Tips for New (Book) Relationships

tips for new (book) relationships - pink and purple gradientBeginning a new book is like beginning a new relationship. From the looks of its cover you know you will probably like the contents. At the very least, you know you’re attracted to its exterior. Or you might be intrigued about the story based on what you’ve heard about it from other people in your life, but you ultimately may not be ready to take it out in public with you until you’re a few chapters in.

The experience of beginning a new book also feels extremely personal to me. (Am I totally crazy?) I like having a little nook and some private time where I can get to know the book and how I feel about it before the world knows we’re a “couple.”

Because I have these weird thoughts, and because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I’ve decided to take some of the tried-and-true tips for new relationships I’ve heard over the years and apply them to beginning new book relationships! [Read more…]

Bésame Cosmetics Lipstick Swatches

When Bésame Cosmetics first came into my peripheral vision a couple years back I thought they sounded amazing. The creator of the brand, Gabriela Hernandez, founded Bésame Cosmetics to bring her life-long love of vintage makeup to the masses. They brand was founded in 2004 and has been a favourite of makeup artists working on period pieces ever since. Once I finally got my hands on some it was easy for me to see why! [Read more…]

2018 Bookish Goals

2018 bookish goals imageDudes, it’s 2018. I am so into it. Let’s leave 2017 in the forking DUST!

Okay, so it should come as no surprise to most of you that I have a lot of goals for the upcoming year. In the spirit of hitting the ground running, I figured I should begin by sharing the goals I know I can commit to right away: the ones related to my bookshelf. In planning out the first few months of my online life I discovered that I have far too many video ideas for the month of January. Because of that, if I wanted to put my bookish goals out there, they would have to go on my blog! 😝 [Read more…]

9 Tips for Writing, Even when You Don’t Feel Like it

9 tips for writing with no inspirationThis year I am struggling. Struggling with my thoughts, regulating my emotions, and finding contentment. I wish I could tell you why (I wish I could tell myself why,) but I’m feeling a bit foggy and I can’t seem to shake it.

Each year I look forward to September, the beginning of Autumn, because it is the time of the year I re-discover myself. Autumn is my new year. This year we had maybe a week of Autumn before, here in my little corner of Washington, it began snowing. That is not cool. I need a full Autumn season to be my best self for the rest of the year! 🍂 > ❄️

In spite of the universe up and skipping my favourite season I am still pushing forward into November and trying to pull these poems out of myself, even when I feel a little less than inspired. In case inspiration has left you also, here are nine tips for writing, even when you don’t feel like it. [Read more…]

NaNoWriMo 2017

national novel writing month 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017 is two days away. That is bananas. 🍌

Over the past nine years I have participated in NaNoWriMo seven times. Some of these years have been years of huge success (mostly the early days when my sister and I participated together) and there have been years of near failure (like last year when I wrote my final 24,000 words in the last day and a half.)

I have loved everything about NaNoWriMo for so long. The cozy, crazy feeling of it, the people, the community, and the act of writing something I wouldn’t otherwise make time to write. In the past two years however; I have come to realize that I am not a novelist. [Read more…]

Top 5 Podcasts for 2017

As many of you know, I have a pretty long commute these days. On any given day I spend an average of two hours in my car (on a good day) driving to and from work. When I think about how much time that all adds up to; an average of 2-5 hours a day spent driving it sometimes makes my eyes bug out of my head. That’s a lot of hours!

Top 5 Podcasts for 2017 | malarayofsunshine.comAs someone who is between creative endeavors constantly, making time for relaxing hobbies and “me” time can be difficult enough as it is, there is always something else I “should” be doing!

Baking, cooking, scrap-booking, sewing, working out, and reading are all things I find a lot of joy doing. They’re all pretty time-intensive hobbies, though, so in order to make time for them I have to get creative.

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Wow, it has been an exceptionally long time since I’ve written a blog post. I’m sort of nervous, as crazy as that sounds!

More than the nerves I have writing this blog post I am nervous about this site being live and out in the public. It is far from perfect and it is certainly not the way I’d ultimately like it to look, but I made a commitment to myself that I would launch it on/by the first of September and today is the first so, ready or not here it comes!

I’m working from home today and feeling exceptionally blessed that I can take a few minutes here and there when my brain gets overwhelmed to do little productive “me” things as I work. Also that I can work from home – that’s a huge perk. I’m currently sitting in a coffee shop as I write this. [Read more…]