It’s in the Bag

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TheDCLadies blog prompt – Day 8: It’s in the Bag. Today’s challenge is part writing, part photo Twitter. We all carry about way to much in our bags, ever notice when you stick you hand in you pull out everything but the kitchen sink? Yup, that! So we want to know we aren’t the only ones… What’s in your bag?

Isn’t that true? Ladies, we carry an exorbitance amount with us at all times it’s nuts. Up until recently, I tried to have the smallest bag with me at all times. I liked a wallet satchel, or a small cross body, but nothing crazy. I didn’t need all the extras. I didn’t want the frills. I didn’t what the hassle of a bag.

Now, that has all changed. Bz_ZrT7IgAA_dWLThis is my most recent purchase, and a great one at that. Ladies, this bag is enormous inside, but a small exterior. This is the ultimate Mary Poppins bag. This bag is equip with four inside pockets (no zippers) and two more with zippers. It’s a convertible cross body or a casual handbag, and not to worry there is an exterior zip pocket, too. Now, that you have a sense of how big this bag, I can tell you what is currently in my bag.

Bag contents pictured as of this morning:
-iPhone charger
-The Death Cure (book)
-Make up bag
-Starbucks Gold card (guilty)

I am sure there are other things that can be found in my bag that aren’t pictured, too. I don’t know if the times are changing or if I am. I am constantly on the run. It’s nice to have a bag with such versatility so I can grab it for a night out or for a day at the office. What’s in your bag, ladies?



what to read next?


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What made you pick up the book you are currently reading? How do you get suggestions and recommendations? If you’re on the hunt for something new and interesting to read, you have plenty of places to turn. Lifehacker put out a blog and  asked you where you went to find something good to read—whether it’s based on the things you’ve already read, someone’s suggestions you trust, a website that lets you build a virtual “shelf” of your favorite titles, or just a discussion group.

Goodreads, Book Bub, LibraryThing, Reddit were the top places to find a new book from the Lifehacker post. I’ve never tried using any of these except Goodreads, and my book turned out to be a good suggestion. Currently, Matt is reading a book that was suggested from a Reddit thread and he seems to be enjoying it so far.

Personally, I still like checking on Amazon and at the bookstore/library for a book. There’s some novelty about it that I can’t explain. When it comes to a niche or specialty books on highly specific topics, I would suggest going to a local bookstore and then a library as well. Looking for books on specifically political topics, or independently published authors whose books are on limited release? Indie bookstores are where you need to go—and the people that work there are likely to have suggestions for you too. I remember my days working in a bookstore: Each of us had a specialty area we were happy to talk about.


what should I read?

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Reading is awesome! I love being consumed by a great book. Right now, I am reading Digital Fortress by Dan Brown. It’s an awesome read, totally thrilling and it’s a real page turner.

When reading, I can’t help but thinking, “what should I read next” even when I have a book in my hands. I am always willing to take reccomendations from friends, but sometimes we don’t have the same taste in books. This seems to be a common problem. Allow me to save you from your troubles. is an awesome website that will give you a few options for your next book. This website will match you with your new book in seconds based on your favorite books and authors. Needless to say, this is a pretty awesome website.

new year

As you all know by now, Matt has a blog. Matt’s blog is pretty awesome, but sometimes it is a little neglected so I push him to write more. I push him because I know he enjoys writing, but maintaining a blog is hard work– and I like omg it’s kendal ann to be a creative outlet for others, not just myself. Often I ask Matt to write on a particular topic, but other times he will come to me with ideas, like this one: New Year’s Resolutions; shocking for this time of year, right? Oh please, just because you saw the words New Years Resolution doesn’t mean you are going to stop reading. Trust me this is an awesome post. Anyway, this is an awesome post and I am really excited to see what will happen in 2014. I think he is, too! Setting NYR isn’t a bad thing, I used to be like Matt never making resolutions, but for some reason this just just seems different.

