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. ?
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…
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!
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!
5. having a tasty cuppa
I 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!
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.
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!).
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.
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 Machine, Run the Jewels, and Khalid thrown in.
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!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope you have an amazing day! ♥️♥️
THANK YOU! I love you too much, Heather ♥
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.
Thank you, Alicia! ♥
Happy Birthday! I hope you get all the books you wished for!
Thank you so much! <3
Happy birthday! <3 I hope that you get to do all of these things.
Thank you, Chrissi! <3
Happy birthday! Wish you wonderful day! ⚘
Hope it’s cold enough so those insects won’t start bugging you ?
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!
Happy birthday! Hope you’ll have an amazing day!
Thank you so much, Lindsey, I definitely did!
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.
Thank you! Haha, I’m glad to hear someone can relate. There’s just not enough time in a day!
Happy Birthday Destiny!! your plan for today sounds awesome!! enjoy every moment!
Thank you so much!! <3
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! ❤️
THANK YOU, Kelly! ♥ I love you too much!
Happy birthday!! I hope you’ll have a lovely day 🙂 <3 <3
Thank you so much, Marie!
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
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? ?
Oh lord. You have to schedule some down-time!?
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. >_>
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!
That’s what I really should do! ?
Happy Birthday! Got to have a cuppa reading all those lovely books!!
Thank you! Haha that’s right!
Happy birthday! I hope you find time to do everything on your list and have an amazing day!
Thank you so much!
Happy birthday! I think those are amazing ways to take care of yourself, and I hope you have a wonderful day!
Thank you so much! <3
Happy Birthday! What a great way to celebrate! I’m totally thinking about doing this for my birthday next week!
Thank you! You totally should, and happy early birthday!
Happy birthday!! ?
Thank you! <3
Happy birthday babe!! Have a good time with yourself and your family!!
Thank you so much!!
Happy birthday, Destiny! Wow you are going to have a very busy day?
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!
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
Thank you so much and happy belated birthday, love!
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
Happy birthday, Destiny!! I hope you have a wonderful day and are showered with love by your family and friends and some great books ?
Thank you so much Victoria, I definitely was!
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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!
Awww Kaya thank you so much!! You are so sweet and this is so appreciated ♥♥
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!
Thank you! Ooh, which video were you referring to? I love them so much!
The most disgusting liquor xD
YES. ? I loved that.
Happy birthday!!!! Hope you get lots of reading time (and everything else too)!
Thank you so much, Greg!
Happy Birthday, it sounds like you’re going to have a fantastic day!
Thank you, love, I did!
Happy birthday!! It looks like you are spending your day wonderfully ?
Thank you so much! 😀
Yaaaaaas! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
THANK YOU! ♥♥
Happy Birthday! Hope you have(had) a great day!
Thank you so much! <3
Happy birthday Destiny!! ??? Have a wonderful day! ?❤? You deserve it, love! ?
Thank you so much Stephanie! ♥
You’re very welcome! 🙂
Happy birthday, Destiny! ILY and hope you have a wonderful day!!!
I know I’m late but thank you!! Ily too!
Awww I love this post, Destiny! I hope you managed to do most of these items! Happy Birthday!! ☺️??
Thank you so much, Dezzy. <3 I didn't get to everything, but it was still a very good day!
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.
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Thank you so much! Haha I smiled at the tea comment—that is the perfect wish! <3
Happy late birthday! I love that you used Doctor Who gif 🙂
Thank you! 😀 Gotta love the Doctor!
I miss ten and eleven
I hope you had a great birthday!! Tea + reading is definitely my favorite form of self-care. Chai is one of my favorites too!
Thank you Ari, I did! Mmm, chai… now I want a cup before bed, haha!
Happy belated birthday!
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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??
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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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!
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 ?)
I hope you ended up having a great reading day. 😀
Thank you so much! <3
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
It’s totally okay, thank you so much! <3