I’m obsessed with reading Better Homes and Gardens magazine, looking through Pottery Barn catalogs, reading food blogs, creating DIY projects and spending hours on Pinterest. Heck, I even follow “Babies of Instagram.” I am basically a grandma.
So yeah, that’s me for the most part. I love interior decorating, cooking (or learning to cook), baking, vegetable gardens, flowers, craft projects and babies. I am also a huge fan of nature, the outdoors and being active. Growing up, I would watch Animal Planet for hours on end. My favorite shows included The Crocodile Hunter (R.I.P. Steve Irwin) and Meerkat Manor. I now enjoy documentaries such as Planet Earth and the Blue Planet. I know—I’m kind of dorky.
I love Instagram because I can channel my love for nature through it. I suppose I am one of those “artsy” instagrammers who always post pictures of sunsets or trees. Some of my inspiration may come from a very talented photographer that I follow—Christoffer Collin—who posts beautiful photos of the natural world. Instagram is also great for staying on track with a healthy lifestyle. I follow numerous accounts that give daily fitness motivation and healthy recipes, which only perpetuate my food obsession. Additionally, the National Geographic account that I follow provides me with tidbits of international stories. Admittedly, I could be much more informed about international and even national news. I am actually rather ashamed of it. I recently got a Twitter, so hopefully it will help me in this aspect, but I still have yet to experience an addiction with Twitter like I have with Instagram!
As a Communications major, I know that I definitely need to read more and watch more news. Of course I will check the top stories that pop up on my AOL homepage or Facebook. I do read the Daily Collegian if I have time before class, and I will enjoy an entertaining story from Onward State. But other than that, I don’t exactly go out of my way to stay informed. Since reading is the only way I can become a better writer, I guess I better start reading more. I would like to become an avid reader of The New York Times—that way I will seem really educated and smart.
Leisurely reading is something that I find much more enjoyable, although it is often difficult to find the time to do it. The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier is the most recent book I read, which made for a pleasurable beach read. The novel is historical fiction; it tells a story behind Johannes Vermeer ‘s painting Girl with a Pearl Earring, which is an actual painting. The book is set in 17th century Holland and centers around the struggles and triumphs of a 16-year-old maid who works in Vermeer’s household. I won’t give away much else, but it gets a little scandalous!
Some of my favorite reads include the Hunger Games series, The Help and anything by Nicholas Sparks. I know—I am so mainstream.
Anyway, my goal this semester is to READ more!
I also forgot to add that I am a big fan of Duck Dynasty. Thought I would let you all know that.