Book of The Month : September 2018

When I made my Barnes & Noble order back in June I stumbled across this newer release that looked perfect for what I have been in to reading currently and with a title like Girl, Wash Your Face,  how could I not be drawn in!

Even in reading the Introduction for the book I was hook! Rachel Hollis is witty, funny and REAL! Reading just the short introduction made me feel like I was talking to a friend and getting the full honest thoughts from her. I was sold and included this in my order.

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If you haven’t heard of this awesome book then here is your first introduction!

This is me telling you to go out and get this book whether you read it in book form, on your electronic device or listen to it as an audio book, this is something great for all women to read!

 

I love how raw and real Rachel is throughout the entire book and each chapter is all about lies we tell ourselves and how this is so detrimental to each of our journeys to happiness.

One of the biggest chapters that resonated with me was in the very beginning of the book highlighting the lie: ” I’ll Start Tomorrow”. The moment I read this I couldn’t help but think of how true this is for me and how I say this all the time to myself! I always set my self start dates and when it doesn’t work out or when I get to that point and I don’t want to any more I extend it out and so the “I’ll Start Tomorrow” lie becomes an ever revolving cycle! In the chapter Rachel really lays it out bluntly and honestly- if we can break our promises with ourselves so easily then how can we keep promises to other-our friends, our family members, our kids.

Let that sink in for a minute.

 If we can break our promises with ourselves so easily then how can we keep promises to other-our friends, our family members, our kids.

That is a profound idea that really stuck out to me and struck a cord with me! Because it was so true! And then I thought about all of the times that I have ditched on plans and made up excuses not to go see friends or help with different events or anything of that sort because I just didn’t want to. That was because I had created a habit of breaking promises with myself and now it was trickling over because that was the learn standard I was setting for myself! After reading that I sat for a long time just considering how incredible this idea is and how I needed to make some changes in my life and you better bet I started with me first and I am happy to report that I have been to the gym every day this week and I am head to an event this weekend where I don’t know a lot of people because I told my friend I would go-so damn it I’m going!

This book as even more to offer and I highly, highly, highly recommend this to any young lady struggling with the lies that we all tell ourselves!

Remember you can create your own happiness and you have control of your life!

Have you read this great read from Rachel Hollis? What did you think? What was your favorite part? Leave me a comment and let me know!

 

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Growth I Have Seen In Myself

As I have shared a lot of the reason I have this blog is not only a creative outlet but also to help me document moments in my life that have changed me to help me become a happier and healthier me!

Sometimes it isn’t the until a challenge presents itself when growth is seen and it’s surprising because it all sinks in at once.

A few weeks ago I was presented with a difficult person. This person wouldn’t let up and just kept slinging words at me left and right. It began to bubble over to the point they were inches from my face yelling and screaming at me.

The old Courtney would have spouted right back. She would have stood taller and attempted to look down on this other person. She would have retorted back in an even harsher tongue. She wouldn’t have let this person forget her and learn to never cross her again.

However a new Courtney emerged. She remained calm and was handled this person with a soft hand, attempting to deescalate the problem rather than adding fuel to the fire. She lowered her voice and with grace explained her reasoning.

This interaction was so much of an outer body experience for me I couldn’t even believe I had just handled that situation the way I had! But once the moment had come and gone and I was reflecting on the moment I couldn’t help but to think of how proud I was of myself for this positive change.

I really have grown and seeing that change in my mind is possible is so overwhelmingly amazing. I have been working hard on finding better ways to manage my stress and I have been trying to journal more. I have found that reading new and different self improvement books have really made an impact as well. It truly is the simple things that have been making the biggest difference.

The other big moment was learning that I need to let go of the things I cannot control. It can be difficult at times but once you have released the hurt, the hate, the anxious feeling and realized that there is a plan in place you really feel liberated.

Remember you are a work in progress and you can change.

I wasn’t sure it was possible as an adult but I’m seeing more and more that I can grow and change more than I ever though possible. I always thought “that’s just how I am, deal with it”, but in fact I can change and I can grow!

I cannot wait to see how much more I can change and how much more satisfied I can be life! Just a short few months ago I was down and down deep. I had reached a point of unhappiness that I didn’t realize was achievable especially when I felt I was such and optimistic person and such a happy person. But now I see a brighter light and I know that my sparkle is back!

Always keep growing and always keep your sparkle bright!

Book of the Month : August 2018

I hope you all are enjoying this series as much as I am!

I have had a lot of serious and self empowerment books but I promise I will start to include some other fiction that I also enjoy reading just stay tuned!

This months book is Begin Again by Leeana Tankersley.

I found this through an Instagram account I follow @weightlosshero. She was posting to her Insta-stories one of the pages from the book and I thought it looked like a great read! I ordered it from Barnes and Noble Market place and with in two weeks had it in hand and ready to read!

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I have really love reading this book! It’s been such an eye opener about not only taking a hard look at myself but also that it’s ok to not be on all the time and that perfect anything is unachievable no matter how hard we try.

The whole of this book is all related around the title of beginning again and even when we have hit the bottom of the bottom we can always begin again. We have the ability to start something fresh as soon as we are ready to accept that whatever it was didn’t go as planned or didn’t go perfectly. We can always begin again!

