Summer Madness

Summer Madness (1)

Hey ladies and gents-

I’m coming to you from my bedroom, currently taking a brief moment out of what has been an otherwise long day for me.

So….

Obviously, I haven’t blogged in awhile.

This Summer has really been going by fairly fast and I’ve been super busy!

I have had a little bit of fun…

Got to watch an awesome fireworks display on the 4th and spend time with my husband and son.

But mostly this Summer, I have been so occupied with my Vintage and Handmade business Dear Alice Company. I recently decided to break away from Etsy and get my own shop, which was a thing I was trying to do for awhile, but really decided to do before July hit. So that’s one thing that had me occupied for a couple of weeks.

Often times when you are a solopreneur, you have many hats that you wear from marketing executive, inventory specialist and my favorite accountant. It’s the most challenging job I’ve had so far and yet it’s the most fun and exciting at the same time.

In between working, I have tried to also remember to have fun….’cause it’s still Summer right?

Seems like July is going fast as well.

So how is your Summer going?

Leave me a comment below!

Until next time…

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My Summer Read: The Help

 

My Summer Read- The Help

I think by now everyone has seen the movie adaptation of the book,”The Help” by Kathryn Stockett.

This Summer, though I decided to tackle reading all 400 some odd pages of the book. ¬†When I first picked this book up, I thought, “oh, shoot this thing is thick! It’s gonna take me awhile to get through this thing!”

I let the book sit for awhile, before I was able to find some space to pick it up and read nightly and often sometimes in the morning at breakfast.

I didn’t know anyone who had actually read the entire book.

I just knew I had to tackle this, because everyone knows the book is always better than the movie, right?

So this book takes place in the 1960’s in Jackson, Mississippi. Enough said. The south was known particularly for it’s racism during the civil rights movement, Mississippi in particular.

The movie went with the main character Aibileen, a black maid who worked for Elizabeth a woman who was racist as well.

I’d like to share with you what I liked about the book…

(WARNING: Their maybe a few spoiler alerts ahead for those of you who haven’t read the book!):

I liked that the author wrote from different characters perspectives. I am so attracted to authors that write like this. Terry McMillan is one of my favorite authors because she tells the entire story by writing from different perspectives. “The Help” switched back and forth between Skeeter, Minnie and Aibileen to tell the story. The movie just sort of told the story through the eyes of Aibileen and incorporated the other characters into the story.

It sheds a light on peoples backwards perspectives in the 1960’s which sadly today is some folks same way of thinking. Their is definitely a historical factor to both the movie and the book. The mentioning of civil rights activist Medgar Evers murder and JFK’s assassination being noted in the book, does give you a very solid time period and gives you a marker as to what times these were.

Back then talking ill of your employer, sharing stories with others and discrepancies with their employers wasn’t just a threat to their lively hood, their job, but a threat to their life and their families.

I love these books that have a certain historical factor to them because it makes me thankful for the life I live now, but also seeing how far we have come and how far we have to go.

I actually found the copy that I ended up reading at a local thrift store (hint: some thrift stores have some pretty current reads for sometimes less than a $1.). I often just pick up books at the thrift store, at different book sales and place them in our library. Then when I have time, or am looking for a good book to read, I don’t have to go out to the store and get one.

That is unless I’m wanting something that was just released.

Thanks for reading!

-Nicole Alicia