So, I came across this today and wanted to share it with you! With a little bit of a hungover head on me this morning I watched two of the movies on this list; 10 Things I Hate About You and Save The Last Dance! Two absolute classics! And, seeing as I’m now off work for the summer (insert victory dance here!) I think I might try to watch as many of these as possible!
I haven’t watched them all before so I’m actually really looking forward to this!
If you have any recommendations for what I should watch next, do let me know!
Elizabeth is Missing is about an older woman called Maud who is suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. Throughout this book we experience her life both past and present. We travel back into Maud’s memories when she was a young girl, living at home, and trying to make sense of a family tragedy. Flash forward to the modern day, and Maud is trying very hard to comprehend the world around her. She seems to be obsessed with one thing, that Elizabeth is Missing.
The extreme confusion that Maud appears to be feeling is a very powerful observation of what it must be like to suffer from a memory related disease. Her utter confusion about everyday items such as pencils and umbrellas is very insightful. I remember when my grandfather’s memory was going and it was very difficult to watch, but how much more painful must it be to be the person experiencing it?
In the end, we come to understand where Maud gets her wires crossed, and why things such as planting marrows are important to her. Her daughter Helen and her granddaughter Katy do their best to ensure that Maud is kept safe and try to remain patient with Maud’s relentless questioning. Are all of her queries and statements just a confused old woman’s train of thought, or does Maud’s memory serve her correctly? Will she ever find out what happened to Elizabeth, and will she ever get peace from the past that haunts her?
This book is an eye-opening read. We often sit by and observe the effects of dementia, but never give much thought to the way that the individual affected by it must feel. I really enjoyed this book and was very impressed with the ending. The book will leave you confused at times. You’ll find yourself asking whether Maud’s memories can be trusted; is she a reliable narrator? Will we ever understand what happened in her past? And, where the hell is Elizabeth?!
Escaping to a place full of natural beauty has always been something that has helped me to de-stress. My places of choice usually include somewhere with lots of trees or somewhere with water. I’ve never been able to put my finger on it but these places make me feel so amazing.
Going for a walk in the woods allows me to shake off all of the stress I’ve been carrying. I love to inhale the smell of the trees around me and feel disconnected from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Going to the beach always makes me sit back, inhale deeply, and realise that whatever is troubling me is not that bad. Perhaps its the blurry line of the horizon that reminds me that I’m a teeny tiny person on this earth and that my problems are really miniscule, or perhaps its the soothing sounds of the lapping waves that just allows me to let go. The point is I have no idea why these places cast a magic de-stressing spell over me, but they do.
Being in nature really makes me feel free. I love to look at new landscapes and discover new sights. I’m the type of girl who would happily go camping in the rain instead of going to a 5* hotel, because I see it as an adventure and an invaluable way of making memories. Being disconnected from the stressful everyday is something that I think is absolutely essential. Busy has turned into something that appears to make us more valuable as people, however I am here to argue that this should not be the case.
Being busy does nothing other than add stress and pressure. Yes you may feel that you are accomplishing things each day but I feel like there is no fun to be had in the Rat Race. We were not born to work, get burnt out, keep working, eventually retire, and then die! We were born to experience life in its most amazing form. Whether that is going on breaks away to see new places, having a BBQ on sunny days in your back garden, or travelling the world with your best friends. Life is meant to be a positive experience and not one that is dominated by stress and discomfort.
Taking the time to experience nature has so many benefits. Personally, I always feel much calmer, more relaxed, and far more optimistic on days where I take the time to go out and get lost in nature. It’s got this great sense of healing that I just can’t explain. I’ve never once regretted deciding to go out for a walk or drive across the county to the sea because afterwards I always feel rejuvenated and free!
The other day I listened to a podcast on my way to work. The podcast, Adventures in Happiness by Jessica Ortner, interviewed Jean Haner in its episode entitled Clearing Negative Energy. In this episode Jean talks about the healing energy that nature has, telling us that it will cleanse away what negative energy we might be holding on to.