This has been such a monumental notion for me because I struggle constantly when things don’t go just right. I tend to fall and then continue on the downward path rather than taking a moment and beginning again.

I have loved the message so much from this book and I have felt like it has so much meaning in my life personally. I am becoming more self aware of how I get down on myself and when things don’t go perfectly how I want them to.

I enjoy the realness that Leeana shares in this book about her honest struggles and fears. I find that this openness in her book allows myself as a reader to feel a connection on a level of no being alone in these difficult moments. But as it’s reiterated throughout the whole book we must pause, breath and begin again!

I highly recommend this book!

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Book of the Month : July 2018

 I hope you all are loving book of the month as much as I am! I have found it so nice to take some time away and get caught up on some much needed reading!

The book this month is one I found in the sale bin at Barnes and Noble. The light blue cover and title stuck out to me the most.

This month’s book of the month is Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

I didn’t know that this book is a series of short essay’s from Mindy about her career in television, her love life and the different struggles she faced to make it where she has. The best part of this book to me is the feeling while reading is that you are just purely having a conversation with Mindy.

There are so many funny references and jokes and just so much realness throughout the whole book I found it hard to put it down. One of the chapters even goes through a typical day in her life with photo’s included. And let me just say she is a busy woman!

The bits I loved most about this book is that throughout the whole of it she talks about how she overcomes stereotypes of being a minority woman that doesn’t fit the typical Hollywood type yet she has worked hard, busted her butt and gained the confidence to get to where she is now! She has faced adversity and people telling her no but with help from friends and confidence she has overcome and become not only a successful writer but also the star of her own TV show The Mindy Project.

In the final chapter titled “Why Not Me?”, Mindy talks about how she found her confidence and how it has helped her and for other young women to believe in themselves and to push to follow their dreams you can make it too.

I really enjoy this witting and spunky book of essays! I find it fun and so real! I hope you get a chance to check it out and let me know your thoughts!

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Where Did June Go?

This month has been slipping by! It’s been one busy week after another with work and I have been struggling to keep up with my posting schedule. I’m hopping to jump back into it all this week and refocus on this and make my posting much more consistent.

But in the mean time Curvy E Chronicles has hit

100 followers

and I am so incredibly humbled and blown away! Thank you for taking the time to read through all of my scattered thoughts and all of the crazy antics I have listed here! I am so incredibly grateful for all of the love and support on this little adventure and I really hope to see this grow into something bigger and better as time goes on!

I will be getting back to a regular posting schedule soon and I am working on organizing my home office better so that I can work on it more at home as well!

 

Again I am soooooo thankful for all of you who take part in the Curvy E Chronicles!

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Book of the Month : June 2018

 

I really am loving being able to do this new series that is also so beneficial to me and my mental health! After all the Curvy E Chronicles is about a journey to a happier, healthier me!

This month’s book is Kind is the New Classy by Candace Cameron Bure.

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A friend of mine posted a photo of the cover of this book on her Instagram and the title grabbed me, it sounded like the perfect book for me! So a week later I took a trip to Barnes & Noble to find my next book of the month.

Now when I was looking through the sections at Barnes & Noble I really honestly thought that this book would be in the self empowerment area. So I spent about 30 minutes looking through each shelf and each section but couldn’t find it! I was about to be really bummed because then I would have to order online and wait for it to come in and well I really wanted to get started on it so I didn’t want to have to wait (instant gratification moment here). But I asked for help and they pointed me in the direction of the religion section. This kind of caught me off guard just because that wasn’t my first thought when I wanted to pick up this book but either way I found it and I was excited to start reading it.

This brings me to my first point with this book. It is very heavy with versus from the Bible and Candace talking about her faith as a Christian. Now this can be too much and a turn off for some, but for me I appreciate her outlook through out the entire book and how she shares her faith with the reader; agreeing to disagree and knowing what is important to her might not be important to others. It’s not preachy or forceful it’s just about her. And the reason I wanted to highlight this as a first point in because I know everyone has their own religious views and sometimes a book like this isn’t going to be a good fit for everyone so just a heads up.

Now with that being said I want to share one of the many quotes I found in the book that just stood out to me to be so real and true and amazing!

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“Opinions are just that: opinions. They are personal, but a person is always far more than their intellectual stances, and every person is always worthy of respect, even if we don’t agree with their views.”

How powerful is that statement!

The world we live in today is all to quick to judge and to hate just because another individual shares a different belief or opinion. I just don’t understand where we lost the ability to agree to disagree. Having a civilized conversation about two apposing sides is almost unheard of any more which is sad but isn’t that where ideas are form and if we all agreed wouldn’t this make life boring?

I mean after all having different opinions is what allows us to be unique and individual.

The real skill is when you can respect another opinion even if you don’t agree with it or believe.

I am absolutely loving this book and think it has so many great points on being a kind and classy person! If we all took a moment to put kindness first and lead with a kind heart imagine how much of the world we can change!

I don’t want to spoil anymore of the book but just know it’s worth the read!