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new goals

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With it being after the first of the year, people have already had their New Year’s Resolutions in full swing (hopefully) for a few days now. Resolutions such as working out more, cooking healthier, spending less and so on are some of the most common resolutions that I’ve heard of, but I feel like they’re some of the most common resolutions that also never fully come to fruition.

One thing that I’ve never done is set a resolution for the New Year. Let me give you a second to pick your jaw up from the floor. Okay. Let’s go. Never have I ever set a New Year’s resolution mainly because I’ve always lived my life the way I’ve wanted to do it. Sure, I could use a few reps in the gym or stand to not spend as much money on things, but at the same time, I’m perfectly happy living my life the way I currently do.

This year won’t be any different in terms of not making New Year’s resolutions. I have none. At the same time, I still want to grow as a person and I know that I need to make some changes in order to help myself grow and mature more. So, I’ve come up with three things that I want to work at more during this upcoming year.

  1. Shoot more photos, both digital and film, with the film being black and white.
  2. Read more books.
  3. Write more.

With the first one on my list, I want to get back into the photography realm once again. I used to shoot every day for my job, but now that I don’t work there anymore, I haven’t picked up my camera since August. I miss it. Not only do I miss taking photos, I just miss the thrill of going on a walk, camera in hand, and just looking for interesting (to me) things to photograph. I really also want to break out my Dad’s Nikon F-3 and shoot some black and white photos. There’s just something about a black and white photo that gets me every time.

As a child, I read everything. I read the newspaper with my cereal, I read the box of the cereal, I read magazines and books and I was read to before I went to sleep each night. But as I got older, life happened more, making it harder to curl up with a book each night. In 2014, I want to finish a new book each month. I’m the type of person who doesn’t like to start a book and not finish it (unless I’m really not into it). So today, I finished the last book I was reading (which I started in November) and moved onto my January 2014 book. Here’s to reading more!

Finally, Kendal Ann has been putting out a new blog post each day and will so until she hits 365 blog posts – one for each day of a year. I started to get on that path, but once again, life happened and I was unable to keep it going. So I want to make a better attempt to write more during the coming year. Maybe not put out a blog post a day, but try and put a few out a week in order to keep my brain going and wet my whistle with some creativity.

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution? If so, why? Did you follow through with it? If not, why?

Resolutions are too formal. Goals are more fun and really make you think about the smaller things that you have a tendency to miss out on when life happens.

che guevara

the motorcycle diaries

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we sealed our pact never to give up until we had realized our dream

In high school I took IB classes. During of my classes, Theory of Knowledge, we had to read: The Motorcycle Diaries. Honestly, the book is amazing and I would recommend it to anyone. Like Che and Alberto did with sealing their pact to never give up until realizing their dream, I will do the same. Let me give you a little break down on what the book is about:

It’s a  memoir that traces the early travels of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, (who at the time was 23 and a  medical student) and his friend Alberto Granado, a 29-year-old biochemist.  They left Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1952 on the back of a motorcycle: La Poderosa (“The Mighty One”). They wanted to explore. They wanted to explore the South America that they know knew of from the books they read.

During the formative odyssey Guevara is transformed. His transformation beings because he is witnessing the social injustices of exploited mine workers, persecuted communists, ostracized lepers, and the once-great Incan civilization. Spoiler: by the conclusion of their journey you learn a lot of Che and his life. By the end you find out that they travel for a symbolic nine months by motorcycle, steamship, raft, horse, bus, and hitchhiking. (I still don’t know what the symbolic 9 means). They covered over 5,000 mi during this journey. They crossed places like the Andes, Atacama Desert, and the Amazon River.  As the story ends, Che has a deceleration. As he was privileged and  born into an upper-middle-class family, displaying his willingness to fight and die for the cause of the poor, and his dream of seeing a united Latin America.

After a simple Google search of The Motorcycle Diaries, to ensure the quote at the top was correct, I learned there is a movie! I am floored and beyond excited to watch this film. After watching the trailer several times, it makes me so excited to reread this book. Honestly, its a phenomenal book and only gets better with time. If you are more of a movie person, then watch the movie. Check out the trailer below.