Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her cooking, watching reality television, or picking up another hobby she doesn't need--in other words, procrastinating like a boss. She is a RITA Award winner and a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.
When Danielle asked me to participate in the favorite things event, I had too many ideas come at me at once because there are so many favorite things. Favorite movies. Favorite foods. Favorite books. So I decided to narrow down the topic to my favorite things that get me through the day. I’d love to hear some of yours too!
My Top 5 Favorite Things That Keep Me (mostly) Sane Each Day
1. Paper Planner
If any of you follow me online, you probably already know about my obsession with paper planners, but my planner has become a vital part of keeping me on track and also a relaxing hobby. None of the electronic calendars ever worked for me. Once I closed a reminder, it was dead to me forever. But with a paper planner, it’s open on my desk all day and my To Do list is in my face. It will stare at me until I do the thing and check the box. It’s been a lifesaver. But it’s also fun because it gives me a reason to play with stickers and pretty pens in the name of productivity. This is the Inkwell Press planner I have and I highly recommend it.
Yes, I know this one is an obvious one. But I can’t not include books in my favorite things of the day list. No matter how stressful or hectic a day has been, it’s always a comfort to know that at the end of the day, I’ll have my couch and a book and a little quiet time to escape into a story.
The world of podcasts is a relatively new one for me, but with the barrage of news and social media and noise we’re all exposed to lately, I’ve found myself moving away from general media and seeking out podcasts that are focused on a particular topic. It’s calming to listen to a deep dive into whatever I’m in the mood for that day. My favorite podcasts are about book recommendations. There is something super soothing about hearing people discuss books. But I listen a variety. I blogged about some of my favorite podcasts here and then specifically my favorite book podcasts here. (And if you’ve never listened to a podcast, don’t be intimidated. The built-in app on your phone is very user friendly.)
4. Cold-Brew Coffee
I was solidly in the “coffee is gross” camp until my 30s, but then I went to San Francisco and tried a delicious cup of pour-over on a cold day and now I can’t start my morning without it. But of course, I couldn’t just stick with the standard coffee. I had to go and fall in love with cold brew coffee. It’s smoother, makes the best iced coffee, and the caffeine is more potent. Whee! Turns out it’s actually pretty easy to make. I use this brewer and one batch keeps me well-caffeinated for a week. *twitches*
5. Menu-planning with theme nights
I’ve always enjoyed cooking at home both for the hobby of it and the fact that we can eat healthier that way. I’m also one of those people who likes to try new recipes and not eat the same things all the time. But on busy weekends, it was sometimes overwhelming me to come up with the grocery list and plan for the upcoming week. So recently, I decided to try theme nights. This has been such a helpful hack. It gives me a structure to work off of but also allows wiggle room to try new recipes or different versions of a theme. I went into details in this blog post if anyone is interested.
So those are my weekly favorites. What are some of the things keeping you sane right now?
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