2016 Reading List | Chaotic Reads

One of my major goals for this year was to read more. There’s so many books sitting on my bookshelf that I have yet to read and what better time to do it than now. There’s so much content coming to the blog, but I wanted to share my 2016 reading list and once I’m done reading a book I’ll be sharing my thoughts/highlights along with whether it’s worth the read or not. Let’s call this series ‘Chaotic Reads.’

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I have eight books on my list so far for this year, six of which have been collecting dust on my bookshelf. Below are the full titles and links to the books:

The books are not listed in the order that I plan o reading them although I will be starting with LaLa’s Playbook. I’m not putting a start or end date on any of the books, I just want to read them all. It’d be great to read the six that I do own by the summer and then during July and August read #GirlBoss and #YesPlease. That’s a huge goal for me being that I haven’t actually sat down to read a book in quite some time. I read a lot online, but other than that I’ve been a huge slacker.

Aside from the books collecting dust on my shelf, I feel that the books on this list are the motivation and positivity that I need. I have a lot I’d like to accomplish this year being that I’ll be 25 in October. I don’t want another year to pass me by while I’m still stuck. The culmination of these books are beyond the typical novels people may read. I’m all about gaining something from the information I obtain.

Stay tuned for my ‘Chaotic Reads’ series where I’ll be sharing my highlights of the books along with whether they were worth reading or not. Also be sure to click the links above to purchase the books featured.

Hello 2016

New year, new start. New year, new goals. New year, new perspective. What makes January 1st different than every other single day of the year? Maybe because it’s more of a definitive start. Or, maybe it’s because people live their lives by 365 day increments.

Personally, I’ve always tried to make this timeline of when I wanted to accomplish things and when my goals wouldn’t happen when I wanted them to, I’d easily be deterred. So, what makes 2016 different? I’ll be different as far as my goal setting. I’m just writing down everything I want to accomplish and nothing more. To break it down from 366 days, since it’s a leap year, to 6 months to 3 months, to monthly is a bit much. Of course there’s things that I’d want to do monthly, but to break down and nit pick at every little thing is me not growing as a person. I have to learn to roll with the punches and realize that life will not always go as planned.

I’ve made my list and throughout the month of January here on the blog it will be all about getting focused. Whether it’s for a marathon you want to run, a room in your house that you avoid cleaning, or that class reunion you have coming up that’s making you anxious. So what’s to come here on the blog?

Motivational Monday? I definitely want to get back into my motivational monday series which will kick off with my vision board for 2016. Not setting a specific date, but Motivational Monday will be starting back this month. My main goal for 2016 is to cleanse my mind, body, and soul. I’ll be sharing my vision board, which I’ll be making for the first time in a long time. That post will go further in depth of my goals for 2016. Again just a general list, nothing more.

Planning? Of course I’ll continue my planner obsession here on the blog. Planning is very therapeutic for me and instead of just showing layouts I plan to take it a step further and provide planner tips, deals, etc. Everyone plans different and I’d like to further explore those possibilities.

Fashion and beauty? I plan to continue to create both types of posts especially with my declutter series. Throughout this month I am purging, purging, purging, and I wanted to share my tips and tricks with different categories in my home. Categories, not rooms. Big difference.

Health? I’ve had this lingering section on my blog that I’ve ignored simply because I’ve been lazy. I’ve made several attempts at really focusing, but the health will focus on more than just eating and working out. I’m taking it a step further and I can’t wait to share.

Sound Off? This is a series where I will be able to stay in touch with my pop culture side from a different perspective. I’m not sure how frequent these posts will be, but there’s some topics that I just have to speak on.   ‘Sound Off’ is here to stay in 2016 for sure.

Music? My blog started off centered around music, but I won’t be doing any reviews. My thought process is elsewhere, but I still plan to share my top 5 of the month as far as favorite songs and what not.

Cheers to 2016 and cheers to Chaotic Critic. Thanks for all those that have been on this journey and hello to all those that will join.

Top 5: 2015 Obsessions

This year I decided to switch things up in terms of my yearly favorites. I’ve  usually done an entire recap of my music favorites along with my non-muis favs, but music just didn’t strike me this year. When I first started blogging it was all about music news and reviews, but I felt stuck in a bubble which is why I took the leap of faith and changed my blog name from MusicMovingForward to ChaoticCritic. The blog is clearly more than music and I’ve been in quite the planner craze, but there’s a lot more content coming in 2016 that I can’t wait to share. ChaoticCritic will be undergoing a lot of changes and I hope you all stick around for the transformation. Continue reading “Top 5: 2015 Obsessions”

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! To all those that have been following my blog since I’ve moved it to WordPress and for all those that are stumbling upon MusicMovingForward, thank you for reading and cheers to a productive 2015.

It’s the start to a new year and I have spent most of it in bed doing nothing on my day off. Its not the most productive, but my body appreciates the rest. I’ve begun to watch CSI:NY on Netflix since I’ve gone through all 9 seasons of Criminal Minds. I’ve made a list of what I want to accomplish in 2015 and making time for myself was a priority. I get so sidetracked by work, grad school, and daily blogging that I don’t make time for me. Well today I did just that.

I didn’t want to start the year off without a post so this is just a semi-ramble, but most importantly what’s to come on the blog in 2015.

In a couple months it’ll be 5 years since I’ve created MusicMovingForward and I’m ready to take it to the next level. At the top of 2014 I moved from Tumblr to WordPress to reach a larger audience. In that year I was able to build a decent following, but I want bigger and better in 2015.

While the blog is called MusicMovingForward, I have additional content than just music. Since I created my blog I have been able to integrate fashion and beauty and share advice from my personal experiences. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the year and I am working hard to celebrate my 5th anniversary of being a blogger.

I also want to journalize my monthly goals so here’s the perfect place to do it. Here’s my goals for January:

  • No soda; drinking more water
  • Daily devotions & tithing bi-weekly
  • Daily blogging / at LEAST every other day !

I’m pretty sure I can achieve all these. The key is consistency. Again, cheers to a healthy and productive new year.