Hey guys! I love October… No really I do! It’s the beginning of the season for me. Halloween then Thanksgiving, Christmas, and finally New Years.

My decorations are mostly up. I have a few more decorations to add this year. I wish my house was set up a bit differently so I could have the strobe light going with the bloody hand prints and all. I have kids but trust me, even they know the decorations are Mami’s thing.

Since I love this time of the year so much, my first newsletter will release this month. Stay tuned and if you haven’t already signed-up I suggest you do. I have a treat going to one of my newsletter readers. Click HERE to sign-up.

Last week had some bumps in the road that felt like craters but I am breathing better. Stress has a way of suffocating us all. I hope you have someone to lean on or talk to because I have no idea how I would get through the hard moments without my amazing circle. My hubby is most definitely on the forefront. Seriously, I couldn’t get through it all without him.

So tell me, who loves October? Halloween? What’s your costume this year?

Are you a bibliophile?

Bibliophile: a person who loves or collects books, Merriam-Webster’s website.

Do you consider yourself a bibliophile? I may not collect books but I sure do love them. So many wonderful stories are held within the bindings of so many books. From fairy tales to memoirs to my absolute favorite, romance.

Reading used to be considered a privilege for society’s elite. Slaves and women were not encouraged to read or educate themselves and neither were society’s poor. Those in power feared what would happen when those “beneath” them assumed the skill. They would lose that power. As we all know, knowledge is power.

Now a days we encourage children to learn that same skill as early as preschool. You can’t fall in love with a book if you can’t read it. What better way to exercise your brain and your imagination than reading words off a page and seeing your version of the world the author created?

It’s very easy to allow the burdens of your day and the darkness of those lost affect you. Each day we are consumed with stress from everyday living. Whether it be your job, family, friends, or people who are malicious and find joy in others misery. Reading a happily ever after romance novel allows me to push away the stress of my day and just relax.

I fell in love with books the moment that calm washed over me. Cheering on the protagonists as they overcame their own struggles to come together in their love. THAT helps me remember that the glass really is half-full. It’s so easy to let the pessimist in my head take over but the moment I melt in a story, Sofia and Noah’s or one created by another author, I can feel the optimist in me triumph as the stress of the day melts away.

My drug of choice may be the romance genre but no matter the genre that fills you, I encourage you to find a book that reminds you that the glass is indeed, half-full.