What should I read next? I’m looking for any great book recommendations if you have them! Comment below!

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Book of the Month : May 2018

So I want to start a new series going into the second year of the Curvy E Chronicles!

On the first Friday of every month I want to highlight a book I am reading! I am trying really hard to read more and spend more time on making a better me! I started this blog one year ago to help keep myself accountable for making a happier healthier me and I think reading some good books is another step in the right direction!

This month I am reading Taking Aim by Eva Shockey.

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I got this book as a gift for Christmas from my brother and I am just now getting around to reading it! I was really excited to start reading this because the main inspiration on the book cover is “Daring to be different, happier and healthier in the great outdoors.” That in itself is all I want in life so what a perfect start to this new series!

For those who don’t know Eva Shockey is a female hunter, conservationist, and television and social media phenomenon. She defies the stereotype that hunting is only for men.

Now you might not know much about hunting or the lifestyle but this book isn’t about just that, its about making a difference and daring to challenge the status quo. It’s about believing in yourself and trusting God’s plan. It’s about working hard and having the patience to know that in time all will work out!

I haven’t finished the book just yet but I have to say I am enjoying it! The message that Eva delivers is a strong one about being confident in yourself and remembering that you have so much to offer!

 

What books are you all reading right now? Do you have a favorite that I should read?

Let me know because my goal is to read one new book each month.

 

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When the Day’s Pass By

This week seems to have been going by like crazy!

Each day I feel like it’s four o’clock in the afternoon before I know it and it’s almost quitting time, then heading home to cook dinner and attempt to accomplish something before going to bed.

Before I know it, a whole week has gone by and I haven’t taken the time to just sit and put out a few thoughts!

Do you ever find this happening to you?

Do you ever feel like for no apparent reason you are already at the next weekend and didn’t realize it?

Do you think-Wow?! How is it already Friday again?

I personally look forward to Friday every week because that is the end of my week and I look forward to having time off with my husband. But there are times that this almost feels like it just flies by too fast.

Day’s begin to blur together. Remembering distinct differences about each day goes away. Finding the shinning moment in each day disappears.

The more I think about that it makes me sad, because I know there are so many beautiful things that happen just in a day that I need to focus more on. I need to pick out the beautiful moments, the shinning moments, the ones that make each day unique.

Wish for the next weekend and for the next Friday to come is no way to live. Because in fact you aren’t living-you are wishing your precious time away.

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to wish my time away! I want to spend every moment embracing all there is to live and be happy about!

Today I stumbled upon a post with a link to a song called:

“Fear is a Liar” By Zach Williams

I played it twice over and all I thought was that I really needed to hear this song today. Doubt and fear are heavy things to carry around with you every day. This morning I for some reason was just having a rough time. I was down on myself I was just plain down. I couldn’t tell you one particular reason or anything specific that was getting to me. But after listening to this song I just couldn’t help but look at myself and think-do you really have anything to be down about? I had no real answer for my question.

But the more I thought about it, the more I just came to realize that I needed to slow down. I need to take a moment and “smell the roses”.

So I guess my whole point is that all too often we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of what we “should” do or what is “socially acceptable” and we focus less on what the really important things are that are right in from of us. We let the fear of the unknown consume us and keep us from straying off to “smell the roses”.

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I know it is easier said than done to not live in fear of what could be, might be or could have been but that is what I am going to try and accomplish! Starting today I am going to take a moment each morning and evening to thing about the one important thing in my day that stands out and that makes me smile, laugh or just feel good!

I know not everyday can be great but I know I can make every day great!!

The Best Part of Valentines Day

So many people I know loath the holiday that is

Valentines Day

I used to be one of these people.

I thought that Valentines was a holiday spent with a significant other getting notes and chocolates and flowers and surprises and all of the lovey, dovey, gooey, mushy stuff we all see in the mass media. But the truth of the matter is that’s not realistic! We all want it to be and for some it might be but for a vast majority nothing is really how it looks on TV.

In my years of adolescents I always seemed to have this unrealistic expectation that my current crush would somehow know all I wanted was a single rose just to let me know they liked me. Or I thought maybe I would finally find Mr. Right. Each year I was disappointed to get cookies from and a card from my mom and brother! Some years it would crush me as I watched my friends and their boyfriends spend time and effort and a lot of money for our age to surprise and dote on each other. I just wanted what they had! Why couldn’t someone love me enough to do those special things for me!

 

Boy, if I could go back now and tell my tween/teenage self to be patient because there would come a time when I realized that I wouldn’t need the chocolates, the cards, the flowers, the stuffed animals, the cookies and that I had the best valentines in the world growing up!

 

In my adult life I have changed my out look on Valentines day (and all holiday’s for that matter). I have decided that it’s about celebrating the love I have for all of the people in my life! The material items aren’t the important part of day’s like today! The important thing is spending time with the ones I love even if it’s a simple phone call, a text or even just a few moments together in a day.

Being a wife, a daughter, a sister, a best friend…that is where the love in my life is! And I challenge everyone to look at Valentines day differently and remember that it’s not about just having a significant other! It’s about having the ones your closest to close to you!

It’s all a matter of perspective!

 

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