The Angel Messenger: January 2018 Recap | Braver and Lazier Month

The Angel Messenger

The Angel Messenger is a monthly recap feature on the blog where I tell you what happened in the past month in my life, blog and around the blogosphere.


  • January is, firstly, a braver month for me. I joined #Braver2018Challenge which is my first time to actually participate in an Arriane Serafico class. If I remember correctly, I signed up in some of her free classes before but I didn’t really participate because of various reasons (*ahem*excuses*ahem*). I actually participated in the 5-day challenge and was just amazed at how wonderful Arriane is! I didn’t regret joining the class and I even bought the workbook, My Bravest Year Ever, to help me even more. Here’s hoping that Arriane will continue the Braver Goals Bootcamp next year. I really want to join this 2018 but I don’t have enough money to enroll myself in the full course.
  • After the first two weeks of January however, I got sick. Sick of my life. Haha just kidding. But really though. I know I still do my best in work for my students (yup, I’m a teacher) but lately, I haven’t been feeling joy in my work. It may be the pressure and the stress. I really hope this feeling passes away.

Also, random thought, I wish Aileen of Lavendaire and Arriane would do a podcast (or even a video) together just talking and inspiring women. I’ve been listening and watching them lately. I admire them so much and they inspire me to be the best that I can be. (Do you notice that names of amazing women start with the letter “A”? A for Aileen, Arriane and me, Angelica lol.)

Reading Wrap-Up

I’m thinking of doing a separate reading wrap-up but for now, I’ll include this in every monthly recap.

  • The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories(Hercule Poirot #44) by Agatha Christie 3.5 stars
    This is my first Agatha Christie book and although some stories are meh (or I just didn’t like them) I still had some favorites. They are “The Edge”, “The Actress” and the amazing “The Harlequin Tea Set”. This surely won’t be my last book of hers.

  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell 4.5 stars
    AAAAAAH WHERE DO I START??? I’ve been wanting to read this book since 2014 but I only got myself a copy last year (#pooritaproblems). I didn’t know anything about it I just know that it sounds like something I would like. And well I LOVE it. I love that it hurts a lot. It hurts so much.
    Eleanor and Park aren’t flawless characters. They annoy me sometimes but they’re real and complex and that’s what I loved about them.


  • This Is How It Starts by Dawn Lanuza 3.5 stars
    I want to read more books by Filipino authors. This one is a poetry books but it’s still written by a Filipino author so it still counts. I really liked some poems but others not so. If you’re a fellow Filipino who wants to read more local books then I can suggest this one.

Book Haul

I have none because I’m in control of my book hoarding this month. I’m queen of self-control.

On The Blog

On The Blogosphere

How was your January? Any resolutions you already broke?

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