I have gained so many memories and experiences that I am incredibly grateful for.

What are you thankful for?

-Sierra

P.S. Eat some pie for me.