T10T: Ways I'm Practicing Self-Care On My Birthday!

October 16, 2018


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s challenge was to list 10 bookstores/libraries you want to visit, but I went WAY off-course, because…

It’s my birthday!

I couldn’t not do a unique T10T post with my birthday falling on a Tuesday, so I decided to list 10 ways I plan on taking care of myself today.

1. the obvious: READING!

This probably goes without saying, but I hope to do lots of reading today! I have way too many current reads, and the best gift I could give myself today would be to finish up some of them. ?

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2. watching horror movies

Horror is my favorite film genre by far, and I usually try to fit in at least one of my favorites on my birthday every year! I’m thinking The Cabin in the Woods is due for its thousandth re-watch…

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3. youtube

One of my favorite forms of self-care is vegging out in bed with my iPad and my never-ending “watch later” playlist. Typically, this consists of a mixture of booktubers, the Try Guys, Markiplier, and Game Grumps!

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4. gaming

I love to play video games, though I don’t do it very often lately, between this blog, my kiddo, and school. I’d really like to set aside a few hours to play a game today—maybe I’ll start that new Stardew Valley game I keep saying I’m going to start!

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5. having a tasty cuppa

love hot tea, and since it has FINALLY started to feel a teensy bit like fall here this week, I’m definitely going to be enjoying some delicious tea today—either my #1 go-to of Irish Breakfast tea with milk and sugar, or my favorite autumn backup of loose leaf chai!

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6. writing blog posts

I know a lot of bloggers find creating content to be a chore, and I can definitely understand that (I get there sometimes, too!), but luckily, my blog is usually an incredibly fun and relaxing outlet for me.

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7. getting a little sunshine

I don’t go outside much at all during the warm months because I have a legitimate phobia of certain insects (and nope, I won’t tell you which ones, sorry), but as soon as it starts to cool off enough to keep the creepies at bay a little, I love hiking, going to the park, or even just goofing off in the yard with my son (and our new puppy!).

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8. minimizing my social media time

I decided recently to spend less time on social media. This only pertains to FB and Twitter, but my goal is to limit my time on those 2 sites to 30 minutes a day or less. I’ve been doing this for a few days now with the help of the new Screen Time feature in iOS 12 and the StayFocusd extension on Chrome.

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9. enjoying a few tunes ?

Music is a huge part of my daily life, and one of my favorite ways to unwind is just to listen to some great music! I listen to almost every genre, but lately I’m alternating between acoustic indie (Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, Gregory Alan Isakov, etc.) and metalcore/post-punk (Beartooth, Parkway Drive, Killswitch Engage, etc.) with a little Florence + the MachineRun the Jewels, and Khalid thrown in.

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10. most importantly: spending time with my loved ones ♥

Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday without my loved ones—namely my son, my partner, and my parents.

(an angry, cute little creature who yells and throws things a lot… yep, Stitch is basically my two-year-old.)

My birthday wouldn’t be complete without my amazing bookish family, of course. ♥ I love you guys!

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If you’d like to help celebrate my special day, please consider sharing my post with a social media button below, or checking out my Amazon or BookDepository wishlist!


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  • Reply Heather @ Heather’s Reading Hideaway October 16, 2018 at 12:22 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope you have an amazing day! ♥️♥️

  • Reply Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense October 16, 2018 at 12:42 am

    Happy birthday! I love that you’re making self-care a priority, especially for your bday. I hope you have an incredibly relaxing and fun day.

  • Reply booksofteacups October 16, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Happy Birthday! I hope you get all the books you wished for!

  • Reply ChrissiReads October 16, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Happy birthday! <3 I hope that you get to do all of these things.

  • Reply Norrie October 16, 2018 at 1:05 am

    Happy birthday! Wish you wonderful day! ⚘
    Hope it’s cold enough so those insects won’t start bugging you ?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 21, 2018 at 3:20 am

      Thank you, love! 😀 Haha your wish must have worked, because it’s currently nearly in the freezing temps at night and I spent most of today outside! BE GONE, FOUL BEASTIES!

  • Reply lindseyhabets October 16, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Happy birthday! Hope you’ll have an amazing day!

  • Reply Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum October 16, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Happy birthday! I hear you about the gaming. I used to game a lot more, but now my to-play list is piling up and almost as big as my to-read list, lol.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 21, 2018 at 3:22 am

      Thank you! Haha, I’m glad to hear someone can relate. There’s just not enough time in a day!

  • Reply Tamika @paperback & flick chick October 16, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Happy Birthday Destiny!! your plan for today sounds awesome!! enjoy every moment!

  • Reply Kelly Brigid October 16, 2018 at 1:48 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DESTINY! I hope you have an absolutely spectacular day filled with smiles, laughs, and love! You’re an amazing individual and deserve only the best of birthdays! ❤️

  • Reply Marie October 16, 2018 at 2:03 am

    Happy birthday!! I hope you’ll have a lovely day 🙂 <3 <3

  • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches October 16, 2018 at 2:11 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUU. [again, haha]
    Hope you get to do all these things, seriously. I CHALLENGE YOU. Okay, no I don’t. I just want you to enjoy every second of this day. The moment you don’t, just kick out whatever’s causing it – you’re totally allowed to. <3

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 21, 2018 at 3:23 am

      Haha THANK YOU! I didn’t get to do about half of it, sadly, but that’s okay, I’ll make up for it on, uh… the day after the last day of the semester, if nothing else? ?

      • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches October 22, 2018 at 4:35 am

        Oh lord. You have to schedule some down-time!?

