Do we need extra challenges?

I know the answer is probably yes but I want to vent so here it goes. Why does everything have to push us? So many things are hard so why do we seek out additional challenges. It seems masochistic at best to push ourselves beyond the limits we have found. There are so many aspects of life that are already challenging: family, relationships, health, etc. So why should my job be hard?

So I like my job. In fact I like it a lot I make good money, I like the people I work with, and I feel good about the work I do. However,  it is not always the most mentally taxing work. Sometimes I am working hard all day long and some days it seems that if I only work sometimes or and off through out the day I will never have enough work to do. Not that I don’t ask for work or let my boss and co-workers know I have the capacity to take on more. I do. It just seems as though there is not enough to take on, like the department is too big.

Since telling this to my boyfriend he keeps sending me new job openings to apply for. But I am not ready to move on yet. I like my job and I like my work, but I understand the pitfalls of getting too comfortable. There are so many other things in my life that are uncertain and I don’t want to make this part any harder.

Anyway, what do you all think? Do we always have to be seeking for challenges to push us or is it sometimes to let some things lie…?

N.E.W.T Readathon TBR

So back in May I did the O.W.L read-a-thon based on the Harry Potter wizarding tests to pursue a professional wizarding career based on prompts for each of the Hogwarts subjects. August is the next level of tests called the N.E.W.Ts (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests) all the details of which can be found here. The Wizarding career I am going for is Healer, so I need to achieve an E in Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, Potions, and Transfiguration. Normally I would try for O (outstanding) in these subjects, but its gonna be a pretty crazy month so 10 books is more than enough. For every subject I have to read the Acceptable (A) before I can start the Exceeds Expectations (E) challenge.

Charms A (Read a book with a gorgeous cover) – Heartless by Marissa Meyer, our book club pick for August.


Charms E (Read a comic or graphic novel) – Magic Within Vol. 4 by Tania del Rio

the magic within vol 4

Defense Against the Dark Arts A (Book that is black under the dust jacket) – Black Bird of the Gallow by Meg Kassel

black bird at the gallows

Defense Against the Dark Arts E (Memory Charm: first book on your TBR that comes to mind) – Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

mansfield park

Herbology A (Mandrake: book with a green cover) – Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley, one of my all time favorites which I haven’t reread in far too long.

spindles en

Herbology E (Read a book between 350 and 390 pages) – From Unseen Fire by Cass Morgan which comes in at exactly 390 pages. Possibly my most anticipated read a Roman fantasy with 9 types of elemental magic and a power stuggle. I AM SO EXCITED!

from unseen fire

Potions A (Polyjuice Potion: Read a friend’s favorite book) – Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Techinically this is one of my mom’s favorite books/authors but we are friends so it’s cool.

murder on the orient express

Potions E (House Ingredient: book with house colors) – I am a proud Gryffindor and will be reading  Chimera’s Curse by Julia Golding which has both crimson and gold on the cover.

Chimera's Curse

Transfiguration A (Read a book with LGBTQIA representation) – The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The color purple

Transfiguration E (Read a book that’s not the first in a series) – Intheritance by Christopher Paolini


Wish me luck completing all these challenges in the next 31 days and passing my NEWTS!