I listened to this podcast and felt that it resonated with me so much! I’ve listened to every single episode of this podcast to date and this episode was one I have taken a lot from! Nature, for me, is therapy. I can go into the depths of nature and do whatever it is I need to do; sometimes I might talk myself through a difficult situation, sometimes I might spend time with friends laughing, and other times I might be extremely mindful and soak up every ounce of the beauty that surrounds me.
Sometimes that beauty can be in the midst of the city. Whatever the beauty, as long as it’s natural, it is a gentle reminder that we are more than our jobs, more than our stressors, and more than we allow ourselves credit for. Nature and natural beauty allow me to be myself, wholly, truly, and completely. Unapologetically me. I can cry, laugh, sing, shout, and nature will still be there and will still be beautiful.
Do you feel that nature has a therapeutic role in your life? Let me know in the comments below!
Today the Universe taught me a lesson. Before 8am!
I got up, I went downstairs to the kitchen and applied my make up as breakfast was cooking. After I had eaten I went upstairs to brush my teeth, and because I was in a world of my own, I moisturised my face…. over my make-up… and ruined the whole thing…! Instead of freaking out and getting stressed I just laughed it off.
I was thinking about the moisturising incident on my drive to work and felt that the Universe must be telling me to try to focus more on the fun things, the funny things, the positive things. And I am so grateful for that lesson because it genuinely feels like the day just got worse from there. I can’t even go into it without wanting to cry so I’ll swiftly avoid the rest of the day and skip straight to my conclusions….
Working full time and studying = lots of stress
Life = lots of stress
Every day = good little things
Little things > Stressful times
I need to get my ass in gear and stop putting myself under so much pressure.
I need to do more of the things that make me happy.
I need to enjoy the ride.
This blog tends to get less of my attention as I’m doing assignments, which makes sense as I’m reading far more academic papers than I am books… I’ve been thinking of perhaps making this a book and lifestyle blog instead of just a book blog. I may have something interesting to say, and then again I may not! Who knows!
So, expect a bit of redecorating! I will still be posting book reviews but you may be seeing a bit more about me and my day to day life! (I apologise in advance if my life bores you!)
I’ve been exceptionally quiet here!
I have been working endlessly at college work and have not been able to read at all. I know this might sound very odd but it made me feel so resentful! I’ve been working so hard, day and night, to complete a fairly hefty project and in order to do this I had to sacrifice my reading time. Reading and writing for pleasure were deleted from my schedule; ironic given the fact that the tag line of this blog states “because there’s always time to read!”
I have been slowly reading The Master Key System each morning for 20 minutes as part of my Miracle Morning practice and am looking forward to reviewing it when I finish reading it! Fiction however was pushed to the wayside and, if I’m brutally honest, I missed it so much! It’s almost like a coping mechanism for me. You know that feeling of escape you get when you’re immersed in a fantastic book?! That’s what was missing for me! I felt as though I couldn’t escape the real world anymore. Not that the real world is a place of hurt or hate or torture for me, by any means! I simply missed the bliss of book reading! I’m glad to announce (and yes I’m announcing it because I feel like I have just climbed Everest!) that I have completed the project and can now get back to reading for pleasure as opposed to conducting interventions, researching academic journals and writing up findings! That is, until the next deadline comes a-looming!
As a reward to myself for completing the work, I’ve come to the rural coastline of the West of Ireland! A place where I have no phone reception and no internet! (Except for when I can tether my phone to someone else’s!) Why, you might ask?! To read in absolute peace and quiet!!! I’ve just finished Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult and can not wait to write up my review!
So, my fellow bookworms and bloggers, please forgive my absence! I’m back and am so glad and so grateful to be able to read and write and review again!
I’ve given up on The Man In The High Castle! It was incredibly boring! I decided to read the book because my Boyfriend started watching the TV show and said it was incredible. Naturally, as an avid reader, I assumed that the book would be better. Unfortunately for me I was very wrong. It was not to my taste at all. Different narratives were taking place within the same chapters and I was incredibly bored… not a happy happy! However, when I reached the 50% mark I made the decision to close the e-book and leave it closed. I couldn’t force myself to read a book that was not bringing me any satisfaction .
What is your stance on Giving Up? I’d love to hear what you have to say below!