Tag #89: “3.2.1. Quote Me #5 – Inner Beauty”

Thanks, Kristian, for tagging me!

Here’s the link to Kristian’s post, where I was tagged:

Guidelines: 3.2.1 Quote Me!

Thank the Selector

Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.

Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

Here are the two quotes I picked for “Inner Beauty.”

Inner Beauty Quote 1

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Inner Beauty Quote 2

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Tag – You’re It!

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Tag #88: The Logophile Book Tag

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Jenna at Bookmark Your Thoughts is incredible in many ways. She’s a wonderful writer, bullet journaler, book reviewer, and a great woman!

Here’s the link where I was originally tagged:

From Jenna’s post:

Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall recently created her own book blog tag called The High School Stereotypes Book Tag. Always wanting to create my own book blog tag, Kelly has inspired me to give it a go!

The tag is called The Logophile Book Tag. A logophile is “a lover of words.” Since I’m truly fascinated with the concept of language and words, this seemed fairly appropriate. All the questions below are based off of remarkable yet seldomly used expressions or terms.

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who tagged you (you can skip me ha-ha)
  2. Pingback Bookmark Your Thoughts’ original post so I can see your lovely answers!
  3. Pingback the person who tagged you so they can see the post.
  4. Bonus: If you wish to, tag at least three people to do this tag.

Effulgent | Brilliantly radiant

A book with a beautiful cover


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I think this book has been my standard answer for cover art/design. I keep circling around in terms of reading it. Maybe in 2020?

Metanoia | The journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life

A character who goes through a major transformation

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I remember learning about the book through Wishbone.

Sockdolager | Decisive retort; mic drop

A character who always has a good comeback

The Sherlock Holmes Collection by [Doyle, Arthur Conan, Classics, ReadOn]

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Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorite characters of all time.

Sesquipedalian | Containing many syllables; long winded

The longest book you’ve read

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  • The Bible, roughly 1,200 pages.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 759 pages.

Ephemeral | Lasting for a very short time

The shortest book you’ve read

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At 218 pages, this is a book I think everyone should read. I know some people don’t like it. I was assigned to read it in 12th grade, and I fell in love with it. I re-read it every year.

Serenity | The state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled

A book that makes you feel calm and happy

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I love this book. It’s a childhood staple for me. It always reminds me of the Christmas spirit.

Oblivion | The state of being unaware of what’s happening around you

A novel with a complex plot

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This was another book I was assigned to read in high school. I ended up eventually enjoying it, but magical realism is a tough genre for me.

Rantipole | To be wild and reckless

A reckless character

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Alaska Young – One of my favorite characters! This is also my favorite book from John Green. Highly recommend.

Nefarious | Wicked, villainous, despicable

Your favorite villain

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Lady Macbeth!

Ineffable | Too great to be expressed in words

Your favorite book or book series

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Harry Potter. Always.

Trouvaille | Something lovely discovered by chance

A book you didn’t expect to love

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This was one of the first books I read from Sharon M. Draper. I’ve read nearly every book she’s written since then.

Nostalgia | A wistful desire to return in thought to a former time in one’s life

A book or character that makes you feel nostalgic

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As an author, Nicholas Sparks makes me feel warm and fuzzy. I read almost all his books between middle school and college. I did my college senior thesis on his books and the perceptions of love and romance with female readers. This book, in particular, reminds me of middle school, high schools, and times gone by.

Tag! You’re It!

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Getting Personal #181: September Goals

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Welcome back! September is one of my favorite months of the year. It’s our dating anniversary. The weather starts to finally shift from summer into autumn. So much to look forward to as we wind down the year.

Here are my goals for the month of September:

  1. Start my new job!
  2. Successfully complete my self-imposed “No-Spend September.”
  3. Publish a fun Writing Prompt series during the month.
  4. Publish four Commentary posts, aiming for one post per week.
  5. Publish all outstanding Tag posts where I’ve been tagged.
  6. Spend time with treasured friends.
  7. Publish three Book Reviews.
  8. Participate in decorating duffel bags for local children in foster care.
  9. Begin outlining my plans for NaNoWriMo 2019 in November.
  10. Reduce clutter throughout the house, aiming for 1-2 hours of work per weekend.
  11. Purchase a new mattress, bed frame, and nightstands.
  12. Research area rugs for the living room.
  13. Evaluate my clothing clutter – Decide what to donate or store away.

What about you? Do you have any goals for the month of September?

Getting Personal #179: August Goals Recap

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August was a fun month!

Here’s the link to my August Goals post:


Here we go!

  1. Donate blood. — Accomplished!
  2. Celebrate my birthday! — Accomplished!
  3. Celebrate others’ birthdays! — Accomplished!
  4. Read at least two books. — Accomplished!
  5. Complete at least two Writing Prompt posts. — Did not accomplish.
  6. Plan a fun Writing Prompt series for the month of September. — Accomplished!
  7. Catch up on Commentary and Tags posts. — Semi-Achieved.
  8. Research You Need A Budget! (YNAB). — Accomplished!
  9. Read my Daily Guideposts book every day. — Accomplished!
  10. Dedicate at least an hour every weekend to working on my office. — Accomplished!
  11. Participate in my church’s clean-up day. — Accomplished!

I was able to give a partial Power Red donation at the blood drive. Because I attempted Power Red, I have to wait 16 weeks to donate again, so that will be in December. We collected 61 units total!

I had so much fun celebrating 31 this year! I wanted to try this new place in Norfolk called Circuit Social, a barcade. It exceeded everyone’s expectations! Great food, so many games, and nearly a whole wall of drink choices – Beer, wine, and ciders! Highly recommend!

