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Ingenious Furniture- Why I love design and furniture

I can’t believe that I am already writing my second blog post for this year.

Today I found this amazing video at youtube and I felt the urge to share this with you.

I adore furniture and especially furniture that I understand that the designer (or crafter) spend time to make it more practical or sophisticated.

I found the video as it was proposed/suggested by youtube and after watching this I also looked into their channel and it seems really interesting too, so I decided to subscribe.

I hope you like it too

Until next time

XoXo

Elianna

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Goodbye 2019 and Welcome to a new Decade

Hi Readers. As we are about to say goodbye to another year and welcome a new decade, I strongly felt the need to write a blog post. It’s been years since I last had that need and the reason that brought me here might seem strange to you. I will try to explain briefly…

As I have told you in the past, I was born and raised in Greece and I still leave here. Today due to the upcoming change of the year, TV channels air shows or tv series that have a festive vibe. Ok. But what’s so special about that? It happens every year…

Yes you are right, but today one of the main tv channel in Greece celebrates it’s 30th birthday. For this reason they have prepared a special commercial that feels very nostalgic and shows the evolution of a family over 30 years. Also they have decided to relaunch and actually create a new season of one of the most popular tv series in the Greek TV history called ” Chara’s coffee shop”. The story continues after 14 years and we will see the evolution of the characters after some many years.

These 2 things mentioned above made me feel emotional. I started thinking about the changes that happen in everyone’s lives over the years and how the changes and the different roles we play in life shape us and ultimately make us who we are.

30 years ago, I was a baby (not even walking) and my parents were experiencing the gift of motherhood and fatherhood. Now we do not live at this house anymore and I am grown woman 🙂 . I am working and I am at a point in my life that I make important decisions( I hope that we will have time to discuss in the future ).

The nostalgia, I’ve told you earlier is also connected to a strong feeling of gratefulness. My life as the lives of the majority of people hasn’t been easy. But as I am ready to start a new decade I CHOOSE to look back and say thank you to the difficult situations that occured in my life. I just can’t say (at lease yet) thank you to difficult situations related to health (my family’s or mine). I even CHOOSE to say thank you to people that caused my anxiety, fear or even pain.

In 2019 I become 30 (and changed a decade in my life) and today we are also starting a new decade. Let’s try our best to make not only this new year or even this new decade great but all of our years great. Let’s offer ourselves in a few or many years in the future to look back and have nice things to remember, nice memories and experiences shared with people that we want to have in our lives. Let’s be optimistic but let’s also try to make decisions and stick to them following a plan.

I also want to briefly share 2 events that happened this year and made my feel proud of myself. The first is that this year I decided to loose weight. All of my life I have been overweight and now I have already lost 15 kilos. I have many more kilos that I need to loose, but still I feel that I have made a really big gift to myself by starting this process.

Also a couple of months ago, I went to a training offered to the employees of my company. The training was performecd by my former employer (!!!) so I was really happy that I would have the chance to see my old colleagues. Indeed this happened. I haven’t seen my former colleagues for over 2,5 years (since I left the company). Everyone was commenting on my change (fewer kilos and new hairstyle) and of course these are nice things that you want to hear. But the most important thing for me was something not obvious to others. How my priorities and the way that I deal with problems, opportunities and challenges has changed over these years. And even though I still make mistakes in many levels (and I will continue to do so) I feel so proud of myself.

I don’t want to take any more of your time. I just want to conclude with my strong belief that it’s up to us to decide which role we want to play in life. The observer or the participant? And don’t get my wrong.It’s ok to be a participant as long as you choose to be one. Personally whenever I choose to be a participant I regret it at some point so I try as hard as I can (cause at least for me it can be hard sometimes) to take action.

Closing with a hope that I will write more blog posts in the upcoming year.

Have a blessed New Year and a fabulous new decade,

XoXo

Elianna

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Can a death of a character evolve your story?Death of Laurel Lance and Fin Michaelson

During last week, two of the main characters of 2 shows that I love and I watch every week died.

One is Laurel Lance from Arrow and the other is Fin Michaelson from the Originals.

I really like both characters and the dynamic they bring to each of the shows.

Today’s post is to share my thoughts on a character that has to die in order the plot to evolve. I have shared with you, that I like writing stories and even more based on these 2 “deaths”, I stopped and wondered how a death can help a story.

