I adore Michelle Obama. She’s an inspiration to me, and I very much look up to her. This book was remarkably candid. I wasn’t expecting her to be so honest about her feelings or to share so much of herself. It was refreshing and touching; I cried several times. If you’re a fan of hers, you should def pick this up.

Funny story: I was reading this on Friday afternoon when my Kindle battery suddenly died. I looked at my husband and cried, “My Kindle died and Michelle and Barack just kissed for the first time. God dammit!!” But it’s not like I don’t know how the story ends. 😉

(I made a goal to read more non-fiction this year. I’m going for one per month, but this is actually my second, and I just bought my third).


I think I would have been more impressed by this if I didn’t read so many of these twisty psychological thrillers. It is impressive as a debut novel though, and it certainly kept me interested, but I wasn’t super shocked by the big reveal. It just didn’t live up to the hype for me, which was disappointing because I’d been looking forward to this one.

A trip you want to take this year

For several years now, D and I have discussed taking a big trip for my 40th birthday. We’ve discussed all the mainstream locations: London, Paris, and the like. Mostly mainland Europe. But none of those places really appeal to me much. I’m not saying I wouldn’t go, because of course I would. It’s just that there are so many more interesting and exotic places I’d rather see. I’ve never been the girl who dreamed of going to Paris.

I want to go to Tokyo and eat exotic foods, sing karaoke, and go to an owl café. Oh and visit the island with all the cats.

I want to go to Peru, hike to Machu Picchu, and sleep under the stars.

I want to go to Fiji and stay in an over the water bungalow.

I want to spend the weekend at the Black Castle in Ireland, wearing medieval costumes, playing dungeons and dragons, and walking around with candelabras for light.

I want to tour South America and then board a cruise ship to Antarctica.

I want to go to Egypt and see the pyramids.

It may not end up being this year, but I plan to start crossing these trips off my list in the not too distant future.

Back on the wagon

I figured since I’m back to doing Beachbody workouts, I might as well make use of the leftover Shakeology mix that’s been sitting in my cabinet for months. I stalled out on it last year after I ordered the vanilla instead of my preferred chocolate. Yesterday, I had my penultimate chocolate packet, so I went with vanilla today. I added a tablespoon of peanut butter. It helped the flavor.

The plan is to slog through the rest of the vanilla, and if I manage to do so, I’ll order more chocolate. Operation Fit (and healthy) by 40, baby! Woot!!

The plan tonight is to do Country Heat, take the dog on his 2.5 mile walk, and maybe do PiYo lower body (time and energy permitting).

3 goals for this month

  1. Move more.
  2. More water, less diet pepsi and high calorie craft beer
  3. Less unproductive screen time in the evenings. Basically, I want to be more present in the moment and stop wasting time mindlessly scrolling through social media. I did this last night and was amazed with how much I was able to get done.

Notice I’m saying “less” I know that completely cutting out stuff is not the answer. That never works long term. My intention is to create good habits, not to deprive myself. That is the key to long term success.

progress report

I only managed to read two books this week. That’s okay though. I thoroughly enjoyed my non-reading time.

Never Let You Go was pretty disappointing. I normally dig Chevy Stevens. But…meh. I was bored. Finishing was a chore.

A Simple Favor was a wild ride; though I figured out the plot twist about a third of the way in, it was still fun. The film adaptation comes out this month. I believe I shall go see it.

40 books to go to hit my goal. I better pick up the next one!