3 Essential Resolutions For Me as a Blogger

I was looking through my posts in January and realized I was not able to make a list of my New Year's resolution for 2016. There are thousands of realizations I had in 2015 that changed part of my perspective in life.

The first week of February has almost ended but I think, curating my list today won't be any problem.

3 Essential Resolutions For Me as a Blogger

Start a Zero Waste Lifestyle

Please hold you opinions about zero waste lifestyle and how impossible it is. I have been living more than enough to know that using plastics is almost unavoidable and creating trash is just as common.

The goal of zero waste lifestyle is to produce no trash at all. But hey, the idea remains that it hopes to lessen the trash we are creating and raise awareness about our daily consumption. By rethinking my lifestyle with zero waste in mind, I realized that I have been producing A LOT and mean, A LOT of unnecessary trash and been using my money on things I don't need. This is a real mind opener if you care to think beyond the line.

Having your actions to align with the values you believe in is important to me. I think starting with this lifestyle is a good move forward.

Read a New Book Every Month

Reading novels has been part of my life. Reading books has every advantage that I can think of. It can help in developing your imagination (which I really enjoy), and it helps me enhance my vocabulary in every way I can think of. When I start reading books especially on summer break, I can finish 6 books in a row. But that's a different story when we have classes. I tend to not read any books at all.

Upon realizing this, I decided that part of my new year's resolution should be about reading atleast 1 new book every month. This is a small figure but it's a start. The first book I finished this year is Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson which is related to my resolution of living a zero waste lifestyle. I hope to continue this vibe and finish my pledge of reading 20 books this 2016 in my Goodreads account.

Organize My Life

As a blogger, I can't really stress out how important it is to post in my blog. But again, real life will always coincide with it one way or another. That is why organizing my life is essential to make this goal a reality.

I have been using more functions of Goodreads to track my reading progress and list, while I use Google Keep and Business Calendar to keep track or my appointments and to-do list. Meanwhile, Moneywise is going great with tracking my financial expenses. I skipped with keeping a planner as part of my zero waste goal because I realized that after the year, these organizers just rot away in a corner.

So far, I have been making progress in committing to these resolutions. I do hope that I can continue with this for the whole year.
How about you? What resolutions are you sticking with this year?

Movie Madness Giveaway

2016 is like the year of movies. Imagine being able to watch Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Doctor Strange, Kung Fu Panda 3, and a lot more. For a movie enthusiast like me, this feels like heaven. For the meantime, while waiting here's a good opportunity to win some prizes and earn freebies.


Welcome to the Movie Madness Giveaway Event!

It's time for the Movie Madness Giveaway Event! With so many amazing movies out right now - We couldn't pick a better prize! This giveaway will offer 2 great gift card prizes.

The Giveaway!

The first winner chosen will receive a $25 AMC gift card, and the second winner chosen will receive a $15 Fandango gift card. Entering to win this giveaway is very easy, with the GiveawayTools form, below:

Disclosure: The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Your Strong Tower will be sending the prize out. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway. This giveaway starts February 1st, 2016, and will end on February 25th, 2016 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, the name will be announced on the GiveawayTools form. Open to US residents only.

I Pledged to Read Books and How I Plan to Keep on Reading

I pledged to read 20 books this year 2016. That is according to my Goodreads account which I constantly update today. I find it motivating to keep track of my reading progress as time passes. 20 books might seem small to some bibliophile, but I think this is a good number to start especially when I also want to keep on reading my textbooks in my major.

But pledging to do read is harder to put in action. For the past few years, I find myself losing track of  my goals when it comes to reading that sometimes, I succumbed to not reading at all for three months. An unfortunate but very true story.

To counter my reading procrastination and to keep track of my goal, I plan to the following steps which I have already started doing this month.

Update my Reading Progress

By reading progress, I meant updating my account on Goodreads (@pixiespell). I have been a member this popular book community since 2010 but I haven't really used most of its function yet.

Updating your book status page or percent read is one way I find effective to motivate me to continue and finish a book. I also find it interesting that I can share my thoughts about a certain page through this function.

Keep a List of Books I Want to Read

I have been constantly finding new books to read today. I used to only read young adult books but today, I have started to love reading self-help books on productivity and environmental living. Knowing that I have this list on hand keeps me thinking about the good possibilities I could learn by reading them.

Read Audiobooks

Books come in all forms today. When I received my Samsung tab, I started reading digital copies of books which I found really convenient. Reading ebooks today is generally accepted as a form of reading.

However, there are times when I still feel that my time would be spent better reading than listening to music. An example of these cases includes when I am walking to my next classes or when I jog in the morning. Hence, I started to consider listening to audiobooks.

I had a good chance of trying out an audiobook which I listened to when I am travelling to school and doing miscellaneous activities. I thought it was really productive.

Create Book Reviews

This part I hope I could achieve well. Creating book reviews is challenging but a good way of sharing my opinions and promoting a book. As a blogger, crafting a blog post about a book I love is the best way to keep myself blogging and reading books alike.

Have you pledge in the reading challenge? How many books do you plan to read?

Movie Madness Giveaway Event Blogger Sign-ups

This 2016, I pledged to read 20 books. Apart from that I am also pledging to become active in blogging again. I am crafting another blog which would be primarily about my advocacy but that would be crafted in another post.

As part of my being active to blogging again, I am going to be joining several Blogger sign-ups this year. Ofourse, sign-ups I would be joining would be always related to what my blog is about.

Today, I found a blogger sign-up meant for movies which holds a very special place in my heart. If you would like to join then feel free to do so. I am looking forward doing different and challenging blogger matters in the future and this might be a good place to start.

Movie Madness Sign-Ups

Blogger Sing-up for Movie Madness Giveaway

New FREE to join, Blogger event, hosted by:

Prize details:

  • 2 winners
  • First winner will receive a $25 AMC gift card
  • Second winner will receive a $15 Fandango gift card.
This event will movie themed to celebrate new movies coming out this year. This giveaway, however will be open to US residents only.

This giveaway will run from February 1, 2016 to February 25, 2016.

You can sign up for this event until 1/28/2015.

You may SIGN UP here. You may opt to put my name, Mary Z., as your referral.

Happy blogging, 2016.

2015 Book Reads

2015 was a great year. There were so many opportunities that I have to thank for. Memories that cannot be captured by pictures. But most of all, for a bookworm like me, this is a year of lifelong memories bound to papers and ink.

I read not on my free time. I read during holidays and loong weekends which 2015 is not a stranger. Most of them I admit, I read through a digital copy. I pledged before that I would only read through physical copies but there are instances that I just can't.

Nonetheless, these books were part of my year. And I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. It might not look as much but they are worth your time.

Young Adult Books

I read alot of young adult books this year. Particularly, those books from Ransom Riggs, Kiera Cass, Rick Riordan and Tahereh Mafi. All of those books was part of their respective series.
  1. Miss Peregrine's Home of Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  2. The Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  3. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  4. The Elite by Kiera Cass
  5. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  6. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  7. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
  8. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
  9. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  10. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (currently-reading)

    Self-help Books

    On the other hand, this year has led me to love self-help books.
    1. 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot by Richard Wiseman (currently-reading)
    2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
    3. Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson (currently-reading)
    The self-help books above are amazing and I definitely recommend them. I usually post my recommendations on my Goodreads account.

    At the moment, I am still finishing some other books and finding some new inspirations. But if you have any recommendations, I'm definitely open for them.