Goodreads (Review)

I recently got back active online and part of it was retrieving all my social media accounts. One social media site I was so excited to retrieve was Goodreads.

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I had my Goodreads account back in 2012 but I did not update it that much. Until recently, I decided to clean up all the shelves I had (because some of the books I recorded there were either half-done reading or a quarter done at all). If you happen to drop by my Goodreads book shelves, you will see how only a few are left. Those are the only few books I legitimately finished reading. I know, I know, I need (and want) to read more.

Here’s what I love about Goodreads:

Goodreads is a free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone’s bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future.

I simply took the above statements from their page. 🙂 Being a book lover, Goodreads helps me to keep track of my reading – (I am currently reading Paper Towns by John Green and I am stuck at 27% (haha!) as well as discover new books that are in line of my interests. I can also rate the books I’ve read from 1 star to 5 stars and I can write my reviews (with an option to hide or show the entire review especially if it has spoilers!). Moreover, I can interact with other readers and even the authors of books.

It also gave an avenue for underrated writers and authors who are yet to share their creative stories and novels to the world. It is an inspiration for me as I dream that someday, I will be one of the featured authors of future best-selling books. *fingers crossed*

If you love reading books and don’t have a Goodreads account yet, try it out now by clicking here! I’m sure you’re gonna love it.

Carpe diem,
Jhen

On Positive and Better Changes

Lately, I have been reading and following some articles online that inspired me to become a better version of myself — in all aspects of my life. I realized how important it is to notice my own self and actually do something worthwhile to “improve myself for myself.”

So you see, I am not really an expert on anything and I am not really good at giving advice or tips about everything. As a disclaimer, everything I am going to share to you is solely based on my own experiences.

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While evaluating myself, I discovered that I have five important aspects in life to improve (in case we are on the same stand, I hope these help!):

Spiritual Life

I am very blessed to have grown up in a family where Jesus Christ has always been the center of everything. My parents have always demonstrated this love for God and His word and how important they are in everything that I do in life and that involves my choices and decisions. I am so grateful to be saved by Jesus Christ, my Lord and Personal Saviour, for saving a sinner like me from my sins, for giving up His life on the cross, and for giving me the promise of eternal life. My salvation is very important to me and as much as I can, I want to spread this gospel to others so they can experience God in their lives. I know in my little ways, giving the most available time I have in sharing the gospel is something big for God’s glory. I believe I must improve on this – winning souls. And aside from that, I need to be diligent in attending church activities, my bible reading and devotionals, as well as my prayer life. I firmly believe that I can do and achieve these because God has promised us that with Him, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

Health and Lifestyle

For the record, I am not a health buff nor a fashionista nor a beauty conscious individual. I often reject the idea of being too conscious of how I look like and how other people see me on the outside because I personally believe that what always matters is what is in the inside. However, I changed that perspective because it is equally important to pay (at least) some attention to how you look outside as a reflection of what’s inside – unless you want to look like you haven’t taken care of yourself for the past 23 years.

I am not the typical “hey, she has a great body” type of person and I am definitely not a girl who makes guys turn their heads twice because I possess a beauty of an angel or a porcelain doll. I don’t like make up until I realized how I need to at least put something on my face so I won’t look like a zombie. Moreover, my body type (I don’t call it fat) is on the chubby side. I am fluffy – that’s how I always describe myself. It didn’t really matter to me if I am thin or chubby. But lately, I realized that I must now focus on my health especially in my food intake and the need to exercise. I am not getting any younger!

New Phase

Hi guys! I don’t know how you’ve come across this space in the web which I guess doesn’t make up even a single byte of it (because I normally don’t post anything about it on Facebook) but, hello, hello!

If anyone of you already knew I had previously owned a WordPress blog and a Tumblr, I hope it is not a surprise for you to spot this new one. I always have it in me – trying to find contentment in all things and when I cannot find it in one thing, I venture to another one. Got me? There really was nothing wrong with my Tumblr, I just felt the need to change some things a bit. And blogging or sharing some of my personal thoughts or even some of my random writings would be of little recognition if it stays there.

Aside from that, I created this new blog to acknowledge that I have finally decided to get out of my comfort zone. I needed a fresh start – to expose myself to new adventures, new chapters, and new experiences in life. And it would be a great privilege to have them shared to you (may you be interested or not).

This blog is going to have more personal touches but definitely, I would still share some good stuff that would help you in case you needed something that can inspire you physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

It isn’t the new year yet but every day is a great day to start anew. And today, August 7, 2016, I am, by God’s divine grace, entering a new phase of my life and I hope you join me in this journey!

Enjoy, guys!

Carpe diem,
Jhen