Favorite Things & Thankful Moments // January 2018

Before I write monthly wrap-ups, I’d really like to just take a small break. A moment to do shout-outs for the great things from each month. Especially bloggers and life stuff.

I could include this in my monthly wrap up. But I think these things deserve their own chapter. And the things that make us happy can often be drowned out in bad stuff. You don’t often hear good news as much as bad news.

And like Sam said, “There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.”

Here’s my shoutout for the good things in the world. At least, lots of good things from January.

Each month I’m going to try and give shoutouts to 3 different bloggers I met that month. (i’ll also do a quick share of my favorite posts from the month on my wrap ups)

Melanie Loves Fiction – Melanie is so kind! And incredibly supportive. I’ve enjoyed reading her blog this month & I was surprised and happy when she nominated me for a blogger award. (Which I will do soon, promise)

Book Snacks I think I’ve read Analee’s posts before, but I officially subscribed to her blog this month. Her posts make me smile and are some of my favorite to read.

Dragon Waffles  – I stumbled across Ioana’s blog this month, and her blog name made me smile so much! And she really encouraged me to read The Raven Boys.

Snow Day – I’m super thankful we had an extra day to sleep in. There’s nothing better than rolling over and seeing you don’t have to go to class. Happy moment when you can turn the alarm off.  Now did I do any homework on my break? Why would I do something smart like that?

Supportive Bloggers – This month has been so busy, but I’m so thankful for my blogger friends. Each comment & encouraging word means alot. It helps me stay on my schedule & makes me smile alot! And I was super nervous about publishing a not-so-great review, but the comments were so kind. Even when people disagreed, I appreciated the nice reply in the comments.

Library Card – I’ve had a library card for a while now, but I finally got to visit the library for the first time in a LONG time. Even though the book I’d like to read isn’t available for a while  – 20 people had it on hold! I don’t mind waiting when I know I have it on hold. 🙂

Really interesting classes – School is the worst if the classes aren’t that great. But this semester I’m taking some really interpreting classes. I studied the British political system for a quiz and it was fascinating! I’m currently writing a analysis of Denmark, and guys, I wouldn’t mind moving to Northern Europe. Denmark sounds amazing.

Blogger Award – I mentioned Melanie nominated me for a blogger award. This was a big surprise, and made my week!

The Greatest Showman – I saw this movie early this month with some friends. It was perfect. I’ve listened to this soundtrack so much. And I’ve read every post fangirling about it. They make me so happy! It’s just so amazing. I love the music so much! And I can’t pick a favorite between Rewrite the Stars and The Other Side.

Job Applications – I’ve been filling out several job applications this entire month, and while I still don’t have an off-campus job, I’m fairly hopeful!

What makes you happy today? This semester is easily the toughest so far in my academic career, and I’m honestly surprised that I’m still trying to do so much. Blogging, working, reading, writing. All of these things are important to me, so taking the time and energy to work on it isn’t a major problem.

It can be overwhelming, which is why I think it’s important to stop and say Thank You. If you focus on how much you need, instead of what you have, life can be pretty sour.

Life isn’t sour. It’s like a pack of fruit snack. Lots of different flavors, including the not-so-great grape and fantastic strawberries ones. (Sorry, I don’t like grape flavor)

That’s a pretty strange metaphor. But I think it works?

lets chat

I’d love to hear about your favorite blogger, so share a blogger shoutout in the comments! 

What are you thankful for right now? Any happy things from January? 



  1. January 27, 2018 / 10:28 am

    I’ve been thankful for The Greatest Showman too, what a great film!

  2. January 28, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    YES, a shoutout for all the good things! Whaaat, since when have snow days been for homework? I agree, comments are the absolute best. Ooh, what’s so special about Denmark? Oh my goodness, I’ve heard from so many places about The Greatest Showman’s amazing soundtrack. Good luck on your job applications!
    Haha, I like your fruit snack analogy.
    Favorite bloggers include ModernMrs.Darcy, Austin Klein, and CupofJo. What about you?
    Ahh, January has been full of great things! But I can’t tell you about them just yet. 🙂

    • Elizabeth Hunter
      January 29, 2018 / 8:10 am

      Thanks! I have a job interview lined up later this week, so we’ll see!

      Ok, so Denmark is really interesting. Question is, if I’m paying super high taxes for high benefits, are high taxes worth it?
      If you don’t mind paying 60% of your income, life in Denmark is phenomenal, healthcare coverage, education coverage, 50 wks of paid parental leave.
      And the gov’t debt is considerably lower than US debt.
      It’s just been really interesting to study how gov’ts work out benefits & where they’ve done so successfully, especially in Northern Europe.

      Oh, I’ve read Modern Mrs. Darcy, but not the others! I’ll have to check them out. 🙂

      And, so glad your January has been great! Looking forward to hearing more about it!

      • January 31, 2018 / 10:31 pm

        That is interesting! Wow, that’s a huge percentage. Are you also going to study what other nations can learn and copy from those countries?
        I hope you like them!
        Thanks!! 🙂

        • Elizabeth Hunter
          January 31, 2018 / 10:37 pm

          I’m mainly learning how to gain useful information from mountain loads of data 🙂 It’s a political science class, so we aren’t study the social benefits of gov’t, just data and political systems.
          We are looking at long term data to see economic, liberty, equality, and quality of life growth rates. That’s useful for investment purposes, and you can pull conclusions out of the data.
          But I’m not supposed to write conclusions. Just reports 🙂

          Sorry, that’s a bit lengthy explanation! It’s a fun class, but definitely a 400, close to grad school kind of class. Makes it hard to explain 🙂

          • February 2, 2018 / 5:49 pm

            No, lengthy explanations are my favorite! Okay that sounds super cool. Thanks for telling me about it. 🙂

  3. January 29, 2018 / 8:23 am

    January has been a stressful month for me, but not for any particular reason. However, here are a few things I’m thankful for this month. 1) Ninjago. We’ve been rewatching the whole show and it reminds me how much I love it. 2) Preparing my next novel to write. I’m super excited. 3) Time with family.

    • Elizabeth Hunter
      January 31, 2018 / 10:38 pm

      Sorry that January has been stressful! I’ve never seen Ninjago, but it keeps popping into my radar, so I might check it out.
      And yeah for your next novel! Hope that keeps going well! Also, family is so sweet and incredible. 🙂

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