Wednesday, August 7, 2019

"100 Days Of Sunlight" Book Tour | Interview With One Of My Favorite Humans Ever + Giveaway

I have been reading Abbie's blog for over 3 years. I'm pretty sure she didn't know I existed for most of that
time but I still freaking adored her. Her enthusiasm and writing style and videos are all so awesome. A lot
of her stuff (especially on youtube) is geared more toward fiction writers and doesn't exactly interest me
but all of her posts on scheduling and productivity are so crazy inspiring. So when she said she was
releasing her first book I absolutely had to read ittttttt. I was gifted an arc ebook copy (but all thoughts are
of course my own. This post is going to be an interview with Abbie, my thoughts on the book, and a
giveaway at the end!
Mini Review
If you want a full summery of the book you can check out the good reads page but basically it's about a
poetry blogger named Tessa that gets in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days. So that she can
keep writing, her grandparents hire a teen boy named Weston to help her type. Because she is blind she
doesn't know that Weston has a disability as well. He doesn't have his legs and he makes everyone promise
not to tell her. 

This book was absolutely amazing and honestly not what I expected at all. Weston is one of my favorite
humans on planet earth, I love that Tessa is a blogger, you get so much background insight on the
characters that makes there actions that much more meaningful, and it's just honestly adorable. If you want
a cute little love story with a whole lot of meaning, than this is the book for you. 

Interview Time!

What has been the hardest part of self publishing?

Indie publishing is a lot of work, which is one of the big reasons why a lot of people choose not to go
indie. Unless you hire a team (or bribe unsuspecting siblings and friends into helping you out) you're
juggling this whole book-publishing thing alone. And that's a lot to take on. 
I always tell aspiring indies one thing: really research the indie publishing process and get a good
understanding of how much work you'll have to do. Make sure you're willing to put in that work, or else
your book won't be the success you dreamed of. The whole process is a major learning curve and a lot of

How did you first get interested in writing?

I fell in love with stories when I was growing up. My mom would read tons of books with me and my
sister, and English was my favorite subject in school because of all the reading I had to do. I think that’s
what first inspired me to become a writer – I was amazed by the way stories can transport you to another
world and make you feel. It struck me as being pretty darn magical, and I immediately wanted to write
stories of my own.

What’s your favorite thing about your work? 

I love being creative every day. It’s so fulfilling to be able to create and express myself in my work, every
single day. Even if I’m doing something more technical like graphic design or video editing, it all requires
creativity – and it’s awesome!

How do you get over writer's block? 

By doing something totally different. Whether that’s another creative expression, exercise, road-tripping
somewhere, or just taking the day off to go see a movie or take a long drive -- anything that breaks the
cycle. I find the best way to get inspired is to break free from the habits and routines we lock ourselves
into. Doing something adventurous and fun may seem like “a waste of time”, but sometimes it’s the very
thing you need to boost productivity!

What is your favorite and least favorite thing about being a writer? 

Favorite thing: being able to create new worlds and stories and emotions out of thin air!! It’s amazing. I’ve
always had a bit of an overactive imagination and writing is the perfect thing to get all those ideas and
feelings out of my head. Telling meaningful stories is the most satisfying thing I’ve ever done. 
Least favorite thing: self doubt!! It happens to every creative, that little annoying voice in the back of your
head questioning if the thing you’ve created is really good enough. But I’m learning to shove that
self-doubt monster out of my mind and just do my best. :)

If you could tell your younger self one thing what would it be? 

Be confident. Never, ever be afraid to be yourself. You have an incredible future and you should hold your
head up high, girl. Listen to your heart. Enjoy every single breath, every single heartbeat of this journey. 

What’s the first story you ever wrote? 

Oh gosh. I wrote lots of books as a kid, but the first novel I finished was called “Izzy” (about a girl named
Izzy! So clever!) and it was terrible. I think I was thirteen years old. I’ve written over a million words
since then, and I’m happy to say that I’ve improved a lot. Haha!

Who is your biggest writing inspiration?

So many people inspire me! But my mom, sister, and dad have to take first place for the most inspiring
people I know. They constantly encourage and uplift me, and give me confidence when I need it most.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Nabila! It was a pleasure chatting with you about
all things writing. :D

Ahhhh you're amazing!! Thanks for being on my blog Abiee!

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I hope you enjoyed this post and good luck if you entered the giveaway (it's incredibly worth it)! Comment down below your recent book fave! 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

moving back after harvey | a year and a half later

I don't know if I've officially announced this on the blog yet but I have moved! This post has actually been a long time coming. If you're a newer follower you might not know that in 2017 when Hurricane Harvey struck Houston me and my family were flooded out of our house and had to evacuate. You can find my full flooding story here. I thought today I would give a rundown of the past few years of my life and my thoughts on everything. :)

*I'll be linking to insta posts throughout this post where I talk about the topic so click on the links if you're interested in that.

Dec 21, 2017

Every since we flooded we've been working on rebuilding. After saving everything we could from the flooded house it was torn down. Saying goodbye was a bit intense. That was actually around Christmas of 2017 so we were at my grandparents house when it officially got demolished. I remember coming back and seeing my old house not there and being like wow. It's just gone. It took a couple of hours and all of those memories were just. Gone. 

