One of my 2018 New Year's Resolutions is to start making the time for reading for fun. In this post I share some tips for how to do that, book recommendations, and my Bookish Secret Santa reveal! | BLOGMAS DAY 31: HOW TO START READING FOR FUN + BOOKISH SECRET SANTA REVEAL | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Blogmas Day 31: How to start reading for fun

I’m going to do a full post on my 2018 New Year’s Resolutions, but one of the goals I really want to focus on is making more time for reading for fun. When I was in elementary and middle school reading for fun was my absolute favorite pastime. I used to keep a book in at school, a book in my house, and a book in the car and read wherever I was. Once school started becoming more challenging — and especially now that I’m an English major in college, reading tons of novels for class — reading for fun started to…

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Christmas is so soon and I've been listening to Christmas music like crazy! In this post I run through my definitive ranking of all my favorite Christmas songs. | BLOGMAS DAY 30: THE DEFINITIVE RANKING OF MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONGS | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Blogmas Day 30: The definitive ranking of my favorite Christmas songs

I can’t believe Christmas is so soon! I’ve been listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas movies basically nonstop for the past month. A few weeks ago, I shared my Spotify Christmas playlist on the blog, but today I’m sharing my definitive ranking of my top 10 favorite Christmas songs. Disclaimer: I’m calling it my definitive ranking somewhat jokingly because my ranking changes all the time! Be sure to leave a comment down below with some of your favorite Christmas songs.     10. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Michael Bublé   9. Silent Night – any live performance…

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For Friday Favs No. 4, I'm sharing my favorite Christmas tradition, favorite book, and my favorite way to get the news. Get to know me a little better and share your favs with me in the comments! | BLOGMAS DAY 29: FRIDAY FAVS NO. 4 | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Blogmas Day 29: Friday Favs No. 4

It’s that time of the week again! Time for Friday Favs No. 4. This week I’m sharing my favorite Christmas tradition, my favorite book, and my favorite way to get the news. Read Friday Favs No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 if you want even more!   *Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which allow me to earn a small commission off your purchases at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting Honeybee Joyous!*     Christmas tradition My absolute favorite Christmas tradition is Christmas ornaments. My family takes our ornaments super seriously. We’ve got two full sized artificial trees…

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It's inevitable that somehow someone on your list will have slipped through the cracks. This post is all about ideas for where to find that last minute gift for your forgotten friend. | BLOGMAS DAY 28: PLACES TO SHOP FOR LAST MINUTE GIFTS | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Blogmas Day 28: Places to shop for last minute gifts

Try as we might, it’s inevitable that every year, someone on our list falls through the cracks and we have to go out and buy a last minute Christmas gift. Maybe you ordered a great gift on Etsy but it’s shipping from Turkey and won’t be here in time. Maybe you just found out you could make it to a holiday party you thought you couldn’t attend and now you need a hostess gift. Whatever your struggle, keep reading for some ideas about where to shop for those last minute presents.     Amazon Prime If you live on planet…

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For this installment of "What I'm listening to Wednesday" I'm sharing my "songs to play on repeat" playlist, which contains all of my most favorite songs. | BLOGMAS DAY 27: WHAT I'M LISTENING TO WEDNESDAY — SONGS TO PLAY ON REPEAT | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Blogmas Day 27: What I’m listening to Wednesday — My “songs to play on repeat” playlist

I really love doing this “What I’m listening to Wednesday” series because I love sharing my Spotify playlists with y’all and I love hearing what y’all are listening to. This week, I’m sharing my playlist called “Songs to play on repeat.” This is my playlist of all my favorite songs that I could listen to endlessly without getting tired of them. If you want to listen to my top songs of 2017 (a lot of them are on this list too) you can do that here, you can hear my “songs for a rainy day” playlist here, and my Christmas…

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The holidays can be a stressful time and that means self care is more important than ever! Check out my tips for prioritizing self care during the holiday season. | BLOGMAS DAY 26: HOW TO PRACTICE SELF CARE OVER THE HOLIDAYS | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Blogmas Day 26: How to practice self care over the holidays

The holidays can definitely be a stressful time. Whether it’s last minute shopping for your Secret Santa, conversations about what you’re going to do with your life at the dinner table, or just the winter blues, it’s easy to stress yourself out. All that’s to say there’s no better time to prioritize self care. I’ve got an older post about 10 ways to practice self care every day, but I wanted to write a new post specifically for the holiday season. Keep reading for my tips on how to do some great self care while you enjoy the holidays and…

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Today's Monday Motivation features one of my favorite things — goal setting! Check out some of my favorite links with tips for setting awesome goals. | BLOGMAS DAY 25: MONDAY MOTIVATION — GOAL SETTING LINK ROUNDUP | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Blogmas Day 25: Monday Motivation — Goal setting link roundup

If you’re a longtime Honeybee Joyous reader, you probably know about how much I love to set, work toward, and achieve goals. Since the new year is coming up, I figured I’d share some of my favorite posts and links about setting and attaining your goals. Some of these links are mine and others are to great posts on other blogs. You can also find even more goal setting links on my goal setting Pinterest board.     How to set awesome goals in 5 simple steps This was my very first goal setting post and it’s one of my…

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The holiday season is always full of cheer, but this #HBJblogmas post brings you tips for bringing that mindset into the new year and keeping it up long-term! | BLOGMAS DAY 24: TIPS FOR SHIFTING YOURSELF INTO A MORE POSITIVE MINDSET | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Blogmas Day 24: Tips for shifting yourself into a more positive mindset

The holiday season is often full of cheer and happiness, but what happens once the Christmas tree comes down and the snow turns to dirty slush? It’s easy to get down during the winter, but there are some steps you can take now to help shift yourself into a more positive mindset that can last all year! I’m going to be writing a post about my goals for 2018, but I’ll give you a sneak preview: one of them is going to be about keeping my mindset in check and focusing more on positivity in the new year.    …

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The holidays mean seeing family ... and sometimes defending your degree. Here's how to respond to the "What are you going to do with that?" question. | BLOGMAS DAY 23: HOW TO RESPOND WHEN PEOPLE ASK, "WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH THAT?" | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Blogmas Day 23: How to respond when people ask, “What are you going to do with that?”

The holiday season usually means spending time with family, and sometimes spending time with family means defending what you’ve chosen to study. Well meaning relatives often ask, “What are you going to do with that?” when you tell them what you’re going to be getting a degree in. In this post, I’m going to give you some tips for how to respond to that kind of question without causing a fight at Christmas dinner.     I want to start by saying that my family has always been wonderfully supportive and I’ve never experienced anything but love and confidence from…

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For this week's Friday Favs, I'm sharing my favorite new movie, one of my favorite bands, and my favorite YouTube video of the week! | BLOGMAS DAY 22: FRIDAY FAVS NO. 3 | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Blogmas Day 22: Friday Favs No. 3

It’s time for yet another installment of Friday Favs! (You can read No. 1 here and No. 2 here.) I’m actually writing this post on Saturday instead of Friday, but that’s because I wanted to share some stuff that happened on Friday as part of Friday Favs. Keep reading to find out more about my fav new movie, one of my favorite bands, and my fav YouTube video of the week!     Movie If you know me, my favorite new movie is probably obvious. The Last Jedi was so freaking amazing! Don’t worry, I’m not going to share any spoilers but…

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