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!


More about Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Just a horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, reading, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

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

      1. 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!

    1. 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! ❤️

    1. 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

            1. 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!

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

    1. 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

    1. 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!

      1. 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!

    1. 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!

    1. 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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