Jan 2, 2018

One of the big things I've had to learn from this process is that just because the physical thing is gone doesn't mean the feeling is. The memory and feeling are still in your heart and head. I have moved 7 times in my life. I feel like I shouldn't get attached to houses by now. The thing is. This was going to be our forever home. But hey. God had other plans. And I think it worked out OK. 

Jun 4, 2018

Over the next few months we settle into our rented house and have lots and lots of meetings. After lots of decisions with architects and builders and contractors it's building time! Over this whole building process we visited a lottt. It was kind of insane to see the development.

Jun 25, 2018

I remember when we first saw the first part done. I don't know if it has registered in my mind that we were building a new house until that point haha. Since we didn't want to flood again we built the house 6 feet up. You're currently looking at me standing on the first floor. 

Aug 6, 2018 

Bye the time we returned from South Carolina that summer the house was almost done! It was slightly the same feeling of when we drove up to see our house demolished. Surprised and just generally not knowing how to feel. But wow. It looked cool haha. My parents have good taste. 

Dec 20, 2018 

My dad has an actual job (as a professor) but pretty much building the house became his second job. The garage was a workshop and if my dad was home he was either grading papers or building something. And we of course wanted to move in as soon as possible so there wasn't much of a break. I think us children definitely got it the best in this whole process. My parents always seemed crazy stressed. Which makes sense but it was just a lot to be around haha.  

This was also around the time I started being a whole lot healthier (might do a health journey video/post later) and so I would go on walks with my mom a lot around the neighborhood. At the beginning it was totally deserted except for the workers. Everyone in my neighborhood flooded. Some decided to just remodel, some decided to raise there house, and some decided to totally rebuild like us. After around 6 months the people who just remodeled started to move in! It would always make me so happy to see a new family. Whenever I saw a house torn down it made me happy. Just seeing progress made me happy. Around winter of 2018 things actually kind of returned to normal. There were kids at the park and people walking and it just made me smile so so much. We still hadn't moved back in though. 

Feb 15, 2019

Fast forward to February of 2019 and it was finally moving time. It seemed like for two solid weeks we were packing. We had only lived in the house for like a year. I'm not sure why we were packing so much. 

Feb 16, 2019

Moving day was honestly really fun. All of the friends came and helped and we ate foods and everyone helped me set up my room (y'all will be getting a room tour soon give me time to finalize everything). Everyone that came also knew the importance of it to us so it was just generally really nice. 

After we moved in and settled in we had a house warming party! It was mostly me saying hi to adults I didn't know at all but it was also like wow. This is a legit house. With life.

I love the new house. Plus at this point I would say over half of the neighborhood has moved back. There are still so many empty lots and houses under construction but there is also life. And people. 

I'm more sympathetic of natural disasters now. I'm guessing everyone who has been through one is. Whenever I see news about a new storm or tornado or anything I turn away. At my orthodontist office (I don't know if I've mentioned that on the blog either but yeah I have braces) the TV in the waiting room is always just playing the weather and it's like no. I really don't want to know. 

I want to end this by saying that this event wasn't normal. If you don't live in Houston you probably don't know this but we had three 500 year floods in 3 years (here's my post from Febuary of 2017). That. Doesn't. Make. Sense. Global warming is a thing my friendsss. I am not an expert on this subject but I have been trying to educate myself as I think all of y'all should as well. Do your part! Follow tollydollposh. I promise you'll be happy you did. 

Have you ever experienced a natural disaster? 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

staying at a resort in cancun | wedding + getting sick

This is the last and final post in my little Mexico series! You can find the other two here and here. :) In this part I'm staying at a resort and there is the wedding which is the whole reason we came in the first place haha. 

It was all exclusive so of course the first thing we did when we arrived was get ice cream. This may have been before we actually ate breakfast. I'm not sure but that definitely sounds like us haha. 

The first thing we did was meet up with some of our cousins and go swimming. Then we went to the Tex Mex restaurant. This was very funny to me since I had just come from Texas but my cousins were from Canada and that's what they wanted to do so that's what happened lol. 

The first day we got there, that night I got super sick and couldn't walk and threw up a bunch. It wasn't pretty. The next day I was sick as well so I couldn't get any photos. 

The third day though I was thankfully better so we had a little photoshoot. 

You might recognize this one! It's my new profile picture. 

They all turned out really well and I'm quite happy about it! 

Then it was wedding timmmmme. It was on a rooftop overlooking the ocean. As you might be able to guess it was a really nice ceremony. :)

This is my little cousin Mya with my parents. Ahhh I love her so much. 

After the wedding we took a whole little group photo with my grandparents and aunts and uncles. 

They gave out these fans before the wedding and I couldn't pass up that kind of photo opportunity. 

My little sis and uncle!

A big cousin picture with all of the childrens.

Then we went down to the beach for the reception! 

It was really cute set up!!

They spelled my name wrong but it's ok haha. 

There were lots of laughing and dancing and it was overall quite fun. 

The bride and groom! Misty (the bride) looked so crazy pretty!! 

And then it was time to go home. 

If you enjoyed this make sure to check out the vlog I did! I filmed a lot when I was sick and stuck in the room alone. I think it turned out really funny haha.

The rest of the mexico series:

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