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Let's Talk - Reading & Writing

March 10, 2018

Happy Saturday readers, hope you're all well!

So another Let's Talk segment has come upon us and this week I have a treat for you bookworms out there, because the topic today is all about Reading & Writing!

I have another 3 amazing writers joining me today so say hello to:

Lauren: @Imlaurenbate on Twitter and her blog can be found at https://diaryofaspanglishgirl.com/

Lucy: @Lifeofluce on Twitter and her blog can be found at https://lifeofluce.com/

Kaya: @Kayalaroche on Twitter and her blog can be found at http://www.earningbythesea.co.uk/

Lauren's thoughts: "Reading is so important. There is a reason there is a bookcase on show in my new home. Please, I don’t care how busy you are today, make sure you read. A magazine. A book. It doesn’t matter. Just make sure you do. Books really have changed my life. Growing up, I spent my days at the library, so much so that my family called me Matilda. With the power of books, I have travelled the world, I’ve learnt a second language. I have bettered myself. We all have time for that, right? 

There are two books that sit on my bookcase that I grab at every possibility. The Humans of New York Stories and The Lonely Planet Ultimate Travelist. If there’s something you should know about me, it’s this: I’m a dreamer. I long for a better world. I want to see the good in people. Brandon Stanton highlights the importance of this. He always works to find the unsung heroes. Those that are struggling yet are still good people. For that, I am always lifted to read some of the everyday heroes in New York. 

For something a little less emotional and a little more fun, I reach for The Ultimate Travelist. The Ultimate Travelist is filled with such gorgeous photos and information of some of the best places on Earth. If that doesn’t give you a desire to see the world, I don’t know what will. My biggest dream is to open a Lonely Planet book and see my photo and my article. Every page gives me a sense of wanderlust. El mundo necesita ser descubierto. 

But what about writing? Shouldn’t we be doing more of that too? Sure, you write a tweet or a quick Facebook update but you can do so much more. You can do better. I have been using the One Second Everyday app for over a year now, and even though this is a video app, it has sparked my creativity for writing once more. There is a diary entry option and making use of this feature has changed my outlook on life. No, really. I was struggling with my mental health. I was looking for direction in life, I needed a reminder that I was worthy. I needed a reminder that the days aren’t bleak. Jotting down the highlights of my day and tracking how I feel or having a monologue rant has been one of the biggest steps to my recovery. I challenge you to write in a diary, just one thing a day that has made your day better. Writing has the power to save us. Escape. Let it go. Like they say in Mean Girls “You let it out, honey. Write in the book.” You can do this."

Lucy's thoughts: "When I was a child, I absolutely loved reading. I remember my grandparents refused to buy me books, after a particular incident of reading all of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory in less than three hours! So after this, I got handed a library card to my local library, (which has since been knocked down if that's anything to go by!) and got told I could bring home as many books as I wanted. I even brought home tape audio books for when I was feeling extra lazy. 

After this, once I hit about 10, like most kids born in the nineties I become obsessed with Harry Potter, I’d just read the series in a loop, never getting bored! As I matured, I moved onto Jacqueline Wilson and the Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging series (The film has a different name, FYI!)

From my love of reading as a child, I've always wanted to be able to sit down and write my own novel. However, every time I've done this, I've just got completely sidetracked and lost all motivation after a day or two. So for me, blogging was the perfect outlet. Blogging allows you to frequently change topics so I don't get bored. And no blog post has to be longer than a few hundred words if you don't want it to be! Plus I still get to write and be creative, just in a different way.

One day when I'm older I would like to achieve my goal of writing a novel. But for now, I feel like I'm far too distracted by fashion and beauty trends, as well as all the amazing opportunities joining the blogging world brings."

Kaya's thoughts: " I am excited to be part of this week’s ‘Let’s Talk’ series, so thank you for having me!

I spend much of my time writing , mostly about personal finance as my blog features ways to ‘Make and Save Money at Home’. Helping others to take control of their finances is something I am extremely passionate about, and I would like to help as many people as possible to achieve financial freedom. I’ve never kept a journal as such other than blogging, but I enjoy looking back at blog posts to see how my writing has developed, and how much life has changed over the years. As much as I enjoy writing and creating content for my blog I also really enjoy reading.

I have fond memories of my parents reading to me as a child and I developed a love for literature from a young age. My favourite book growing up was ‘Adventures of The Wishing - Chair’ by Enid Blyton and I still love the book all of these years later, and now enjoy reading it with my daughter. Another book we absolutely love reading together is ‘A Necklace Of Raindrops’.

Many of the books that I read focus on spirituality and personal growth which are things that really interest me. The book that I keep on my bedside table and pick up most days is ‘Raise Your Vibration’ by Kyle Gray, which is a great introduction to spiritual practices, and includes 111 ways to increase your spiritual connection. I am also reading ‘Peace is Every Step’ by Thich Nhat Hanh which is beautifully written and teaches us how to change even the most stressful circumstances into a positive experience.

I make finding the time for reading a priority and it is top of my list when I know I need some self-care. Well maybe second on the list after a ‘Lush’ bath.."

My thoughts: "Ah books, sadly I don't read all that often unless the odd fitness magazine and chickflick on Wattpad counts? Growing up I was a sucker for Jaqueline Wilson books, being particularly fond of any books that were about young girls that didn't fit in much because I truly identified with that. This was up to being about 14 years old when my taste changed and I developed a serious obsession for the Twilight series.

Yes I was that kid you'd see in the library reading Twilight: New Moon gasping and being obsessed vampires or werewolves. This didn't really go away until for a year or so and then I just seemed to stop reading physical books, I was so invested in my school work I stopped reading and started loving writing.

So what do I write? Well if you're reading this then my blog counts for one, but I also like to write poetry and short stories in my spare time. If you kept up with my Blogmas series you'll know I wrote a short Christmas story about a girl getting a very special gift from Mr Claus, little things like that are what I like to do.

As well as those I write a lot on social media, chances are you're reading this from a Twitter link which means you maybe follow my Twitter and you'll probably know I'm ALWAYS on there! To me writing is something that allows me to express myself and share thoughts that others may or may not share.

This Let's Talk section is possibly my most active and consistent writing opportunity at the moment and I love it, I'm always looking for people to join in as well if they love writing!"

So there you have it! Our Reading & Writing segment for the week, if you love reading or writing let us know what you're looking at or working on! Join me again next week for another segment of Let's Talk and in the meantime have a good week.


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  1. Thank you for having me! I loved reading about your passion for writing. I have never read the twilight series so I might have to give it a go! I think every girl in the 90’s had a Jacqueline Wilson book or too — I remember my parents bought me the entire book box set for Christmas. Such a great gift!!! Xx