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 24, 2018 at 12:02 am

          I knoooow ?? My version of that has been allowing myself to binge watch booktube videos for the last couple of nights instead of only reading until I pass out. >_>

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches October 24, 2018 at 3:41 am

            Hahahaha; that’s not scheduling down-time! Like. SCHEDULE A WHOLE DAY or weekend or multiple days or whatever to just do all the relaxing stuff!

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 26, 2018 at 1:00 am

            That’s what I really should do! ?

  • Reply CJR The Brit October 16, 2018 at 2:26 am

    Happy Birthday! Got to have a cuppa reading all those lovely books!!

  • Reply Brooke Lorren October 16, 2018 at 2:52 am

    Happy birthday! I hope you find time to do everything on your list and have an amazing day!

  • Reply Jolien @ The Fictional Reader October 16, 2018 at 2:58 am

    Happy birthday! I think those are amazing ways to take care of yourself, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

  • Reply Tiffany G. October 16, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Happy Birthday! What a great way to celebrate! I’m totally thinking about doing this for my birthday next week!

  • Reply Sara @ The Bibliophagist October 16, 2018 at 7:01 am

    Happy birthday!! ?

  • Reply Carolina @fictionologyst October 16, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Happy birthday babe!! Have a good time with yourself and your family!!

  • Reply Tammy October 16, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Happy birthday, Destiny! Wow you are going to have a very busy day?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 21, 2018 at 3:03 am

      Thank you, Tammy! Haha, I did end up having a pretty busy birthday. Sadly I didn’t get to do all of these things but it was still good!

  • Reply Taasia @ librapaintspages October 16, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Happy Birthday, Destiny! Self care is so important and I’m glad that it’s something you’re going to focus on. I had no idea your birthday was in October – mine was too, and that’s insanely cool! I hope you have an absolutely wonderful day x

  • Reply Poinsettia October 16, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day. 🙂 If you like to check out my post this week, here is my Top Ten Tuesday

  • Reply anovelglimpse October 16, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Happy birthday!

  • Reply Victoria @ The Contented Reader October 16, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Happy birthday, Destiny!! I hope you have a wonderful day and are showered with love by your family and friends and some great books ?

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  • Reply Kaya @ afictionalbookworm October 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!???❤️❤️❤️
    You’re one of the best bloggers I know, and one of the first to introduce me to this wonderful community so thank you for that!
    I’m so happy you’re investing in self-care, it is so important. And if you’re ever up for a horror movie/video game review, I’d love to read that!

  • Reply tasya @ the literary huntress October 16, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Happy birthday Destiny!!! I hope you’ll have an amazing year ahead ?The try guys always managed to cheer me up, have you seen their latest video? It’s hilarious!

  • Reply Greg October 16, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Happy birthday!!!! Hope you get lots of reading time (and everything else too)!

  • Reply Ainslee, Jest and Hearts October 16, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Happy Birthday, it sounds like you’re going to have a fantastic day!

  • Reply Eva | Brilliantly Bookish October 16, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Happy birthday!! It looks like you are spending your day wonderfully ?

  • Reply Flavia October 16, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Yaaaaaas! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  • Reply Arya D. @Arya's Fangirl Lexicon October 16, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Happy Birthday! Hope you have(had) a great day!

  • Reply Stephanie October 16, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Happy birthday Destiny!! ??? Have a wonderful day! ?❤? You deserve it, love! ?

  • Reply Kaleena @ Reader Voracious October 16, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Happy birthday, Destiny! ILY and hope you have a wonderful day!!!

  • Reply Dezzy @ The Thoughtful Voice October 16, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Awww I love this post, Destiny! I hope you managed to do most of these items! Happy Birthday!! ☺️??

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 21, 2018 at 3:06 am

      Thank you so much, Dezzy. <3 I didn't get to everything, but it was still a very good day!

  • Reply TeaPartyPrincess October 17, 2018 at 5:56 am

    Happy Birthday!
    This is an excellent plan for self-care 🙂 I hope your tea is the perfect temperature when you drink it, and that the book you read is good.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk

  • Reply jamsu October 17, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Happy late birthday! I love that you used Doctor Who gif 🙂

  • Reply Ari @ Books. Libraries. Also, cats. October 17, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    I hope you had a great birthday!! Tea + reading is definitely my favorite form of self-care. Chai is one of my favorites too!

  • Reply iloveheartlandx October 18, 2018 at 6:27 am

    Happy belated birthday!

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  • Reply Avery @ RedRocketPanda October 18, 2018 at 9:29 am

    I hope you had a great day and managed to do lots of good self care things for yourself!
    Did you manage to play Stardew Valley yet??

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 21, 2018 at 3:12 am

      Thank you so much, love! <3 I haven't played it in a while so I really wanted to play it some on my birthday, but sadly I didn't get the chance to! I'm going to try to prioritize it soon, but I have such a hard time sitting down and playing a game when there are ARCs to be read. ? Luckily, though, my semester ends in about a month and then I'll have a lot more free time!

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  • Reply Kelly October 19, 2018 at 11:14 am

    I love this! I hope you were able to do all of these on your birthday and that you had a great day. Also, yay for Game Grumps and Markiplier!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 21, 2018 at 3:15 am

      Thank you, Kelly! <3 I did have a good day! I didn't get to do quite everything but the most important things got done (reading, family, and Markiplier/Game Grumps ?)

  • Reply Annemieke October 23, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    I hope you ended up having a great reading day. 😀

  • Reply Nicole Evans October 25, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    I’m sorry I missed your birthday, but I hope you LOVED it and had a wonderful day! May this be the best year yet! <3

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