It feels like it was just Tuesday. This week absolutely flew by. As usual for Fridays here on GFF, I’m sharing my Friday Favorites. It’s essentially a round up of some of my favorite things from the last week.

Friday Favorites

Picking up my laptop

Monday morning I took my laptop in to get worked on. The space bar would only put a space every 3 or 4 times I pressed it, which made me absolutely crazy. I was constantly having to go back and correct my typing. I got a phone call yesterday after they checked it out and it would cost me nearly half of what I paid for it in November or 2016 to get it fixed, with no guarantee that the replacement keyboard would work any better. The tech I talked to seemed to think that it was a design flaw, as nothing was physically wrong with the space bar when he took it apart. So instead of getting it repaired I’m just going to deal with it and put that money towards a new laptop instead when this one dies.

As frustrating as that is, I’m very glad to have it back. I really missed being able to work from different places in the house, not to mention being able to head out of a coffee shop to get some work done. I honestly didn’t realize how much I enjoyed doing that until I couldn’t do it at all this week.

Breaking down my goals

I came up with some goals for 2018 and I’ve been figuring out how to achieve them. While some of them are pretty straight forward like reading 24 books this year, a couple are bigger and more complicated like those related to my blog and creating products. They seemed like these big things that I wasn’t sure how to tackle. I’ve decided to try creating a to do list for each of these bigger goals. The to do lists have absolutely everything on them that I can think that I’ll need to do to accomplish my goal. For instance, for blog posts I have “upload photos to post” and “schedule Facebook post to GFF page”. All the little details are there, and surprisingly it feels like a less intimidating thing now. I’m hoping it helps me to tackle those big, intimidating projects. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Libby EBook App

Libby App

My dad has really enjoyed borrowing ebooks from our local library, so I thought I would try it out. The app that our library uses is Libby, and so far I’ve really been liking it. Just like with physical books at the library, there’s only a limited number of copies of each ebook, and if someone else has it out, you have to put a hold on it. I’m currently on a wait list for two books, but I have two books already, one of which I’ve already started reading. I’ve only read a few other ebooks on my tablet, so I wasn’t sure how I was going to like reading them on my phone, but so far I’m liking it a lot more than I thought I would. Plus it’s hard to go wrong with free books, right?

Origin by Dan Brown

Speaking of books, I bought Dan Brown’s latest book, Origin (affiliate link) with a gift card that I got for Christmas. I really enjoyed some of his other books (Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code), so I had high expectations with this one as well. I’m about half way through and it’s just as much of a page turner as his other ones. If you like his other Robert Langdon books, I’d definitely recommend check out Origin too.

YouTube, Instagram Stories, and Facebook Live

For the longest time I wasn’t a fan of videos, even though everything I was reading online said that that’s the kind of content that was expecting to blow up. I would have much rather read something that listen to and watch someone talk about the exact same topic. I’m not sure what has changed recently, but I’ve found myself enjoying video more, no matter where I’m watching it – YouTube, Instagram, or Facebook. What are your favorite YouTube channels to follow? I’m looking to add some to my list. I’m thinking of adding some video content on GFF and social media now. It’s scary and overwhelming – I’m not even sure where to start, but be on the look out for it soon.

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Friday Favorites January 19 2018