Note: This post is used as part of an application for a company in my local area. It is not sponsored or affiliated with the company, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Everyone has something they’re excited about.
We all have something we’re so passionate about, we want to shout from the rooftops to everyone around us. If some of us had the guts to turn around to the person behind us in the bookstore, we’d tell them, “This book is amazing and you should totally read it.” And when you look up the definition of “amped,” Merriam-Webster tells you this: filled with energetic excitement and enthusiasm.
Let’s go down a personal route and talk about what gets me amped.
If we’re not counting the occasional weekly wrap-ups I do (where my reading pile mopes continuously), it’s been ages since I’ve written a post that gives everyone a little glimpse about me.
But hey, sometimes we need a little positivity in our lives! And what better way to give everyone that little glimpse, be a little positive and talk about the things that I’m excited or enthusiastic about (aka what gets me amped)?
You know you have an obssession with books when:
- You could talk about them all day long
- The Kindle app is one of the first apps you download on a new device
- You try to see what others are reading when you see them carry a book
In fact, you know your obsession is reaching new heights when you start an entire website dedicated to books and reading and do it for a long time.
Sure I go through slumps and could spend days not reading if I’m not in the mood, but if I have the time, I’ll always go back to reading. While I don’t like every book I read, I’m always entering a book hoping that I will be plucked into the pages and into the world the author(s) create
and never return.
2. Learning and Trying Something New
I always find myself wanting to try things that pique my interest and experimenting, especially throughout my blogging years:
- Messing with graphics
- Playing with styles and formats
- Writing new topics
Because I don’t always live in blogging, I like trying new things in life:
- Dabbling with different subjects in photography
- Trying different planning systems
- Trying out a new snack
- Making my character more adaptable to help people out in games
I like a little variety in my life and I’m not a huge fan of being restricted to one particular area, skill or trade. I always want to learn more, asking the why and how. I’m a firm believer that there’s always something new to learn every day, no matter how small or big.
3. Finding out why
Learning isn’t necessarily asking the why and how it’s also getting all your things together and going on an adventure to find out the why and how. Part of the beauty of blogging is not only trying out new things but getting the chance to explore the questions I ask when I make observations.
One question I’ve been asking myself lately is related to Bookstagram. Why are there so little accounts using the checkerboard theme? What can I learn from testing it out on my own account for a few weeks? I decided to plot out the theme and on March 14, I launched the plan into action, made observations and started collecting some data. I’m currently cooking up the post in drafts after reading Kal’s Stats Transparency Post, where she talks about the lessons she learned after one year of blogging.
4. Being Creative
I used to think being someone different was not okay, and I needed to be like everyone else around me. At some point in my life, I must have reached an epiphany.
Now I think, “what can I do to make this different?” or “what can I do to make this me and stand out from the others?” Whenever I’m writing a Top Ten Tuesday post, I don’t stay with the topic – I like kicking it into a new spin. When I created my Instagram and actually sat down to work on it, I thought about what I could do to make my theme stand out (but still be me).
5. My Accomplishments Journal
In late February I decided to start an accomplishments journal, where I list all the things that I’ve accomplished or find memorable throughout the month. Sometimes I find there’s a lot of stress and too much I forget about, and looking back through the entries over the months when I’m feeling down usually picks up my mood. Plus it’s always exciting to think about what new and good things will happen in the upcoming month. Each month that begins is a new, blank slate.
(When that journal fills up, it’ll be full of things I’ve been excited about at the time. That’s a good thought to have now that I think about it.)
The Biggest Amp: Blogging
Blogging takes all of the items that get me amped and rolls it into one. I’m talking about books, one of my favorite topics ever and something I could talk about all day. Whether it’s about blogging or myself, I’m learning something new all the time. I’m finding out why and answering questions I have while learning new things. I get the chance to be creative with my posts and try something new. I’m focusing on what things make me happy and documenting them in an accomplishments journal.
Starting my blogging journey at a young age gave me so much opportunity to learn and grow as a person, and I continue to do so today. I’m almost always excited to open a new post and write out my thoughts so I can have a conversation in the comments with everyone (even though I’m usually late).
Let’s talk, bookwyrms! What gets you amped? What makes you excited and enthusiastic?