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July 27, 2017

BOOKS // Monthly Wrap-Up // July, 2017.

What's up, everyone?!

Where's the time going?! What's going on? JULY IS ALMOST OVER! I mean, seriously.. something is up with the time because July flew by! Nevertheless, I managed to read 4 books this month.. crazy, right?! I was incredibly busy with life in general like always, studying like a maniac, but somehow the reading gods helped me out and I did it! And also, the books I chose for this month were all pretty great! I feel like reading wise, I haven't been having the best month and I don't know why.. maybe I was just picking the wrong books to read, but not this month!

I've finally read a classic! I've been telling myself I should read more classics and it's actually one of my Reading Resolutions for 2017, but I just didn't get around to it until this month and I loved the one I picked, which is getting me motivated to pick another one for August. I also finally got around to reading a book that has been sitting on my Kindle for ages and I honestly thought I would never get around to it - best feeling ever, right?! I know July is not over yet, but I'm sure won't be finishing another book anytime soon, so I thought I would get a jumpstart on this wrap-up!
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It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini // First book I read this month and I loved it so much! It's waaaay better than I was expecting. I've seen the movie before and I really disliked the book, but a lot of people online were recommending this as a good book for people struggling with their mental health and anxiety (ME!), so I decided to give it go. I loved this book from the start, the wiring is amazing and the author is incredibly funny. The main character was extremely relatable and sometimes it felt like he was describing exactly what I was feeling. The book is mainly about a teenage boy who studies really hard to get into a very prestigious school, and when he finally gets in her starts to deal with severe anxiety and depression, which leads him to check himself into a mental hospital. Honestly, I loved everything about it. I loved the way it shows how hard it is to explain to people (even parents and close friends) what your going through when it comes to mental health and how some people just don't get it, the way it's also extremely hard to accept your own issues and take some time out to deal with them. I also loved how all the other characters were unique and that, even though it talks about a very serious topic, I found myself laughing out loud while reading it. My heart broke a little when, after reading it, I found out the story is loosely based on the author's life and how he committed suicide not a long time ago. This book is a masterpiece and the ending was fantastic. I would HIGHLY recommend this to ANYONE, specially if you're going through a hard time with depression and anxiety (like me). 

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen // Another amazing book! I can't believe it took me this long to read this book, seriously. I'm not gonna explain the plot because it's a classic and you all should at least know what's it about, but I will say that it's sooo good, waaaaay better than I was expecting it. Since it's a classic, the English was a bit hard to understand at times, specially if English is not your first language like in my case (I'm Brazilian), but nothing major or anything like that. The plot is amazing and the characters are so unique and interesting! This made me want to take a English literature class so much! Needless to say, this gets 10 out of 10 and I'll definitely will be reading more Jane Austen for sure!

Joyride - Anna Banks // This is the book that has been sitting on my Kindle for ages, collecting digital dust and mocking me for not getting to it every month. I got this after reading Of Poseidon from the same author (read my thoughts here) - I kinda enjoyed the writing on that one, but not the plot about mermaids and all that. So, I wanted to try something else from this author and I picked up Joyride. The cover is gorgeous and tbh that's what really made me buy it in the first place. The book itself was good, but not great. I loved the fact that it portrays so much diversity, which is something I wasn't expecting from an YA novel and it's really awesome - we need more diversity in YA, that's for sure! I disliked some parts and some characters, but nothing major or that made me stop reading it. It was good and if you're already a fan of Anna Banks I would totally recommend reading it. If you're not a fan of YA, stay away - this has all the typical YA romance cliches. I like YA and I like YA cliches, so I'm giving this a 3.5/5.    

Before the Fall - Noah Hawley // This book is everywhere. I think it was a NYT bestseller or something like that and everyone has been reading it and recommending it on social media. This is usually not the type of book I go for and I'm not a big fan of reading about planes crashing since that's literally my worst fear, despite all that.. I really enjoyed it! The writing is what really sold me on it, and although I didn't like most of the characters, I really enjoy the main one. It was a fast read for me and I enjoyed the mystery vibes, but this doesn't have a big plot twist or anything like that, which is something I really missed and that I feel like it's really important on books like this one. Not the best, but definitely not the worst! I give this 3/5. 


Those are all the books I read this month! As you can see, I've had a great reading month and now I'm super pumped to read more in August. My next TBR will be up next week for those of you who actually enjoy reading those - they are not my most read posts, but I really enjoy writing them! If you'd like to keep up with my reading you can follow me on GoodReads so we can be reading buddies and you can keep up with my Reading Challenge (spoiler alert: I'm not killing it!)


What are you currently reading?!
What's your favorite Jane Austen novel?!
Do you have any books recommendations?!

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!

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July 24, 2017

Daily Mantras For A Better Week + FREE Daily Planner.

Happy Monday, everyone!

