There is something exciting about getting a box full of snacks every month. Bokksu is a monthly subscription service that brings traditional Japanese snacks to your door. Each month has a different theme and highlights flavors from different areas of Japan. I have been enjoying Bokksu for more than 2 years and always look forward to when it arrives each month. The theme of the June 2022 Bokksu is Midori Moments. Midori means green in Japanese and nearly all of these snacks are green or flavored by a green item, mainly matcha. I have tried a number of matcha-flavored items in the past and forRead More →

May has arrived in a hurry. The month all but snuck up on me and I felt ill-prepared for it. With its arrival, came a major shift in weather, pushing the last remnants of winter away and landing us solidly in spring weather. This means there are lots to do and luckily plenty of hours of daylight to do it in. Much like every month, setting a list of goals I want to accomplish in May will help me stay on track, get stuff done, and ensure I set some time aside to have some fun as well. Before we get to my May 2022Read More →

Another month of reading has come to an end. While April felt initially sluggish, I quickly fell into a pattern of regular reading again and often found myself glued to my reading corner for hours on end. This is good news, as I am still working on reducing my large TBR, though I have done a fair job of shrinking it over the last few years. Some books that had been waiting years for my attention finally got their time to shine, however, plenty of newer books also made it into the pile this month. This April 2022 reading wrap-up will show off all thatRead More →

Each month, I look forward to the arrival of my Bokksu. The theme of the May 2022 Bokksu is Bokksu Tanjoubi or Bokksu Birthday. Bokksu has been around for 6 years and it’s amazing to think that they have been bringing traditional Japanese snacks to people’s doors this long. This box is unique in the sense that there are repeat items from previous boxes, some are customer favorites and others are staff favorites. I love getting a chance to try some snacks a second time around and see which ones are the most popular. Want to try Bokksu? Use my referral link to get $15Read More →

Creating goals has become a monthly ritual for the past couple of years. Having a list of items I want to work on helps to keep me focused, motivated, and working towards bigger goals in life. Every month has new challenges thrown into it, so keeping my goals flexible has been a big part of this journey. In fact, I had much different goals for this month and then changed them based upon my needs. Reassessing your goals on a month-by-month basis will help keep you on track and should also prevent burnout and stress – though it can happen from time to time. BeforeRead More →

March was, initially, a lackluster reading month. I had every intention of sitting down and reading every day yet I couldn’t be bothered to do so. However, as the month progressed and began to creep closer to the end, I got my reading desire back. With every book I got through I was that much closer to hitting my reading goal for the month while also reducing my giant TBR. What was once an overwhelming TBR has shrunk over 3 years of dedicated reading and limited purchasing of new books. My March 2022 reading wrap-up showcases the books I read and my general thoughts onRead More →

Sakura season is a major event in Japan that is celebrated with sakura viewings, festivals, and plenty of sakura-themed foods. While these are plentiful in Japan, for those of us outside of Japan, it can be hard to experience the sights, smells, and flavors of cherry blossom season. However, thanks to companies like Bokksu, we can at least get the taste of all those wonderful spring flavors. Bokksu is a monthly subscription box that brings traditional snacks from Japan to your door. Each month is a new theme, highlighting different flavors and areas of Japan. The April 2022 Bokksu brings the many flavors of theRead More →

With my year of writing and milwordy challenge over, it’s time to reflect on the entire process of writing for a year. While I have spent a large chunk of my life writing, I have never focused as heavily on it as I did in 2021. This was the year I wanted to truly push my writing to a new level and challenge myself to write 1 million words. It was an insane goal, but I was willing to give it a shot. The year was filled with ups and downs, and a whole lot of words, yet in the end, I hit that loftyRead More →

In the blink of an eye, the third month of 2022 has arrived. March ushers in the arrival of spring, at least in some parts, and with that opens up an entirely new set of possibilities. For where I live, winter still has a solid presence in the month of March, so it’s a bit too early to embrace spring. However, that does leave plenty of opportunities to work on my goals for another month. Creating monthly goals has been one of the best decisions I’ve made as it keeps me on track for working towards bigger goals. Sharing those goals here also gives meRead More →

February was a crazy reading month. I did not plan to do a ton of reading and yet life threw me the opportunity. Our modem died at the end of January and wasn’t fixed until mid-February. This led to a lot of free time and so I turned to books. In fact, most of these books were read in the first 10 days of the month. Honestly, in a way, this was fantastic because it allowed me to truly tackle my TBR in an unexpected way. As with most months, I read a pretty good mix of genres in February, as I find sticking toRead More →