Even though I will really miss Laurel and Fin, losing somebody can be a strong motive for your remaining characters. What is important is not always to have your characters throughout your whole book, story, series etc , but also to know when to let them go. Keeping balance is not always easy but it is really important.

For example Laurel left at a point where she had accomplished so many things, had the chance to reunite with her family, expressed her true feelings to Oliver (for more see the video below and grab some tissues). Fin’s death on the other side, gave us the chance to see once again a more sensitive side of Klaus, the everlasting power of family and the more human side of Kol.

Having said all the above, if you are a writer or a wannabe writer choose the right time to let a character go and remember that even when a character is not physically present, it can play a significant role to your story.

Until next time,

XoXo,

Elianna

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Book review “The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

Title of book: The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us, #1) 

Author: Maggie Hall 

Genre: YA international thriller (part of a trilogy)

Release Year of release: 2015

Version that I’ve read or listened to (Book, Audiobook etc): Audiobook

Part of a series: Yes, the “The Conspiracy of Us” 

Active author at social media and internet in general (blog, website etc): Yes

Book cover: Amazing! Easy 9 out of 10

Main characters: Avery, Jack and Stellan

Summary of the book

Avery West is almost 17 years old and she lives with her mother. They often change where they live due to her mother’s job or so Avery believes! During her prom, she surprisingly finds out that from her father’s side, who she has never met in her life but she has never actually lost her fate of meeting, is part of a powerful secret society. This society is called the Circle and the girl with the purple eyes, our main character, is part of an ancient prophecy that will increase the Circle’s power. The dynamics between the Circle are quite interesting. Everyone wants to use Avery, in a different way throughout the book, some will stand by her side or pretend to, some will want her dead. As this wasn’t enough, the Circle is threatened by another organization, called the Order.

Having said that, in the first few chapters of the book, Avery travels across Europe to finally meet her dad, but as the story continues she puts all of her efforts to solve the mystery of the prophecy. Avery travels across countries in order to find clues and during her journey, she has Jack and Stellan with whom a love thriangle will start to develop.

Note 1: Jack and Stellan work for these Circle’s families.

Note 2: If you like love triangles, “Map of Fates”, (book #2 from the Conspiracy of Us series) will reward you.  

 Strong Elements of the book 

  • The book is fast-paced. The chapters of the book are not really big. That helps the reader understand more easily the plot and it does not become boring.
  • I like books that are part of series. This one is part of a trilogy.
  • As a big role in the plot play Achilles, Alexander the Great and his descendants and as I am Greek, I found that the historical details are given with respect to the history. Of course not entirely accurate, not by mistake but so as to help the plot evolve. Overall, the use of history and legends were a strong plus of the book.
  • The action scenes have reason for existence and they are described beautifully.
  • The characters are finding clue after clue and the story gradually unravels.
  • There are no unnecessary descriptions in the beginning of the book. Usually in books like this one, there are and I am not a fan of them. Ending of the book that keeps readers interest alive for the second book as well.

 Weak or less strong Elements of the book

I would have liked more details about the character’s personalities and analysis of their feelings as Avery, Jack and Stellan are going through so many changes in their lives throughout the book.

  • I would have liked Avery to have a stronger personality, a personality with more layers to explore.
  • Personally, if I were Avery, there would be no choice to make, I would choose Jack. But when it comes to her feelings, they are messed up, but without proper explanation as to how they started to exist for Stellan as well. Maybe her feelings for Stellan are more justified in the second book, but not in the 1st one in my opinion.
  • Stating that 2 world wars were practically orchestrated by the Circle is too much.
  • I would have liked at the end of the book a list of the members of the Circle, the 12 families. Maybe this is done at the actual book, but as I listened to the Audiobook, I have no way of verifying that.
  • Avery has a small age difference from Jack and Stellan. Having said that, the 2 boys seem to be way more mature than she is, without obvious reason.

 Favourite character:

 Definitely Jack.

 Did the story keep you guessing?

 Yes and sets a good base for the second part of the trilogy “Map of Fates” .

 Were certain types of scene written particularly well?

 Yes, action scenes.

 Did the book make me laugh or cry?

Laugh yes, cry no.