All of the food!

Most of the gang! We had so much fun!

Besties! Michaela and I have been friends since she was born!

We celebrated Savy’s birthday and my birthday during the weekend of August 10th. Al’s parents came in for the weekend. We went out to the Chinese Buffet, and ended the evening with Dairy Queen ice cream cake – Chocolate chip cookie dough, my favorite!

The church clean-up day was a rousing success. I helped power wash several sections of the sidewalk at both entrances. I also helped pick up pruned branches and sprayed poison ivy killer. We also got a great lunch out of the deal, too.

I spent a lot more time in my office because I broke down the goal so simply. I’m able to walk easier in there now, and I can sit on the couch. I still have more to do, but I’m happy with my progress. I also dressed my seven dolls in back-to-school clothes!

L to R: Stephanie, Molly, Kit.

L to R: Autumn, Chrissa, Z, and Mia.

At the end of the month, I had the opportunity to visit Seminole, Florida, to see my Grandpa and my Aunt Marny. Grandpa is 93 and doing well! It was really nice to catch up with Aunt Marny. The last time we saw each other in person was for my wedding in 2015!

Did you have any goals for the month of August? Let me know!

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Blog Awards #27: The Inspiration Award

The Inspiration Award

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Thank you so much, Kristian, for nominating me for The Inspiration Award!

Here’s the link to where I was nominated / recognized:

Here are several blogs I find inspiring, in no particular order. Please, go give them some love!

Also, if I recognized you here, please don’t feel obligated to participate if you don’t want to. This award is designed to share other bloggers and recognize them!


  • She used to be anonymous, but not anymore! Caralyn speaks her heart. She shares fabulous, mouth-watering recipes. In addition, she offers a powerful, thought-provoking Christian perspective on nearly everything she writes about.

J.N. Cahill

  • We became friends on Facebook earlier this year, after I joined a group called The Book Drunkard. She’s a talented writer, loves reading, and her blog is really cool.

Didi Oviatt

  • Didi is my kind of woman! She’s smart as a whip, funny as hell, and an amazing mother! She posts the best WIP writing prompt challenges every month. Can’t wait to do the August one soon!

The Tony Burgess Blog

  • Tony’s a great guy, and an even better writer. His daily entries give me insight in his world in Tennessee, his thoughts about his family, faith, and more.

Charis Rae

  • Charis is such a sweetheart! She’s great at interviewing authors, reads a ton, and writes beautifully.

Destiny at Howling Libraries

  • Destiny is one cool chick! I love her book reviews so much.

Sara at The Bibliophagist

  • Sara is another one of my favorite book reviewers! She’s so sweet, too, taking the time to respond to every comment!

Which bloggers inspire you?

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Getting Personal #176: August Goals

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Welcome back! August is my birthday month. Every year, it seems like August is far away when the year begins. But, then, it always sneaks up on me! And it seems to go by faster than the other months. I guess time really does fly by when you’re having fun!

Here are my goals for the month of August:

  1. Donate blood.
  2. Celebrate my birthday!
  3. Celebrate others’ birthdays!
  4. Read at least two books.
  5. Complete at least two Writing Prompt posts.
  6. Plan a fun Writing Prompt series for the month of September.
  7. Catch up on Commentary and Tags posts.
  8. Research You Need A Budget! (YNAB).
  9. Read my Daily Guideposts book every day.
  10. Dedicate at least an hour every weekend to working on my office.
  11. Participate in my church’s clean-up day.

What about you? Do you have any goals for the month of August?

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Getting Personal #175: July Goals Recap

July was crazy!

Here’s the link to my July Goals post:


Here we go!

  1. Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo, July 2019. — Accomplished!
  2. Catch up on maintenance / gas logs for both cars. — Did not accomplish.
  3. Do another round of closet clean-out. — Did not accomplish.
  4. See Spider-Man: Far From Home. — Accomplished!
  5. Watch Stranger Things, Season 3. — Accomplished!
  6. Finish cleaning the attached garage. — Did not accomplish.
  7. Work on my office, making sure everything from the garage has a proper place. — Did not accomplish.
  8. Read every night before bed. — Did not accomplish.
  9. Celebrate the 4th! — Accomplished!
  10. Spend quality time with family and friends. — Accomplished!

July was a bit of a weird month. Spurts of productivity, and then a lot of exhaustion. Many nights, I came home from work and didn’t want to look at any screens. Especially the computer!

We loved Spider-Man: Far From Home. I highly recommend seeing it in the theater.

We binged all of Stranger Things, Season 3, between July 4th and 5th. The next week, we started watching it again. It’s spectacular. If you haven’t seen this show, get on Netflix and watch it!

For July 4th, we celebrated the holiday and Kyle’s birthday at their house. Michaela, Kyle’s girlfriend, has been a life-long friend of mine. We hadn’t been to their house before, so it was really nice to go, bring chocolate mousse, hang out, and enjoy others’ company. Kyle’s surprise 30th birthday celebration was fun also.

We also went to the farm to see Al’s parents the following weekend. It was so nice to get away, and much needed for both of us. It was hot! But, the dogs did so much than last time. I think they finally understand that the farm is a “second home” for us, and them. I also read well over 100 pages of my current book. I’m almost done!

This round of Camp NaNoWriMo wasn’t as successful, but still a success. I still wrote, and made progress with my 2014 WIP. I’m going to post a recap in the next few days, so be on the lookout for that.

I have a lot to catch up on for the month of August!

Did you have any goals for the month of July? Let me know!

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