How I Stay Motivated


With the school year coming to an end and finals being right around the corner, I know how hard it is to stay motivated when all you can think about is summer vacation. But I have made a list of things that keep me motivated and productive. Even if you’re not in school. I hope that these tips can help you become more motivated and productive as well.

Creating a Vision Board- At the beginning of every school year, I create a vision board with images of things that I want to have/ accomplish. I separate the images by short term and long term goals.  Whether there fitness goals, educational goals, or financial goals; I put them all on the board. When I can see my goals I feel like they are easier to achieve.

Keeping a Planner- I find the more organized I am the more motivated I am to get up and get my work done. When I create a to-do list for the day, I’m not satisfied until I check off every task. This helps me stay productive and organized

Daily Affirmations- When I was young my mom taught me that what you put out is what you get back. With that she would encourage me to say daily affirmations. Now that I’m older I try to incorporate this into my nightly routine, so before I go to sleep I say “I am rich in in opportunities, love, and friendships. I am a successful writer/author. I am financially stable and able to support myself. I am a homeowner.” This helps me stay motivated and focused on my long term goals.

Listening to Uplifting Music- Whenever I’m working or I just need a little extra motivation, I like to listen to uplifting music. Uplifting can be whatever gets you the most fired up for me it’s Beyoncé and recently I’ve been listening to the girl group, Little Mix. My music choice depends on how I’m feeling but I strongly suggest this whenever you feel down or unmotivated. Also check out, , for some cool playlists.

Having a Clean Work Space- One of my biggest pet peeves is having a dirty work space. Not only is it hard for me to be productive when my desk is a mess, but since my desk is in my room it’s hard for me to wind down.

Try Changing Workspaces- I prefer to do my work at places like Barnes and Noble or the library, because when I try to do my work at home I get distracted. I love working in places like the library and Barnes and Noble, because it’s quiet and no one bothers me. I can be there for a few hours and get all of my work done.


The Ultimate Book Tag

I don’t have a review for you guys today, so I thought I would do a tag instead. Tags are always fun for me to read or watch. The blog that really got me into tags is Twin Reads, they post some really cool tags and they also have some great reviews.  Today I’m going to be doing the Ultimate Book Tag, I found this tag through the Chapter Chicks but I don’t think it was created by them. It’s fairly old, but the questions are still good, so who cares.

Let’s get started!

 1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

No, I do not. Thank God, that would make road trips incredibly hard for me, because that’s the only thing that occupies my time.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

I find Stephen King to be very unique, maybe that’s a standard answer. But I just think the way he can make fake worlds seem so real, and create such complex characters is amazing. I have yet to finish one of his books though, there a little too intense for me.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

I’m going to have to pick Twilight, but let me explain myself.

1. Twilight was the first book series that I ever fell in love with.

2.It has a very special place in my heart, and my inner sixth grader gets a little choked up when I think about it being over.

3.I will always… always be Team Edward.

4. Do you carry a bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?

I do carry a book bag and I try to keep at least one book in it at all times. Other than that I just keep a bullet journal/planner, a snack, pens, my keys, and my wallet. It’s basically my purse…who am I kidding, it is my purse.

5. Do you smell your books?

I like to smell my books when I first buy them, especially if I order them online. I love that fresh out of the box smell.

6.Books with or without little illustrations?

I like when books have little illustrations inside the front and back cover. But not on the actual pages, because I get distracted.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

Fifty Shades of Grey. I don’t even have to explain.

8.Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood?

Sadly, I don’t have any funny stories. I didn’t get into reading until about 5th/6th grade.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

You Don’t Have to Like Me by Alida Nugent.

10.What is the thickest book on your shelf?

It by Stephen King. (My goal is to have this book finished by the time the new movie comes out.)

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I do. That is the ultimate goal for me, is to be an author. I don’t aspire to be the next J.K. Rowling or anything (I don’t even think that’s possible) but I do want to be successful enough to support myself.

12. When did you get into reading?

It was the end of 5th grade, and the beginning of 6th grade. I read the first The Princess Diaries book and then when I got to middle school I read the rest. That was the beginning of a long, long, expensive journey for me. But when Twilight entered my life that was when I really got hooked.

13. What is your favorite classic book?

When I first went over these questions, this question stumped me at first, because I couldn’t think of any classic books that I thoroughly enjoyed. But the longer I thought about it, I thought about the book the Number the Stars, The Outsiders, and The Bell Jar. All those books are quite sad, and I’m not even sure if they’re considered classics.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

Absolutely not. I was a slacker, up until college, I would rather read on my own.

15.If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

I would accept the gift and say thank you, and eventually I would donate it.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

I haven’t read any that aren’t already well known.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?

I use a lot of filler words. Um, like, well, but I’m trying my best to stop.

18. What is your favorite word?

Metropolis. Adventure. Whimsical.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

I would consider myself a spazz, more than anything. But if I had to choose from the options above, I would definitely be a dork.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Vampires. I’m Team Edward, so of course I’m going to say that.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Shapeshifters. I just think that whole concept is really cool, that’s one of the sup23erpowers that I would want to have if I had superpowers.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Spirits. Werewolves bore me.

23. Zombies or Vampires?


24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden Love. *sigh* I love love, and I think that Forbidden love is sweet.

25. WE HAVE REACHED THE END!! Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Even though erotic fiction is my not so guilty guilty pleasure, but I prefer both. I enjoy both genres equally.

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Welcome to Jay Reads

On this blog I will be posting book reviews and I will be reviewing the different bookstores that I go to. Books have always been an important part of my life, and the only thing I like better than reading books, is talking about books.

I’m excited to start this new journey, and I can’t wait to see how this blog develops.

Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park Review

eleanor-parkI have to admit that I started this book months ago, and am just now finishing it. It hasn’t taking me months to finish it, because it was bad, the book was amazing. Everything that I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell has been amazing, but I just hadn’t had time to read this book.

So over the past week I picked up Eleanor & Park  again, and I finished it in a couple of days. Once I started it again I didn’t want to put it down. I don’t know how to describe the plot to you without giving anything away, so I’m just going to give you the Barnes & Noble version,

“Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under.”p1020349

At first, I rolled my eyes at how fast Eleanor & Park fell for each other, because how often do we see two 15/16 year olds claiming that they are “in love” at the very beginning of books… too often. But as I got further into the book, I found myself thinking “Wow, they are really in love.” They had a glowing, youthful love, a beautiful first love.

There were a lot of road blocks, and I mean a lot, that stood in their way. But it didn’t matter to them, it didn’t matter that they came from different backgrounds, or that they weren’t the most attractive, because they genuinely loved each other.

Eleanor & Park wasn’t only a romance novel, but also a great coming of age story. Each of the characters matured so much from the beginning to the end of the book. It’s truly about being yourself despite how others feel about it. Because the people that truly care about you will support you.

Rainbow Rowell did a fantastic job, Eleanor & Park has made it’s way onto my favorite books list. It has a home right under FanGirl, I don’t know if anything will ever top that for me. But Rowell has a way of creating worlds that you never want to leave. So much so that I get a tear in my eye when the books are over. I will definitely be reading more of her books in the future.

You can buy a copy of Eleanor & Park:





It is also available on Nook, Kindle, and you can listen to the audiobook on Audible.