Did the story grip you and keep you turning the pages?

Yes. I finished the audiobook really fast.

Things to look forward in the next book:
As I firstly read the second book and then the first one when, I cannot answer this part. If I hadn’t done that, I would have probably mentioned:

  1. Trip to Greece and Delphi, because when you talk about prophecies there is no better place to involve and describe.
  2. More clues and treasure hunting.
  3. Stellan’s fans for sure would like more of him (and spoiler) they will get it.

Overall rating of the book.

8 out of 10.

P.S: You may also find my book review at my account at Goodreads .

Until next time,

XoXo,

Elianna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Audiobooks…My heaven!

Recently I came across a book cover that caught my attention.

Yes… Shame on me, but covers play a significant role so as to choose a book to read.

Then I saw that the book is part of a trilogy and this was the second book.

But for which trilogy am I talking about? The trilogy is written by Maggie Hall and contains the following books:

  1. The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us, #1) , published on January 13th 201
  2. Map of Fates (The Conspiracy of Us #2) , published on March 8th 2016
  3. Untitled (The Conspiracy of Us, #3) , expected publication 2017

book covers

I am not quite sure why, but I decided to start from the second book.

So far so good, but my spare time these past couple of weeks was been zero to none. So I decided to purchase their audiobooks and yes I am so grateful that audiobooks exist. Within 3 days I finished the second book and now I am in the middle of the 1st book!

Keep in mind that I will post a separate book review for both of the books (when I will have finished them both).

But why is this so special to me that I decided to write a blog post about it?

Apart from really liking these books, I decided to read a book or listen to an audiobook every week. It is an ambitious goal, but I will try to stick to it. I love stories and I adore analyzing and mixing them up in my mind. Please comment in case you have a book to recommend.

Until next time,

XoXo

Elianna

 

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Do you use Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr and Google + ? Then you must read this.

Do you use Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr and Google Plus.Then you must read this.

I just found this amazing graphic made by the team at Makeawebsitehub.com and I thought I absolutely had to blog about it. Even if you use Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr and Google + and you consider yourself an advanced user, at the end of the graphic you will be find yourself taking notes for their useful shortcuts.

Enjoy… 

Until next time, 

XoXo

Elianna

 

Social Media Keyboard Shortcuts

 

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Project: Gratitude Day 4

From chaos to Grace...

Some people have wonderful childhoods.  Full of everything wonderful.

Magic and unicorns.

And some children do not.

Wednesday, our 7th child officially moves into the house.  Our 4th foster child.

He is 14, and a boy.  It may as well be a death sentence for him in the world of foster care.  Very few people will take teenagers, much less boys.

He has had a really, really rough year.  And his struggles are not over.  School alone will be a massive challenge for him, and it’ll be his first real experience with school.

I lost count of his attempted suicide attempts this year.

So, on our weekly passes with him to bring him home with us to spend the night and go to church, I watch.

I wait.

A simple smile.

Gratitude Day 4 web

The sound of laughter that rings through the air, and echoes in my house.

For a foster parent, that…

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My prayers have been heard.

Hi all,

My prayers have finally been heard. So never give up. Misa and Prison break in general is back. As I have already shared with you , I adore Prison break and its actors, I was devastated when the show ended and I am thrilled that it will be back for its season 5. In order to “celebrate” these news, I have chosen to share with you 3 videos. The first one is about Misa (or Michael and Sarah) and the second one is dedicated to Michael amazing way of thinking and processing things. Last but not least, the 3rd one is a video from CW’s new series Legends of Tomorrow. This show will start on 2016 and two of its main characters will be Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller. During the interview, the 2 starts where asked about the possibility of a 5th season and that’s where it all started and our hopes were renewed. Now things are official and we will only have to wait a few more months. So to all prison break fans…Yeah, they are back!!!

P.S: Today’s featured photo was taken from this site.

Until next time,

XoXo

Eliana

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Blogging, Blogging, Blogging. My 6th assignment

Hi blogosphere.

The 6th assignment was to create and publish our About page, then either adapt it into a widget on our home page or add it to our menu.

Having already completed the first part, I had to add it to a widget. So I tried to sum up what I have written at my about page and the outcome is now available at the sidebar of my blog.

Hope you guys like it and find it useful.

Until next time,

XoXo,

Eliana