My Nail Biting Habit

My Nail Biting Habit

I have always struggled with nail biting. It’s a habit I have had for as long as I can remember. I have tried everything to stop the habit or to change my nail biting tendencies but was successful only once, but it didn’t last long.

I’m a cuticle picker, a hangnail ripper, and a nail biter. Its especially bad when I’m reading or watching tv. My nail biting habit is mindless, I do it without thinking about it and when I realize what I’ve done I have ten bloody nubs where my fingernails were.

I used to think it was a nervous habit or something to do with anxiety, but I’m not a nervous or anxious person any more, my stress levels are incredibly low, yet I’m still a nail biter.

The one thing that worked for me to stop my nail biting was to have pretty fingernails. When I was young, I had my first manicure and I wanted it to last forever so I was very careful with my nails and didn’t bite them, was gentle with my hands, and I didn’t bite my nails for a long time after that. I don’t know what happened after that to make me start my nail biting habit back up. Continue reading “My Nail Biting Habit”

Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated by Clare who writes Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage for the Sunshine Blogger Award, which is a peer nominated that’s purpose is to feature bloggers that have inspired or helped other bloggers or bloggers that create inspiring content. As a relatively new blogger, I’m so excited for this nomination and can’t wait to share other bloggers that write content that I love. Continue reading “Sunshine Blogger Award”

About Me: 5 Facts

About Me: 5 Facts

It’s the end of the first week of September. It’s still hot as hell (WHERE ARE YOU FALL?) and I’ve been preparing for a 10 day road trip that I start this weekend. I realized, I really haven’t done anything recently (or ever) to tell you about me and my life (outside of my phone addiction challenge). I think this week is a good opportunity to do that. Next week I will post about the road trip so keep an eye out for that!

To be honest, I was looking at a bunch of pinterest pins about journal and blog prompts in the patterns of “30 days about me.” I’m not ashamed to say that sometimes I need help thinking about content. When looking at these prompts, I realized that either I would never want to answer some of them, they don’t apply to me, or I have no idea how I would answer them. There is always one suggestion; some arbitrary quantity of facts about the you. I think that’s a good place to start. I selected five because, I’m not particularly good at sharing. I share too much, or not enough. So I’m going to share five things about myself that I can go into detail about. I’m still searching for the balance between just enough and too much. If you have any suggestions for how I find it, please let me know!

Without further procrastination, here we go.

Here are five things about me Continue reading “About Me: 5 Facts”

How To Read More Often

How To Read More Often

I used to read a lot. I mean constantly. I grew up in a house without cell phone service and all the computers were in public areas. In order to spend quiet time alone, I had to read in my bedroom. I remember my mother banning me from reading when I was enthralled with the Inkheart series as a kid because I was foregoing household responsibilities to read. Now that I work and I am a student, I find it difficult to read for pleasure as often as I used to. I had to ask myself why I don’t read more? Why was it so hard for me to pick up a book and just read it? In my quest to read more books and to read more often, I came to a few realizations: I had become a book collector, not a reader; I was caught up in what I “Should be reading” and not what I wanted to read; and I was comparing what I was reading to what everyone else was reading. After reflecting on these three things, I learned a few things about how to read more books, and how to read more often. I have read more in the last few months than I had in years. 

Reading is a fantastic way to learn, increase your vocabulary, gain more perspectives, keep the mind young, and it’s downright relaxing and entertaining. I was caught up in how successful people take time to read and how many if not all good authors read a lot to learn more about writing. What I had forgotten was the nostalgic feelings I get when I curl up with a book to read with the intention to finish it in one or a few sittings. I used to love to read and I feel guilty for not reading more and reading more often. So why was I not reading more often? Especially if I loved it as much as I thought I did.

Why didn’t I read more?

I became a book collector, not a reader.

I had convinced myself at one point that future Brette had an extensive personal library at her disposal where she would collect all the books she had ever read and books she was going to read. After I started moving towards a minimalist lifestyle, I realized, in my already relatively large book collection, there were so many books I had yet to read and probably never would read. Future Brette had changed, yet I was still moving towards what I used to want, not what I want now. I was collecting books for the sake of having books. I was buying a new book or three every time I went to the thrift store and telling myself I “would read it one day.” I had a massive Amazon wish list for books and was purchasing books like crazy. The hard truth is that I was lying to myself. I was never going to read those “literary classics” that everyone is supposed to read but are actually god awful. But they littered my shelves. I had books that were completely out of my interests that I thought I would suddenly become the kind of person who enjoyed those books if I owned them. Continue reading “How To Read More Often”

Thank You Letters are Important!

Thank You Letters are Important!

Thank you letters are important. My parents made me write them growing up. Often they were scribbled misspelled “thank yous” on a card sent to the grandparents after Christmas and birthdays. When I got older, it was suggested I write thank you letters and cards but I almost always forgot to, felt guilty when I thought it was too late (it’s never too late BTW) and eventually got over it. I lost track of writing thank you letters, even though I have always loved sending and receiving mail. My grandmother once told me that she stopped sending certain family members money and gifts because Continue reading “Thank You Letters are Important!”

Welcome To Brette’s Bliss

Welcome To Brette’s Bliss

You may have noticed I am not longer using a Wix site. I realized that I wanted to get serious about blogging and I knew that I couldn’t do that with Wix that way I Could with WordPress.

All my content not linked to the previous website is here (and with updated images!)

I will continue to work on this site and add more features as needed, but right now it has everything it it needs to function in the current moment.

Thank you for keeping up with me while I figure out blogging as well as where and how I want to do it!

Why I quit Cheer leading, and Why I Don’t Want My Children to be Cheerleaders

Why I quit Cheer leading, and Why I Don’t Want My Children to be Cheerleaders

I was a cheerleader in middle school and  High School. I was even a captain my sophomore, junior, and senior years. I cheered for five years, was a co captain for two, and head captain for one. I lived for cheerleading. It was my life and my identity. My teammates were my people

Cheer leading was one of the Continue reading “Why I quit Cheer leading, and Why I Don’t Want My Children to be Cheerleaders”