Another week is starting and you know the drill.. I'm so happy the mantras are having such a positive response from you, guys! This week we're going to focus on managing stress and anxiety, as well as self-love and self-acceptance with the daily mantras. This has been really hard for me. I feel like I sometimes go into a vicious cycle: I get stress, I can't do anything, I feel guilty for not doing anything, which leads to more stress. I've come to the realization this week that life is stressful (I know.. shocking, right?!). We all need to deal with things we don't want to or things we believe we're not ready for, so the only way to survive is to learn how to deal with stress and keep it to a bare minimum so we can actually be functional parts of society. Avoid stress is almost impossible if you're a normal human that has to work, study or deal with anything on a regular basis. 

I'm also super excited to share with you guys another daily planner. I'm having the best time designing them, it's been a great creative outlet for me since I don't get to be creative on my everyday life - you can just click right here and it'll download it to your computer. I've also being using the crap out of them. I'm trying to be more conscious about the environment, so I don't print a new one everyday. What I like to do is, I open the file on my computer and just fill it out with everything I need to accomplish that day!
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DOWNLOAD IT HERE!
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ONE // When nothing is certain, everything is possible.

TWO // Change is the only constant in life and I have the ability to adapt to anything.

THREE // My thoughts and feelings fuel my actions.

FOUR // What you give power to has power over you.

FIVE // The universe is conspiring in my favor.

SIX // I forgive myself. I accept myself. I love myself.

SEVEN // In every moment peace is a choice.

That's it for today, guys! I hope you enjoy the mantras and I hope they help you out this week. I really need to focus on controlling my stress and anxiety. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed that I feel like I can't do anything that day and it's just so annoying when you feel like an entire day just went to waste and you didn't achieve anything. But, I'm working on it. If you get the chance to download the daily planner, let me know who it's working for you and if you have any suggestions for the next one! I'm having lot of fun making them!

What's your favorite one this week?!
Do you also struggle with anxiety and stress?!

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!


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July 22, 2017

GUEST POST // A Day In London // CAMDEN TOWN.

Hi, everyone! 

First of all, I would like to say that I am not a blogger. I don't even think that I'm good at writing or expressing my feelings through words, but I am going to give it a try to tell you guys a little bit about my experience living abroad. 
 I hope you'll enjoy reading what I have to say!

Last year, I lived with my parents and my two sisters. I was an Intentional Relations graduated working for a technology company and living in Rio de Janeiro. Now, I share a house with three amazing Brazilians, work as sales assistant in one of the busiest fashion stores in Oxford Street and live in London. I decided to leave my job, my family, my closets friends and my hometown to follow a different dream. It may sound amazing in theory, but the reality is not as exciting as it sounds. It's like leaving all your certainty behind and jumping into an ocean of doubts. What about my family? Am I making the right choice? What if I don’t find a good job or one that I really enjoy doing? What if I fail at everything and have to come back home? These are all questions that cross my mind from time to time. But, I am trying to enjoy the experience and not let fear put me down! So, that's me and that's my introduction! Let's stop with the heavy and get into the good stuff, shall we?! 
Whenever I have a day off, I explore the city! And to be honest, I don't think I will ever get enough of it. There are so many places to see here and so many different things to do. You can find people from every place in the world. London is a mix of cultures co-exiting in a very harmonious ways (Well, most of the time). I never feel judged for the clothes I am wearing here or if I am having a bad hair day. Nobody really cares about this stuff here. Nobody will give you the eye even if you decided to go out wearing a only bikini and high heels. 
And if you want to have a taste of all this culture: Camden is the place to go. Camden is exotic even for London standards. I've been there three or four times already and there is always something new to see and do. I live near Bermondsey Station, which is in the Jubilee Line (gray line), so to go to Camden I have to take the tube and change in London Bridge for the Northern Line (black line). Public transportation is very easy to use here, specially the underground. Every station has a map showing the lines you need and the changes you need to make to get where you want. 
Our first stop was The Camden Market. You'll see it just after leaving the station. If you are visiting London for the first time and you need to buy gifts for every relative you have back home this is definitely a must. There is variety of things to buy and the prices are reasonable - you can make everyone happy without breaking the bank. If you're crazy about t-shirts like me, you're going to love it here - they have the best selection I've ever seen!
The next place we went to was the Camden Lock Market. It's a great place for shopping because of the diversity of little shops. You'll be able to find everything from vintage pieces and handmade accessories to unique and modern fashion pieces. It is also a great place to eat! You can taste a little bit of every culture around the world here. Italian, Thai food, Mexican, Brazilian… just name it and you're probably be able to find it. This time I went with a burrito, which I regretted latter. Not because of the taste. I was actually really good. But we took the food to go and ate it on board of The Music Boat, I spilled the sauce all over my trousers and you can imagine the mess. Just so you know, I spent the rest of the day trying to get rid of the stain… 
Ok, now let's talk about The Music Boat! It is a small boat that takes you around Regent's Canal, where you can see some of London's touristic places with a live musical performance to entertain you on the way. It was an amazing experience and I highly recommend! The guys from the boat were really nice and chatty. They advertise the trip for £20 pound, the price is totally negotiable - me and my friends paid £12! 
There is so much more of Camden to see, I couldn't possibly share everything in one post! As I said before, I am not a blogger, let alone a travel blogger, but I hope this inspires you to come here and discover Camden for yourself! 

 I hope you've enjoyed reading a little bit about my London adventures! 

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